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Kentucky Derby Challenge Stakes

Listed stakes race
Kentucky Derby Challenge Stakes
Location Kempton Park Racecourse
Sunbury-on-Thames, Surrey
England Flag of United Kingdom
Inaugurated 2009
Race type Thoroughbred - Flat racing
Website www.kempton.co.uk
Race information
Distance 9 furlongs (1⅛ miles, app. 1800 metres)
Track Polytrack synthetic dirt, right-handed
Qualification Three-year-olds
Weight Assigned
Purse US$150,000
Bonuses US$100,000 conditional to the winner

The Kentucky Derby Challenge Stakes is an English Thoroughbred horse race run for the first time on March 18, 2009 at Kempton Park Racecourse in Sunbury-on-Thames, Surrey. Open to three-year-old European horses, it is raced clockwise at a distance of nine furlongs (1⅛ miles, app. 1800 metres) on Polytrack synthetic dirt.

The winner of the race is guaranteed one of the twenty starting spots in the 1¼ mile (10 furlongs) 2009 Kentucky Derby held on the first Saturday in May on the dirt track at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky. The race offers a purse of US$150,000 of which $90,000 comes from Churchill Downs and $60,000 from Kempton. In addition, if the race winner exercises their right to run in the Kentucky Derby, they will receive a further $100,000 bonus payment plus will be given an automatic spot in the ensuing two legs of the U.S. Triple Crown series, the Preakness and Belmont Stakes.

No European-based horse has ever won the Kentucky Derby.

The 2010 race was suspended, [1]







2009 Mafaaz Richard Hills John Gosden Shadwell Racing 1:55.17



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