- The Florida Derby (YT) was on March 31. In an upset, Take Charge Indy with Calvin Borel beat Revelon and the favorite, Union Rags with Julien Leparoux.
- The Louisiana Derby at Fair Grounds is April 1 (YT, HRN). Hero of Order beats Mark Valeski at 109-1 odds.
- The Santa Anita Derby at Santa Anita Park is April 7 (HRN).
- The Illinois Derby at Hawthorne is April 7 (HRN).
- The Wood Memorial States at Aqueduct is on April 7 (HRN)
- The Arkansas Derby at Oaklawn is on April 14.
- The Blue Grass Stakes at Keeneland is April 14.
Sunday, April 1, 2012
As pointed out in 2011, the road to the Kentucky Derby follows a couple of high-profile races through the Derby prep season. Some of the major races are: