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Alysheba Stakes

Grade III race
Alysheba Stakes
Location Churchill Downs
Louisville, Kentucky, United States
Inaugurated 2004
Race type Thoroughbred - Flat racing
Website www.churchilldowns.com
Race information
Distance 1-1/16 miles (8.5 furlongs)
Track Dirt, left-handed
Qualification three-years-olds and up
Weight Assigned
Purse US$100,000


The Alysheba Stakes is an American Thoroughbred horse race run annually at Churchill Downs racetrack in Louisville, Kentucky. The Alysheba became the most recent addition to the Derby Week stakes lineup as it joined the schedule in 2004 and is currently run on the undercard of the Kentucky Oaks, the day before the Kentucky Derby. It was the first stakes to join the Derby Week lineup since 1997. The event is named for the talented 1987 Kentucky Derby winner and United States Racing Hall of Fame inductee, Alysheba, who returned to the Downs in 1988 to win the Breeders' Cup Classic. His victory marked the first time a Derby winner had returned to Churchill to win a stakes since Whirlaway took the 1942 Clark Handicap. He was later honored at the track that fall as he retired as the sports leading money earner, $6,679,242. The stakes received graded status in 2007. The Grade III event is open to horses age three and older and is contested on dirt over a distance of 1 1/16 miles (8.5 furlongs).

Winners since 2004

Year

Winner

Age

Jockey

Trainer

Owner

Time
2010 Arson Squad 7 Paco Lopez Richard E. Dutrow, Jr. Jay Em Ess Stable 1:.43.28
2009 Bullsbay 5 Jeremy Rose Al Stall Mitchell Ranch/Lewkowitz/Rice 1:44.29
2008 Giant Gizmo 4 Rafael Bejarano Robert J. Frankel Frank Stronach 1:43.96
2007 Wanderin Boy 6 Corey Nakatani Nick Zito Arthur B. Hancock III 1:43.45
2006 Gouldings Green 5 Corey Lanerie Anthony Reinstedler Melnyk Racing Stable 1:42.37
2005 Limehouse 4 John Velazquez Todd Pletcher Dogwood Stable 1:42.32
2004 Congrats 4 John Velazquez C. R. McGaughey III A. Dilschneider/Claiborne 1:44.31

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