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Ancient Title Stakes

Grade I race
Ancient Title Stakes
Location Santa Anita Park
Arcadia, California, United States, United States
Inaugurated 1985
Race type Thoroughbred - Flat racing
Website Oak Tree at Santa Anita
Race information
Distance 6 furlongs
Track Dirt, left-handed
(Cushion Track in 2007)
Qualification Three-year-olds & Up
Weight Assigned
Purse $300,000

The Ancient Title Breeders' Cup Stakes is an American Thoroughbred horse race run annually in early October as part of the Oak Tree Racing Association meeting at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, California. Open to horses three years old and up, it is run at the sprint distance of 6 furlongs (approximately 1,200 metres) and can be a prep race for the Breeders' Cup Sprint. The Grade I event carries a $300,000 purse.

Part of the Breeders' Cup Challenge series, the winner of the 2008 Ancient Title Stakes automatically qualifies for the Breeders' Cup Sprint. [1]

The race is named in honor of the California-bred horse Ancient Title, a two-time California Horse of the Year and a National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame inductee.


Time record:

  • 1:07.57 - Idiot Proof (2007)

Most wins:

  • No horse has ever won the race more than once.

Most wins by an owner:

Most wins by a jockey:

Most wins by a trainer:

Winners of the Ancient Title Stakes







2009 Gayego 4 Garrett K. Gomez Saeed bin Suroor Godolphin Racing 1:08.28
2008 Cost of Freedom 5 Tyler Baze John W. Sadler Gary & Cecil Barber 1:07.53
2007 Idiot Proof 3 David R. Flores Clifford W. Sise, Jr. Martin & Pam Wygod 1:07.57
2006 Bordonaro 5 Pat Valenzuela William Spawr Fred Carrillo & D. A. Cassella 1:07.93
2005 Captain Squire 6 Alex Solis Jeff Mullins R. D. Bone & J. Diener 1:08.85
2004 Pt's Grey Eagle 3 Alex Bisono Craig Dollase J. Paul Reddam 1:08.84
2003 Avanzado 6 Tyler Baze Doug O'Neill Cees Stable LLC 1:08.12
2002 Kalookan Queen 6 Alex Solis Bruce Headley Louis A. Asistio 1:08.26
2001 Swept Overboard 4 Ed Delahoussaye Craig Dollase J. Paul Reddam 1:07.67
2000 Kona Gold 6 Alex Solis Bruce Headley Headley, Molasky, and Molasky 1:08.11
1999 Lexicon 4 Richard Mandella Kent Desormeaux Jerry & Ann Moss 1:07.84
1998 Gold Land 7 Kent Desormeaux Neil D. Drysdale Prince Fahd Salman 1:08.50
1997 Elmhurst 7 Corey Nakatani Jenine Sahadi Evergreen Farm & Sahadi 1:08.82
1996 Lakota Brave * 7 Ed Delahoussaye Bruce Headley 505 Farms/Headley/Mizrahie 1:08.16
1995 Track Gal 4 Gary L. Stevens John W. Sadler Oldknow & Phipps 1:08.32
1994 Saratoga Gambler 6 Martin Pedroza Bill Spawr Ken Porter 1:08.87
1993 Cardmania 7 Ed Delahoussaye Derek Meredith Jean Couvercelle 1:08.04
1992 Gray Slewpy 4 Kent Desormeaux Dan Hendricks Ed Friendly 1:08.48
1991 Frost Free 6 Chris McCarron John W. Sadler Triple Dot Dash St/Vandervoort 1:08.66
1990 Corwyn Bay 4 Ed Delahoussaye Richard Mandella Randall D. Hubbard 1:08.40
1989 Sam Who 4 Laffit Pincay, Jr. Henry Moreno Brooks & Stevens 1:08.00
1988 Olympic Prospect 4 Laffit Pincay, Jr. John W. Sadler Alsdorf, Opas & Sinatra 1:09.00
1987 Zany Tactics 6 Jack Kaenel Blake R. Heap Vera C. Brunette 1:09.00
1986 Groovy 3 Jose Santos Jose A. Martin Ballis & Kruckel 1:08.20
1985 Temerity Prince 5 Wesley Ward Charles Whittingham J. R. Querbes III (Lessee) 1:09.20

*In 1996, Criollito finished third but was disqualified and set back to fourth.



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