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Black Gold Stakes

The Black Gold Stakes is an American Thoroughbred horse race run over a distance of five and 1/2 furlongs on the Stall-Wilson turf course at the Fair Grounds Race Course in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Open to three-year-old Thoroughbred horses of either gender, it takes place in the first month of the year and offers a purse of $75,000.

The Black Gold Stakes is named for Black Gold who won the 1924 Louisiana Derby as well as that year's Kentucky Derby, one of only two horses ever to do so. Black Gold was buried in the Fairgrounds infield near Pan Zareta, one of the great racing mares. It is now a tradition for the winning jockey of the Black Gold to place a wreath of flowers on Black Gold's grave.

Past winners

  • 2010 - Royal Express (James Graham)
  • 2005 - Straw Hat
  • 2004 - Shiloh Bound
  • 2002 - Private Emblem
  • 2001 - Rahy's Secret

Of Interest

There is also a Black Gold Stakes held at Sam Houston Race Park run each year in December and a Black Gold Handicap held at the Fair Grounds. The winner of the 2006 Sam Houston Black Gold was Cab (Jose Figueroa up), for a purse of $25,000.

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