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Bourbon Stakes

Grade III race
Bourbon Stakes
Location Keeneland Race Course
Lexington, Kentucky, United States
Inaugurated 1991
Race type Thoroughbred - Flat racing
Website www.keeneland.com
Race information
Distance 1 1/16 miles (8.5 furlongs)
Track Grass, left-handed
Qualification Two-year-olds
Weight Assigned
Purse $200,000

The Bourbon Stakes is an American Thoroughbred horse race run annually during the first part of October at the Keeneland Race Course in Lexington, Kentucky. Contested on turf at a distance of 1 1/16 miles (8.5 furlongs), it is open to two-year-old horses. Elevated to Grade III status for 2008, the race offers a purse of $200,000. Since 2005, the race has been sponsored by Labrot & Graham Distillery's Woodford Reserve.

Inaugurated in 1991 as the Hopemont Stakes, the name was changed for the 2003 race. It was run in two divisions in 1998.

Part of the Breeders' Cup Challenge series, the winner of the Bourbon Stakes automatically qualifies for the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf.


Speed record: (at current distance of 1 1/16 miles)

  • 1:42 2/5 - Gateman (1999)

Most wins by an owner:

  • No owner has won this race more than once.

Most wins by a jockey:

Most wins by a trainer:

  • 2 - Peter M. Vestal (1996, 1997)
  • 2 - Hal R. Wiggins (1998, 2002)
  • 2 - W. Elliott Walden (1999, 2001)







2009 Interactif Kent Desormeaux Todd Pletcher Wertheimer and Frere 1:45.24
2008 Bittel Road Rajiv Maragh Todd Pletcher Scatuorchio & Iracane 1:44.29
2007 Gio Ponti Ramon Dominguez Christophe Clement Castleton Lyons 1:45.92
2006 Twilight Meteor John Velazquez Todd A. Pletcher Peachtree Stable 1:43.25
2005 Yankee Master Rafael Bejarano Linda L. Rice Team Power Play Racing 1:43.85
2004 Rey de Café Craig Perret George R. Arnold II G. Watts Humphrey, Jr. 1:42.90
2003 Commendation Cornelio Velasquez H. Graham Motion Courtlandt Farm 1:43.99
2002 Rapid Proof Calvin Borel Hal R. Wiggins Dolphus C. Morrison 1:46.45
2001 Stage Call Mark Guidry W. Elliott Walden WinStar Farm et al. 1:45.85
2000 Overview Mike E. Smith John T. Ward, Jr. John C. Oxley 1:43.00
1999 Gateman Pat Day W. Elliott Walden Kennet Valley Thoroughbreds 1:42.40
1998 Pineaff Pat Day Ken McPeek Joyce & Roy K. Monroe 1:44.60
1998 Bold Caleb Robby Albarado Hal R. Wiggins Ann & Charles Patterson 1:44.60
1997 Reformer Rally Craig Perret Peter M. Vestal Thomas M. Carey 1:46.80
1996 Thesaurus Craig Perret Peter M. Vestal Charles J. Cella 1:44.40
1995 Red Shadow Willie Martinez Patrick B. Byrne Prestonwood Farm 1:46.60
1994 Claudius John Velazquez William I. Mott Darley Racing 1:45.40
1993 Star of Manila Shane Sellers Burk Kessinger, Jr. New Phoenix Stable 1:43 .20
1992 The Real Vaslav Shane Sellers D. Wayne Lukas Gonzalo B. Torrealba 1:46.00
1991 Stress Buster Pat Day Joe Pierce, Jr. Humphrey, Jr./Sheila Pierce 1:44.80


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