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Carry Back Stakes

Grade II race
Carry Back Stakes
Location Calder Race Course
Miami Gardens, Florida
Inaugurated 1975
Race type Thoroughbred - Flat racing
Website www.calderracecourse.com
Race information
Distance 6 furlong sprint
Track Dirt, left-handed
Qualification Three-years-old
Weight Assigned
Purse $300,000

Carry Back Stakes is an American Thoroughbred horse race run annually at Calder Race Course in Miami Gardens, Florida. Run during the first part of July, the race is open to three-year-old horses willing to race six furlongs on the dirt. A Grade II event, it currently offers a purse of $300,000.

This race is named in honor of the Florida-bred 1961 American Champion Three-Year-Old Male Horse, Carry Back whose wins included the 1961 Flamingo Stakes and Florida Derby, as well as that year's Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes. Carry back was inducted in the United States Racing Hall of Fame in 1975.

Inaugurated in 1975 as a race for two-year-old horses, in 1979 it was changed to a race for horses aged three and older. Since 1980 it has been restricted to three-year-olds and from 1981 to 1993 was run as the Carry Back Handicap. Since inception it has been contested at a variety of distances:

  • 5 ½ furlongs : 1975-1978
  • 6 furlongs : 1980-1982, 1997 to present
  • 6 ½ furlongs : 1991
  • 7 furlongs : 1979, 1992-1996


Speed record: (at current distance of 6 furlongs)

Most wins by a jockey:

Most wins by a trainer:

  • 3 - Frank Gomez (1979, 1985, 1988)
  • 3 - Manuel Azpurua (1983, 1996, 2004)

Most wins by an owner:

Winners of the Carry Back Stakes






2009 Not for Silver Jose Lezcano Michael Trombetta Ted Julio 1:11.91
2008 Golden Spikes Elvis Trujillo Martin D. Wolfson M375 Thoroughbreds et al. 1:11.20
2007 Black Seventeen Clinton Potts Brian Koriner Wind River Stables et al. 1:09.84
2006 Too Much Bling Edgar Prado Bob Baffert Stonerside/Blazing Meadows 1:10.48
2005 Lost in the Fog Russell Baze Greg Gilchrist Harry J. Aleo 1:09.30
2004 Weigelia Aurelio Toribio, Jr. Manuel Azpurua Joseph J. Balsamo 1:10.50
2003 Valid Video Joe Bravo Dennis Manning Paul Tinkle 1:10.15
2002 Royal Lad Jerry Bailey Kirk Ziadie Ron & Cindy Stengel 1:10.73
2001 Illusioned Jorge Chavez William I. Mott Kinsman Stable 1:11.08
2000 Caller One Corey Nakatani James Chapman Carolyn Chapman 1:10.35
1999 Silver Season Eibar Coa Mohammed Moubarak Buckram Oak Farm 1:11.32
1998 Mint Eibar Coa Mohammed Moubarak Diamond Studs 1:11.20
1997 Renteria Eibar Coa Jerry Dutton J. Dutton / L. Harrington 1:11.20
1996 Fortunate Review Aurelio Toribio, Jr. Manuel Azpurua S G Stable 1:23.20
1995 Sonic Signal Rene Douglas James E. Bracken Kathy Jo Stable 1:24.60
1994 Score A Birdie Heberto Castillo, Jr. Edward Plesa, Jr. John C. Sessa 1:24.00
1993 Humbugaboo Mary Russ George Gianos Edie & George Gianos 1:22.60
1992 Always Silver Michael A. Lee Emanuel Tortora James Lewis, Jr. 1:25.00
1991 Ocala Flame Robert Lester Emanuel Tortora Toni Tortora 1:19.00
1990 Country Isle Heberto Castillo, Jr. J. Provost Valiant Stable 1:24.80
1989 Big Stanley Douglas Valiente George Gianos Lusararian, Inc. 1:23.60
1988 In The Slammer Mike Gonzalez Frank Gomez Mary & Wayne Vaught 1:23.80
1987 You're No Bargain Omar Londono James E. Bracken Roy Bowen/A. B. Hancock III 1:25.60
1986 Kid Colin Gene St. Leon Frank A. Alexander B. K. Schwartz 1:25.80
1985 Smile Jacinto Vasquez Frank Gomez Frances A. Genter 1:23.80
1984 Bowmans Express Omar Londono R. Felix Devonshire Farms 1:25.40
1983 Opening Lead B. Gonzalez Manuel Azpurua Brad D. Gay 1:25.80
1982 Rex's Profile Ernest Cardone Richard Root Harry T. Mangurian, Jr. 1:11.40
1981 Face the Moment Ernest Cardone Richard Root Harry T. Mangurian, Jr. 1:11.00
1980 Diplomatic Note Jerry Bailey Ben Perkins, Jr. Daddario & King 1:12.00
1979 Breezy Fire Miguel A. Rivera Frank Gomez Ivanhoe Stable 1:24.60
1978 Admiral Rix Tommy Barrow A. Perez M. E. Decola 1:07.40
1977 Chwesboken D. Hidalgo G. Julian Quality Hill Stable 1:05.40
1976 Winner's Hit Ray Broussard Merritt Buxton L. D. Plate 1:07.00
1975 Precipitory J. Salinas Ronald J. Sarazin Ralph Sessa 1:06.80



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