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Elkhorn Stakes

Grade II race
Elkhorn Stakes
Location Keeneland
Lexington, Kentucky, United States
Inaugurated 1986
Race type Thoroughbred - Flat racing
Website www.keeneland.com
Race information
Distance 1½ miles (12 furlongs)
Track Grass, left-handed
Qualification Four-year-olds & up
Weight Assigned
Purse $2000,000

The Elkhorn Stakes is an American Thoroughbred horse race run annually at Keeneland Race Course in Lexington, Kentucky. The race is open to horses age four and older. Run in late April, it is contested on turf over a distance of 1½ miles (12 furlongs) and currently offers a purse of $200,000. Named for Elkhorn Creek, a stream running through several counties in Central Kentucky, beginning in 2008 the race is being sponsored by Fifth Third Bank.

Inaugurated in 1986, the race was contested at 1⅛ miles through 1995 before being changed to its present distance of 1½ miles in 1996. A Grade III event from 1988-1989 and from 1996-2007, it was a Grade II event from 1990-1995 and in 2008 was returned to its Grade II status.


Speed record:

  • 2:27.80 - African Dancer (1999) (at current distance of 1½ miles)

Most wins:

  • 2 - African Dancer (1998, 1999)
  • 2 - Kim Loves Bucky (2002, 2003)

Most wins by an owner:

  • 2 - Pin Oak Stable (1998, 1999)
  • 2 - Kim Glenney (2002, 2003)

Most wins by a jockey:

Most wins by a trainer:

  • 2 - John Glenney (2002, 2003)








2010 Musketier 8 John Velazquez Roger Attfield Johanna Louise Glen-Teven 2:31.32
2009 Spice Route 5 Rene Douglas Roger Attfield Attfield/Harlequin/R. Johnson 2:29.23
2008 Dancing Forever 5 Rene Douglas C. R. McGaughey III Phipps Stable 2:29.79
2007 Ascertain 6 Jamie Theriot Niall O'Callaghan Mrs. S. K. Johnston, Jr. et al. 2:30.40
2006 Pellegrino 7 Shaun Bridgmohan Roger Attfield Gary A. Tanaka 2:29.84
2005 Macaw 6 Javier Castellano Angel Penna, Jr. George MeLillo 2:32.62
2004 Epicentre 5 Jerry Bailey Robert J. Frankel Juddmonte Farms 2:31.96
2003 Kim Loves Bucky 6 Kent Desormeaux John Glenney Kim Glenney 2:29.39
2002 Kim Loves Bucky 5 Jorge Chavez John Glenney Kim Glenney 2:32.49
2001 Williams News 6 Robby Albarado Thomas M. Amoss On Target Racing Stable 2:29.13
2000 Drama Critic 4 Jerry Bailey Mark A. Hennig Amerman Racing Stables 2:28.00
1999 African Dancer 7 Jerry Bailey William I. Mott Pin Oak Stable 2:27.80
1998 African Dancer 6 Jerry Bailey William I. Mott Pin Oak Stable 2:31.60
1997 Chief Bearhart 4 Jose Santos Mark Frostad Sam-Son Farm 2:28.40
1996 Vladivostok 6 Pat Day Neil J. Howard Bayard Sharp 2:30.80
1995 Marvin's Faith 4 Craig Perret Ian Jory Marvin Malmouth 1:47.00
1994 Lure 5 Mike E. Smith C. R. McGaughey III Claiborne Farm 1:53.60
1993 Coaxing Matt 4 Pat Day Neil L. Pessin Elmer E. Miller 1:47.60
1992 Fourstars Allstar 4 Jerry Bailey Leo O'Brien Richard M. Bomze 1:47.60
1991 Itsallgreektome 4 Russell Baze Wallace Dollase Jhayare Stables 1:51.20
1990 Ten Keys 6 Randy Romero Michael Pino Charles Linhoss 1:51.80
1989 Exclusive Partner 7 Fernando Toro Richard Mandella R. Dee Hubbard 1:50.40
1988 Yankee Affair 6 Pat Day Henry L. Carroll Ju Ju Jen Stable 1:49.60
1987 Manila 4 Jacinto Vasquez LeRoy Jolley Bradley M. Shannon 1:48.40
1986 Lieutenant's Lark 4 Frank Lovato, Jr. Howard M. Tesher Lowell T. Stevens 1:54.60



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