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Frank J. De Francis Memorial Dash Stakes

Grade I race
Frank J. De Francis Memorial Dash
Location Laurel Park Racecourse, Template:Country data Maryland
Laurel, MarylandFlag of the United States
Inaugurated 1990
Race type Thoroughbred - Flat racing
Website Frank J. De Francis Memorial Dash at Laurelpark.com
Race information
Distance 6 furlong sprint
Track Dirt, left-handed
Qualification Three-year-olds & up
Weight Assigned
Purse $300,000


The Frank J. De Francis Memorial Dash Stakes is an American Thoroughbred horse race run annually at Laurel Park Racecourse in Laurel, Maryland. Open to horses aged three and older, it is competed on dirt over a distance of six furlongs. Run during the latter part of November, it currently offer a purse of $300,000.

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Race history

The Frank J. De Francis Memorial Dash is one of the elite sprints in the country. One of the only two six-furlong contests with Grade I status, it is second only to the Breeders' Cup Sprint in purse money and prestige.

The inaugural De Francis Dash attracted the nation's finest sprinters to Pimlico Race Course in the summer of 1990. Included in the spectacular field were 1989 Sprint Champion Safely Kept and top sprinters Glitterman and Sewickly. But at the wire, in a fitting tribute to the late Mr. De Francis, it was Maryland-bred, Maryland-based Northern Wolf in a track record-setting time of 1:09.

The Dash moved to Laurel for its second running. The distinguished field included two champions; Safely Kept and Housebuster as well as leading sprinters Clever Trevor and Sunny Blossom. Housebuster captured the winner's share of the lucrative purse with a five length victory. He was named Eclipse Award Sprint Champion for the second year in a row.

During the next nine years while the Dash reigned as Laurel Park's signature summer event, it was captured by two additional Sprint Champions: Cherokee Run (1994) and Smoke Glacken (1997).

The race was moved to the fall by Maryland Jockey Club Chief Operating Officer Lou Raffetto in 2001 with instant success. Taking advantage of a deep sprinting field three weeks after the Breeders' Cup Sprint, the De Francis Dash attracted a strong field of seven, including four of the top Breeder's Cup finishers with visions of an Eclipse Award.

The De Francis Dash was given Graded stakes status in 1992 and became a Grade I event in 1998. On August 7, 2008 it was announced that the race would be on hiatus for 2008, the Maryland Jockey Club cited financial distress as the reason for the races' cancellation.

Records

Speed record:

  • 107.80 - Richter Scale (2000)
    (Stakes and track record)

Most wins:

  • 2 - Lite The Fuse (1995, 1996)

Most wins by a jockey:

Most wins by a trainer:

  • 2 - Ben W. Perkins, Jr. (2001, 2004)

Most wins by an owner:

Winners of the Frank J. De Francis Memorial Dash Stakes

Year

Winner

Age

Jockey

Trainer

Owner

Distance

Time

Purse

Grade

2009

Vineyard Haven

3

Alan Garcia Saeed bin Suroor Godolphin Racing

6 fur

1:09.62

$300,000

I

2008

no race

-

no race no race no race

no race

0:00.00

no race

I

2007

Benny the Bull

4

Edgar Prado Richard Dutrow, Jr. IEAH Stables

6 fur

1:09.86

$250,000

I

2006

Thor's Echo

4

Corey Nakatani Doug O'Neill Pablo Suarez/Royce Jaime

6 fur

1:08.71

$300,000

I

2005

I'm The Tiger

5

Jerry Bailey Robert J. Frankel Stronach Stable

6 fur

1:09.06

$300,000

I

2004

Wildcat Heir

4

Stewart Elliot Ben W. Perkins, Jr. Cloverleaf Farms II et al.

6 fur

1:09.45

$300,000

I

2003

A Huevo

7

Ramon Dominguez Michael W. Dickinson Mark S. Hopkins

6 fur

1:08.92

$300,000

I

2002

D'Wildcat

4

Jorge Chavez Robert B. Hess, Jr. Fog City Stable

6 fur

1:10.80

$300,000

I

2001

Delaware Township

5

Jerry Bailey Ben W. Perkins, Jr. New Farm

6 fur

1:09.00

$300,000

I

2000

Richter Scale

6

Richard Migliore William I. Mott N. Fox/N.R. Kaster et al.

6 fur

1:07.80

$300,000

I

1999

Yes Its True

3

Jerry Bailey Michael Simone Padua Stables

6 fur

1:08.60

$300,000

I

1998

Kelly Kip

4

Jean-Luc Samyn H. Allen Jerkens Hobeau Farm

6 fur

1:08.40

$300,000

I

1997

Smoke Glacken

3

Craig Perret Henry L. Carroll Roberts/Karkenny/Levy

6 fur

1:09.40

$300,000

I

1996

Lite The Fuse

5

Julie Krone Richard Dutrow, Sr. Richard Dutrow, Sr.

6 fur

1:08.80

$300,000

II

1995

Lite The Fuse

4

Julie Krone Richard Dutrow, Sr. Richard Dutrow, Sr.

6 fur

1:08.80

$300,000

II

1994

Cherokee Run

4

Craig Perret Frank A. Alexander Jill E. Robinson

6 fur

1:08.80

$300,000

II

1993

Montbrook

3

Clarence Ladner Dean Gaudet Israel Cohen

6 fur

1:08.60

$300,000

II

1992

Superstrike

3

Danny Sorenson Bruce L. Jackson David R. Kruse

6 fur

1:09.80

$300,000

II

1991

Housebuster

4

Craig Perret Warren A. Croll, Jr. Robert P. Levy

6 fur

1:08.60

$350,000

1990

Northern Wolf

4

Mike Luzzi Harold A. Allen Deep Silver Stable

6 fur

1:09.00

$350,000

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