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Golden Rod Stakes

Grade II race
Golden Rod Stakes
Location Churchill Downs
Louisville, Kentucky, United States
Inaugurated 1910
Race type Thoroughbred - Flat racing
Website www.churchilldowns.com
Race information
Distance 11/16 miles (8.5 furlongs)
Track Dirt, left-handed
Qualification Two-year-old filies
Weight Assigned
Purse $150,000+

The Golden Rod Stakes is an American Thoroughbred horse race held annually in late November at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky. A Grade II event open to two-year-old fillies, it is contested on dirt over a distance of 11/16 miles (8.5 furlongs).

The Golden Rod is named for the official flower of the state of Kentucky and dates back to 1910.

Eastern Stockings, champion three-year old of 1927, won this race that year. Chris Evert won it in 1973.


Speed record: (at current distance of 11/16 miles)

Most wins by a trainer:







2009 Sassy Image Robby Albarado Dale Romans Jerry Romans Jr. 1:44.51
2008 Rachel Alexandra Calvin Borel Hal R. Wiggins Dolphus C. Morrison 1:43.08
2007 Pure Clan Julien Leparoux Robert E. Holthus Lewis Lakin 1:43.59
2006 Lady Joanne John McKee Carl Nafzger Bentley L. Smith 1:44.12
2005 French Park Mark Guidry Helen Pitts Stevestan Stable 1:47.26
2004 Runway Model Eddie Martin, Jr. Bernard S. Flint Naveed Chowhan 1:45.97
2003 Be Gentle John McKee D. Wayne Lukas Thomas F. Van Meter II 1:45.91
2002 My Boston Gal Calvin Borel Carl Nafzger Stoneledge Racing et al. 1:45.00
2001 Belterra Jon Court Carl Nafzger Robert T. Manfuso 1:43.82
2000 Miss Pickums Justin Vitek Paul J. McGee Siegel family 1:48.84
1999 Humble Clerk Jon Court Niall M. O'Callaghan Gary A. Tanaka 1:45.26
1998 Silverbulletday Gary Stevens Bob Baffert Michael E. Pegram 1:43.87



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