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Jim McKay Turf Sprint

Ungraded Stakes race
Jim McKay Turf Sprint
Location Pimlico Race Course, Template:Country data Maryland
Baltimore, Maryland, United States
Inaugurated 2006
Race type Thoroughbred - Flat racing
Website www.pimlico.com
Race information
Distance (5 furlongs)
Track Grass, left-handed
Qualification Three-years-old & up
Weight Assigned
Purse $100,000

The Jim McKay Turf Sprint is an American Thoroughbred horse race for three-year-olds and up held annually during the third week of May at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Maryland. It is run as part of the undercard for the Preakness Stakes, the second leg of the U.S. Triple Crown series. The race offers a purse of $100,000.[1]

The race was named in honor of James Kenneth McManus (1921-2008), better known by his professional name of Jim McKay, was an American television sports journalist. McKay is best known for hosting ABC's Wide World of Sports (1961–1998). McKay covered a wide variety of special events, including horse races such as the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness Stakes, golf events such as the British Open, and the Indianapolis 500.[2]

The Jim McKay Turf Sprint was first run in 2006 as the Baltimore Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint. In 2007 and 2008 the race was known as the "Old Mutual Turf Sprint." The Stakes record is held by Hero's Reward who won the race in 2007 in a time of :55.80 over five furlongs.[3]



Speed record:

  • 5 furlongs - :55 4/5 - Hero's Reward (2007)

Most wins by a horse:

  • 2 - Hero's Reward (2007 & 2008)

Most wins by a jockey:

  • 1 - no Jockey has won this race more than once

Most wins by a trainer:

  • 2 - Dale Capuano (2007 & 2008)

Most wins by a owner:

  • 2 - Rob Ry Farm (2007 & 2008)

Winners of the Jim McKay Turf Sprint since 2006












Central City


Julien R. Leparoux Ronnie W. Werner Preston Stable LLC

5 fur.




Mr. Nightlinger


Jamie Theriot William B. Calhoun Martin Racing Stable

5 fur.




Hero's Reward


Javier Castellano Dale Capuano Rob Ry Farm

5 fur.




Hero's Reward


Edgar Prado Dale Capuano Rob Ry Farm

5 fur.




My Lord


Rosie Napravnik Ann W. Merryman David A. Ross

5 fur.



See also


  1. 2007 Maryland Jockey Club Media Guide, page 55 on March 3, 2007.
  2. "Jim McKay, ABC Sportscaster, Dies at 86". The New York Times. June 8 2008. http://www.nytimes.com/2008/06/08/sports/08mckay.html?hp. Retrieved on 2008-06-07.
  3. Breeders Cup Web site, Turf Sprint Division page, http://www.breederscup.com/content.aspx?id=39415.


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