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Kentucky Cup Turf Stakes

Grade III race
Kentucky Cup Turf Stakes
Location Kentucky Downs
Franklin, Kentucky, United States
Inaugurated 1991
Race type Thoroughbred - Flat racing
Website www.kentuckydowns.com
Race information
Distance 1½ miles (12 furlongs)
Track Grass, left-handed
Qualification Three-year-olds & up
Weight Three-Year-Olds: 118 lbs.
Older Horses: 122 lbs.
Purse $200,000

The Kentucky Cup Turf Stakes is an American Thoroughbred horse race run annually at Kentucky Downs racetrack in Franklin, Kentucky. A Grade III turf race open to horses age three and older, it is contested at a distance of 1½ miles (12 furlongs) on a European-style turf course laid out in a kidney shape.

The Kentucky Cup Turf Stakes is run in mid September as the feature event on the racecourse's opening day. It was first run in 1991 as the Sam Houston Handicap but was on hiatus after the track closed due to financial difficulties. When the track reopened in 1998 the race was renamed the Kentucky Cup Turf Handicap as part of the Kentucky Cup Turf Festival [1]


Speed record:

  • 2:26.98 - General Jumbo (2007) (new course record)

Most wins:

  • 2 - Rochester (2002, 2003)

Most wins by an owner:

  • 2 - Augustin Stable (2002, 2003)

Most wins by a jockey:

  • 2 - Eddie Martin, Jr. (2002, 2003)

Most wins by a trainer:








2009 Cloudy's Knight 9 Rosemary Homeister, Jr. Jonathan E. Sheppard S J Stables LLC 2:33.96
2008 Rumor Has It 7 Eddie Perez David H. Hinsley W. Patterson/J. Glenn 2:28.27
2007 General Jumbo 5 Jeremy Rose H. Graham Motion Thomas Conway 2:26.98
2006 Embossed 4 Larry Melancon Niall O'Callaghan Gary A. Tanaka 2:36.92
2005 Silverfoot 5 Rafael Bejarano Dallas Stewart Chrysalis Stables 2:30.30
2004 Sabiango 6 Brice Blanc Tim Yakteen Monty Roberts 2:33.70
2003 Rochester 7 Eddie Martin, Jr. Jonathan Sheppard Augustin Stable 2:31.39
2002 Rochester 6 Eddie Martin, Jr. Jonathan Sheppard Augustin Stable 2:38.28
2001 Chorwon 8 Jon Court Hal R. Wiggins Thomas C. Mueller 2:28.68
2000 Down The Aisle 7 Robby Albarado William I. Mott Charles H. Deters 2:27.70
1999 Fahris 5 Shane Sellers Kiaran McLaughlin Sabine Stable 2:29.60
1998 Yaqthan 8 Brian Peck Anthony Reinstedler Merdonmar Stable 2:27.60
1997 no race
1996 no race
1995 Lassigny 4 Pat Day William I. Mott Saud al Kabeer 2:30.60
1994 Lindon Lime 4 Shane Sellers W. Elliott Walden F. ManseII 2:31.40
1993 Know Heights 4 Kent Desormeaux Robert B. Hess, Jr. M. Sloan 2:25.60
1992 Drummer Boy 4 Garrett Gomez Dennis W. Ebert E. Ebert 2:28.40
1991 Silver Medallion 5 Craig Perret Philip M. Hauswald John A. Franks 2:31.30

* In 2003, Art Variety finished first but was disqualified for interference and set back to third.



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