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Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes

Grade II race
Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes
Location Churchill Downs
Louisville, Kentucky, United States
Inaugurated 1920
Race type Thoroughbred - Flat racing
Website www.churchilldowns.com
Race information
Distance 11/16 miles (8.5 furlongs)
Track Dirt, left-handed
Qualification Two-years-olds
Weight Assigned
Purse US$150,000

The Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes is an American Thoroughbred horse race run annually during the last week of November at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky. A Grade II event, the race is open to two-year-olds willing to race one and one-sixteenth miles on the dirt.

Inaugurated in 1920 [1], the Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes was contested at a distance of one mile from its inception through 1979. The race was transferred to the Latonia Race Track in Covington, Kentucky in 1931 but returned to Churchill Downs in 1934.

The 84th running of the KJC will be in November 2010. There was no race run between 1939 and 1945. [2]

Contents

Historical notes

Five horses have won the Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes and then returned the next spring to the win the Kentucky Derby. The most recent Derby winner was Super Saver (2010). Prior winners were Cannonade (1974), Twenty Grand (1931), Clyde Van Dusen (1929) and Reigh Count (1928).

In 1930, Twenty Grand won the Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes in a track record time of 1:36 flat which at the time was the fastest mile ever run by a two-year-old in the United States. [3]

In 1933, Mata Hari became the first filly to win the Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes. [4]

Records

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

  • 1:42.83 - Super Saver (2009)

Winners

Year

Winner

Jockey

Trainer

Owner

Time
2009 Super Saver Calvin Borel Todd Pletcher WinStar Farm 1:42.83
2008 Beethoven Calvin Borel John T. Ward, Jr. John C. Oxley 1:44.14
2007 Anak Nakal Julien Leparoux Nick Zito Four Roses Thoroughbreds 1:43.16
2006 Tiz Wonderful John Velazquez Scott Blasi Stonestreet Stable 1:42.84
2005 Private Vow Shaun Bridgmohan Steve Asmussen Mike McCarty 1:45.80
2004 Greater Good John McKee Robert E. Holthus Lewis G. Lakin 1:45.14
2003 The Cliff's Edge Shane Sellers Nick Zito Robert V. LaPenta 1:45.50
2002 Soto Larry Melancon Michael W. Dickinson Baron Georg von Ullman 1:44.67
2001 Repent Tony D'Amico Kenneth G. McPeek Select Stable 1:44.42
2000 Dollar Bill Calvin Borel Dallas Stewart Gary & Mary West 1:47.18
1999 Captain Steve Robby Albarado Bob Baffert Michael E. Pegram 1:43.14
1998 Exploit Chris McCarron Bob Baffert Bob & Beverly Lewis 1:44.16
1997 Cape Town Willie Martinez D. Wayne Lukas Overbrook Farm 1:43.97
1996 Concerto Carlos Marquez, Jr. John Tammaro III Kinsman Stable 1:46.91
1995 Ide Craig Perret Peter M. Vestal Peter Willmott 1:44.31
1994 Jambalaya Jazz Sam Maple John T. Ward, Jr. John C. Oxley 1:46.46
1993 War Deputy Garrett Gomez Anthony L. Reinstedler Windfields Farm 1:46.75
1992 Wild Gale Shane Sellers Michael J. Doyle Little Fish Stable Inc. 1:45.64
1991 Dance Floor Chris Antley D. Wayne Lukas Oaktown Stable 1:45.21
1990 Richman Pat Day William I. Mott William F. Lucas 1:45.40
1989 Grand Canyon Angel Cordero, Jr. D. Wayne Lukas Lukas & Overbrook Farm 1:44.60

Earlier winners

  • 1988 - Tricky Creek
  • 1987 - Notebook
  • 1986 - Mt. Pleasant
  • 1985 - Mustin Lake
  • 1984 - Fuzzy
  • 1983 - Biloxi Indian
  • 1982 - Highland Park
  • 1981 - El Baba
  • 1980 - Television Studio
  • 1979 - King Neptune
  • 1978 - Lot O Gold
  • 1977 - Going Investor
  • 1976 - Run Dusty Run
  • 1975 - Play Boy
  • 1974 - Circle Home
  • 1972 - Puntilla
  • 1971 - Windjammer
  • 1970 - Line City
  • 1969 - Evasive Action
  • 1968 - Traffic Mark
  • 1967 - Mr. Brogann
  • 1966 - Lightning Orphan
  • 1965 - War Censor
  • 1964 - Umbrella Fella
  • 1963 - Journalist
  • 1962 - Sky Gem
  • 1961 - Su Ka wa
  • 1960 - Crimson Fury
  • 1959 - Oil Wick
  • 1958 - Winsome Winner
  • 1957 - Hill Country
  • 1956 - Federal Hill
  • 1955 - Royal Sting
  • 1954 - Prince Noor
  • 1952 - Straight Face
  • 1951 - Sub Fleet
  • 1950 - Pur Sang
  • 1949 - Roman Bath
  • 1948 - John's Joy
  • 1947 - Bold Gallant
  • 1939 - 1945 : no race
  • 1938 - T M Dorsett
  • 1937 - Mountain Ridge
  • 1936 - Reaping Reward
  • 1935 - Grand Slam
  • 1934 - Nellie Flag
  • 1933 - Mata Hari
  • 1932 - The Darb
  • 1931 - Kakapo
  • 1929 - Desert Light
  • 1926 - Valorous
  • 1925 - Canter
  • 1923 - Wise Counsellor
  • 1922 - Enchantment
  • 1921 - Startle
  • 1920 - Tryster


  • In 1987, Buoy won the race but was disqualified for interference and set back to second.

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