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Kentucky Stakes

Grade III race
Kentucky Stakes
Location Churchill Downs
Louisville, Kentucky, USA
Race type Thoroughbred - Flat racing
Website www.churchilldowns.com
Race information
Distance 5 furlong sprint
Track Grass, left-handed
Qualification Two-year-olds
Weight Assigned
Purse $150,000

The Kentucky Stakes is an American Thoroughbred horse race held annually in early May at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky. The event is open to two-year-old horses. Previously a race contested at five and a half furlongs on dirt, it has been run at a distance of five furlongs since 2006.

There was no race run in 2005.



Speed record:

  • 1:03.11 - Leelanau (2001) (new track record)

Most wins by a trainer:

  • 5 - Steve Asmussen (2003, 2004, 2006, 2007) (five consecutive editions)

Winners since 1997






2008 Run Away and Hide Robby Albarado Ronny Werner R. Kirk/J. Bates/M. Riordan 0:57.56
2007 Rated Feisty Shaun Bridgmohan Steve Asmussen Heiligbrodt/JMJ Racing Stable 0:57.46
'2006 Datrick Shaun Bridgmohan Steve Asmussen Heiligbrodt Racing Stable 0:58.37
2005 no race
2004 Lunarpal Shane Sellers Steve Asmussen Heiligbrodt Racing Stable 1:04.07
2003 Cuvee Lonnie Meche Steve Asmussen Winchell Thoroughbreds 1:04.45
2002 Posse Donnie Meche Steve Asmussen Heiligbrodt Racing Stable 1:03.73
2001 Leelanau Jon Court Steven Morguelan Iron Horse Racing 1:03.11
2000 Gold Mover Craig Perret Mark A. Hennig Edward P. Evans 1:03.67
1999 Chilukki Robby Albarado Bob Baffert Stonerside Stable 1:04.01
1998 Yes It's True Shane Sellers D. Wayne Lukas Padua Stables 1:03.61
1997 Favorite Trick Pat Day Patrick B. Byrne Joseph LaCombe 1:04.80

Earlier winners

  • 1996 - Move
  • 1995 - Miraloma
  • 1994 - My My
  • 1993 - Asta's Foxy Lady
  • 1992 - Tempered Halo
  • 1991 - Hippomenes
  • 1990 - To Freedom
  • 1988 - Island Escape



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