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Lane's End Stakes

Grade II race
Lane's End Stakes
Location Turfway Park
Florence, Kentucky
Inaugurated 1972
Race type Thoroughbred - Flat racing
Website Turfway Park
Race information
Distance 1⅛ miles (9 furlongs)
Track Dirt, left-handed
Qualification Three-year-olds
Weight Assigned
Purse $500,000

The Lane's End Stakes is an American thoroughbred horse race held in late March at Turfway Park in Florence, Kentucky in the Cincinnati area. The race is open to three-year-olds willing to race one and one-eighth miles (9 furlongs) on the main track, which is now a synethic surface at Turfway. It is a Grade II Stakes race and currently offers a purse of $500,000.

It was first run on April 1, 1972 as the Spiral Stakes. In 1982, bourbon whiskey maker Jim Beam became its sponsor and the race renamed the Jim Beam Spiral Stakes and later just the Jim Beam Stakes. In 2002, Lane's End Farm took over as sponsor of the race.

In 1984 it was given Grade III status, then, after moving to Turfway Park in 1986, its purse was increased and in 1988 was elevated to a Grade II race. Since inception, the race has been contested at various distances:

  • 1 mile : 1972-1981
  • 11/16 miles : 1982-1987
  • 1⅛ miles : 1988 to present

On March 30, 1991, Hansel set a new track record while winning the Jim Beam Stakes. In 1995, future Hall of Famer Serena's Song became the first filly to win the race. Other horses to win who went on to capture at least one of the American Classic Races includes Summer Squall (1990), Lil E. Tee (1992), and Prairie Bayou (1993).

The race was run in two divisions in 1973, 1974, 1975, 1977, 1978, and 1980.



Speed record:

  • 1:46.60 - Hansel (1991) (at current distance of 1⅛ miles)

Most wins by an owner:

  • 5 - Golden Chance Farm (1977, 1978, 1980 (2))

Most wins by a jockey:

  • 5 - Pat Day (1984, 1987, 1989, 1990, 1992)

Most wins by a trainer:

  • 7 - William E. Adams (1977 (2), 1978 (2), 1979, 1980 (2))

Winners of the Lane's End Stakes






2010 Dean's Kitten Cornelio Velasquez Michael J. Maker Ken and Sarah Ramsey 1:50.59
2009 Hold Me Back Kent Desormeaux William I. Mott WinStar Farm 1:49.63
2008 Adriano Edgar Prado H. Graham Motion Courtlandt Farms 1:50.20
2007 Hard Spun Mario G. Pino J. Larry Jones Fox Hill Farms Inc. 1:49.41
2006 With A City Brice Blanc Michael J. Maker Equirace.com 1:51.11
2005 Flower Alley Jorge Chavez Todd A. Pletcher Melnyk Racing Stables 1:50.33
2004 Sinister G Paul Toscano John Toscano, Jr. John T. Toscano III et al. 1:50.71
2003 New York Hero Norberto Arroyo, Jr. Jennifer Pedersen Paraneck Stable 1:50.68
2002 Perfect Drift Ed Delahoussaye Murray W. Johnson Stonecrest Farm 1:48.83
2001 Balto Star Mark Guidry Todd A. Pletcher Anstu Stable 1:47.23
2000 Globalize Francisco Torres Jerry Hollendorfer Howard Litt et al. 1:49.16
1999 Stephen Got Even Shane Sellers Nick Zito Stephen Hilbert 1:49.03
1998 Event of the Year Russell Baze Jerry Hollendorfer Golden Eagle Farm 1:47.00
1997 Concerto Carlos Marquez, Jr. John J. Tammaro III Kinsman Stable 1:48.20
1996 Roar Mike E. Smith C. R. McGaughey III Claiborne/Dilschneider 1:49.60
1995 Serena's Song Corey Nakatani D. Wayne Lukas Bob & Beverly Lewis 1:49.60
1994 Polar Expedition Curt Bourque Hugh H. Robertson James Cody 1:49.00
1993 Prairie Bayou Chris McCarron Thomas Bohannan Loblolly Stable 1:50.80
1992 Lil E. Tee Pat Day Lynn S. Whiting W. Cal Partee 1:53.40
1991 Hansel Jerry D. Bailey Frank L. Brothers Lazy Lane Farm 1:46.60
1990 Summer Squall Pat Day Neil J. Howard Dogwood Stable 1:49.40
1989 Western Playboy Pat Day Harvey L. Vanier Nancy Vanier 1:49.00
1988 Kingpost Eugene Sipus, Jr. Dianne Carpenter Mark Warner 1:50.80
1987 J. T.'s Pet Pat Day Lynn S. Whiting W. Cal Partee 1:42.80
1986 Broad Brush Vince Bracciale, Jr. Richard Small Robert E. Meyerhoff 1:44.20
1985 Banner Bob Keith Allen Jerome Sarner, Jr. Sharon & W. J. Walsh 1:42.00
1984 At The Threshold Pat Day Lynn S. Whiting W. Cal Partee 1:42.80
1983 Marfa Jorge Velasquez D. Wayne Lukas Beal/French, Jr./Lukas 1:42.40
1982 Good N' Dusty Michael Moran Jasper Adams Larry R. Lehman 1:44.60
1981 Mythical Ruler Kevin Wirth Fred Wirth Price & Risen 1:38.00
1980 Spruce Needles Mark Sellers William E. Adams Golden Chance Farm 1:36.20
1980 Major Run Mark Sellers William E. Adams Golden Chance Farm 1:37.60
1979 Lot O' Gold Don Brumfield William E. Adams Frederick E. Lehmann 1:37.60
1978 Raymond Earl Julio Espinoza William E. Adams Robert N. Lehmann 1:38.80
1978 Five Star General Julio Espinoza William E. Adams Golden Chance Farm 1:37.80
1977 Bob's Dusty Julio Espinoza William E. Adams Robert N. Lehmann 1:38.80
1977 Smiley's Dream W. Destefona William E. Adams Golden Chance Farm 1:39.40
1976 Inca Roca William Nemeti A. T. Skinner C. Jarrell 1:37.40
1975 Ambassador's Image E. Snell D. Ball Donamire Farm 1:38.40
1975 Naughty Jake German Vasquez Jake Bachelor Mildred Bachelor 1:40.00
1974 King of Rome Keith Wirth Fred Wirth Fred Wirth 1:45.40
1974 Aglorite Keith Wirth Fred Wirth A. Risen Jr. 1:44.60
1973 Jacks Chevron Mickey Solomone C. C. Patrick C. C. Patrick 1:41.00
1973 Bootlegger's Pet Kerry Wirth Carl Sitgraves W. Hines/C. Sitgraves 1:42.00
1972 Big Dot Jim Murchison James Eckrosh E. Lowrence 1:38.80

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