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Pocahontas Stakes

Grade III race
Pocahontas Stakes
Location Churchill Downs
Louisville, Kentucky, United States
Inaugurated 1969
Race type Thoroughbred - Flat racing
Website www.churchilldowns.com
Race information
Distance 1 mile (8 furlongs)
Track Dirt, left-handed
Qualification Two-years-old fillies
Weight Assigned
Purse US$200,000

The Pocahontas Stakes is a Grade III race held every year at Louisville, Kentucky's Churchill Downs fall meet. Open only to two-year-old Thoroughbred fillies, it's set at a distance of one mile (eight furlongs) on the dirt.

The Pocahontas will be in its 42nd running in 2010. The race was first held on Thanksgiving Day in 1969 and was fittingly named for Pocahontas, the daughter of Native-American chief Powhatan, who aided the early American settlers. The stakes race itself remained as a Thanksgiving Day event until 1982 when it was moved to the early weeks of the Fall Meet. That new scheduling allowed the Pocahontas to become a major prep for the more prestigious Golden Rod Stakes.

The distance of the race originated at 7 furlongs and was run at that distance for the first 13 years from 1969-1981. The distance was changed to one mile beginning in 1982 and has continued at that distance through 2010.

Contents

Records

Speed record:

  • 1 mile - 1:34.57 - Sara Louise (2008)

Most wins by a jockey:

  • 7 - Pat Day (1983 div.1, 1983 div.2, 1984, 1987, 1994, 1995, 2004)

Most wins by a trainer:

  • 3 - Pete Vestal (1991, 1996, 1997)

Most wins by an owner:

  • 3 - Wilmott Stables (1991, 1996, 1997)

Winners of the Pocahontas Stakes since 1992

Year

Winner

Age

Jockey

Trainer

Owner

Distance

Time

Purse

Grade

2009

Sassy Image

2

Robby Albarado Dale L. Romans Jerry Romans, Jr.

1 mile

1:38.62

$200,000

III

2008

Sara Louise

2

Robby Albarado Dale L. Romans Eldon Farm

1 mile

1:34.57

$200,000

III

2007

Pure Clan

2

Julien Leparoux Robert E. Holthus Lewis G. Lakin

1 mile

1:38.30

$300,000

III

2006

Change Up

2

Garrett Gomez Steven Flint Richard, Bertram & Elaine Klein

1 mile

1:35.97

$200,000

III

2005

French Park

2

Mark Guidry Helen Pitts Steve Stan Stables

1 mile

1:37.19

$200,000

III

2004

Punch Appeal

2

Pat Day Steve Asmussen Heiligbrodt Racing

1 mile

1:37.77

$200,000

III

2003

Stellar Jayne

2

Cornelio Velasquez D. Wayne Lukas Spendthrift Farm

1 mile

1:38.97

$200,000

III

2002

Belle of Perintown

2

Mark Guidry Eddie Kenneally Ken Mahler & Jamie Schloss

1 mile

1:36.52

$200,000

III

2001

Lotta Rhythm

2

Marlon St. Julien Hal R. Wiggins Dolphus Morrison

1 mile

1:37.96

$200,000

III

2000

Unbridled Elaine

2

Shane Sellers Dallas Stewart Roger J. Devenport

1 mile

1:34.82

$200,000

III

1999

Crown of Crimson

2

Robby Albarado Bob Baffert Golden Eagle Farm

1 mile

1:37.81

$200,000

III

1998

The Happy Hopper

2

Willie Martinez Robert E. Holthus Kerry & Linda Ozment

1 mile

1:37.73

$200,000

III

1997

Mission Park

2

Calvin Borel Pete Vestal Willmott Stables

1 mile

1:38.55

$200,000

III

1996

Water Street

2

Craig Peret Pete Vestal Willmott Stables

1 mile

1:36.90

$200,000

III

1995

Birr

2

Pat Day Elliott Walden Prestonwood Farm

1 mile

1:36.84

$200,000

III

1994

Minister Wife

2

Pat Day D. Wayne Lucas Fares Farm

1 mile

1:38.64

$200,000

III

1993

At The Half

2

Shane Sellers Carl Bowman Wayne G. Lyster, III

1 mile

1:38.13

$200,000

III

1992

Coni Bug

2

Shane Sellers Anthony Granitz Wheeler Farm

1 mile

1:37.85

$140,000

III


Earlier winners

The race was run in two divisions in 1973, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1980, 1981, 1982 and 1983.

  • 1991 - Fretina
  • 1990 - Middlefork Rapids
  • 1989 - Crowned
  • 1988 - Solid Eight
  • 1987 - Epitome
  • 1986 - Bestofbothworlds
  • 1985 - Prime Union
  • 1984 - Gallant Libby
  • 1983 - Geevilla
  • 1983 - Flippers
  • 1982 - Brindy Brindy
  • 1982 - Weekend Surprise
  • 1981 - Majestic Gold
  • 1981 - Taylor Park
  • 1980 - Kathy T.
  • 1980 - Masters Dream
  • 1979 - Dancing Blade
  • 1978 - Star Clock
  • 1978 - Safe
  • 1977 - Plains and Simple
  • 1977 - Rainy Princess
  • 1976 - Sweet Alliance
  • 1976 - Ciao
  • 1975 - Alvarada
  • 1973 - Fairway Fable
  • 1973 - Shoo Dear
  • 1972 - Vaguely Familiar
  • 1971 - Candid Catherine
  • 1970 - Fair Ye Well
  • 1969 - Artists Proof


References



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