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Southwest Stakes

Grade III race
Southwest Stakes
Location Oaklawn Park Race Track
Hot Springs, Arkansas
Inaugurated 1968
Race type Thoroughbred - Flat racing
Website Oaklawn Jockey Club, Inc.
Race information
Distance 1 mile (8 furlongs)
Track Dirt, left-handed
Qualification Three-year-olds
Weight Assigned
Purse $250,000

The Southwest Stakes is an American Thoroughbred horse race held at Oaklawn Park Race Track in Hot Springs, Arkansas in mid February during the President's Day weekend. The race is open to three-year-old horses willing to race one mile on the dirt and currently offers a purse of $250,000. On November 28, 2007, the ungraded Southwest Stakes was upgraded to a Grade III event by the American Graded Stakes Committee.

Inaugurated in 1968 as the Southwest Handicap, it was run at a distance of six furlongs from 1968 through 1983. The race is often used as a prep to the Rebel Stakes and the Arkansas Derby.

The race's forerunner was the Southwest Purse, held in 1959 and 1962 and won by Call Hy and Killoqua, respectively.

It was run in two divisions in 1972 and 2002.


Speed record:

  • 1:34.40 - Whitebrush (1984)

Most wins by a jockey:

Most wins by a trainer:

Most wins by an owner:

Winners of the Southwwest Stakes






2010 Conveyance Martin Garcia Bob Baffert Zabeel Racing International, LLC 1:36.94
2009 Old Fashioned Ramon Dominguez J. Larry Jones Fox Hill Farms 1:37.41
2008 Denis of Cork Robby Albarado David M. Carroll Mr. & Mrs. William Warren 1:37.89
2007 Teuflesberg Stewart Elliot Jamie Sanders Gary S. Logsdon et al. 1:38.20
2006 Lawyer Ron John McKee Robert E. Holthus Est. James T. Hines, Jr. 1:40.00
2005 Greater Good John McKee Robert E. Holthus Lewis Lakin 1:39.09
2004 Smarty Jones Stewart Elliot John Servis Roy & Patricia Chapman 1:37.57
2003 Great Notion Terry Thompson Darrin Miller Silverton Hills Farm 1:38.96
2002 Private Emblem Donnie Meche Steve Asmussen J. Cassels / R. Zollars 1:40.29
2002 Paloma Parilla James Lopez Larry Robideaux, Jr. Barnett Stables 1:41.70
2001 Son of Rocket Terry Thompson Robert E. Holthus Frank Fletcher Racing 1:38.34
2000 Afternoon Affair Joe Judice Robert E. Holthus Swifty Farms 1:37.00
1999 Jim'Smrtee Travis Hightower John Milliron James Hutzel 1:39.40
1998 Hot Wheels Calvin Borel Thomas Amoss So What's Nu Stable 1:38.60
1997 Smoke Glacken Craig Perret Henry L. Carroll Karkenny, Levy & Roberts 1:38.60
1996 Ide Craig Perret Pete Vestal Willmott Stables 1:37.80
1995 Mystery Storm Carlos Gonzalez Larry Robideaux, Jr. David Beard 1:36.60
1994 Southern Rhythm Garrett Gomez James Keefer Heiligbrodt, Keefer & New 1:36.80
1993 Foxtrail Willie Martinez Larry Robideaux, Jr. Linda Bennett 1:36.40
1992 Big Sur David Guillory D. Wayne Lukas Overbrook Farm & Lukas 1:36.60
1991 Fenter Don Howard Thomas Bohannan Loblolly Stable 1:37.00
1990 Tarascon Larry Snyder Jack Van Berg John A. Franks 1:35.80
1989 Termez Dean Kutz J. Bert Sonnier Knelman & Hayden 1:37.80
1988 Proper Reality Jerry D. Bailey Robert E. Holthus James A. Winn 1:36.80
1987 Demons Begone Pat Day Philip M. Hauswald Loblolly Stable 1:34.60
1986 Rare Brick Mike E. Smith Tony Foyt A. J. Foyt 1:36.20
1985 Clever Allemont Pat Day Lynn S. Whiting W. Cal Partee 1:37.60
1984 Whitebrush Garth Patterson C. R. McGaughey III Loblolly Stable 1:34.40

Earlier winners

  • 1983 - Say I'm Smart
  • 1982 - El Baba
  • 1981 - Bold Ego
  • 1980 - Be A Prospect
  • 1979 - Clever Trick
  • 1978 - Bold L. B.
  • 1977 - J. J. Battle
  • 1976 - Our Future King
  • 1975 - Promised City
  • 1974 - J. R.'s Pet
  • 1973 - Game Lad
  • 1972 - Parlez Encore (Div 1)
  • 1972 - Billy Rogell (Div 2)
  • 1971 - Barbizon Streak
  • 1970 - Love That Dollar
  • 1969 - Ruler In Gold
  • 1968 - Mr. Cozy


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