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Turf Classic Stakes

Grade I race
Turf Classic Stakes
Location Churchill Downs
Louisville, Kentucky, United States
Inaugurated 1987
Race type Thoroughbred - Flat racing
Website Churchill Downs
Race information
Distance 1⅛ miles (9 furlongs)
Track Grass, left-handed
Qualification Three-year-olds & up
Weight Scale Weight
Purse $500,000

The Turf Classic Stakes is an American thoroughbred horse race run in early May at Churchill Downs open to horses three years old and up. It is raced on turf at a distance of one and one-eighth miles and currently offers a purse of $500,000.

Formerly known as the Early Times Turf Classic Stakes it is now sponsored by Woodford Reserve. A major springtime race, it has been a grade I event since 1998.

The 1987 inaugural running of the Early Times Turf Classic Stakes was won by the 1986 Breeders' Cup Turf winner, Manila.



Speed Record:

  • 1:46.34 - Lure (1993)

Most wins:

Most wins by an owner:

Most wins by a jockey:

Most wins by a Trainer:

  • 2 - Richard J. Lundy (1991, 1992)

Turf Classic Stakes winners







2010 General Quarters 4 Rafael Bejarano Thomas R. McCarthy Thomas R. McCarthy 1:53.42
2009 Einstein 7 Julien Leparoux Helen Pitts Midnight Cry Stable 1:49.62
2008 Einstein 6 Robby Albarado Helen Pitts P. Cunningham/M. Greene 1:50.50
2007 Sky Conqueror 5 Javier Castellano Darwin D. Banach William A. Sorokolit, Sr. 1:49.01
2006 English Channel 4 Garrett K. Gomez Todd A. Pletcher James T. Scatuorchio 1:47.15
2005 America Alive 4 Robby Albarado Neil J. Howard Mill House Stable 1:47.34
2004 Stroll 4 Jerry D. Bailey William I. Mott Claiborne Farm 1:53.00
2003 Honor In War 4 David R. Flores Paul McGee 3rd Turn Stables 1:46.67
2002 Beat Hollow 5 Alex Solis Robert J. Frankel Juddmonte Farms 1:47.35
2001 White Heart 6 Gary L. Stevens Neil Drysdale Gainsborough Farms 1:48.75
2000 Manndar 4 Corey Nakatani C. Beau Greely Columbine Stable et al. 1:47.91
1999 Wild Event 6 Shane Sellers Lou M. Goldfine Arthur I. Appleton 1:47.25
1998 Joyeux Danseur 5 Robby Albarado Albert Stall, Jr. B. Wayne Hughes 1:48.14
1997 Always A Classic 4 Jerry D. Bailey Mark Frostad Sam-Son Farm 1:49.29
1996 Mecke 4 Pat Day Emanuel Tortora James Lewis, Jr. 1:49.48
1995 Romarin 5 Corey Nakatani Richard Mandella L. E. de Paula Machado 1:46.86
1994 Paradise Creek 5 Pat Day William I. Mott Masayuki Nishiyama 1:48.34
1993 Lure 4 Mike E. Smith C. R. McGaughey III Claiborne Farm 1:46.34
1992 Cudas 4 Pat Valenzuela Richard J. Lundy Allen E. Paulson 1:46.56
1991 Opening Verse 5 Jerry D. Bailey Richard J. Lundy Allen E. Paulson 1:47.22
1990 Ten Keys 6 Kent Desormeaux Michael Pino Charles Linhoss 1:50.80
1989 Equalize 7 Jose Santos Angel Penna, Sr. Alejandro Menditeguy 1:51.40
1988 Yankee Affair 6 Pat Day Henry L. Carroll Jujugen Stable 1:50.00
1987 Manila 4 Angel Cordero, Jr. LeRoy Jolley Bradley M. Shannon 1:48.80

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