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Woodford Stakes

Grade III race
Woodford Stakes
Location Keeneland Race Course
Lexington, Kentucky, United States
Inaugurated 1997
Race type Thoroughbred - Flat racing
Website www.keeneland.com
Race information
Distance 5½ furlongs
Track Grass, left-handed
Qualification Three-years-old & up
Weight Assigned
Purse $150,000

The Woodford Stakes is an American Thoroughbred horse race held annually at Keeneland Race Course in Lexington, Kentucky. Run in early October, the race is open to horses age three and older. A five and a half furlong sprint, it is raced on turf.

Previously a Listed race, it was elevated to Grade III status for 2009 by the American Graded Stakes Committee.

Inaugurated in 1997 as the Nureyev Stakes in honor of the Champion sire, Nuryev, in 2003 it was renamed for Woodford County, Kentucky. It was known as the Woodford County Stakes until 2006 when it became the Woodford Stakes.


Speed record:

  • 1:01.67 - Sgt. Bert (2006) (course record)

Most wins:

  • 2 - Morluc (2000, 2001)
  • 2 - Sgt. Bert (2005, 2006)

Most wins by an owner:

  • 2 - Michael P. Cloonan (2000, 2001)
  • 2 - C. Gary Edelen & Fred Preuss, Jr. (2005, 2006)

Most wins by a jockey:

Most wins by a trainer:

  • 2 - Ben W. Perkins, Jr. (1999, 2002)
  • 2 - Randy L. Morse (2000, 2001)
  • 2 - Gary Montgomery (2005, 2006)








2009 Silver Timber 6 Julien Leparoux Chad Brown Michael Dubb 1:04.67
2008 Chamberlain Bridge 4 Jamie Theriot W. Bret Calhoun Carl R. Moore Mgmt LLC 1:02.39
2007 Fort Prado 6 Rene Douglas Chris M. Block Team Block 1:03.20
2006 Sgt. Bert 5 Rafael Bejarano Gary Montgomery C. G. Edelen/F. Preuss, Jr. 1:01.67
2005 Sgt. Bert 4 Rafael Bejarano Gary Montgomery C. G. Edelen/F. Preuss, Jr. 1:04.06
2004 Battle Won 4 Rafael Bejarano Charles Simon Jay Manoogian 1:02.70
2003 Joe's Son Joey 5 Robby Albarado Timothy A. Hills Joseph R. Lunetta 1:03.49
2002 Manofglory 5 Jorge Chavez Ben W. Perkins, Jr. Raymond Dweck 1:03.99
2001 Morluc 5 Robby Albarado Randy L. Morse Michael P. Cloonan 1:02.22
2000 Morluc 4 Shane Sellers Randy L. Morse Michael P. Cloonan 1:02.20
1999 Howbaddouwantit 4 Dale Beckner Ben W. Perkins, Jr. Larry F. Hall 1:02.00
1998 Soldier Field 3 Rick Wilson Linda L. Rice David Sepler 1:03.00
1997 Sesaro 5 Shane Sellers Charles Lopresti Calumet Farm 1:02.80



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