Elkhorn Stakes

The Elkhorn Stakes is a Grade II American Thoroughbred horse race for four-year-olds and older over a distance of ​1 12 miles on the turf held annually in early April at Keeneland Race Course, Lexington, Kentucky during the spring meeting. It currently offers a purse of $175,000.

Elkhorn Stakes
Grade II race
LocationKeeneland
Lexington, Kentucky, United States
Inaugurated1986
Race typeThoroughbred - Flat racing
SponsorTVG (2020)
WebsiteKeeneland
Race information
Distance1 12 miles (12 furlongs)
SurfaceTurf
TrackLeft-handed
QualificationFour-year-olds & up
Weight123 lbs with allowances
Purse$175,000 (2020)

HistoryEdit

The event is named for Elkhorn and area which it is believed that Daniel Boone took his first steps in what is now Kentucky near present-day Elkhorn City on a hunting expedition.[1] Also the name is synonymous with Elkhorn Creek, a stream running through several counties in Central Kentucky.

The event was inaugurated on 20 April 1986 and was won by Lieutenant's Lark, starting 10-1 went wire-to-wire with Frank Lovato Jr. aboard in a time of 1:54​35 over the ​1 18 miles distance.[2] The event was increased to the current distance of a mile and one half in 1996.[3]

A Grade III event from 1988 to 1989 and from 1996 to 2007, it was a Grade II event from 1990 to 1995 and in 2008 was returned to its Grade II status.[4]

Several champions have won this event including the 1986 US Champion Male Turf Horse Manila in his season debut of 1987[5] and the dual Breeders' Cup Mile winner Lure who won this event in 1994 easily by four lengths as a short priced favorite.[6] Both these champions won the event when it was ​1 18 miles. Chief Bearhart won this event at the ​1 12 miles distance in 1997 en-route to becoming Canadian Horse of the Year and also US Champion Male Turf Horse.

RecordsEdit

Speed record
  • 1 12 miles: 2:27.80 - African Dancer (1999)
  • 1 18 miles: 1:47.00 - Marvin's Faith (IRE) (1995)
Margins
  • 4 34 lengths - Epicentre (2004)
Most wins
  • 2 - African Dancer (1998, 1999)
  • 2 - Kim Loves Bucky (2002, 2003)
  • 2 - Musketier (GER) (2010, 2011)
Most wins by an owner
Most wins by a jockey
Most wins by a trainer

WinnersEdit

Year Winner Age Jockey Trainer Owner Distance Time Purse Grade Ref
2020 Zulu Alpha 7 Tyler Gaffalione Michael J. Maker Michael M Hui 1 12 miles 2:30.82 $175,000 II [7]
2019 Bigger Picture 6 Tyler Gaffalione Michael J. Maker Three Diamonds Farm 1 12 miles 2:32.00 $250,000 II [8]
2018 One Go All Go 6 Chris Landeros Charles L. Dickey Rodney Paden 1 12 miles 2:30.76 $250,000 II [9]
2017 Itsinthepost (FR) 5 Tyler Baze Jeff Mullins Red Baron's Barn 1 12 miles 2:31.22 $250,000 II [10]
2016 Da Big Hoss 5 Florent Geroux Michael J. Maker Skychai Racing 1 12 miles 2:31.29 $250,000 II [11]
2015 Dramedy 6 Joe Bravo Gerald Russel Aschinger John James Revocable Trust 1 12 miles 2:31.17 $250,000 II [12]
2014 Unitarian 4 Javier Castellano Todd A. Pletcher Robert S. Evans 1 12 miles 2:32.60 $250,000 II [13]
2013 Dark Cove 6 Joel Rosario Michael J. Maker Kenneth and Sarah Ramsey 1 12 miles 2:30.84 $150,000 II [14]
2012 Point of Entry 4 John R. Velazquez Claude R. McGaughey III Phipps Stable 1 12 miles 2:29.45 $150,000 II [15]
2011 Musketier (GER) 9 John R. Velazquez Roger L. Attfield Stella Perdomo 1 12 miles 2:32.04 $150,000 II [16]
2010 Musketier (GER) 8 John R. Velazquez Roger L. Attfield Johanna Louise Glen-Teven 1 12 miles 2:31.32 $200,000 II [17]
2009 Spice Route (GB) 5 Rene R. Douglas Roger L. Attfield Attfield, Harlequin & Ralph Johnson 1 12 miles 2:29.23 $200,000 II [18]
2008 Dancing Forever 5 Rene R. Douglas Claude R. McGaughey III Phipps Stable 1 12 miles 2:29.79 $200,000 II [19]
2007 Ascertain (IRE) 6 Jamie Theriot Niall M. O'Callaghan Mrs. S. K. Johnston Jr. , Paul J. Dixon & Dr. Gene Voss 1 12 miles 2:30.40 $200,000 III [20]
2006 Pellegrino (BRZ) 7 Shaun Bridgmohan Roger L. Attfield Gary A. Tanaka 1 12 miles 2:29.84 $200,000 III [21]
2005 Macaw (IRE) 6 Javier Castellano Angel A. Penna Jr. George Melillo 1 12 miles 2:32.62 $200,000 III [22]
2004 Epicentre 5 Jerry D. Bailey Robert J. Frankel Juddmonte Farms 1 12 miles 2:31.96 $150,000 III [23]
2003 Kim Loves Bucky 6 Kent J. Desormeaux John Glenney Kim Glenney 1 12 miles 2:29.39 $150,000 III [24]
2002 Kim Loves Bucky 5 Jorge F. Chavez John Glenney Kim Glenney 1 12 miles 2:32.49 $150,000 III [25]
2001 Williams News 6 Robby Albarado Thomas M. Amoss On Target Racing Stable 1 12 miles 2:29.13 $113,400 III [26]
2000 Drama Critic 4 Jerry D. Bailey Mark A. Hennig Amerman Racing Stables 1 12 miles 2:28.00 $112,500 III [27]
1999 African Dancer 7 Jerry D. Bailey William I. Mott Pin Oak Stable 1 12 miles 2:27.80 $109,900 III [28]
1998 African Dancer 6 Jerry D. Bailey William I. Mott Pin Oak Stable 1 12 miles 2:31.60 $107,600 III [29]
1997 Chief Bearhart 4 Jose A. Santos Mark R. Frostad Sam-Son Farm 1 12 miles 2:28.40 $110,200 III [30]
1996 Vladivostok 6 Pat Day Neil J. Howard Bayard Sharp 1 12 miles 2:30.80 $110,100 III [31]
1995 Marvin's Faith (IRE) 4 Craig Perret Ian P. D. Jory Marvin Malmouth 1 18 miles 1:47.00 $114,000 II [32]
1994 Lure 5 Mike E. Smith Claude R. McGaughey III Claiborne Farm 1 18 miles 1:53.60 $107,300 II [6]
1993 Coaxing Matt 4 Pat Day Neil L. Pessin Elmer E. Miller 1 18 miles 1:47.60 $110,650 II [33]
1992 Fourstars Allstar 4 Jerry D. Bailey Leo O'Brien Richard M. Bomze 1 18 miles 1:47.60 $112,300 II [34]
1991 Itsallgreektome 4 Russell Baze Wallace Dollase Jhayare Stables 1 18 miles 1:51.20 $109,450 II [35]
1990 Ten Keys 6 Randy Romero Michael V. Pino Charles Linhoss 1 18 miles 1:51.80 $109,950 II [36]
1989 Exclusive Partner 7 Fernando Toro Richard E. Mandella R. Dee Hubbard 1 18 miles 1:50.40 $84,450 III [37]
1988 Yankee Affair 6 Pat Day Henry L. Carroll Ju Ju Jen Stable 1 18 miles 1:49.60 $86,900 III [38]
1987 Manila 4 Jacinto Vasquez LeRoy Jolley Bradley M. Shannon 1 18 miles 1:48.40 $53,875 [5]
1986 Lieutenant's Lark 4 Frank Lovato Jr. Howard M. Tesher Lowell T. Stevens 1 18 miles 1:54.60 $55,925 [2]

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ReferencesEdit

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