Fair Grounds Stakes

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The Fair Grounds Stakes is a Grade III American Thoroughbred horse race for four-year-olds and older. It is run over a distance of about ​1 18 miles (9 furlongs) on the turf at the Fair Grounds Race Course in New Orleans, Louisiana. Originally a handicap, it is now run under allowance weight conditions. It currently offers a purse of $150,000.

Fair Grounds Stakes
Grade III race
LocationFair Grounds Race Course
New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
Race typeThoroughbredFlat racing
Websitewww.fairgroundsracecourse.com
Race information
DistanceAbout ​1 18 miles
SurfaceTurf
Trackleft-handed
QualificationFour-years-old & older
Weight124 lbs with allowances
Purse$150,000 (since 2018)[1]

Run in mid-February, the race is part of Louisiana Derby Preview Day at the New Orleans racetrack.[2]

HistoryEdit

The 2006 renewal was run at a distance of ​1 116 miles. Otherwise, the race is run at a distance of about ​1 18 miles – the exact distance depends on the placement of the temporary rail.[1][3]

Mystery Giver won the race three times, in 2002 through 2004.[4] Yukon Gold won three runnings in 1993 through 1995 when the race was known as the Fair Grounds Budweiser Breeders' Cup Handicap.[5] The race earned Grade III status in 2006.[1]

Winners since 2000Edit

Year
Winner
Age
Jockey
Trainer
Owner
Time
2020 Factor This 5 Shaun Bridgmohan Brad H. Cox Gaining Ground Racing 1:47.29
2019 Synchrony 6 Joe Bravo Michael Stidham Pin Oak Stable 1:48.09
2018 Synchrony 5 Joe Bravo Michael Stidham Pin Oak Stable 1:48.82
2017 Enterprising 6 Julien Leparoux Michael J. Maker Maxis Stable 1:48.80
2016 Chocolate Ride 6 Florent Geroux Brad H. Cox Wentworth Brochu 1:49.31
2015 Chocolate Ride 5 Florent Geroux Brad H. Cox John Wentworth 1:48.84
2014 Potomac River 5 Juan P. Vargas Jose M. Camejo Maribel Ruelas 1:50.52
2013 Optimizer 4 Jon Court D. Wayne Lukas Calumet Farm 1:56.06
2012 Smart Bid 6 Augustin Stable 1:51.91
2011 Expansion 6 Mary & Gary West 1:54.94
2010 Blues Street 6 Anstu Stables, Inc. 1:51.71
2009 Diamond Tycoon 5 Julien Leparoux Andrew McKeever Charlotte Musgrave 1:52.12
2008 Daytona 4 Mike E. Smith Dan L. Hendricks J.Davenport/T.Lenner et al. 1:50.09
2007 Cloudy's Knight 7 Ramsey Zimmerman James McMullen S J Stables LLC 1:49.48
2006 Fort Prado 6 Robby Albarado Jeff Trosclair Team Block 1:43.16
2005 G P Fleet 5 Jose Martinez, Jr. Steven Flint Klein family 1:53.79
2004 Mystery Giver 6 Robby Albarado Richard R. Scherer Team Block 1:51.77
2003 Mystery Giver 5 Robby Albarado Richard R. Scherer Team Block 1:50.41
2002 Mystery Giver 4 Eddie Martin, Jr. Richard R. Scherer Team Block 1:50.13
2001 Candid Glen 4 E. J. Perrodin Andrew Leggio, Jr. Glen C. Warren 1:54.03
2000 Profit Option 5 Lonnie Meche Kenneth Hoffman Team Canonie, Inc. 1:52.52

Earlier winners (partial)Edit

  • 1999 - Aboriginal Apex (6) (Stakes winner.)
  • 1998 - Joyeux Danseur (5) (Grade I stakes winner.)
  • 1997 - Snake Eyes (7) (Multiple graded stakes winner.)
  • 1996 - Born Wild (4) (Multiple graded stakes winner.)
  • 1995 - Yukon Robbery (7) (Multiple graded stakes winner.)
  • 1994 - Yukon Robbery (6)
  • 1993 - Yukon Robbery (5)
  • 1992 - Rainbows For Life (4)
  • 1991 - First Tea (4)
  • 1988 - Top Quest (GB) (5)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c "Stakes Profile". www.equibase.com. Retrieved 22 May 2020.
  2. ^ "Weekend Lineup: Risen Star Times Two". Paulick Report. 14 February 2020. Retrieved 22 May 2020.
  3. ^ "Chart of the 2018 Fair Grounds". equibase.com. Retrieved 22 May 2020.
  4. ^ "Synchrony Seeks Hat Trick in Fair Grounds Stakes". BloodHorse.com. Retrieved 22 May 2020.
  5. ^ "Profile of Yukon Gold". equibase.com. Retrieved 22 May 2020.