Florida Oaks

The Florida Oaks is an American flat Thoroughbred horse race for three-year-old fillies held annually in mid-March at Tampa Bay Downs in Oldsmar, Florida. It is currently a Grade III event run over a distance of 8.5 furlongs on the turf with a purse of $200,000.

Florida Oaks
Grade III race
LocationTampa Bay Downs
Oldsmar, Florida
Race typeThoroughbred - Flat racing
Race information
Distance1 116 miles (8.5 furlongs)
QualificationThree-year-old fillies
Weight123 lbs. with allowances[1]
Purse$200,00 (since 2014)[2]

The race was inaugurated in 1984, at which time it was run on the dirt at a distance of seven furlongs. The next year, the distance was changed in 1985 to ​1 116 miles and has remained so to date. The Hillsborough was first granted Grade III status by the American Graded Stakes Committee (AGSC) in 1996, but was downgraded to listed status in 2004. It returned to Grade III in 2008 but was again downgraded for 2011.[3] Tampa Bay Downs officials then decided to switch the race to the turf.[4] The AGSC restored the Grade III designation for the 2013 edition.[2]

Two Florida Oaks winners, Luv Me Luv Me Not in 1992 and Secret Status in 2000, went on to win the Kentucky Oaks at Churchill Downs.


Speed record:

Most wins by a jockey:

Most wins by a trainer:

Most wins by an owner:


2020 Outburst Javier Castellano Eddie Kenneally Marc Detampel et al. 1:42.03
2019 Concrete Rose Julien Leparoux George R. Arnold II Ashbrook Farm & BBN Racing LLC 1:43.02
2018 Andina Del Sur Julien Leparoux Thomas Albertrani Don Alberto Stable 1:42.37
2017 Fifty Five José Ortiz Thomas Bush Peter Brant 1:41.60
2016 Baciami Piccola Julien Leparoux Brian A. Lynch Amerman Racing 1:42.20
2015 Quality Rocks Jose Lezcano William I. Mott Flavor Racing/Brous Stable/Wachtel Stable/Destiny Oaks Of Ocala 1:43.39
2014 Testa Rossi Jose Lezcano Chad C. Brown Covello/Coleman/Doheny Racing Stable 1:43.51
2013 Tapicat Joel Rosario William I. Mott Besilu Stables 1:41.89
2012 Dixie Strike Jose Lezcano Mark Casse John C. Oxley 1:43.30
2011 Dynamic Holiday Ramón A. Domínguez H. Graham Motion Augustin Stable 1:45.56
2010 Diva Delite Rosemary Homeister, Jr. David Vivian Barbara Vivian/Dominic Vittese 1:46.10
2009 Don't Forget Gil Rajiv Maragh Mark Hennig Alan Brodsky 1:43.60
2008 Awesome Chic Irwin Rosendo Rafael Ramos Aurora Springs Stable 1:44.38
2007 Cotton Blossom John Velazquez Todd A. Pletcher Dogwood Stable 1:45.06
2006 Bushfire John Velazquez Eddie Kenneally Ron & Ricki Rashinski 1:46.25
2005 R Lady Joy Jose Lezcano Kirk Ziadie Richard N. Averill et al. 1:44.58
2004 Enders Sister Pat Day George Arnold II Green Lantern Stables 1:45.66
2003 Ebony Breeze Mark Guidry William I. Mott Kinsman Stable 1:45.20
2002 French Satin Ramón Domínguez Steven W. Standridge Sabine Stable, LLC (Joseph & Winnie Greeley) 1:45.29
2001 Quick Tip Richard Migliore Neil J. Howard W. S. Farish 1:45.36
2000 Secret Status Pat Day Neil J. Howard W. S. Farish et al. 1:45.05
1999 Crown Jewel Luis Martinez Evelio Garcia Donald Murray 1:45.60
1998 Pantufla Pat Day David M. Carroll Helen Alexander 1:45.40
1997 Anklet Shane Sellers W. Elliott Walden A. Loeb et al. 1:45.00
1996 Mindy Gayle Jorge Guerra Julian Canet Tanenbaum Racing Stable 1:45.80
1995 Sneaky Quiet Mike E. Smith Neil J. Howard W. S. Farish & T. Webber 1:45.80
1994 Cavada Kevin Whitley Kathleen Kelley BeBe Dalton 1:46.40
1993 Star Jolie Eduardo Núñez Ron McKenzie Five Star Stables 1:45.60
1992 Luv Me Luv Me Not Willie Martinez Glenn S. Wismer Philip & Judy Maas 1:45.60
1991 Designated Dancer Willie Martinez Oliver S. Edward David Melin 1:45.40
1990 Dance Colony Herb McCauley Ross R. Pearce Buckland Farm 1:45.20
1989 She's Scrumptious Rick Adkins Glenn S. Wismer Philip & Judy Maas 1:46.00
1988 Colonial Waters Victor Molina John P. Campo Buckland Farm 1:44.80
1987 Single Blade Julio Pezua Robert Reinacher, Jr. Greentree Stable 1:45.60
1986 Noranc Herb McCauley J. Provost Gallopping Acres/Hidden Point 1:44.60
1985 Erstwhile Charles Hussey Cam Gambolati Hunter Farm 1:48.00
1984 Sure Too Explode Rick Luhr S. Ingram Frederick Lehmann 1:24.40


  1. ^ "Chart of the 2020 Florida Oaks". www.equibase.com. Retrieved 10 June 2020.
  2. ^ a b "Stakes profile". www.equibase.com. Retrieved 10 June 2020.
  3. ^ Blood Horse: 2011 Graded Stakes: 13 Fewer Than '10
  4. ^ Florida Oaks surface change