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.
|Grade III race|
|Location||Tampa Bay Downs|
|Race type||Thoroughbred - Flat racing|
|Distance||1 1⁄16 miles (8.5 furlongs)|
|Weight||123 lbs. with allowances|
|Purse||$200,00 (since 2014)|
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 1⁄16 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. Tampa Bay Downs officials then decided to switch the race to the turf. The AGSC restored the Grade III designation for the 2013 edition.
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.
Most wins by a jockey:
- 4 - Jose Lezcano (2005, 2012, 2014, 2015)
Most wins by a trainer:
Most wins by an owner:
- 3 - William S. Farish and/or partners (1995, 2000, 2001)
- "Chart of the 2020 Florida Oaks". www.equibase.com. Retrieved 10 June 2020.
- "Stakes profile". www.equibase.com. Retrieved 10 June 2020.
- Blood Horse: 2011 Graded Stakes: 13 Fewer Than '10
- Florida Oaks surface change