Franklin-Simpson Stakes

The Franklin-Simpson Stakes is a Grade III American Thoroughbred horse race for three years olds, over a distance of ​6 12 furlongs on the turf held annually in September at Kentucky Downs racetrack in Franklin, Kentucky during their short turf meeting. The event currently carries an offered purse of $500,000.

Franklin-Simpson Stakes
Grade III race
LocationKentucky Downs
Franklin, Kentucky, United States
Inaugurated2001 (as Yaqthan Stakes)
Race typeThoroughbred - Flat racing
SponsorNevada State Bank (since 2019)
Websitewww.kentuckydowns.com
Race information
Distance6 12 furlongs
SurfaceTurf
TrackLeft-handed
QualificationThree years olds
Weight122 lbs with allowances
Purse$500,000 (since 2019)

HistoryEdit

The race was inaugurated in 2001[1] as the Yaqthan Stakes for three years olds and older over a distance of 1 mile.[2] The event was named after Yaqthan who had won in 1998 the Kentucky Cup Turf Stakes.

The event was idle for 2 seasons and was resumed in 2004.[1]

In 2008 the event was renamed to Franklin-Simpson Stakes honor the city and county where the Kentucky Downs racetrack is located.

For the 2012 and 2013 runnings the event was known as the Franklin-Simpson Mile Stakes. Once again the event was idle for three years and when the event was resurrected it was set as a three years old event.[3]

In 2019 the event was upgraded to a Grade III.[3] With the influx of gaming revenue at Kentucky Downs the purse for the event has risen dramatically to nearly $500,000 offered by 2019.[3]

RecordsEdit

Speed record:

  • 6 12 furlongs – 1:15.87 - Guildsman (FR) (2020)
  • 1 mile – 1:35.27 - Demarcation (2008)

Margins:

  • 6 12 lengths – Depeche Chat (2012)
Most wins by a jockey
Most wins by a trainer
  • 2 – Charles Simon (2001, 2005)
Most wins by an owner

WinnersEdit

Year Winner Age Jockey Trainer Owner Distance Time Purse Grade Ref
Franklin-Simpson Stakes
2020 Guildsman (FR) 3 Tyler Gaffalione Brendan P. Walsh Qatar Racing 6 12 furlongs 1:15.87 $343,875 III [4]
2019 Legends of War 3 Rafael Bejarano Doug F. O'Neill C T R Stables, Qatar Racing & Steve Keh 6 12 furlongs 1:16.83 $497,500 III [5]
2018 Angaston 3 Brian Hernandez Jr. Lon Wiggins Twin Magnolia Farm 6 12 furlongs 1:17.45 $257,125 [6]
2017 Master Merion 3 Julio A. Garcia Wesley A. Ward Vivienne Day & Kate V. Rose 7 furlongs 1:27.95 $250,000 [7]
2014–2016 Race not held
Franklin-Simpson Mile Stakes
2013 Coalport 4 Channing Hill Wayne M. Catalano Kenneth L. and Sarah K. Ramsey 1 mile 1:35.86 $123,917 [8]
2012 Depeche Chat 4 Brian Hernandez Jr. George Arnold II Wind River Stables 1 mile 1:51.20 $60,000 [9]
2009–2011 Race not held
Franklin-Simpson Stakes
2008 Demarcation 4 Jamie Theriot Paul McGee Amerman Racing 1 mile 1:35.27 $50,000 [10]
2006–2007 Race not held
Yaqthan Stakes
2005 Seeking Answers (IRE) 4 Rafael Bejarano Charles Simon Stella F. Thayer 1 mile 1:37.80 $50,000 [11]
2004 Doc D 5 Dana Whitney Eric Reed John W. Rooker 1 mile 1:39.73 $40,000 [12]
2002–2003 Race not held
2001 Karly's Harley 5 Joe Johnson Charles Simon Kenneth L. and Sarah K. Ramsey 1 mile 1:36.59 $45,000 [2]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "FRANKLIN-SIMPSON MILE - MULTIPLE TRACKS". Thoroughbred Pedigree Online. 2020. Retrieved 29 April 2020.
  2. ^ a b "2001 Yaqthan Stakes Black Type - (race 14)". Equibase. 15 September 2001. Retrieved 29 April 2020.
  3. ^ a b c "Nevada State Bank Franklin-Simpson Stakes (Gr. 3)". Equibase. 2020. Retrieved 29 April 2020.
  4. ^ "2020 Franklin-Simpson Stakes Grade 3 - (race 9)". Equibase. 16 September 2020. Retrieved 16 September 2020.
  5. ^ "2019 Nevada State Bank Franklin-Simpson Stakes Grade 3 - (race 9)". Equibase. 12 September 2019. Retrieved 29 April 2020.
  6. ^ "2018 Franklin-Simpson Stakes Black Type - (race 8)". Equibase. 13 September 2018. Retrieved 29 April 2020.
  7. ^ "2017 Franklin-Simpson Stakes Black Type - (race 8)". Equibase. 14 September 2017. Retrieved 29 April 2020.
  8. ^ "2013 Franklin-Simpson Mile Stakes Black Type - (race 8)". Equibase. 14 September 2013. Retrieved 29 April 2020.
  9. ^ "2012 Franklin-Simpson Mile Stakes Black Type - (race 7)". Equibase. 8 September 2012. Retrieved 29 April 2020.
  10. ^ "2008 Franklin-Simpson Stakes Black Type - (race 8)". Equibase. 15 September 2008. Retrieved 29 April 2020.
  11. ^ "2005 Yaqthan Stakes Black Type - (race 6)". Equibase. 24 September 2005. Retrieved 29 April 2020.
  12. ^ "2004 Yaqthan Stakes Black Type - (race 6)". Equibase. 18 September 2004. Retrieved 29 April 2020.