Jeff Ruby Steaks

The Spiral Stakes (known as the Jeff Ruby Steaks [1]—a homophone of the word Stakes, for commercial reasons) is an American thoroughbred horse race held in late March at Turfway Park in Florence, Kentucky in the Cincinnati area. The race is open to three-year-olds willing to race one and one-eighth miles (9 furlongs) on the main track, which is now a synthetic surface at Turfway. It was downgraded to a Grade III race in 2011 by the American Graded Stakes Committee (AGSC).[2]

Spiral Stakes (aka Jeff Ruby Steaks)[1]
Grade III race
LocationTurfway Park
Florence, Kentucky
Inaugurated1972
Race typeThoroughbredFlat racing
SponsorJeff Ruby Culinary Entertainment
Websiteturfway.com
Race information
Distance1 18 miles (9 furlongs)
SurfacePolyTrack
Trackleft-handed
QualificationThree-year-olds
WeightAssigned
Purse$202,420 (2018)

First run on April 1, 1972, bourbon whiskey maker Jim Beam acquired naming rights sponsorship in 1982 and the race renamed the Jim Beam Spiral Stakes and later just the Jim Beam Stakes. Lane's End Farm took over as sponsor of the race in 2002, and in 2013 it was sponsored by the Horseshoe Casino in Cincinnati. The Spiral Stakes was renamed in 2018 under a three-year agreement with Jeff Ruby Culinary Entertainment, owner of Jeff Ruby's Steakhouses. As part of the sponsorship, the race is referred to as the Jeff Ruby Steaks (similar to other sporting events named for a product).[1]

In 1984 it was given Grade III status, then, after moving to Turfway Park in 1986, its purse was increased and in 1988 was elevated to a Grade II race. It returned to Grade III status in 2011. With a win in the Kentucky Derby by Animal Kingdom, however, the Grade II status it lost could return soon based on the formula the AGSC uses to grade races.[3]

On March 30, 1991, Hansel set a new track record while winning the Jim Beam Stakes. In 1995, future Hall of Famer Serena's Song became the first filly to win the race. Other horses to win who went on to capture at least one of the American Classic Races includes Summer Squall (1990), Lil E. Tee (1992), Prairie Bayou (1993), and Animal Kingdom (2011).

Since inception, the race has been contested at various distances:

  • 1 mile : 1972–1981
  • 1 116 miles : 1982–1987
  • 1 18 miles : 1988 to present

The race was run in two divisions in 1973, 1974, 1975, 1977, 1978, and 1980.

RecordsEdit

Speed record
  • 1:46.60 – Hansel (1991) (at current distance of ​1 18 miles)
Most wins by an owner
Most wins by a jockey
  • 5 – Pat Day (1984, 1987, 1989, 1990, 1992)
Most wins by a trainer

WinnersEdit

Year
Winner
Age
Jockey
Trainer
Owner
Dist.
(Miles)
Time
Gr.
2020 Field Pass 3 Irad Ortiz Jr Michael J. Maker Three Diamonds Farm 1-1/8 1:49.34 III
2019 Somelikeithotbrown 3 Tyler Gaffalione Michael J. Maker Skychai Racing LLC 1-1/8 1:52.05 III
2018 Blended Citizen 3 Kyle Frey Douglas F. O'Neill G. Hall & Sanjay Racing 1-1/8 1:50.15 III
2017 Fast and Accurate 3 Tyler Gaffalione Michael J. Maker Kendall E. Hansen 1-1/8 1:50:96 III
2016 Oscar Nominated 3 Brian Hernandez Jr. Michael J. Maker Kenneth & Sarah Ramsey 1-1/8 1:51.12 III
2015 Dubai Sky 3 Jose Lezcano William I. Mott Three Chimneys Farm & Besilu Stables 1-1/8 1:50.26 III
2014 We Miss Artie 3 John R. Velazquez Todd Pletcher Kenneth & Sarah Ramsey 1-1/8 1:51.98 III
2013 Black Onyx 3 Joe Bravo Kelly Breen Sterling Racing 1-1/8 1:51.98 III
2012 Went the Day Well 3 John Velazquez H. Graham Motion Team Valor/Ford 1-1/8 1:51.33 III
2011 Animal Kingdom 3 Alan Garcia H. Graham Motion Team Valor 1-1/8 1:52.32 III
2010 Dean's Kitten 3 Cornelio Velásquez Michael J. Maker Kenneth & Sarah Ramsey 1-1/8 1:50.59 II
2009 Hold Me Back 3 Kent Desormeaux William I. Mott WinStar Farm 1-1/8 1:49.63 II
2008 Adriano 3 Edgar Prado H. Graham Motion Courtlandt Farms 1-1/8 1:50.20 II
2007 Hard Spun 3 Mario G. Pino J. Larry Jones Fox Hill Farms Inc. 1-1/8 1:49.41 II
2006 With A City 3 Brice Blanc Michael J. Maker Equirace.com 1-1/8 1:51.11 II
2005 Flower Alley 3 Jorge Chavez Todd A. Pletcher Melnyk Racing Stables 1-1/8 1:50.33 II
2004 Sinister G 3 Paul Toscano John Toscano Jr. John T. Toscano III et al. 1-1/8 1:50.71 II
2003 New York Hero 3 Norberto Arroyo Jr. Jennifer Pedersen Paraneck Stable 1-1/8 1:50.68 II
2002 Perfect Drift 3 Ed Delahoussaye Murray W. Johnson Stonecrest Farm 1-1/8 1:48.83 II
2001 Balto Star 3 Mark Guidry Todd A. Pletcher Anstu Stable, Inc. 1-1/8 1:47.23 II
2000 Globalize 3 Francisco Torres Jerry Hollendorfer Howard Litt et al. 1-1/8 1:49.16 II
1999 Stephen Got Even 3 Shane Sellers Nick Zito Stephen Hilbert 1-1/8 1:49.03 II
1998 Event of the Year 3 Russell Baze Jerry Hollendorfer Golden Eagle Farm 1-1/8 1:47.00 II
1997 Concerto 3 Carlos Marquez Jr. John J. Tammaro III Kinsman Stable 1-1/8 1:48.20 II
1996 Roar 3 Mike E. Smith C. R. McGaughey III Claiborne/Dilschneider 1-1/8 1:49.60 II
1995 Serena's Song 3 Corey Nakatani D. Wayne Lukas Bob & Beverly Lewis 1-1/8 1:49.60 II
1994 Polar Expedition 3 Curt Bourque Hugh H. Robertson James Cody 1-1/8 1:49.00 II
1993 Prairie Bayou 3 Chris McCarron Thomas Bohannan Loblolly Stable 1-1/8 1:50.80 II
1992 Lil E. Tee 3 Pat Day Lynn S. Whiting W. Cal Partee 1-1/8 1:53.40 II
1991 Hansel 3 Jerry D. Bailey Frank L. Brothers Lazy Lane Farm 1-1/8 1:46.60 II
1990 Summer Squall 3 Pat Day Neil J. Howard Dogwood Stable 1-1/8 1:49.40 II
1989 Western Playboy 3 Pat Day Harvey L. Vanier Nancy Vanier 1-1/8 1:49.00 II
1988 Kingpost 3 Eugene Sipus Jr. Dianne Carpenter Mark Warner 1-1/8 1:50.80 II
1987 J. T.'s Pet 3 Pat Day Lynn S. Whiting W. Cal Partee 1-1/16 1:42.80 II
1986 Broad Brush 3 Vince Bracciale Jr. Richard W. Small Robert E. Meyerhoff 1-1/16 1:44.20 II
1985 Banner Bob 3 Keith Allen Jerome Sarner Jr. Sharon E. & William J. Walsh 1-1/16 1:42.00 II
1984 At The Threshold 3 Pat Day Lynn S. Whiting W. Cal Partee 1-1/16 1:42.80 II
1983 Marfa 3 Jorge Velásquez D. Wayne Lukas Beal/French Jr./Lukas 1-1/16 1:42.40 II
1982 Good N' Dusty 3 Michael Moran Jasper Adams Larry R. Lehman 1-1/16 1:44.60 II
1981 Mythical Ruler 3 Kevin Wirth Fred Wirth Price & Risen 1 mile 1:38.00 II
1980 # Spruce Needles 3 Mark Sellers Smiley Adams Golden Chance Farm 1 mile 1:36.20 II
1980 # Major Run 3 Mark Sellers Smiley Adams Golden Chance Farm 1 mile 1:37.60 II
1979 Lot O' Gold 3 Don Brumfield Smiley Adams Frederick E. Lehmann 1 mile 1:37.60 II
1978 # Raymond Earl 3 Julio Espinoza Smiley Adams Robert N. Lehmann 1 mile 1:38.80 II
1978 # Five Star General 3 Julio Espinoza Smiley Adams Golden Chance Farm 1 mile 1:37.80 II
1977 # Bob's Dusty 3 Julio Espinoza Smiley Adams Robert N. Lehmann 1 mile 1:38.80 II
1977 # Smiley's Dream 3 William Destefona Smiley Adams Golden Chance Farm 1 mile 1:39.40 II
1976 Inca Roca 3 William Nemeti Albert T. "Tom" Skinner Charles Raymond Jarrell 1 mile 1:37.40 II
1975 Ambassador's Image 3 Eddie Snell Donald L. Ball Donamire Farm (Donald & Mira Ball) 1 mile 1:38.40 II
1975 Naughty Jake 3 German Vasquez Jake Bachelor Mildred Bachelor 1 mile 1:40.00 II
1974 # King of Rome 3 Keith Wirth Fred Wirth Fred Wirth 1 mile 1:45.40 II
1974 # Aglorite 3 Keith Wirth Fred Wirth A. Risen Jr. 1 mile 1:44.60 II
1973 # Jacks Chevron 3 Kerry Wirth Carl Sitgraves W. Hines/C. Sitgraves 1 mile 1:41.00 II
1973 # Bootlegger's Pet 3 Mickey Solomone Charles C. Patrick Charles C. Patrick 1 mile 1:42.00 II
1972 Big Dot 3 Jim Murchison James Eckrosh E. Lowrence 1 mile 1:38.80

A # indicates that the race was run in two divisions in 1973, 1974, 1975, 1977, 1978, and 1980.

See alsoEdit

NotesEdit

  1. ^ a b c "Sponsorship Changes Spiral Stakes to 'Jeff Ruby Steaks'". The BloodHorse. January 25, 2018. Retrieved January 25, 2018.
  2. ^ http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/60173/2011-graded-stakes-13-fewer-than-10/
  3. ^ http://www.toba.org/graded-stakes/grading-session-workbook.aspx

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