Kentucky Cup Turf Stakes

The Kentucky Cup Turf Stakes is a Grade III American Thoroughbred horse race for three years olds and older, over a distance of ​1 12 miles on the turf held annually in September at Kentucky Downs racetrack in Franklin, Kentucky during their short turf meeting.

Kentucky Cup Turf Stakes
Grade III race
LocationKentucky Downs
Franklin, Kentucky, United States
Inaugurated1990 (as Sam Houston Stakes)
Race typeThoroughbredFlat racing
SponsorCalumet Farm (since 2016)
WebsiteKentucky Downs
Race information
Distance1 12 miles (12 furlongs)
SurfaceTurf
TrackLeft-handed
QualificationThree-year-olds and older
WeightBase weights with allowances:
4-year-olds and up: 126 lbs.
3-year-olds: 122 lbs.
PurseUS$1,000,000 (since 2019)

HistoryEdit

The event was inaugurated on 22 April 1990 as the Sam Houston Stakes on the first ever meeting at the new track then known as the Duelling Grounds Racecourse.[1] The race was in honor of Sam Houston who took part in a duel on the site of where the racetrack is located near the border of Kentucky and Tennessee.[2] The following year the event was renamed to the Sam Houston Handicap, and conditions were changed to a handicap.[3]

In 1996 and 1997 the event was not held due to the track being shutdown and in bankruptcy proceedings.[4]

When the track reopened in 1998 the race was renamed the Kentucky Cup Turf Handicap as part of the Kentucky Cup Turf Festival. In 2001 the event was classified as Grade III.[5]

It was first run in 1991 as the Sam Houston Handicap but was on hiatus after the track closed due to financial difficulties. When the track reopened in 1998 the race was renamed to the Kentucky Cup Turf Handicap as part of the Kentucky Cup Turf Festival.[6]

In 2019, the purse was increased to $1,000,000.[5]

RecordsEdit

Speed record
  • 1 12 miles: 2:26.98 – General Jumbo (2007) (new course record)
Margins
  • 6 34 lengths – Silverfoot (2005)
Most wins
  • 2 – Rochester (2002, 2003)
  • 2 – Da Big Hoss (2015, 2016)
  • 2 – Arklow (2018, 2020)
Most wins by an owner
  • 2 – Augustin Stable (2002, 2003)
  • 2 – Robert E. Courtney Jr. (2011, 2012)
  • 2 – Skychia Racing (2015, 2016)
  • 2 – Donegal Racing, Joseph Bulger & Peter Coneway (2018, 2020)
Most wins by a jockey
Most wins by a trainer

WinnersEdit

Year Winner Age Jockey Trainer Owner Distance Time Purse Grade Ref
Kentucky Turf Cup Stakes
2020 Arklow 6 Florent Geroux Brad H. Cox Donegal Racing, Joseph Bulger & Peter Coneway 1 12 miles 2:28.66 $910,000 III [7]
2019 Zulu Alpha 6 Jose L. Ortiz Michael J. Maker Michael M. Hui 1 12 miles 2:28.62 $986,500 III [8]
2018 Arklow 4 Florent Geroux Brad H. Cox Donegal Racing, Joseph Bulger & Peter Coneway 1 12 miles 2:30.56 $746,500 III [9]
2017 Oscar Nominated 4 Julien R. Leparoux Michael J. Maker Ken & Sarah Ramsey 1 12 miles 2:31.37 $594,000 III [10]
2016 Da Big Hoss 5 Florent Geroux Michael J. Maker Skychai Racing (Harvey Diamond & Jim Shircliff) 1 12 miles 2:35.08 $594,180 III [11]
2015 Da Big Hoss 4 Joseph Rocco Jr. Michael J. Maker Skychai Racing (Harvey Diamond & Jim Shircliff) 1 12 miles 2:33.40 $600,000 III [12]
2014 Suntracer 6 Florent Geroux Chris M. Block Team Block 1 12 miles 2:27.12 $347,400 III [13]
2013 Temeraine 4 Gary L. Stevens Thomas F. Proctor Niall Racing (Timothy B. & Patrick F. Turney) 1 12 miles 2:29.18 $399,000 III [14]
2012 Ioya Bigtime 8 Jeffrey Sanchez Chris M. Block Robert E. Courtney Jr. 1 12 miles 2:30.06 $200,000 III [15]
2011 Rahystrada 7 Greta Kuntzweiler Byron G. Hughes Robert E. Courtney Jr. 1 12 miles 2:32.40 $150,000 III [16]
2010 Rezif 5 Greta Kuntzweiler Matthew Jacobson Donald Sexton, Matthew Jacobson & Thomas Baughman 1 12 miles 2:44.74 $150,000 III [17]
2009 Cloudy's Knight 9 Rosemary Homeister Jr. Jonathan E. Sheppard S J Stables (Shirley & Jerrold Schwartz) 1 12 miles 2:33.96 $150,000 III [18]
2008 Rumor Has It 7 Eduardo E. Perez David H. Hinsley William S. Patterson & James F. Glenn 1 12 miles 2:28.27 $200,000 III [19]
2007 General Jumbo (GB) 5 Jeremy Rose H. Graham Motion Thomas Conway 1 12 miles 2:26.98 $200,000 III [20]
2006 Embossed (IRE) 4 Larry Melancon Niall M. O'Callaghan Gary A. Tanaka 1 12 miles 2:36.92 $200,000 III [21]
2005 Silverfoot 5 Rafael Bejarano Dallas Stewart Chrysalis Stables (Stephanie S. Clark) 1 12 miles 2:30.30 $200,000 III [22]
Kentucky Turf Cup Handicap
2004 Sabiango (GER) 6 Brice Blanc Tim Yakteen Monty Roberts 1 12 miles 2:33.70 $200,000 III [23]
2003 † Rochester 7 Eddie Martin Jr. Jonathan E. Sheppard Augustin Stable 1 12 miles 2:31.39 $200,000 III [24]
2002 Rochester 6 Eddie Martin Jr. Jonathan E. Sheppard Augustin Stable 1 12 miles 2:38.28 $300,000 III [25]
2001 Chorwon 8 Jon Court Hal R. Wiggins Phoebe Ann Mueller 1 12 miles 2:28.68 $300,000 III [26]
2000 Down the Aisle 7 Robby Albarado William I. Mott Charles H. Deters 1 12 miles 2:27.70 $300,000 Listed [27]
1999 Fahris (IRE) 5 Shane Sellers Kiaran P. McLaughlin Shadwell Stable 1 12 miles 2:29.60 $300,000 Listed [28]
1998 Yaqthan (IRE) 8 Brian Dale Peck Anthony L. Reinstedler Merdonmar Stable (Sheikh Abdullah Majid Al Qasin) 1 12 miles 2:27.60 $300,000 Listed [29]
1996–1997 Race not held
Sam Houston Handicap
1995 Lassigny 4 Pat Day William I. Mott Sultan bin Mohammed bin Saud Al Kabeer abt. ​1 12 miles 2:30.60 $250,000 Listed [30]
1994 Lindon Lime 4 Shane Sellers W. Elliott Walden Frank ManseII abt. ​1 12 miles 2:31.40 $300,000 Listed [31]
1993 Know Heights (IRE) 4 Kent Desormeaux Robert B. Hess Jr. Mike H. Sloan, et al. abt. ​1 12 miles 2:25.60 $300,000 Listed [32]
1992 Drummer Boy 4 Garrett Gomez Dennis W. Ebert Elise M. Ebert & Eleanore Cohen abt. ​1 12 miles 2:28.40 $300,000 Listed [33]
1991 Silver Medallion 5 Craig Perret Philip M. Hauswald John A. Franks abt. ​1 12 miles 2:31.30 $200,000 Listed [3]
1990 Slow Fuse 6 Randy P. Romero J. Bert Sonnier Saron Stable abt. ​1 12 miles 2:33.60 $250,000 [1]

Notes:
† In the 2003 running, Art Variety was first past the post but was disqualified for interference in the straight and place third. Rochester was declared the winner.

See alsoEdit

List of American and Canadian Graded races

ReferencesEdit

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