La Brea Stakes

The La Brea Stakes is an American Thoroughbred horse race run annually since 1974 at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, California. Open to three-year-old fillies, it is raced over a distance of seven furlongs on dirt, except from 2007 to 2011 when the track used a synthetic Cushion Track surface. A Grade I event, it currently offers a purse of $300,000 and is the last Grade I race for three-year-old fillies in the calendar year.

La Brea Stakes
Grade I race
LocationSanta Anita Park
Arcadia, California
Race typeThoroughbred - Flat racing
Race information
Distance7 furlongs
QualificationThree-year-old Fillies

Inaugurated in 1974, through 1976 the La Brea Stakes was run at ​1 116 miles and open to three-year-olds. There was no race held in 1977 and 1986. In 1975, 1982, 1985 and 1990 it was run both in January and December. It was run in two divisions in 1975 and again in 1991.

Named for the area in Southern California called La Brea, noted for the La Brea Tar Pits in the middle of the city of Los Angeles. The word "brea" is Spanish for tar.

The La Brea Stakes is part of Santa Anita Park's La Cañada Series of races open to newly turning/turned 4-year-old fillies and run at an increasing distance. The series begins with the La Brea Stakes at 7 furlongs followed by the G-II El Encino Stakes at ​1 116 miles in mid January, then the G-II La Cañada Stakes at ​1 18 miles in mid February. Since the creation of the series in 1975, only three fillies have ever won all three races: Taisez Vous (1978), Mitterand (1985), and Got Koko (2003). The Santa Anita Park counterpart series for male horses is the Strub Series.


Speed record: (at present distance of 7 furlongs)

Most wins by a jockey:

Most wins by a trainer:

  • 7 - Bob Baffert (1992, 1998, 1999, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2012)

Most wins by an owner:

Winners of the La Brea StakesEdit

2019 Hard Not to Love Mike E. Smith John Shirreffs Mercedes Stables et al. 1:22.17
2018 Spiced Perfection Flavien Prat Brian J. Koriner Dare To Dream Stable LLC (Michael Faber) 1:23.54
2017 Unique Bella Mike E. Smith Jerry Hollendorfer Don Alberto Stable 1:21.49
2016 Constellation Flavien Prat Jerry Hollendorfer LNJ Foxwoods 1:21.83
2015 Birdatthewire Mike E. Smith Dale L. Romans Forum Racing IV 1:23.31
2014 Sam's Sister Elvis Trujillo Jerry Hollendorfer Dedomenico/Hollendorfer/Todaro 1:22.52
2013 Heir Kitty Gary Stevens Peter Miller Bernsen/Makin 1:21.47
2012 Book Review Rafael Bejarano Bob Baffert Mary & Gary West 1:22.41
2011 Teddy's Promise Victor Espinoza Ron Ellis Ted & Judy Nichols 1:20.47
2010 Switch Joel Rosario John W. Sadler CRK Stable 1:20.33
2009 Evita Argentina Joel Rosario John W. Sadler Halo Farms/Three Sisters 1:21.78
2008 Indian Blessing John Velazquez Bob Baffert Patti/Hal Earnhardt 1:20.89
2007 Dearest Trickski Mike E. Smith John W. Sadler Tom Mankiewicz 1:21.09
2006 Downthedustyroad Jon Court Bob Baffert Zayat Stables 1:21.40
2005 Pussycat Doll Garrett Gomez Bob Baffert Michael E. Pegram 1:21.36
2004 Alphabet Kisses Mike E. Smith Martin F. Jones Harris Farms 1:21.38
2003 Island Fashion Kent Desormeaux Marcelo Polanco Everest Stables 1:22.12
2002 Got Koko Alex Solis Bruce Headley Aase Headley/Paul Leung 1:22.57
2001 Affluent Ed Delahoussaye Ronald McAnally Janis R. Whitham 1:21.29
2000 Spain Victor Espinoza D. Wayne Lukas The Thoroughbred Corp. 1:22.27
1999 Hookedonthefeelin David R. Flores Bob Baffert Michael E. Pegram 1:21.84
1998 Magical Allure Gary Stevens Bob Baffert Golden Eagle Farm 1:22.06
1997 I Ain't Bluffing Ed Delahoussaye Ronald W. Ellis Jan Siegel et al. 1:21.23
1996 Hidden Lake Chris McCarron Walter Greenman D. E. & Estate J. E. Weir 1:22.00
1995 Exotic Wood Chris McCarron Ronald W. Ellis Pam & Martin Wygod 1:21.57
1994 Top Rung Gary Stevens Willard L. Proctor Glen Hill Farm 1:21.84
1993 Mamselle Bebette Corey Nakatani Jack Van Berg Big Train Farm 1:20.45
1992 Arches of Gold Ed Delahoussaye Bob Baffert Pegram & Bob Roth 1:21.28
1991 D'Or Ruckus Chris McCarron Gerald Moerman JBS Stable 1:22.05
1991 Teresa Mc Pat Valenzuela Greg Gilchrist Harris Farms, Inc. 1:23.05
1990 Brought To Mind Alex Solis Ron McAnally Tadahiro Hotehama 1:21.60
1990 Akinemod Gary Stevens Jerry M. Fanning El Rancho de Jaklin 1:21.60
1989 Variety Baby Corey Black Bruce Headley Kjell H. Qvale 1:21.60
1988 Very Subtle Pat Valenzuela Melvin F. Stute Ben Rochelle 1:21.60
1987 Family Style Gary Stevens D. Wayne Lukas Eugene V. Klein 1:22.60
1985 Savannah Slew Bill Shoemaker Ron McAnally Allen E. Paulson 1:22.40
1985 Mitterand Ed Delahoussaye Randy Winick Silver Star Stable/Winick 1:21.80
1983 Lovlier Linda Bill Shoemaker Willard L. Proctor William R. Hawn 1:22.20
1982 Beautiful Glass Chris McCarron Gary F. Jones Golden Eagle Farm 1:21.00
1982 Nell's Briquette Chris McCarron Loren Rettele Triple L. Stables, Inc. 1:25.80
1981 Dynanite Bill Shoemaker John W. Russell Mrs. Harold Cole 1:21.40
1980 Terlingua Darrel McHargue D. Wayne Lukas B A Beal/L R French, Jr. 1:20.80
1979 Great Lady M. Laffit Pincay, Jr. D. Wayne Lukas Robert H. Spreen 1:22.60
1978 Taisez Vous Don Pierce Robert L. Wheeler Vernon & Ann Eachus 1:22.80
1976 Kirby Lane Laffit Pincay, Jr. Laz Barrera Gedney Farms 1:45.20
1975 Bobby Murcer Eddie Belmonte Joe Trovato Carl Rosen 1:43.40
1975 Featherfoot Bill Shoemaker Laz Barrera Harbor View Farm 1:42.20
1975 Big Destiny Sandy Hawley Sid Martin David J. Foster 1:42.80
1974 Niner Power Steve J. Valdez Buster Millerick Mr. & Mrs Carl Galea 1:43.80