Rodeo Drive Stakes

The Rodeo Drive Stakes is a Grade I race for thoroughbred fillies and mares aged three-years-old and upwards. It is run at Santa Anita Park with a current purse of $300,000 and is contested over a distance of 1+14 miles (2,000 meters).

Rodeo Drive Stakes
Grade I race
LocationSanta Anita Park
Arcadia, California
Race typeThoroughbredFlat racing
Race information
Distance1+14 miles (2,000 meters)
QualificationFillies & Mares, Three-years-old & Up
WeightScale Weight

Originally named the Yellow Ribbon Stakes, it was normally raced during the Oak Tree Racing Association meeting at Santa Anita Park in late September / early October. It was and is a major prep race for the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf raced over a distance of 1+14 miles (2,000 meters) on the turf.

Part of the Breeders' Cup Challenge series, the winner of the Rodeo Drive automatically qualifies for the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf.[1]

Inaugurated in 1977, it was an Invitational through 1995. The original name for the race was the idea of Oak Tree Founding Director Louis R. Rowan and is taken from the wartime song: "Tie a Yellow Ribbon 'Round the Old Oak Tree."


Time record:

Most wins:

Most wins by an owner:

Most wins by a jockey:

Most wins by a trainer:


Rodeo Drive StakesEdit

2020 Mucho Unusual 4 Juan Hernandez Tim Yakteen George Krikorian 2:00.19
2019 Mirth 4 Mike Smith Philip D'Amato Little Red Feather Racing 1:58.47
2018 Vasilika 4 Flavien Prat Jerry Hollendorfer All Schlaich Stables LLC, Hollendorfer, LLC, Gatto Racing, LLC, G. Todaro 1:59.04
2017 Avenge 5 Flavien Prat Richard Mandella Ramona S. Bass 1:58.74
2016 Avenge 4 Flavien Prat Richard Mandella Perry Bass 1:58.52
2015 Photo Call 4 Drayden Van Dyke H. Graham Motion Juliet Cooper 2:00.76
2014 Emollient 6 Rosie Napravnik William I. Mott Juddmonte Farms 2:00.22
2013 Tiz Flirtatious 5 Julien Leparoux Martin F. Jones Pamela C. Ziebarth 1:58.98
Yellow Ribbon Stakes
2012 Marketing Mix 4 Garrett K. Gomez Thomas F. Proctor Glen Hill Farm 1:59.20
2011 Dubawi Heights 4 Joel Rosario Simon Callaghan Neville Callaghan, Clodagh McStay, M. V. Magnier 2:00.52
2010‡ Hibaayeb 3 Rafael Bejarano Saeed bin Suroor Godolphin Racing 2:00.44
2009 Magical Fantasy 4 Alex Solis Paddy Gallagher David Bienstock, Paul Mandabach, Charles Winner 1:59.59
2008 Wait A While 5 John Velazquez Todd Pletcher Arindel Farm (Alan & Karen Cohen) 1:59.16
2007 Nashoba's Key 4 Joseph Talamo Carla Gaines Warren B. Williamson 1:59.73
2006 Wait A While 3 Garrett Gomez Todd Pletcher Arindel Farm (Alan & Karen Cohen) 1:59.25
2005 Megahertz 6 Alex Solis Robert Frankel Michael Bello 2:00.50
2004 Light Jig 4 René R. Douglas Robert Frankel Juddmonte Farms 1:59.28
2003 Tates Creek 5 Pat Valenzuela Robert Frankel Juddmonte Farms 2:00.77
2002 Golden Apples 4 Pat Valenzuela Ben D. A. Cecil Gary Tanaka 1:59.72
2001 Janet 4 David R. Flores Darrell Vienna Stonerside Stable 1:58.64
2000 Tranquility Lake 5 Ed Delahoussaye Julio C. Canani Martin & Pam Wygod 2:02.98
1999 Spanish Fern 4 Chris McCarron Robert Frankel Juddmonte Farms 1:59.52
1998 Fiji 4 Kent Desormeaux Neil Drysdale Prince Fahd bin Salman 2:05.23
1997 Ryafan 3 Alex Solis John Gosden Juddmonte Farms 2:03.60
1996 Donna Viola 4 Gary Stevens Chris Wall Kieran D. Scott 2:00.62
1995 Alpride 4 Chris McCarron Ron McAnally Sid & Jenny Craig 2:01.68
1994 Aube Indienne 4 Kent Desormeaux Charles Whittingham Frankfurt Stables (Lewis Figone) 2:02.32
1993 Possibly Perfect 3 Corey Nakatani Robert Frankel Blue Vista Inc. 2:02.91
1992 Super Staff 4 Kent Desormeaux Ron McAnally Juddmonte Farms 1:59.20
1991 Kostroma 5 Kent Desormeaux Gary F. Jones Robert Sangster et al. 2:01.00
1990 Plenty of Grace 3 Herb McCauley John M. Veitch Darby Dan Farm 1:58.40
1989 Brown Bess 7 Jack Kaenel Charles J. Jenda Calbourne Farm (Suzanne Pashayan) 1:57.60
1988 Delighter 3 Chris McCarron Jonathan Pease Evergreen Farm 2:02.40
1987 Carotene 4 José A. Santos Roger Attfield Kinghaven Farms 2:03.80
1986 Bonne Ile 5 Fernando Toro John Gosden Arthur M. Budgett (Lessee) 2:01.60
1985 Estrapade 5 Bill Shoemaker Charles Whittingham Summa Stable (Lessee) 2:00.40
1984 Sabin 4 Eddie Maple Woody Stephens Henryk de Kwiatkowski 2:00.00
1983 Sangue 5 Bill Shoemaker Henry M. Moreno R. Charlene Parks 2:02.20
1982† Castilla 3 Ray Sibille Charles Whittingham Mary Jones Bradley 1:58.60
1981 Queen to Conquer 5 Marco Castaneda Charles Whittingham Wimborne Farm (Diane Perkins) 1:58.60
1980 Kilijaro 4 Alain Lequeux Olivier Douieb Serge Fradkoff 1:59.20
1979 Country Queen 4 Laffit Pincay Jr. Randy Winick Maribel G. Blum, George Sarant, Arnold N. Winick 2:00.20
1978 Amazer 3 Bill Shoemaker Maurice Zilber Nelson Bunker Hunt 1:59.20
1977 Star Ball 5 Howard Grant Jaime Villagomez John Valpredo & Donald Valpredo 2:02.60
† In 1982, Avigaition finished first but was disqualified and placed second.
‡ In 2010 run at Hollywood Park.


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2008-09-13. Retrieved 2008-08-02.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

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