Spinster Stakes

The Spinster Stakes (also known as the "Juddmonte Spinster" with Juddmonte Farms sponsorship) is an American Thoroughbred horse race for fillies and mares aged three or up run annually in early October at Keeneland Racecourse in Lexington, Kentucky. It is set at a distance of one and one-eighth miles and is a Grade I event with a current purse of $500,000.

Spinster Stakes
Grade I race
LocationKeeneland Race Course
Lexington, Kentucky, United States
Race typeThoroughbred - Flat racing
Race information
Distance1 18 miles (9 Furlongs)
QualificationThree-year-olds & up, fillies & mares

The Spinster, sponsored by Prince Khalid Abdullah's Juddmonte Farms beginning in 2005, is a major prep for the Breeders' Cup Distaff and one of the most important weight-for-age stakes races exclusively for fillies and mares. Now part of the Breeders' Cup Challenge series, the winner of the Spinster Stakes automatically qualifies for the Breeders' Cup Distaff.[1]

In time for the 2006 edition of the Spinster Stakes, Keeneland replaced its traditional dirt track with the synthetic surface, Polytrack synthetic dirt. In 2014, the Polytrack was replaced by a new dirt surface.[2]


Speed record

On new dirt surface:

  • 1:49.44 - Got Lucky (2015)

On synthetic dirt:

  • 1:46.77 - Carriage Trail (2008)

On old dirt surface:

Most wins
Most wins by an owner
Most wins by a jockey
Most wins by a trainer


2018 Blue Prize Joe Bravo Ignacio Correas IV Merriebelle Stable LLC 1:50.02
2017 Romantic Vision Brian Hernandez Jr. George R. Arnold II G. Watts Humphrey Jr. 1:49.70
2016 I'm A Chatterbox Florent Geroux J. Larry Jones Grayson Farm 1:49.98
2015 Got Lucky Irad Ortiz Jr Todd Pletcher Hill 'n' Dale Equine 1:49.44
2014 Don't Tell Sophia Joseph Rocco Jr. Philip A. Sims Sims/Namy 1:49.80
2013 Emollient Mike E. Smith William I. Mott Juddmonte Farms 1:47.75
2012 In Lingerie John Velazquez Todd Pletcher Eclipse Thoroughbred/Barber 1:49.42
2011 Aruna Ramon Dominguez Graham Motion Flaxman Holdings 1:47.88
2010 Acoma Alan Garcia David Carroll Aexander/Groves 1:48 3/5
2009 Mushka Kent Desormeaux William I. Mott Brushwood Stable 1:49.01
2008 Carriage Trail Kent Desormeaux C. R. McGaughey III S. Janney III/Phipps Stable 1:46.77
2007 Panty Raid Garrett Gomez Todd A. Pletcher Glencrest Farm 1:51.30
2006 Asi Siempre Julien Leparoux Patrick Biancone Martin S. Schwartz 1:51.97
2005 Pampered Princess Eddie Castro Martin D. Wolfson Martin L. Cherry 1:53.91
2004 Azeri Pat Day D. Wayne Lukas Allen E. Paulson 1:49.74
2003 Take Charge Lady Edgar Prado Kenneth G. McPeek Select Stable 1:49.57
2002 Take Charge Lady Edgar Prado Kenneth G. McPeek Select Stable 1:49.90
2001 Miss Linda Richard Migliore John C. Kimmel Ackerley Brothers Farm 1:49.79
2000 Plenty of Light Garrett Gomez W. Elliott Walden Aaron U. & Marie Jones 1:48.18
1999 Keeper Hill Kent Desormeaux Robert J. Frankel C. R. McGaughey III et al. 1:47.19
1998 Banshee Breeze Robby Albarado Carl Nafzger James B. Tafel 1:47.00
1997 Clear Mandate Pat Day George R. Arnold Jr. G. Watts Humphrey Jr. 1:50.40
1996 Different Chris McCarron Ron McAnally Sidney H. Craig 1:49.60
1995 Inside Information Mike E. Smith C. R. McGaughey III Ogden Mills Phipps 1:50.00
1994 Dispute Pat Day C. R. McGaughey III Ogden Mills Phipps 1:48.80
1993 Paseana Chris McCarron Ron McAnally Sidney H. Craig 1:48.40
1992 Fowda Pat Valenzuela Alex L. Hassinger Jr. Allen E. Paulson 1:49.80
1991 Wilderness Song Pat Day James E. Day Sam-Son Farm 1:49.60
1990 Bayakoa Laffit Pincay Jr. Ron McAnally Frank E. Whitham 1:47.00
1989 Bayakoa Laffit Pincay Jr. Ron McAnally Frank E. Whitham 1:47.80
1988 Hail a Cab Jacinto Vasquez Philip M. Hauswald John A. Bell III 1:51.00
1987 Sacahuista Randy Romero D. Wayne Lukas L.R. French Jr./Barry Beal 1:48.60
1986 Top Corsage Sandy Hawley Jerry M. Fanning Dan J. Agnew 1:48.20
1985 Dontstop Themusic Laffit Pincay Jr. Randy Winick Albert R. Broccoli 1:50.40
1984 Princess Rooney Ed Delahoussaye Neil Drysdale Paula J. Tucker 1:50.40
1983 Try Something New Pat Day C. R. McGaughey III John A. Bell III 1:49.80
1982 Track Robbery Pat Valenzuela John W. Russell Summa Stable 1:47.40
1981 Glorious Song Robin Platts John Cairns F. Stronach / N. B. Hunt 1:49.20
1980 Bold 'n Determined Ed Delahoussaye Neil Drysdale Saron Stable 1:49.20
1979 Safe Earlie Fires Joseph M. Bollero Elizabeth J. Brisbine 1:49.20
1978 Tempest Queen Jorge Velasquez Lou Rondinello John W. Galbreath 1:49.00
1977 Cum Laude Laurie Angel Cordero Jr. Lou Rondinello Daniel M. Galbreath 1:48.40
1976 Optimistic Gal Craig Perret Leroy Jolley Diana M. Firestone 1:51.60
1975 Susan's Girl Laffit Pincay Jr. Thomas W. Kelley Fred W. Hooper 1:49.80
1974 Summer Guest Daryl Montoya J. Elliott Burch Rokeby Stable 1:48.40
1973 Susan's Girl Braulio Baeza Chuck Parke Fred W. Hooper 1:48.80
1972 Numbered Account Laffit Pincay Jr. Roger Laurin Ogden Phipps 1:47.40
1971 Chou Croute Robert Kotenko Robert G. Dunham E. V. Benjamin III et al. 1:49.00
1970 Taken Aback Eddie Belmonte H. Allen Jerkens Hobeau Farm 1:51.40
1969 Gallant Bloom John L. Rotz William J. Hirsch King Ranch 1:48.80
1968 Sale Day Eric Guerin John Winans Louise Clements 1:51.60
1967 Straight Deal II Howard Grant John W. Jacobs Ethel D. Jacobs 1:49.20
1966 Open Fire Braulio Baeza Virgil W. Raines Brandywine Stable 1:50.40
1965 Star Maggie Bill Hartack Robert E. Wingfield James T. Jones 1:50.20
1964 Old Hat Don Brumfield Charles C. Norman Stanley Conrad 1:48.40
1963 Lamb Chop Manuel Ycaza James W. Maloney William Haggin Perry 1:48.40
1962 Primonetta Bill Shoemaker James P. Conway Darby Dan Farm 1:48.40
1961 Bowl of Flowers Eddie Arcaro J. Elliott Burch Brookmeade Stable 1:49.60
1960 Rash Statement John L. Rotz Allen R. Hultz Hal Price Headley 1:49.60
1959 Royal Native Bill Hartack Kenny Noe Sr. Perne L. Grissom 1:49.40
1958 Bornastar Kenneth Church W. Graves Sparks J. Graham Brown 1:49.40
1957 Bornastar Kenneth Church W. Graves Sparks J. Graham Brown 1:49.20
1956 Doubledogdare John Heckmann Moody Jolley Claiborne Farm 1:49.20


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2008-09-13. Retrieved 2008-08-02.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ "Keeneland Debuts New Dirt Surface on Main Race Track". www.keeneland.com. Retrieved 15 June 2016.