Turf Classic Stakes

The Turf Classic Stakes is an American thoroughbred horse race run in early May at Churchill Downs open to horses four years old and up. It is raced on turf at a distance of one and one-eighth miles and currently offers a purse of $500,000.

Turf Classic Stakes
Grade I race
LocationChurchill Downs
Louisville, Kentucky, United States
Inaugurated1987
Race typeThoroughbred - Flat racing
WebsiteChurchill Downs
Race information
Distance1 18 miles (9 furlongs)
SurfaceTurf
TrackLeft-handed
QualificationFour-year-olds & up
Weight124 pounds with allowances
Purse$500,000 (since 2007)[1]

Formerly known as the Early Times Turf Classic Stakes, it is now sponsored by Old Forester. A major springtime race, it has been a grade I event since 1998.[1] Male horses who have recently won a Grade I race carry 124 pounds – other horses are given reduced weights (allowances).[2]

The 1987 inaugural running was won by the 1986 Breeders' Cup Turf winner, Manila. Other notable winners include two-time Horse of the Year Wise Dan and champion turf horses Sky Classic, Paradise Creek and English Channel.[3]

RecordsEdit

Speed record
  • 1:46.34 - Lure (1993)
Most wins
Most wins by an owner
Most wins by a jockey
Most wins by a Trainer

Winners of the Turf Classic Stakes since 1987Edit

Year
Winner
Age
Jockey
Trainer
Owner
Distance
(Miles)
Time
2019 Bricks and Mortar 5 Irad Ortiz Jr. Chad Brown Klaravich Stables Inc. & William H. Lawrence 1-1/8 1:51.80
2018 Yoshida 4 Jose Ortiz William I. Mott China Horse Club, WinStar Farm et al 1-1/8 1:54.64
2017 Divisidero 5 Julien Leparoux William B. Bradley Gunpowder Farms LLC (Tom Kiethley) 1-1/8 1:52.42
2016 Divisidero 4 Edgar S. Prado William B. Bradley Gunpowder Farms LLC (Tom Kiethley) 1-1/8 1:47.37
2015 Finnegans Wake 6 Victor Espinoza Peter Miller Donegal Racing/Rockingham Ranch 1-1/8 1:47.24
2014 Wise Dan 7 John Velazquez Charles Lopresti Morton Fink 1-1/8 1:47.73
2013 Wise Dan 6 Jose Lezcano Charles Lopresti Morton Fink 1-1/8 1:51.84
2012 Little Mike 5 Joe Bravo Dale L. Romans Priscilla Vaccarezza 1-1/8 1:48.81
2011 Get Stormy 5 Ramon Dominguez Tom Bush Sullimar Stables (partnership) 1-1/8 1:50.81
2010 General Quarters 4 Rafael Bejarano Thomas R. McCarthy Thomas R. McCarthy 1-1/8 1:53.42
2009 Einstein 7 Julien Leparoux Helen Pitts Midnight Cry Stable 1-1/8 1:49.62
2008 Einstein 6 Robby Albarado Helen Pitts Patricia Cunningham & Melissa Greene 1-1/8 1:50.50
2007 Sky Conqueror 5 Javier Castellano Darwin D. Banach William A. Sorokolit Sr. 1-1/8 1:49.01
2006 English Channel 4 Garrett K. Gomez Todd A. Pletcher James T. Scatuorchio 1-1/8 1:47.15
2005 America Alive 4 Robby Albarado Neil J. Howard Mill House Stable 1-1/8 1:47.34
2004 Stroll 4 Jerry D. Bailey William I. Mott Claiborne Farm 1-1/8 1:53.00
2003 Honor In War 4 David R. Flores Paul McGee 3rd Turn Stables 1-1/8 1:46.67
2002 Beat Hollow 5 Alex Solis Robert J. Frankel Juddmonte Farms 1-1/8 1:47.35
2001 White Heart 6 Gary Stevens Neil Drysdale Gainsborough Farms 1-1/8 1:48.75
2000 Manndar 4 Corey Nakatani C. Beau Greely Columbine Stable et al. 1-1/8 1:47.91
1999 Wild Event 6 Shane Sellers Lou M. Goldfine Arthur I. Appleton 1-1/8 1:47.25
1998 Joyeux Danseur 5 Robby Albarado Albert Stall Jr. B. Wayne Hughes 1-1/8 1:48.14
1997 Always A Classic 4 Jerry D. Bailey Mark Frostad Sam-Son Farm 1-1/8 1:49.29
1996 Mecke 4 Pat Day Emanuel Tortora James Lewis Jr. 1-1/8 1:49.48
1995 Romarin 5 Corey Nakatani Richard Mandella L. E. de Paula Machado 1-1/8 1:46.86
1994 Paradise Creek 5 Pat Day William I. Mott Masayuki Nishiyama 1-1/8 1:48.34
1993 Lure 4 Mike E. Smith C. R. McGaughey III Claiborne Farm 1-1/8 1:46.34
1992 Cudas 4 Pat Valenzuela Richard J. Lundy Allen E. Paulson 1-1/8 1:46.56
1991 Opening Verse 5 Jerry D. Bailey Richard J. Lundy Allen E. Paulson 1-1/8 1:47.22
1990 Ten Keys 6 Kent Desormeaux Michael Pino Charles Linhoss 1-1/8 1:50.80
1989 Equalize 7 José A. Santos Angel Penna Sr. Alejandro Menditeguy 1-1/8 1:51.40
1988 Yankee Affair 6 Pat Day Henry L. Carroll Jujugen Stable 1-1/8 1:50.00
1987 Manila 4 Angel Cordero Jr. LeRoy Jolley Bradley M. Shannon 1-1/8 1:48.80

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Turf Classic Stakes Profile". www.equibase.com. Retrieved 6 May 2017.
  2. ^ "Nominations and conditions for the Turf Classic" (PDF). www.churchilldowns.com. Retrieved 6 May 2017.
  3. ^ "Defending Winner Divisidero, Top Females Lady Eli, Miss Temple City Nominated to Woodford Reserve Turf Classic". www.churchilldowns.com. Retrieved 6 May 2017.