Lexington Stakes

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Lexington Stakes
Grade III race
Location Keeneland Race Course
Lexington, Kentucky, United States
Inaugurated 1936
Race type Thoroughbred - Flat racing
Website Keeneland racing
Race information
Distance 11/16 miles (8.5 furlongs)
Track Polytrack, left-handed
Qualification Three-year-olds
Weight Assigned
Purse US$200,000

The Lexington Stakes is an American Thoroughbred horse race held annually in late April at Keeneland Race Course in Lexington, Kentucky. Open to three-year-old horses, the Grade III event is contested on Polytrack over a distance of 11/16 miles (8.5 furlongs)

It was run as Calumet Purse, an overnight allowance race, from 1973-1983. Renamed the Lexington Stakes in 1984, since 1998 it has been sponsored by Ireland's renowned Coolmore Stud.

First run in 1936, it was a six furlong race for two-year-olds during Keeneland's inaugural meeting. Then, it was an 1¼ mile overnight handicap for 3-year-olds and up from 1938–1941. A listed race in 1984, it achieved Grade III status in 1986 and was a GII from 1988 through 2010. The race was downgraded to GIII status for 2011 by the American Graded Stakes Committee.[1] It is now considered to be the final prep for the Kentucky Derby.

This race is named after the legendary stallion Lexington.

Records[edit]

Speed record:

Most wins by a jockey:

Most wins by a trainer:

Most wins by an owner:

Winners of the Lexington Stakes since 1936[edit]

Year
Winner
Age
Jockey
Trainer
Owner
Time
2014 Mr. Speaker 3 Jose Lezcano Claude R. McGaughey III Phipps Stable 1:44.18
2013 Winning Cause 3 Julien Leparoux Todd Pletcher Alto Racing 1:43.93
2012 All Squared Away 3 Julio Garcia Wesley Ward Altamira Racing Stable 1:42.55
2011 Derby Kitten 3 Julien Leparoux Mike Maker Ken & Sarah Ramsey 1:42.03
2010 Exhi 3 Robby Albarado Todd Pletcher Wertheimer et Frere 1:44.38
2009 Advice 3 Garrett Gomez Todd Pletcher WinStar Farm LLC 1:43.33
2008 Behindatthebar 3 David Flores Todd Pletcher Padua Stables. S. K. Sanan, et al. 1:42.14
2007 Slew's Tizzy 3 Robby Albarado Gregory J. Fox Joseph LaCombe Stable 1:43.20
2006 Showing Up 3 Cornelio Velasquez Barclay Tagg Lael Stables 1:46.42
2005 Coin Silver 3 Javier Castellano Todd Pletcher Peachtree Stable 1:45.76
2004 Quintons Gold Rush 3 Jerry Bailey Steve Asmussen Padua Stables & Jay Manoogian 1:43.82
2003 Scrimshaw 3 Edgar Prado D. Wayne Lukas Bob & Beverly Lewis 1:45.47
2002 Proud Citizen 3 Mike E. Smith D. Wayne Lukas R.Baker/D.Cornstein/W.Mack 1:44.58
2001 Keats 3 Larry Melancon Niall M. O'Callaghan Henry E. Pabst 1:43.54
2000 Unshaded 3 Shane Sellers Carl Nafzger James Tafel, LLC 1:43.60
1999 Charismatic 3 Jerry Bailey D. Wayne Lukas Bob & Beverly Lewis 1:41.00
1998 Classic Cat 3 Robby Albarado David C. Cross, Jr. Gary M. Garber 1:42.80
1997 Touch Gold 3 Gary L. Stevens David Hofmans F.Stronach & Stonerside Stable 1:43.20
1996 City by Night 3 Shane Sellers Patrick B. Byrne Nancy & Richard Kaster 1:42.20
1995 Star Standard 3 Pat Day Nicholas P. Zito W. J. Condren & J. Cornacchia 1:45.00
1994 Southern Rhythm 3 Garrett Gomez James O. Keefer William Heiligbrodt, et al. 1:45.60
1993 Grand Jewel 3 Jerry Bailey Neil J. Howard W. S. Farish III & W. S. Kilroy 1:43.60
1992 My Luck Runs North 3 Ricardo Lopez Angel M. Medina Melvin A. Benitez 1:44 .00
1991 Hansel 3 Jerry Bailey Frank L. Brothers Lazy Lane Farms 1:42.60
1990 Home at Last 3 Jerry Bailey Carl Nafzger Russell L. Reineman Stable 1:43.40
1989 Notation 3 Pat Day James W. Murphy Joan C. Johnson, et al. 1:44.40
1988 Risen Star 3 Jacinto Vasquez Louie J. Roussel III Louie Roussel & Ronnie Lamarque 1:42.80
1987 War 3 Herb McCauley D. Wayne Lukas Tom Gentry 1:44.40
1986 Wise Times 3 Keith Allen Philip A. Gleaves Russell L. Reineman Stable 1:44.80
1985 Stephan's Odyssey 3 Laffit Pincay, Jr. Woody Stephens Henryk de Kwiatkowski 1:42.60
1984 He Is a Great Deal 3 Julio C. Espinoza Bernard S. Flint B.Flint & M. Palmisano 1:45.40
1983 Highland Park 3 Jacinto Vasquez Anthony Basile Bwamazon Farm & B.Jones 1:44.80
1982 Stage Reviewer 3 Jerry Bailey Lucien Laurin Mrs. Lucien Laurin 1:44.20
1981 Swinging Light 3 Dan Delahoussaye James P. Conway Edgar Zantker 1:44.20
1980 Rockhill Native 3 John Oldham Herbert K. Stevens Harry A. Oak 1:43.40
1979 Pianist 3 Michael Morgan Peter M. Howe Pillar Farm 1:43.00
1978 Sensitive Prince 3 Mickey Solomone H. Allen Jerkens Joseph Taub 1:44.80
1977 Giboulee 3 Jeffrey Fell Jacques Dumas Jean-Louis Levesque 1:42.80
1976 No Link 3 Darrel McHargue Douglas Davis, Jr. Fred Selz & Gus Blass 1:43.20
1975 Master Derby 3 Darrel McHargue Smiley Adams Golden Chance Farm 1:42.60
1974 Satan's Hills 3 David Whited Peter W. Salmen, Jr. Crimson King Farm 1:43.00
1973 Our Native † 3 Don Brumfield William Resseguet, Jr. M.Prichard & W.Resseguet 1:42.80
1972 No Race - No Race No Race No Race no race
1971 No Race - No Race No Race No Race no race
1970 No Race - No Race No Race No Race no race
1969 No Race - No Race No Race No Race no race
1968 No Race - No Race No Race No Race no race
1967 No Race - No Race No Race No Race no race
1966 No Race - No Race No Race No Race no race
1965 No Race - No Race No Race No Race no race
1964 NO RACE
1963
1962 NO RACE
1961
1960 NO RACE
1959
1958 NO RACE
1957
1956 NO RACE
1955
1954 NO RACE
1953
1952 NO RACE
1951
1950 NO RACE
1949
1948 NO RACE
1947
1946 NO RACE
1945
1943 NO RACE
1942
1941 NO RACE
1940
1939 NO RACE
1938
1937 Co-Sport 3 Porter Roberts Robert L. Dotter Bert Friend 1:12.80
1936 White Tie 3 Joseph Cowley John M. Gaver, Sr. Manhasset Stable 1:12.00

* † In 1973, Starkers finished first but was disqualified and set back to second.

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