Spiral Stakes

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Spiral Stakes
Grade III race
Location Turfway Park
Florence, Kentucky
Inaugurated 1972
Race type Thoroughbred - Flat racing
Sponsor Horseshoe Casino Cincinnati
Website Turfway Park
Race information
Distance 1⅛ miles (9 furlongs)
Track PolyTrack, left-handed
Qualification Three-year-olds
Weight Assigned
Purse $550,000

The Spiral Stakes is an American thoroughbred horse race held in late March at Turfway Park in Florence, Kentucky in the Cincinnati area. The race is open to three-year-olds willing to race one and one-eighth miles (9 furlongs) on the main track, which is now a synthetic surface at Turfway. It was downgraded to a Grade III race in 2011 by the American Graded Stakes Committee (AGSC) [1] and currently offers a purse of $550,000.

It was first run on April 1, 1972 as the Spiral Stakes. In 1982, bourbon whiskey maker Jim Beam became its sponsor and the race renamed the Jim Beam Spiral Stakes and later just the Jim Beam Stakes. In 2002, Lane's End Farm took over as sponsor of the race. It was announced on February 15, 2013 that the Horseshoe Casino in Cincinnati will be the title sponsor for the 2013 running on March 23, 2013.

In 1984 it was given Grade III status, then, after moving to Turfway Park in 1986, its purse was increased and in 1988 was elevated to a Grade II race. It returned to Grade III status in 2011. With a win in the Kentucky Derby by Animal Kingdom, however, the Grade II status it lost could return soon based on the formula the AGSC uses to grade races. [2]

On March 30, 1991, Hansel set a new track record while winning the Jim Beam Stakes. In 1995, future Hall of Famer Serena's Song became the first filly to win the race. Other horses to win who went on to capture at least one of the American Classic Races includes Summer Squall (1990), Lil E. Tee (1992), Prairie Bayou (1993), and Animal Kingdom (2011).

Since inception, the race has been contested at various distances:

  • 1 mile : 1972-1981
  • 11/16 miles : 1982-1987
  • 1⅛ miles : 1988 to present

The race was run in two divisions in 1973, 1974, 1975, 1977, 1978, and 1980.

Records[edit]

Speed record:

  • 1:46.60 - Hansel (1991) (at current distance of 1⅛ miles)

Most wins by an owner:

Most wins by a jockey:

  • 5 - Pat Day (1984, 1987, 1989, 1990, 1992)

Most wins by a trainer:

Winners of the Spiral Stakes since 1972[edit]

Year
Winner
Age
Jockey
Trainer
Owner
Distance
(Miles)
Time Grade
2014 We Miss Artie 3 John R. Velazquez Todd Pletcher Ken and Sarah Ramsey 1-1/8 1:51.98 III
2013 Black Onyx 3 Joe Bravo Kelly Breen Sterling Racing 1-1/8 1:51.98 III
2012 Went the Day Well 3 John Velazquez H. Graham Motion Team Valor/Ford 1-1/8 1:51.33 III
2011 Animal Kingdom 3 Alan Garcia H. Graham Motion Team Valor 1-1/8 1:52.32 III
2010 Dean's Kitten 3 Cornelio Velasquez Michael J. Maker Ken and Sarah Ramsey 1-1/8 1:50.59 II
2009 Hold Me Back 3 Kent Desormeaux William I. Mott WinStar Farm 1-1/8 1:49.63 II
2008 Adriano 3 Edgar Prado H. Graham Motion Courtlandt Farms 1-1/8 1:50.20 II
2007 Hard Spun 3 Mario G. Pino J. Larry Jones Fox Hill Farms Inc. 1-1/8 1:49.41 II
2006 With A City 3 Brice Blanc Michael J. Maker Equirace.com 1-1/8 1:51.11 II
2005 Flower Alley 3 Jorge Chavez Todd A. Pletcher Melnyk Racing Stables 1-1/8 1:50.33 II
2004 Sinister G 3 Paul Toscano John Toscano, Jr. John T. Toscano III et al. 1-1/8 1:50.71 II
2003 New York Hero 3 Norberto Arroyo, Jr. Jennifer Pedersen Paraneck Stable 1-1/8 1:50.68 II
2002 Perfect Drift 3 Ed Delahoussaye Murray W. Johnson Stonecrest Farm 1-1/8 1:48.83 II
2001 Balto Star 3 Mark Guidry Todd A. Pletcher Anstu Stable 1-1/8 1:47.23 II
2000 Globalize 3 Francisco Torres Jerry Hollendorfer Howard Litt et al. 1-1/8 1:49.16 II
1999 Stephen Got Even 3 Shane Sellers Nick Zito Stephen Hilbert 1-1/8 1:49.03 II
1998 Event of the Year 3 Russell Baze Jerry Hollendorfer Golden Eagle Farm 1-1/8 1:47.00 II
1997 Concerto 3 Carlos Marquez, Jr. John J. Tammaro III Kinsman Stable 1-1/8 1:48.20 II
1996 Roar 3 Mike E. Smith C. R. McGaughey III Claiborne/Dilschneider 1-1/8 1:49.60 II
1995 Serena's Song 3 Corey Nakatani D. Wayne Lukas Bob & Beverly Lewis 1-1/8 1:49.60 II
1994 Polar Expedition 3 Curt Bourque Hugh H. Robertson James Cody 1-1/8 1:49.00 II
1993 Prairie Bayou 3 Chris McCarron Thomas Bohannan Loblolly Stable 1-1/8 1:50.80 II
1992 Lil E. Tee 3 Pat Day Lynn S. Whiting W. Cal Partee 1-1/8 1:53.40 II
1991 Hansel 3 Jerry D. Bailey Frank L. Brothers Lazy Lane Farm 1-1/8 1:46.60 II
1990 Summer Squall 3 Pat Day Neil J. Howard Dogwood Stable 1-1/8 1:49.40 II
1989 Western Playboy 3 Pat Day Harvey L. Vanier Nancy Vanier 1-1/8 1:49.00 II
1988 Kingpost 3 Eugene Sipus, Jr. Dianne Carpenter Mark Warner 1-1/8 1:50.80 II
1987 J. T.'s Pet 3 Pat Day Lynn S. Whiting W. Cal Partee 1-1/16 1:42.80 II
1986 Broad Brush 3 Vince Bracciale, Jr. Richard W. Small Robert E. Meyerhoff 1-1/16 1:44.20 II
1985 Banner Bob 3 Keith Allen Jerome Sarner, Jr. Sharon & W. J. Walsh 1-1/16 1:42.00 II
1984 At The Threshold 3 Pat Day Lynn S. Whiting W. Cal Partee 1-1/16 1:42.80 II
1983 Marfa 3 Jorge Velasquez D. Wayne Lukas Beal/French, Jr./Lukas 1-1/16 1:42.40 II
1982 Good N' Dusty 3 Michael Moran Jasper Adams Larry R. Lehman 1-1/16 1:44.60 II
1981 Mythical Ruler 3 Kevin Wirth Fred Wirth Price & Risen 1 mile 1:38.00 II
1980 # Spruce Needles 3 Mark Sellers William E. Adams Golden Chance Farm 1 mile 1:36.20 II
1980 # Major Run 3 Mark Sellers William E. Adams Golden Chance Farm 1 mile 1:37.60 II
1979 Lot O' Gold 3 Don Brumfield William E. Adams Frederick E. Lehmann 1 mile 1:37.60 II
1978 # Raymond Earl 3 Julio Espinoza William E. Adams Robert N. Lehmann 1 mile 1:38.80 II
1978 # Five Star General 3 Julio Espinoza William E. Adams Golden Chance Farm 1 mile 1:37.80 II
1977 # Bob's Dusty 3 Julio Espinoza William E. Adams Robert N. Lehmann 1 mile 1:38.80 II
1977 # Smiley's Dream 3 W. Destefona William E. Adams Golden Chance Farm 1 mile 1:39.40 II
1976 Inca Roca 3 William Nemeti A. T. Skinner C. Jarrell 1 mile 1:37.40 II
1975 Ambassador's Image 3 E. Snell D. Ball Donamire Farm 1 mile 1:38.40 II
1975 Naughty Jake 3 German Vasquez Jake Bachelor Mildred Bachelor 1 mile 1:40.00 II
1974 # King of Rome 3 Keith Wirth Fred Wirth Fred Wirth 1 mile 1:45.40 II
1974 # Aglorite 3 Keith Wirth Fred Wirth A. Risen Jr. 1 mile 1:44.60 II
1973 # Jacks Chevron 3 Mickey Solomone C. C. Patrick C. C. Patrick 1 mile 1:41.00 II
1973 # Bootlegger's Pet 3 Kerry Wirth Carl Sitgraves W. Hines/C. Sitgraves 1 mile 1:42.00 II
1972 Big Dot 3 Jim Murchison James Eckrosh E. Lowrence 1 mile 1:38.80

A # indicates that the race was run in two divisions in 1973, 1974, 1975, 1977, 1978, and 1980.

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