Southwest Stakes

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Southwest Stakes
Grade III race
Location Oaklawn Park Race Track
Hot Springs, Arkansas
Inaugurated 1968
Race type Thoroughbred - Flat racing
Website Oaklawn Jockey Club, Inc.
Race information
Distance 1 116 mile (8.5 furlongs)
Surface Dirt
Track Left-handed
Qualification Three-year-olds
Weight Assigned
Purse $300,000

The Southwest Stakes is an American Thoroughbred horse race held at Oaklawn Park Race Track in Hot Springs, Arkansas in mid February during the President's Day weekend. The race is open to three-year-old horses willing to race one mile on the dirt and currently offers a purse of $300,000. On November 28, 2007, the ungraded Southwest Stakes was upgraded to a Grade III event by the American Graded Stakes Committee.

Inaugurated in 1968 as the Southwest Handicap, it was run at a distance of six furlongs from 1968 through 1983. The race was named in honor of the former NCAA football conference, the Southwest Conference in which the University of Arkansas was a member before leaving for the Southeast Conference. The race is often used as a prep to the Rebel Stakes and the Arkansas Derby.

In 2013, the race was run at a distance of 1 and 1/16th miles.

The race's forerunner was the Southwest Purse, held in 1959 and 1962 and won by Call Hy and Killoqua, respectively.

It was run in two divisions in 1972, 2002, and 2012. .

Records[edit]

Speed record:

Most wins by a jockey:

Most wins by a trainer:

Most wins by an owner:

Winners of the Southwwest Stakes since 1981[edit]

Year
Winner
Age
Jockey
Trainer
Owner
Distance
(Miles)
Time
Grade
2014 Tapiture 3 Ricardo Santana Steve Asmussen Winchell Thoroughbreds 1-1/16 1:44.95 III
2013 Super Ninety Nine 3 Rafael Bejarano Bob Baffert Tanma Corporation 1-1/16 1:44.84 III
2012 # Secret Circle 3 Rafael Bejarano Bob Baffert Willmott Stables 1 mile 1:37.08 III
2012 # Castaway 3 Rafael Bejarano Bob Baffert Michael Tabor & Mrs.J.Magnier 1 mile 1:38.09 III
2011 Archarcharch 3 Jon Court Jinks Fires Robert Yagos 1 mile 1:38.23 III
2010 Conveyance 3 Martin Garcia Bob Baffert Zabeel Racing International 1 mile 1:36.94 III
2009 Old Fashioned 3 Ramon Dominguez J. Larry Jones Fox Hill Farms 1 mile 1:37.41 III
2008 Denis of Cork 3 Robby Albarado David M. Carroll Mr. & Mrs. William Warren 1 mile 1:37.89 III
2007 Teuflesberg 3 Stewart Elliot Jamie Sanders Gary S. Logsdon et al. 1 mile 1:38.20
2006 Lawyer Ron 3 John McKee Robert E. Holthus Est. James T. Hines, Jr. 1 mile 1:40.00
2005 Greater Good 3 John McKee Robert E. Holthus Lewis Lakin 1 mile 1:39.09
2004 Smarty Jones 3 Stewart Elliot John Servis Roy & Patricia Chapman 1 mile 1:37.57
2003 Great Notion 3 Terry Thompson Darrin Miller Silverton Hills Farm 1 mile 1:38.96
2002 # Private Emblem 3 Donnie Meche Steve Asmussen J. Cassels / R. Zollars 1 mile 1:40.29
2002 # Paloma Parilla 3 James Lopez Larry Robideaux, Jr. Barnett Stables 1 mile 1:41.70
2001 Son of Rocket 3 Terry Thompson Robert E. Holthus Frank Fletcher Racing 1 mile 1:38.34
2000 Afternoon Affair 3 Joe Judice Robert E. Holthus Swifty Farms 1 mile 1:37.00
1999 Jim'Smrtee 3 Travis Hightower John Milliron James Hutzel 1 mile 1:39.40 III
1998 Hot Wells 3 Calvin Borel Thomas Amoss So What's Nu Stable 1 mile 1:38.60 III
1997 Smoke Glacken 3 Craig Perret Henry L. Carroll Karkenny, Levy & Roberts 1 mile 1:38.60 III
1996 Ide 3 Craig Perret Pete Vestal Willmott Stables 1 mile 1:37.80 III
1995 Mystery Storm 3 Carlos Gonzalez Larry Robideaux, Jr. David Beard 1 mile 1:36.60 III
1994 Southern Rhythm 3 Garrett Gomez James Keefer Heiligbrodt, Keefer & New 1 mile 1:36.80
1993 Foxtrail 3 Willie Martinez Larry Robideaux, Jr. Linda Bennett 1 mile 1:36.40
1992 Big Sur 3 David Guillory D. Wayne Lukas Overbrook Farm & Lukas 1 mile 1:36.60
1991 Fenter 3 Don Howard Thomas Bohannan Loblolly Stable 1 mile 1:37.00
1990 Tarascon 3 Larry Snyder Jack Van Berg John A. Franks 1 mile 1:35.80
1989 Termez 3 Dean Kutz J. Bert Sonnier Knelman & Hayden 1 mile 1:37.80
1988 Proper Reality 3 Jerry D. Bailey Robert E. Holthus James A. Winn 1 mile 1:36.80
1987 Demons Begone 3 Pat Day Philip M. Hauswald Loblolly Stable 1 mile 1:34.60
1986 Rare Brick 3 Mike E. Smith Tony Foyt A. J. Foyt 1 mile 1:36.20
1985 Clever Allemont 3 Pat Day Lynn S. Whiting W. Cal Partee 1 mile 1:37.60
1984 Whitebrush 3 Garth Patterson C. R. McGaughey III Loblolly Stable 1 mile 1:34.40
1983 Say I'm Smart 3 Larry Synder David R. Vance Flying Zee Stable 6 fur. 1:11.80
1982 El Baba 3 Donald Brumfield Dewey Smith Mrs. J. W. Brown 6 fur. 1:12.60
1981 Bold Ego 3 John Lively Dennis Werre Double B Ranch 6 fur. 1:11.80

A # designates that the race was run in two divisions in 2012, 2002 and 1972.

Earlier winners[edit]

  • 1980 - Be A Prospect
  • 1979 - Clever Trick
  • 1978 - Bold L. B.
  • 1977 - J. J. Battle
  • 1976 - Our Future King
  • 1975 - Promised City
  • 1974 - J. R.'s Pet
  • 1973 - Game Lad
  • 1972 - Parlez Encore (Div 1)
  • 1972 - Billy Rogell (Div 2)
  • 1971 - Barbizon Streak
  • 1970 - Love That Dollar
  • 1969 - Ruler In Gold
  • 1968 - Mr. Cozy

See also[edit]