American Pharoah Stakes

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American Pharoah Stakes
Grade I race
LocationSanta Anita Park
Arcadia, California, United States
Race typeThoroughbred - Flat racing
Race information
Distance1 116 miles (8.5 furlongs)
Weight122 pounds (55 kg)
Purse$300,000 (since 2014)[1]

The American Pharoah Stakes is an American Thoroughbred horse race run annually near the end of September during the fall meet at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, California. A Grade I event, it is open to two-year-old horses and is held at a distance of one and one-sixteenth miles on the dirt.

The American Pharoah Stakes was run as the Norfolk Stakes through its 2011 running. In 2012, it was renamed to the FrontRunner Stakes after the lease with Oak Tree, the organization that formerly operated Santa Anita's fall meet, ended in 2010.[2] It was renamed again in 2018 in honor of its 2014 winner, American Pharoah, who went on to win the U.S. Triple Crown in 2015.[3]

This race is a Road to the Kentucky Derby Prep Season qualifying race. The winner receives 10 points toward qualifying for the Kentucky Derby.[4] It is also currently part of the Breeders' Cup Challenge series. The winner automatically qualifies for the Breeders' Cup Juvenile.

First run in 1970, it became a Grade I event in 1980 but was downgraded to Grade II status in 1993. However, the American Graded Stakes Committee announced its return to Grade I status for 2007.[1]

The race was run over a distance of 1 mile from 1997 through 2001. It was run in two divisions in 1980.


Speed record: (at current distance of ​1 116 miles)

  • 1:41.27 - Ruler's Court (2003)

Most wins by a jockey:

  • 7 - Alex Solis (1985, 1991, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2008)

Most wins by a trainer:

  • 8 - Bob Baffert (1997, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2009, 2012, 2014, 2018)

Most wins by an owner:


2018 Game Winner Joel Rosario Bob Baffert West, Gary and Mary 1:43.77
2017 Bolt d'Oro Corey Nakatani Mick Ruis Ruis Racing 1:43.54
2016 Gormley Victor Espinoza John Shirreffs Jerry & Ann Moss 1:43.57
2015 Nyquist Mario Gutierrez Doug F. O'Neill Reddam Racing 1:44.89
2014 American Pharoah Victor Espinoza Bob Baffert Zayat Stables 1:41.95
2013 Bond Holder Mario Gutierrez Doug F. O'Neill Reddam Racing 1:45.02
2012 Power Broker Rafael Bejarano Bob Baffert Gary & Mary West 1:44.44
2011 Creative Cause Joel Rosario Mike Harrington Heinz Steinman 1:42.66
2010‡ Jaycito Mike E. Smith Mike Mitchell Zayat Stables 1:44.17
2009 Lookin at Lucky Garrett Gomez Bob Baffert M. Pegram, K. Watson, P. Weitman 1:43.11
2008 Street Hero Alex Solis Myung Kwon Cho Myung Kwon Cho 1:42.12
2007 Dixie Chatter Richard Migliore Richard E. Mandella Herman Sarkowsky 1:42.64
2006 Stormello Kent Desormeaux William L. Currin William L. Currin & Al Eisman 1:43.10
2005 Brother Derek Alex Solis Dan L. Hendricks Cecil N. Peacock 1:44.38
2004 Roman Ruler Corey Nakatani Bob Baffert Fog City Stable 1:44.27
2003 Ruler's Court Alex Solis Eoin G. Harty Darley Stable 1:41.27
2002 Kafwain Victor Espinoza Bob Baffert The Thoroughbred Corp. 1:42.75
2001 Essence of Dubai Alex Solis Eoin G. Harty Godolphin Racing 1:37.16
2000 Flame Thrower Victor Espinoza Bob Baffert Gary M. Garber 1:34.86
1999 Dixie Union Alex Solis Richard E. Mandella Diamond A Racing/Herman Sarkowsky 1:35.79
1998 Buck Trout Eddie Delahoussaye Mike C. Harrington Heinz Steinmann 1:37.55
1997 Souvenir Copy Gary Stevens Bob Baffert Golden Eagle Farm 1:36.00
1996 Free House Kent Desormeaux J. Paco Gonzalez Trudy McCaffery & John Toffan 1:43.54
1995 Future Quest Kent Desormeaux Ron McAnally VHW Stables 1:43.31
1994 Supremo Gary Stevens Richard W. Mulhall The Thoroughbred Corp. 1:43.48
1993 Shepherd's Field Chris McCarron Brad MacDonald Camptown Stable 1:43.11
1992 River Special Kent Desormeaux Robert B. Hess, Jr. Golden Eagle Farm 1:43.58
1991 Bertrando Alex Solis Bruce Headley 505 Farms 1:42.87
1990 Best Pal Pat Valenzuela Ian P. D. Jory Golden Eagle Farm 1:42.80
1989 Grand Canyon Chris McCarron D. Wayne Lukas D. W. Lukas & Overbrook Farm 1:43.20
1988 Hawkster Pat Valenzuela Ron McAnally J. Shelton Meredith 1:43.40
1987 Saratoga Passage Joe Steiner Robert W. Leonard Saratoga I Stable 1:45.00
1986 Capote Laffit Pincay, Jr. D. Wayne Lukas Barry Beal, L. R. French, Jr. & E. V. Klein 1:45.20
1985 Snow Chief Alex Solis Melvin F. Stute Grinstead & Rochelle 1:44.60
1984 Chief's Crown Don MacBeth Roger Laurin Star Crown Stable 1:42.40
1983 Fali Time Sandy Hawley Gary F. Jones James L. Mamakos & Marc Stubrin 1:44.20
1982 Roving Boy Eddie Delahoussaye Joseph Manzi Robert E. Hibbert 1:41.60
1981 Stalwart Chris McCarron D. Wayne Lukas Marvin L. Warner 1:42.20
1980 Sir Dancer Frank Olivares Charles M. Marikian George Arakelian Farms 1:43.80
1980 High Counsel Larry Gilligan Charles Whittingham Nelson Bunker Hunt 1:42.80
1979 The Carpenter Chris McCarron Willard L. Proctor Cardiff Stud Farm 1:41.80
1978 Flying Paster Don Pierce Gordon C. Campbell Bernard J. Ridder 1:42.20
1977 Balzac Bill Shoemaker Charles Whittingham Mrs. Howard B. Keck 1:45.40
1976 Habitony Bill Shoemaker Tommy Doyle Anton W. Pejsa 1:42.00
1975 Telly's Pop Francisco Mena Melvin F. Stute H. W. Koch/T. Savalas 1:43.60
1974 George Navonod Don Pierce Gordon C. Campbell Navonod Stables 1:42.20
1973 Money Lender Jerry Lambert Johnny Longden Hazel Longden 1:42.60
1972 Groshawk Bill Shoemaker Charles Whittingham Mr. & Mrs. Quinn Martin 1:42.20
1971 MacArthur Park Bill Shoemaker Tommy Doyle Mark Three Stable 1:41.80
1970 June Darling William Mahorney Warren Stute Clement L. Hirsch 1:43.00
‡ In 2010 run at Hollywood Park.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "American Pharoah Stakes Profile". Retrieved 29 September 2018.
  2. ^ "Older horses take spotlight in new-look Santa Anita stakes". kentucky. Retrieved 2018-08-16.
  3. ^ "Santa Anita Names Stakes After American Pharoah". Retrieved 2018-08-16.
  4. ^ "Road to the Kentucky Derby". Churchill Downs Inc. Archived from the original on 2018-08-06. Retrieved 2019-09-26.