Bourbon Stakes

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Bourbon Stakes
Grade III race
Location Keeneland Race Course
Lexington, Kentucky, United States
Inaugurated 1991
Race type Thoroughbred - Flat racing
Race information
Distance 1 116 miles (8.5 furlongs)
Surface Turf
Track Left-handed
Qualification Two-year-olds
Weight Assigned
Purse $250,000[1]

The Bourbon Stakes is an American Thoroughbred horse race run annually during the first part of October at the Keeneland Race Course in Lexington, Kentucky. Contested on turf at a distance of 1 116 miles (8.5 furlongs), it is open to two-year-old horses. Elevated to Grade III status for 2008, the race currently offers a current purse of $250,000.[1]

The race is part of the Breeders' Cup Challenge series. The winner of the Bourbon Stakes receives a "Win and You're In" berth in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf.[2]

Inaugurated in 1991 as the Hopemont Stakes, the name was changed in 2003 to the Bourbon County Stakes – Bourbon County is near Lexington and is home to many famous Throroughbred farms. From 2005 to 2008, it was run as the Woodford Reserve Bourbon Stakes, then simply the Bourbon Stakes. Since 2014, the race has been sponsored by Dixiana Farm.[3]

In 2006 and 2013, the race was switched from turf to the main track due to weather conditions. It was run in two divisions in 1998.[1]


Speed record:

Most wins by an owner
  • 2 - Klaravich Stables & W. H. Lawrence (2011, 2012)
  • 2 - John C. Oxley (2000, 2015)
Most wins by a jockey
Most wins by a trainer


2016 Keep Quiet (FR) Florent Geroux Mark E. Casse Gary Barber 1:44.92
2015 Airoforce Julien R. Leparoux Mark Casse John C. Oxley 1:44.12
2014 Lawn Ranger Chris Landeros Kenneth G. McPeek Turf Stable 1:44.41
2013 Poker Player Channing Hill Wayne Catalano Gary and Mary West 1:43.46
2012 Balance the Books Julien Leparoux Chad C. Brown Klaravich Stables/Lawrence 1:45.15
2011 Animal Spirits Robby Albarado Al Stall Jr. Klaravich Stables/Lawrence 1:44.24
2010 Rogue Romance Julien Leparoux Ken McPeek Catesby Clay 1:43.76
2009 Interactif Kent Desormeaux Todd Pletcher Wertheimer and Frere 1:45.24
2008 Bittel Road Rajiv Maragh Todd Pletcher Scatuorchio & Iracane 1:44.29
2007 Gio Ponti Ramon Dominguez Christophe Clement Castleton Lyons 1:45.92
2006 Twilight Meteor John Velazquez Todd A. Pletcher Peachtree Stable 1:43.25
2005 Yankee Master Rafael Bejarano Linda L. Rice Team Power Play Racing 1:43.85
2004 Rey de Café Craig Perret George R. Arnold II G. Watts Humphrey, Jr. 1:42.90
2003 Commendation Cornelio Velasquez H. Graham Motion Courtlandt Farm 1:43.99
2002 Rapid Proof Calvin Borel Hal R. Wiggins Dolphus C. Morrison 1:46.45
2001 Stage Call Mark Guidry W. Elliott Walden WinStar Farm et al. 1:45.85
2000 Overview Mike E. Smith John T. Ward, Jr. John C. Oxley 1:43.02
1999 Gateman Pat Day W. Elliott Walden Kennet Valley Thoroughbreds 1:42.42
1998 Pineaff Pat Day Ken McPeek Joyce & Roy K. Monroe 1:44.60
1998 Bold Caleb Robby Albarado Hal R. Wiggins Ann & Charles Patterson 1:44.60
1997 Reformer Rally Craig Perret Peter M. Vestal Thomas M. Carey 1:46.80
1996 Thesaurus Craig Perret Peter M. Vestal Charles J. Cella 1:44.40
1995 Red Shadow Willie Martinez Patrick B. Byrne Prestonwood Farm 1:46.60
1994 Claudius John Velazquez William I. Mott Darley Racing 1:45.40
1993 Star of Manila Shane Sellers Burk Kessinger, Jr. New Phoenix Stable 1:43 .20
1992 The Real Vaslav Shane Sellers D. Wayne Lukas Gonzalo B. Torrealba 1:46.00
1991 Stress Buster Pat Day Joe Pierce, Jr. Humphrey, Jr./Sheila Pierce 1:44.80


  1. ^ a b c "Bourbon Stakes Profile". Retrieved 12 October 2016. 
  2. ^ "The Breeders' Cup Challenge". Retrieved 12 October 2016. 
  3. ^ "Keeneland Media Guide". p. 71. Retrieved 12 October 2016.