Marathon Stakes

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The Marathon Stakes
formerly the Breeders' Cup Marathon
Grade II race
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The 2009 Marathon, won by Man of Iron (almost hidden on the rail) by a nose
Location United States
Inaugurated 2008 (as Breeders' Cup Marathon)
Race type Thoroughbred - Flat racing
Race information
Distance 1 34 miles (14 furlongs)
Surface Dirt
Track left-handed
Qualification Three-years-old & up
Weight Set Weights with allowances
Purse $200,000 (since 2014)[1]

The Marathon Stakes, formerly known as the Breeders' Cup Marathon, is a Grade II American Thoroughbred horse race. It is open to horses three years old and up, and contested on dirt at a distance of 1 34 miles. The race has a purse of US$200,000. The horses carry Set Weights with allowances.[2]

Race history[edit]

The race was originally established in 2008 as part of the annual Breeders' Cup World Championships with its inaugural running at a distance of 1 12 miles. The inaugural running took place on the second day of the Breeders' Cup on the Pro-Ride synthetic dirt at the 2008 host track, Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, California.

In 2009, the distance was extended by 2 furlongs to 1 34 miles.[3]

Due to technical requirements, the race was not eligible for classification as a graded stakes race in its first two runnings.[4] It received Grade III status effective in 2010.[5] The race was upgraded to Grade II status for 2011.[6] The race was originally run under Weight for Age conditions.

Removal from Breeders' Cup[edit]

On April 25, 2014, the Breeders' Cup announced that the Marathon would be discontinued.[7] The event would be renamed to the Las Vegas Marathon as an undercard Breeders' Cup stakes race. The purse of the event was reduced from $500,000 to $200,000.[2]

Citing that "the conditions of the race have not developed into a competition that we believe reaches the standard set by the remaining races comprising the Championships", the Breeders' Cup Committee announced its discontinuation.[7]


Most wins:

  • No horse has won this race more than once.

Most wins by a jockey:

  • 2 – John Velazquez (2010, 2017)

Most wins by a trainer:

Most wins by an owner:

  • No owner has won this race more than once.

Winners of the Breeders' Cup / The Marathon since 2008[edit]

Time Purse
The Marathon / The Marathon Stakes
2017 Destin 4 John Velazquez Todd Plecher  Twin Creeks Racing Stables, LLC and Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners 2:57.77 $201,035 II
2016 Scuba 5 Kendrick Carmouche Brendan P. Walsh Darrs, Inc. 2:58.20 $201,380 II
2015 Bailoutbobby 5 Joel Rosario Doug O'Neill R3 Racing 2:56.75 $200,000 II
Las Vegas Marathon
2014 Cary Street 5 Miguel Mena Brendan P. Walsh Detampel/Walsh 2:58.29 $200,750 II
Breeders' Cup Marathon
2013 London Bridge 3 Mike Smith Jo Hughes Eastwind Racing & Martha Trussell 2:58.32 $500,000 II
2012 Calidoscopio (ARG) 9 Aaron Gryder Guillermo Frenkel Santillán Stud Dona Pancha 2:57.25 $500,000 II
2011 Afleet Again 4 Cornelio Velasquez Robert E. Reid, Jr. Kasey K Racing Stable 3:00.39 $500,000 II
2010 Eldaafer 5 John Velazquez Diane Alvardo IEAH Stables and Mansour Albaroudy 2:59.62 $500,000 III
2009 Man of Iron 3 Johnny Murtagh Aidan O'Brien Derrick Smith/Susan Magnier/Michael Tabor 2:54.11 $500,000
2008 Muhannak 4 Pat Smullen Ralph Beckett Richard Pegum 2:28.24† $500,000

† - Ran at 1 12 miles

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Marathon Stakes Profile". Retrieved 3 November 2017. 
  2. ^ a b "Las Vegas Marathon – Grade II" (PDF). Los Angeles Turf Club. 2014. Retrieved 17 October 2014. 
  3. ^ "Distance Added to Breeders' Cup Marathon". 2009-03-20. Retrieved 2009-03-22. 
  4. ^ Graded Stakes Committee releases 2008 changes - Thoroughbred Times
  5. ^ LaMarra, Tom (2008-12-03). "Arkansas Derby Among Three New Grade I Stakes". Retrieved 2009-12-28. 
  6. ^ Blood Horse: 2011 Graded Stakes: 13 Fewer Than '10
  7. ^ a b