Breeders' Futurity Stakes

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Breeders' Futurity Stakes
Grade I race
LocationKeeneland Race Course
Lexington, Kentucky, United States
Race typeThoroughbredFlat racing
Race information
Distance1 116 miles (8.5 furlongs)
WeightFillies, 118 lbs.
Colts and Geldings, 121lbs
Purse$500,000 (since 2014)[1]

The Breeders' Futurity Stakes is an American Grade I Thoroughbred horse race held annually in early October at Keeneland Race Course in Lexington, Kentucky. Currently offering a purse of $500,000, the race is open to two-year-old horses and is run at a distance of one and one-sixteenth miles on the dirt. From 1997 to 2008, the race was sponsored by Lane's End Farm and from 2009 to 2013 it was sponsored by Dixiana Farm. It is now sponsored by Claiborne Farm.[1]

The race is a Road to the Kentucky Derby Prep Season qualifying race. The winner receives 10 points toward qualifying for the Kentucky Derby.[2]

The race is also currently part of the Breeders' Cup Challenge series. The winner automatically qualifies for the Breeders' Cup Juvenile.

The Breeders' Futurity was first raced at the Kentucky Association track in Lexington in 1910 and was renewed each year thereafter through 1930. In 1931 through 1935, the race was shifted to the Latonia Race Track in Covington, Kentucky. The Futurity was revived at Keeneland in the fall of 1938 and during World War II, from 1943 through 1945 was renewed as part of the Churchill Downs fall meetings.

The race was a Grade III event from 1973 to 1975, a Grade II from 1976 through 2003, and became a Grade 1 stakes in 2004. Over the years, it has been raced at various distances:

  • Six furlongs (1938–1949)
  • Seven furlongs (1950–1955)
  • Seven furlongs, 184 feet (1956–1980)
  • 1 116 miles (1981–present)

From 2006 to 2013, the race was run on a Polytrack artificial dirt surface. In 2014, the Polytrack was replaced by a new dirt surface.[3]

Records (since 1938)[edit]

Fastest Time: (at Current Distance ​1 116 miles)

Most wins by an owner
Most wins by a jockey
Most wins by a trainer

Winners of the Breeders' Futurity Stakes since 1938[edit]

2019 Maxfield José Ortiz Brendan Walsh Godolphin 1:44.21
2018 Knicks Go Albin Jimenez Ben Colebrook KRA Stud Farm 1:44.23
2017 Free Drop Billy Robby Albarado Dale L. Romans Albaugh Family Stables 1:45.43
2016 Classic Empire Julien Leparoux Mark E. Casse John C. Oxley 1:43.41
2015 Brody's Cause Corey J. Lanerie Dale L. Romans Albaugh Family Stable 1:43.27
2014 Carpe Diem John Velazquez Todd Pletcher WinStar Farm & Stonestreet Stables 1:43.38
2013 We Miss Artie John Velazquez Todd Pletcher Ken and Sarah Ramsey 1:46.91
2012 Joha Rajiv Maragh Michael J. Maker Bluegrass Equine Bloodstock 1:44.52
2011 Dullahan Kent Desormeaux Dale L. Romans Donegal Racing (Jerry Crawford, partnership manager) 1:43.12
2010 J.B.'s Thunder Shaun Bridgmohan Albert Stall Jr. Columbine Stable 1:44.12
2009 Noble's Promise Willie Martinez Kenneth G. McPeek Chasing Dreams Racing 1:43.12
2008 Square Eddie Rafael Bejarano John R. Best J. Paul Reddam 1:43.04
2007 Wicked Style Robby Albarado George R. Arnold II Ashbrook Farm 1:45.21
2006 Great Hunter Victor Espinoza Doug O'Neill J. Paul Reddam 1:44.09
2005 Dawn of War John Jacinto Dale L. Romans Ken and Sarah Ramsey 1:48.77
2004 Consolidator Rafael Bejarano D. Wayne Lukas R. & B. Lewis 1:43.67
2003 Eurosilver Javier Castellano Nicholas P. Zito Buckram Oak Farm 1:43.42
2002 Sky Mesa Edgar Prado John T. Ward Jr. John C. Oxley 1:46.78
2001 Siphonic Chris McCarron David Hofmans Amerman Racing LLC 1:43.79
2000 Arabian Light Shane Sellers Bob Baffert The Thoroughbred Corp. 1:43.00
1999 Captain Steve Garrett K. Gomez Bob Baffert Michael E. Pegram 1:42.40
1998 Cat Thief Pat Day D. Wayne Lukas Overbrook Farm 1:44.00
1997 Favorite Trick Pat Day Patrick B. Byrne Joseph LaCombe Stable 1:43.20
1996 Boston Harbor Jerry D. Bailey D. Wayne Lukas Overbrook Farm 1:45.20
1995 Honour and Glory Pat Day D. Wayne Lukas Michael Tabor 1:43.20
1994 Tejano Run Jerry D. Bailey Kenneth McPeek Roy K. Monroe 1:44.60
1993 Polar Expedition Curt Bourque Hugh H. Robertson James B. Cody 1:42.20
1992 Mountain Cat Pat Day D. Wayne Lukas Overbrook Farm 1:42.40
1991 Dance Floor Charles Woods Jr. D. Wayne Lukas Oaktown Stable 1:44.20
1990 Sir Bordeaux Wigberto Ramos Ronnie G. Warren Donald G. Hardamon & Ray Trisler 1:44.40
1989 Slavic José A. Santos Flint S. Schulhofer William Haggin Perry 1:44.60
1988 Fast Play Ángel Cordero Jr. C. R. McGaughey III Ogden Phipps 1:45.20
1987 Forty Niner Eddie Maple Woody Stephens Claiborne Farm 1:43.80
1986 Orono Sandy Hawley Carl Nafzger Bayview Stable 1:45.20
1985 Tasso Laffit Pincay Jr. Neil Drysdale Gerald Robins & Tim Sams 1:46.00
1984 Crater Fire Daryl Montoya Dixie H. Griffitt Samuel D. Hinkle IV & D. D. Crater 1:45.80
1983 Swale Eddie Maple Woody Stephens Claiborne Farm 1:44.00
1982 Highland Park John L. Lively Anthony L. Basile Bwamazon Farm 1:43.60
1981 D'Accord Darrel McHargue LeRoy Jolley Bertram R. Firestone 1:44.80
1980 Fairway Phantom John L. Lively Carl Nafzger William Floyd 1:28.80
1979 Gold Stage Don Brumfield William Curtis Jr. Georgia E. Hofmann 1:26.80
1978 Strike Your Colors Ed Delahoussaye Del W. Carroll William S. Farish III 1:26.20
1977 Gonquin Frank Olivares Jerry M. Fanning James Scully 1:28.00
1976 Run Dusty Run Darrel McHargue Smiley Adams Golden Chance Farm 1:27.40
1975 Harbor Springs Eddie Maple Woody Stephens Louis Lee Haggin II 1:27.00
1974 Packer Captain Don Brumfield Douglas Dodson Eagle Mountain Farm 1:25.80
1973 Provante Mike Manganello Dave Zakoor Jr. Greg E. Sanders 1:27.20
1972 Annihilate 'Em Don Brumfield Douglas M. Davis Jr. Patricia B. Blass 1:27.00
1971 Windjammer Laffit Pincay Jr. MacKenzie Miller Cragwood Stables 1:27.20
1970 Man of the Moment Don Brumfield Jack Long Circle M Farm 1:28.80
1969 Hard Work Don Brumfield Charles R. Werstler Dixiana Stable 1:25.60
1968 Dike Earlie Fires Lucien Laurin Claiborne Farm 1:26.80
1967 T.V. Commercial Manuel Ycaza Anthony L. Basile Bwamazon Farm 1:26.80
1966 Gentleman James Jimmy Nichols Del W. Carroll Michael Grace Phipps 1:28.00
1965 Tinsley Jimmy Nichols Julius E. Tinsley Jr. Fred W. Hooper 1:28.40
1964 Umbrella Fella John Nazareth Loyd Gentry Jr. Ford Stables 1:26.40
1963 Duel W. D. Lucas LeRoy Jolley Claiborne Farm 1:26.20
1962 Ornamento Jimmy Lynch James P. Conway Darby Dan Farm 1:26.40
1961 Roman Line William M. Cook Vester R. Wright T. Allie Grissom 1:26.60
1960 He's a Pistol Larney Hansman J. D. Puckett J. Graham Brown 1:27.00
1959 Toby's Brother John L. Rotz Robert E. Wingfield G. Van Deren/O.S. Deming 1:27.20
1958 Namon Jimmy Combest Vester R. Wright T. Allie Grissom 1:26.80
1957 Fulcrum John Delahoussaye Jack C. Hodgins Mary V. Fisher 1:26.40
1956 Round Table Steve Brooks Moody Jolley Claiborne Farm 1:26.80
1955 Jovial Jove Douglas Dodson Strother Griffin Bwamazon Farm 1:23.60
1954 Brother Tex Pete D. Anderson Woody Stephens Woody Stephens 1:24.40
1953 Hasty Road John H. Adams Harry Trotsek Hasty House Farm 1:23.20
1952 Straight Face Bennie Green John M. Gaver Sr. Greentree Stable 1:23.80
1951 Alladier Carroll Bierman Anthony J. Pupino Harborvale Stable 1:23.40
1950 Big Stretch Ted Atkinson John M. Gaver Sr. Greentree Stable 1:23.60
1949 Oil Capitol Kenneth Church Harry Trotsek Thomas Gray 1:12.20
1948 Olympia Willie Garner Ivan H. Parke Fred W. Hooper 1:11.60
1947 Shy Guy Steve Brooks Jack C. Hodgins Dixiana Stable 1:11.80
1946 Education Steve Brooks Ivan H. Parke Fred W. Hooper 1:11.40
1945 Pellicle Steve Brooks E. Leigh Cotton Hal Price Headley 1:12.80
1944 Air Sailor Leon Haas Lex Wilson Theodore DeLong Buhl 1:12.20
1943 Durazna Jesse Higley John M. Goode Brownell Combs 1:11.60
1942 Occupation Leon Haas Burley Parke John Marsch 1:14.00
1941 Devil Diver Conn McCreary John M. Gaver Sr. Greentree Stable 1:11.80
1940 Whirlaway Johnny Longden Ben A. Jones Calumet Farm 1:11.20
1939 Roman Flag Leon Haas Max Hirsch W. Arnold Hanger 1:10.60
1938 Johnstown James Stout George Tappen Belair Stud 1:11.40

Earlier winners[edit]

  • 1937: No race
  • 1936: No race
  • 1935: No race
  • 1934: No race
  • 1933: Mata Hari
  • 1932: Technique
  • 1931: The Bull
  • 1930: Mate
  • 1929: Gallant Knight
  • 1928: Current
  • 1927: Wacker Drive
  • 1926: Wood Lore
  • 1925: Flight of Time
  • 1924: Candy Kid
  • 1923: Worthmore
  • 1922: Donges
  • 1921: Gentility
  • 1920: Believe Idle Hour
  • 1919: Blazes
  • 1918: Colonel Livingston
  • 1917: Escoba
  • 1916: Harry Kelly
  • 1915: Kinney
  • 1914: Luke
  • 1913: Imperator
  • 1912: Helios
  • 1911: The Manager
  • 1910: Housemaid

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Breeders' Futurity Stakes Profile". Equibase. Retrieved 9 October 2016.
  2. ^ "Road to the Kentucky Derby". Churchill Downs Inc. Archived from the original on 2018-08-06. Retrieved 2019-06-14.
  3. ^ "Keeneland Debuts New Dirt Surface on Main Race Track". Archived from the original on 12 October 2016. Retrieved 15 June 2016.