Frank J. De Francis Memorial Dash Stakes
|Grade III race|
|Location||Laurel Park Racecourse,
|Race type||Thoroughbred - Flat racing|
|Distance||6 furlong sprint|
|Qualification||Three-year-olds & up|
The Frank J. De Francis Memorial Dash Stakes is an American Thoroughbred horse race run annually at Laurel Park Racecourse in Laurel, Maryland. Open to horses aged three and older, it is competed on dirt over a distance of six furlongs. It is currently run in late November and offers a purse of $250,000. It became a grade I race in 1999, but was not run in 2008 and 2010. The race lost its graded status when restored in 2011, then became a Grade III event in 2016.0
The Frank J. De Francis Memorial Dash is one of the elite sprints in the country. Until 2010, it was one of the only two six-furlong contests with Grade I status, and was second only to the Breeders' Cup Sprint in purse money and prestige. After the race was not run in 2008 and 2010, the race was not eligible for grading in 2011. On December 3, 2015, the Maryland Jockey Club announced that the race has been upgraded to grade III for 2016 by the American Graded Stakes Committee.
The De Francis, first contested in 1990, has played host to champions Housebuster, Safely Kept, and Cherokee Run.
The inaugural De Francis Dash attracted the nation's finest sprinters to Pimlico Race Course in the summer of 1990. Included in the spectacular field were 1989 Sprint Champion Safely Kept and top sprinters Glitterman and Sewickley. But at the wire, in a fitting tribute to the late Mr. De Francis, it was Maryland-bred, Maryland-based Northern Wolf in a track record-setting time of 1:09.
The Dash moved to Laurel for its second running. The distinguished field included two champions; Safely Kept and Housebuster as well as leading sprinters Clever Trevor and Sunny Blossom. Housebuster captured the winner's share of the lucrative purse with a five length victory. He was named Eclipse Award Sprint Champion for the second year in a row.
The race was moved to the fall by Maryland Jockey Club Chief Operating Officer Lou Raffetto in 2001 with instant success. Taking advantage of a deep sprinting field three weeks after the Breeders' Cup Sprint, the De Francis Dash attracted a strong field of seven, including four of the top Breeder's Cup finishers with visions of an Eclipse Award.
The De Francis Dash was given Graded stakes status in 1992 and became a Grade I event in 1998. On August 7, 2008 it was announced that the race would be on hiatus for 2008, the Maryland Jockey Club cited financial distress as the reason for the races' cancellation.
- 1:07.80 - Richter Scale (2000)
(Stakes and track record)
- 2 - Lite The Fuse (1995, 1996)
Most wins by a jockey:
Most wins by a trainer:
Most wins by an owner:
- 2 - Richard Dutrow, Sr. (1995, 1996)
|2016||Ivan Fallunovalot||- 6||Calvin Borel||W. Howard||Lewis Matthews||6 fur.||1:10.07||$250,000||III|
|2015||Gentlemen's Bet||6||Daniel Centeno||Ron Moquett||Harry T. Rosenblum||6 fur.||1:09.34||$350,000|
|2014||Zee Bros||4||Jose Ortiz||D. Wayne Lukas||Zayat Stables||6 fur.||1:08.77||$350,000|
|2013||Immortal Eyes||9||Travis Dunkelberger||Damon Dilodovico||Robert Abbo Racing Stable||6 fur.||1:08.47||$350,000|
|2012||Action Andy||5||Horacio Karamanos||Carlos Garcia||Robert Gerczak||6 fur.||1:10.61||$350,000|
|2011||Candyman E||4||Joe Bravo||Anthony Dutrow||Kuehne Racing||6 fur.||1:09.43||$150,000|
|2010||No Race||-||No Race||No Race||No Race||no race||0:00.00||no race||II|
|2009||Vineyard Haven||3||Alan Garcia||Saeed bin Suroor||Godolphin Racing||6 fur||1:09.62||$300,000||I|
|2008||No Race||-||No Race||No Race||No Race||no race||0:00.00||no race||I|
|2007||Benny the Bull||4||Edgar Prado||Richard Dutrow||IEAH Stables||6 fur||1:09.86||$250,000||I|
|2006||Thor's Echo||4||Corey Nakatani||Doug O'Neill||Pablo Suarez/Royce Jaime||6 fur||1:08.71||$300,000||I|
|2005||I'm The Tiger||5||Jerry Bailey||Robert J. Frankel||Stronach Stable||6 fur||1:09.06||$300,000||I|
|2004||Wildcat Heir||4||Stewart Elliot||Ben Perkins||Cloverleaf Farms II et al.||6 fur||1:09.45||$300,000||I|
|2003||A Huevo||7||Ramon Dominguez||Michael Dickinson||Mark S. Hopkins||6 fur||1:08.92||$300,000||I|
|2002||D'Wildcat||4||Jorge Chavez||Robert B. Hess||Fog City Stable||6 fur||1:10.80||$300,000||I|
|2001||Delaware Township||5||Jerry Bailey||Ben W. Perkins||New Farm||6 fur||1:09.00||$300,000||I|
|2000||Richter Scale||6||Richard Migliore||William I. Mott||N. Fox/N.R. Kaster et al.||6 fur||1:07.80||$300,000||I|
|1999||Yes Its True||3||Jerry Bailey||Michael Simone||Padua Stables||6 fur||1:08.60||$300,000||I|
|1998||Kelly Kip||4||Jean-Luc Samyn||H. Allen Jerkens||Hobeau Farm||6 fur||1:08.40||$300,000||I|
|1997||Smoke Glacken||3||Craig Perret||Henry L. Carroll||Roberts/Karkenny/Levy||6 fur||1:09.40||$300,000||I|
|1996||Lite The Fuse||5||Julie Krone||Richard Dutrow||Richard Dutrow, Sr.||6 fur||1:08.80||$300,000||II|
|1995||Lite The Fuse||4||Julie Krone||Richard Dutrow||Richard Dutrow, Sr.||6 fur||1:08.80||$300,000||II|
|1994||Cherokee Run||4||Craig Perret||Frank A. Alexander||Jill E. Robinson||6 fur||1:08.80||$300,000||II|
|1993||Montbrook||3||Clarence Ladner||Dean Gaudet||Israel Cohen||6 fur||1:08.60||$300,000||II|
|1992||Superstrike||3||Danny Sorenson||Bruce L. Jackson||David R. Kruse||6 fur||1:09.80||$300,000||II|
|1991||Housebuster||4||Craig Perret||Warren A. Croll, Jr.||Robert P. Levy||6 fur||1:08.60||$350,000|
|1990||Northern Wolf||4||Mike Luzzi||Harold A. Allen||Deep Silver Stable||6 fur||1:09.00||$350,000|
- Frank J. De Francis Memorial Dash Stakes "top three finishers" and starters
- Laurel Park Racecourse
- American Champion Sprint Horse
- Breeders' Cup Sprint
- "Frank J. De Francis Memorial Dash Stakes Profile". www.equibase.com. Retrieved 27 November 2016.
- Blood Horse: 2011 Graded Stakes: 13 Fewer Than '10