Hillsborough Stakes

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Hillsborough Stakes
Grade II race
Location Tampa Bay Downs
Oldsmar, Florida
Inaugurated 1999
Race type Thoroughbred - Flat racing
Website www.tampabaydowns.com
Race information
Distance 1 18 miles (9 furlongs)
Surface Turf
Track Left-handed
Qualification Fillies & Mares, 4-years-old & up
Weight Assigned
Purse $200,000

The Hillsborough Stakes is an American Thoroughbred horse race run annually in mid-March at Tampa Bay Downs in Oldsmar, Florida.

A Grade III event since 2004, it is now a Grade II event. The race is open to fillies and mares, four years of age and older. Raced on turf, since 2004 it has been contested at a distance of ​1 18 miles, (9 furlongs) prior to which it was run at ​1 116 miles.

The winner of the 2012 Hillsborough Stakes, Zagora, won the Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf and was voted an Eclipse Award in her category.


Speed record:

  • 1:41.14 - Strait From Texas (2003) (at previous distance of ​1 116 miles)
  • 1:46.26 - Tepin (2016) (at current distance of ​1 18 miles)

Most wins:

  • No horse has won this race more than once.

Most wins by an owner:

  • No owner has won this race more than once.

Most wins by a jockey:

Most wins by a trainer:

Winners of the Hillsborough Stakes[edit]

2018 Fourstar Crook 6 Irad Ortiz Jr Chad C. Brown Dubb, Michael, Bethlehem Stables LLC and Aisquith, Gary 1:48.43
2017 Dickinson 5 Joel Rosario Kiaran P. McLaughlin Godolphin Racing, LLC 1.46.75
2016 Tepin 5 Julien Leparoux Mark Casse Robert E. Masterson 1:46.26
2015 Stephanie's Kitten 6 John R. Velazquez Chad C. Brown Sarah & Kenneth Ramsey 1:49.05
2014 Cloud Scapes 5 Erick D. Rodriguez H. Graham Motion Pin Oak Stud 1:51.56
2013 Old Tune (BRZ) 5 Joel Rosario Todd Pletcher Stud TNT 1:48.92
2012 Zagora 5 Javier Castellano Chad Brown Martin S. Schwartz 1:46.97
2011 Denomination 5 Frederic Lenclud Christophe Clement Ghislaine Head 1:48.69
2010 Phola 4 Ramon Dominguez Todd Pletcher Saufley/Pletcher/Pattersons 1:52.51
2009 Backseat Rhythm 4 Eibar Coa Patrick Reynolds Paul Pompa, Jr. 1:51.43
2008 Dreaming of Anna 4 Cornelio Velasquez Wayne Catalano Frank C. Calabrese 1:52.18
2007 Cassydora 5 John Velazquez Todd A. Pletcher Green Hills Farm 1:48.90
2006 Ready's Gal 4 John Velazquez Todd A. Pletcher James T. Scatuorchio 1:50.50
2005 Rizzi Girl 7 Oliver Castillo William Downing J. & M. Whitney 1:52.59
2004 Coney Kitty 6 Jose Santos James J. Toner Betz/Humphrey/Seelbinder 1:48.83
2003 Strait From Texas 4 Jesus Castanon James Michael J & J Investments 1:41.14
2002 Platinum Tiara 4 Manoel Cruz Joe Waunsch M375 Thoroughbreds 1:41.34
2001 Song For Annie 5 Larry Melancon Henry Cochran Live Oak Plantation 1:41.23
2000 St. Clair Ridge 4 Pat Day W. Elliott Walden Hendrick, et al. 1:41.17
1999 Pleasant Temper 5 Pat Day W. Elliott Walden Mark Stanley 1:42.62