Honeybee Stakes

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Honeybee Stakes
Grade III race
Location Oaklawn Park Race Track
Hot Springs, Arkansas, U.S.
Inaugurated 1988
Race type Thoroughbred - Flat racing
Website www.oaklawn.com
Race information
Distance 1 116 miles (8.5 furlongs)
Surface Dirt
Track left-handed
Qualification Fillies, three-years-old
Weight Assigned
Purse $200,000 (2013)

The Honeybee Stakes is an American flat Thoroughbred horse race for three-year-old fillies held annually in March at Oaklawn Park Race Track in Hot Springs, Arkansas. It is currently run over a distance of one-and-one-sixteenth miles on dirt. The race is a Grade III event with a current purse of $200,000 and has been a prep race to the Triple Tiara of Thoroughbred Racing, including the Kentucky Oaks, the Black-Eyed Susan Stakes and Mother Goose Stakes.

The race was the first graded stakes victory for 2008 winner Eight Belles. The filly sparked a national controversy after fatally breaking both of her front ankles finishing second in the Kentucky Derby. She had completed the race and was galloping out afterwards when the accident happened. She had to be euthanized on the track.[1] Churchill Downs later changed the name of the La Troienne Stakes to the Eight Belles Stakes in her honor.


Speed record:

  • 1:42.61 - It Tiz Well (2017)

Most wins by a jockey:

Most wins by a trainer:

Most wins by an owner:

  • 3 - Fox Hill Farms, Inc. (2005, 2008, 2011)


2017 It Tiz Well Corey Nakatani Jerry Hollendorfer Tommy Towns Thoroughbreds 1-1/16 1:42.61
2016 Terra Promessa Ricardo Santana, Jr. Steven Asmussen Stonestreet Stables 1-1/16 1:47.14
2015 Sarah Sis Julio E. Felix Ingrid Mason Joe Ragsdale 1-1/16 1:46.94
2014 Euphrosyne Ricardo Santana, Jr. Steven Asmussen Campbell/Stayer/Clark/Skoda 1-1/16 1:45.68
2013 Rose to Gold Calvin Borel Sal Santoro Kathleen Amaya & Raffaele Centofanti 1-1/16 1:45.06
2012 On Fire Baby Joe Johnson Gary Hartlage Anita Cauley 1-1/16 1:43.64
2011 Joyful Victory Mike E. Smith J. Larry Jones Fox Hill Farms, Inc. 1-1/16 1:44.83
2010 No Such Word Terry Thompson Cindy Jones Brereton C. Jones 1-1/16 1:43.74
2009 Just Jenda Gabriel Saez J. Larry Jones Cindy Jones 1-1/16 1:45.95
2008 Eight Belles Ramon Dominguez J. Larry Jones Fox Hill Farms, Inc. 1-1/16 1:43.91
2007 Time's Mistress John Jacinto D. Wayne Lukas Charles L. Kidder 1-1/16 1:45.49
2006 Ermine Calvin Borel Ronald Werner Oxbow Racing LLC 1-1/16 1:44.48
2005 Round Pond Stewart Elliott John Servis Fox Hill Farms, Inc. 1-1/16 1:45.16
2004 Yoursmineours Donald Pettinger Donnie K. Von Hemel S. Burnstein & J. E. Nelson 1-1/16 1:45.14
2003 My Trusty Cat Donald Pettinger David R. Vance Carl F. Pollard 1-1/16 1:44.00
2002 Bedanken Donald Pettinger Donnie K. Von Hemel Pin Oak Stable 1-1/16 1:46.41
2001 Xtreme Bid David Nuesch Steve Asmussen Glen Hendon 1-1/16 1:46.07
2000 Fiesty Countess Timothy Doocy Steve Asmussen Heiligbrodt Racing Stable 1-1/16 1:44.60
1999 Dreams Gallore Glen Murphy Steve Asmussen Keith I. Asmussen 1-1/16 1:43.49
1998 Roza Robata Fabio Arguello, Jr. Henry B. Johnson, Jr. F. B. Clement & S. H. Mayes, Jr. 1-1/16 1:45.95
1997 Valid Bonnet Timothy Doocy Steve Asmussen Ackerly Brothers Farm 1-1/16 1:43.60
1996 Jetto Larry Melancon David R. Vance Carl F. Pollard 1-1/16 1:46.20
1995 Humble Eight David Guillory Jim Danaher Danaher Stables Inc. 1-1/16 1:45.20
1994 Shadow Miss Willie Martinez Peter M. Vestal John R. & Martha J. Mulholland 1-1/16 1:44.60
1993 Aztec Hill Aaron Gryder Thomas Bohannan Loblolly Stable 1-1/16 1:44.40
1992 Totemic Donald Miller, Jr. Thomas Bohannan Loblolly Stable 1-1/16 1:43.20
1991 Be Cool David Guillory D. Wayne Lukas Sugar Maple Farms & Lukas 1-1/16 1:44.80
1990 Train Robbery Pat Day D. Wayne Lukas Overbrook Farm 1-1/16 1:45.60
1989 Imaginary Lady Jerry Bailey D. Wayne Lukas French & Lukas 1-1/16 1:43.00
1988 Lost Kitty Jose A. Santos D. Wayne Lukas Eugene V. Klein 1-1/16 1:43.80

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Tim Dahlberg (May 6, 2008). "Eight Belles Euthanized". NBC News. Associated Press. Archived from the original on October 11, 2012. Retrieved May 25, 2011. 

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