Jim McKay Turf Sprint

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Jim McKay Turf Sprint
Ungraded Stakes race
Location Pimlico Race Course, Maryland
Baltimore, Maryland, United States
Inaugurated 2006
Race type Thoroughbred - Flat racing
Website www.pimlico.com
Race information
Distance (5 furlongs)
Surface Turf
Track Left-handed
Qualification Three-years-old & up
Weight Assigned
Purse $100,000

The Jim McKay Turf Sprint is an American Thoroughbred horse race for three-year-olds and up held annually during the third week of May at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Maryland. It is run as part of the undercard for the Preakness Stakes, the second leg of the U.S. Triple Crown series. The race offers a purse of $100,000.[1]

The race was named in honor of James Kenneth McManus (1921-2008), better known by his professional name of Jim McKay, was an American television sports journalist. McKay is best known for hosting ABC's Wide World of Sports (1961–1998). McKay covered a wide variety of special events, including horse races such as the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness Stakes, golf events such as the British Open, and the Indianapolis 500.[2]

The Jim McKay Turf Sprint was first run in 2006 as the Baltimore Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint. In 2007, it ran as the Baltimore City Turf Sprint and in 2008 the race was known as the Old Mutual Turf Sprint. The stakes record is held by Heros Reward, who won the race in 2007 in a time of :55.90 over five furlongs.[3]


Ben's Cat wins the 2016 Jim McKay Turf Sprint

Speed record:

  • 5 furlongs - 55 4/5 - Hero's Reward (2007)

Most wins by a horse:

  • 5 - Ben's Cat (2011, 2013, 2014, 2015 & 2016)

Most wins by a jockey:

Most wins by a trainer:

Most wins by an owner:

  • 5 - The Jim Stable (2011, 2013, 2014, 2015 & 2016)

Winners of the Jim McKay Turf Sprint since 2006[edit]

2016 Ben's Cat 10 Trevor McCarthy King T. Leatherbury The Jim Stable 5 fur. 56.10 $100,000
2015 Ben's Cat 9 Julian Pimentel King T. Leatherbury The Jim Stable 5 fur. 56.04 $100,000
2014 Ben's Cat 8 Julian Pimentel King T. Leatherbury The Jim Stable 5 fur. 57.75 $100,000
2013 Ben's Cat 7 Julian Pimentel King T. Leatherbury The Jim Stable 5 fur. 56.18 $100,000
2012 Fidlers Patriot 6 John Velazquez George Weaver J. Olson & Hill Stable 5 fur. 56.12 $100,000
2011 Ben's Cat 5 Jeremy Rose King T. Leatherbury The Jim Stable 5 fur. 59.71 $75,000
2010 Central City 4 Julien R. Leparoux Ronnie W. Werner Preston Stable LLC 5 fur. 56.18 $70,000
2009 Mr. Nightlinger 5 Jamie Theriot William B. Calhoun Martin Racing Stable 5 fur. 56.29 $100,000
2008 Heros Reward 6 Javier Castellano Dale Capuano Rob Ry Farm 5 fur. 59.19 $100,000
2007 Heros Reward 5 Edgar Prado Dale Capuano Rob Ry Farm 5 fur. 55.90 $100,000
2006 My Lord 7 Rosie Napravnik Ann W. Merryman David A. Ross 5 fur. 57.40 $100,000

See also[edit]


  1. ^ 2007 Maryland Jockey Club Media Guide, page 55 on March 3, 2007.
  2. ^ "Jim McKay, ABC Sportscaster, Dies at 86". The New York Times. June 8 2008. http://www.nytimes.com/2008/06/08/sports/08mckay.html?hp. Retrieved on 2008-06-07.
  3. ^ Breeders Cup Web site, Turf Sprint Division page, http://www.breederscup.com/content.aspx?id=39415.