Kentucky Cup Turf Stakes

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Kentucky Cup Turf Stakes
Grade III race
Location Kentucky Downs
Franklin, Kentucky, United States
Inaugurated 1991
Race type Thoroughbred - Flat racing
Race information
Distance1 12 miles (12 furlongs)
Surface Turf
Track Left-handed
Qualification Three-year-olds & up
Weight Three-Year-Olds: 118 lbs.
Older Horses: 122 lbs.
Purse $600,000 (2015)

The Kentucky Cup Turf Stakes is an American Thoroughbred horse race run annually at Kentucky Downs racetrack in Franklin, Kentucky. A Grade III turf race open to horses age three and older, it is contested at a distance of ​1 12 miles (12 furlongs) on a European-style turf course laid out in a kidney shape.

The Kentucky Cup Turf Stakes is run in mid September as the feature event on the racecourse's opening day. It was first run in 1991 as the Sam Houston Handicap but was on hiatus after the track closed due to financial difficulties. When the track reopened in 1998 the race was renamed the Kentucky Cup Turf Handicap as part of the Kentucky Cup Turf Festival[1]


Speed record
  • 2:26.98 - General Jumbo (2007) (new course record)
Most wins
  • 2 - Rochester (2002, 2003)
  • 2 - Da Big Hoss (2015, 2016)
Most wins by an owner
Most wins by a jockey
Most wins by a trainer


2017 Oscar Nominated 4 Julien Leparoux Michael J. Maker Ken and Sarah Ramsey 2:31.37
2016 Da Big Hoss 5 Florent Geroux Michael J. Maker Skychai Racing 2:35.08
2015 Da Big Hoss 4 Joseph Rocco, Jr. Michael J. Maker Skychai Racing 2:33.40
2014 Suntracer 6 Florent Geroux Chris Block Team Block 2:27.12
2013 Temeraine 4 Gary Stevens Thomas F. Proctor Niall Racing 2:29.18
2012 Ioya Bigtime 8 Corey Lanerie Byron G. Hughes Robert E. Courtney, Jr. 2:30.06
2011 Rahystrada 7 Greta Kuntzweiler Byron "Scooter" Hughes Robert Courtney Jr. 2:32.40
2010 Rezif 5 Greta Kuntzweiler Matthew Jacobsen Sexton/Jacobson/Baughman 2:44.74
2009 Cloudy's Knight 9 Rosemary Homeister, Jr. Jonathan E. Sheppard S J Stables LLC 2:33.96
2008 Rumor Has It 7 Eddie Perez David H. Hinsley W. Patterson/J. Glenn 2:28.27
2007 General Jumbo 5 Jeremy Rose H. Graham Motion Thomas Conway 2:26.98
2006 Embossed 4 Larry Melancon Niall O'Callaghan Gary A. Tanaka 2:36.92
2005 Silverfoot 5 Rafael Bejarano Dallas Stewart Chrysalis Stables 2:30.30
2004 Sabiango 6 Brice Blanc Tim Yakteen Monty Roberts 2:33.70
2003 Rochester 7 Eddie Martin, Jr. Jonathan Sheppard Augustin Stable 2:31.39
2002 Rochester 6 Eddie Martin, Jr. Jonathan Sheppard Augustin Stable 2:38.28
2001 Chorwon 8 Jon Court Hal R. Wiggins Thomas C. Mueller 2:28.68
2000 Down The Aisle 7 Robby Albarado William I. Mott Charles H. Deters 2:27.70
1999 Fahris 5 Shane Sellers Kiaran McLaughlin Sabine Stable 2:29.60
1998 Yaqthan 8 Brian Peck Anthony Reinstedler Merdonmar Stable 2:27.60
1997 no race
1996 no race
1995 Lassigny 4 Pat Day William I. Mott Saud al Kabeer 2:30.60
1994 Lindon Lime 4 Shane Sellers W. Elliott Walden F. ManseII 2:31.40
1993 Know Heights 4 Kent Desormeaux Robert B. Hess, Jr. M. Sloan 2:25.60
1992 Drummer Boy 4 Garrett Gomez Dennis W. Ebert E. Ebert 2:28.40
1991 Silver Medallion 5 Craig Perret Philip M. Hauswald John A. Franks 2:31.30
* In 2003, Art Variety finished first but was disqualified for interference and set back to third.