King's Bishop Stakes

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King's Bishop Stakes
Grade I race
Runhappy winning the 2015 King's Bishop
Location Saratoga Race Course
Saratoga Springs, New York, United States
Inaugurated 1984
Race type Thoroughbred - Flat racing
Race information
Distance 7 furlongs
Surface Dirt
Track left-handed
Qualification Three-year-olds
Weight Assigned
Purse $500,000 (2013)

The King's Bishop Stakes is a Thoroughbred horse race run annually at the Saratoga Race Course in Saratoga Springs, New York. The race is open to three-year-olds willing to sprint seven furlongs on dirt. First run in 1984 as a Listed stakes race, since 1999 the race has been a Grade I event, and since 2012 has carried a purse of $500,000. It is the biggest of the year for sprinting three-year-olds, save for the Breeders' Cup Sprint for which it is a major prep.

The race is named for King's Bishop, a horse originally owned by Craig F. Cullinan, Jr., founding president of the Houston Astros Major League Baseball club.

The race was not run in 1986.


Speed record:

  • 1:20.54 - Runhappy (2015)

Most wins by a jockey:

Most wins by a trainer:

Most wins by an owner:


2015 Runhappy Edgar S. Prado Maria Borell James McIngvale 1:20.54
2014 The Big Beast Javier Castellano Anthony Dutrow Alex & JoAnn Lieblong 1:22.35
2013 Capo Bastone Irad Ortiz, Jr Todd Pletcher Eclipse Thoroughbred Ptns. 1:22.22
2012 Willy Beamin Alan Garcia Richard Dutrow, Jr. James A. Riccio 1:22.02
2011 Caleb's Posse Rajiv Maragh Donnie Von Hemel McNeil Stables/Cheyenne Stables 1:21.59
2010 Discreetly Mine John Velazquez Todd Pletcher E. Paul Robsham Stables 1:23.16
2009 Capt. Candyman Can Javier Castellano Ian Wilkes Joseph Rauch, David Zell 1:22.35
2008 Visionaire Alan Garcia Michael R. Matz Team Valor/Vision Racing 1:21.94
2007 Hard Spun Mario Pino J. Larry Jones Fox Hill Farms 1:22.34
2006 Henny Hughes John Velazquez Kiaran McLaughlin Zabeel Racing 1:21.96
2005 Lost in the Fog Russell Baze Greg Gilchrist Harry J. Aleo 1:22.56
2004 Pomeroy Edgar Prado Patrick Biancone M. Tabor/D. Smith 1:20.99
2003 Valid Video Joe Bravo Dennis Manning Mack Fehsenfeld 1:22.14
2002 Gygistar John Velazquez Mark Hennig Edward P. Evans 1:22.85
2001 Squirtle Squirt Jerry Bailey Robert J. Frankel David J. Lanzman 1:21.97
2000 More Than Ready Pat Day Todd Pletcher James T. Scatuorchio 1:22.49
1999 Forestry Chris Antley Bob Baffert Aaron & Marie Jones 1:21.00
1998 Secret Firm Edgar Prado H. Graham Motion Mea Culpa Stables 1:22.78
1997 Tale of the Cat Julie Krone John H. Forbes Phantom House Farm 1:21.71
1996 Honour and Glory Jose Santos D. Wayne Lukas Michael Tabor 1:21.78
1995 Top Account Pat Day Neil J. Howard William S. Farish III 1:22.50
1994 Chimes Band Jerry Bailey D. Wayne Lukas Fares Farm 1:21.80
1993 Mi Cielo Mike E. Smith Peter M. Vestal Tom M. Carey 1:21.60
1992 Salt Lake Mike E. Smith D. Wayne Lukas William T. Young 1:21.40
1991 Take Me Out Mike E. Smith William I. Mott Bertram R. Firestone 1:21.60
1990 Housebuster Craig Perret Warren A. Croll, Jr. Robert P. Levy 1:21.80
1989 Houston Pat Day D. Wayne Lukas Lloyd R. French, Jr. 1:22.00
1988 King's Nest Chris McCarron Richard Dutrow, Sr. Sandra D. Bender 1:21.80
1987 Templar Hill Chris McCarron Paul Seefeldt Ervin Kowitz 1:23.00
1986 no race
1985 Pancho Villa Darrel McHargue D. Wayne Lukas Lloyd R. French, Jr. 1:22.20
1984 Commemorate Frank Lovato, Jr. Laz Barrera Windfields Farm 1:22.60