|Grade I race|
|Location||Santa Anita Park
Arcadia, California, United States
|Race type||Thoroughbred - Flat racing|
|Distance||1 1⁄16 miles (8.5 furlongs)|
The FrontRunner is an American Thoroughbred horse race run annually near the end of September during the fall meet at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, California. A Grade I event, it is open to two-year-old horses and is held at a distance of one and one-sixteenth miles on the dirt.
The race is currently part of the Breeders' Cup Challenge series. The winner automatically qualifies for the Breeders' Cup Juvenile.
First run in 1970, it was formerly a Grade I event but eventually became a Grade II near the end of the 1990s. However, the American Graded Stakes Committee announced its return to Grade I status for 2007.
The race was run over a distance of 1 mile from 1997 through 2001. It was run in two divisions in 1980.
In 2012, this race was renamed as FrontRunner Stakes having formerly being referred to as the Norfolk Stakes.
Speed record: (at current distance of 1 1⁄16 miles)
- 1:41.27 - Ruler's Court (2003)
Most wins by a jockey:
- 7 - Alex Solis (1985, 1991, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2008)
Most wins by a trainer:
- 7 - Bob Baffert (1997, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2009, 2012, 2014)
Most wins by an owner:
- 3 - Golden Eagle Farm (1990, 1992, 1997)
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