Skip Away Stakes

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Skip Away Handicap
Grade III race
Location Gulfstream Park
Hallandale Beach, Florida, United States
Inaugurated Not found
Race type Thoroughbred - Flat racing
Website www.gulfstreampark.com
Race information
Distance 1 18 miles (9 furlongs)
Surface Dirt
Track left-handed
Qualification Four-years-old & up
Weight Assigned
Purse $100,000

The Skip Away Stakes is an American Thoroughbred horse race run annually at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach, Florida. A Grade III event open to horses age four and older, it is contested on dirt over a distance of 1 18 miles (9 furlongs). The race is a Grade III event with a current purse of $100,000.

Inaugurated as the Broward Handicap, in 2001 Gulfstream Park changed the name to the Skip Away Handicap to honor 1998 American Horse of the Year, Skip Away.

In 2000, the South African-bred Horse Chestnut, 1999 Horse of the Year in his native country, made his American debut in this race, winning going away by five and one-half lengths. Other past winners of note include U.S. Racing Hall of Fame inductee Swaps who won in 1956 and set a new world record for 1 mile, 70 yards with time of 1:39 3/5.

Since its inception, the race has been run at various distances:

  • 1 116 miles : 1987, 1990, 1993–2004
  • 1 18 miles : 1991-1992, 2005–2008, 2016-2017
  • 1 316 miles : 2009-2015

Records[edit]

Speed record:

  • 1:48.10 - Chief Honcho (at current distance of 1 18 miles) (1991)
  • 1:53.92 - Fort Larned (at former distance of 1 316 miles) (2012) (This is also the track record, eclipsing the former track record set by Eddington in 2005 of 1:54.74.)

Most wins:

Winners since 1987[edit]

Year
Winner
Age
Jockey
Trainer
Owner
Time
2017 Fear The Cowboy 5 Jesus M. Rios Efren Loza, Jr. Kathleen Amaya 1:51.81
2016 Valid 6 Nik Juarez Marcus J. Vitali Crossed Sabres Farm 1:48.42
2015 Commissioner 4 Javier Castellano Todd Pletcher WinStar Farm 1:58.60
2014 Micromanage 4 Javier Castellano Todd Pletcher Repole Stable 1:55.36
2013 Cigar Street 4 John Velazquez William I. Mott J & L Ballis 1:56.84
2012 Fort Larned 4 Julien Leparoux Ian Wilkes Janis Whitham 1:53.92
2011 S. S. Stone 5 Julien Leparoux Nick Zito Robert V. LaPenta 1:55.73
2010 Arson Squad 7 Paco Lopez Richard E. Dutrow, Jr. Jay Em Ess Stable 1:55.65
2009 Finallymadeit 5 Eduardo Núñez Javier Negrete Rolbea Stables 1:56.76
2008 Gottcha Gold 5 Chuck C. Lopez Edward Plesa, Jr. Centaur Farms 1:51.31
2007 A. P. Arrow 5 Edgar Prado Todd A. Pletcher Allen E. Paulson Trust 1:49.70
2006 Bandini 4 John Velazquez Todd A. Pletcher Tabor & Smith 1:49.11
2005 Eurosilver 4 Javier Castellano Carl Nafzger Buckram Oak Farm 1:49.29
2004 Newfoundland 4 John Velazquez Todd A. Pletcher Sumaya Us Stables 1:43.26
2003 Best of the Rest 8 Eibar Coa Edward Plesa, Jr. Bea Oxenberg 1:42.72
2002 Sir Bear 9 Edgar Prado Ralph Ziadie Barbara Smollin 1:43.98
2001 American Halo 5 Robbie Davis Angel Medina Jose Paparoni 1:42.31
2000 Horse Chestnut 5 Mike E. Smith Michael de Kock Harry & Bridget Oppenheimer 1:42.78
1999 Sir Bear 6 Jerry D. Bailey Ralph Ziadie Barbara Smollin 1:43.66
1998 Sir Bear 5 Enrique Jurado Ralph Ziadie Barbara Smollin 1:43.27
1997 Crafty Friend 4 Mike E. Smith Mark A. Hennig Ken Karlan 1:42.27
1996 Halo's Image 5 Pat Day Happy Alter Alter & Appleton 1:42.71
1995 Fight For Love 5 Jerry D. Bailey Bert Sonnier Irving & Marjorie Cowan 1:43.98
1994 Devil His Due 5 Mike E. Smith H. Allen Jerkens Lion Crest Stable 1:43.17
1993 Technology 4 Jerry D. Bailey Sonny Hine S. Savin & Classic Partners 1:42.47
1992 Honest Ensign 4 Jean Cruguet Guillame Soyer Clarence Hill, Jr. 1:49.41
1991 Chief Honcho 4 Mike E. Smith William I. Mott Bertram R. Firestone 1:48.10
1990 Primal 5 Earlie Fires James E. Bracken Tartan Stable 1:43.40
1989 No Race - No Race No Race No Race 0:00.00
1988 No Race - No Race No Race No Race 0:00.00
1987 Big Blowup 3 Chuck Baltazar J. David Braddy not found 1:44.40

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