Ack Ack Stakes

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Ack Ack Stakes Race Facts

  • Location: Churchill Downs, Louisville, KY
  • Inaugural Race: 1991
  • Distance: 1 miles (8 furlongs)
  • Track Type: Left-handed, Dirt
  • Age Qualifications: Three-year-olds and older
  • 2023 Purse: $400,000
  • 2023 Race Date: Saturday, September 30th

2023 Ack Ack Stakes Race Results

POST
HORSE
JOCKEY / TRAINER
WIN / PLACE / SHOW
5
Zozos
Florent Geroux / Brad H. Cox
$3.54 / $2.66 / $2.22
4
Stage Raider
Brian Joseph Hernandez, Jr. / Cherie DeVaux
$5.12 / $3.18
3
Three Technique
Rafael Bejarano / Jason G. Cook
$2.76
2
O Besos
Tyler Gaffalione / Gregory D. Foley
7
Caddo River
Declan Cannon / D. Wayne Lukas
1
Seize the Night
Jon Kenton Court / S. Jade Cunningham
6
Skyro
James Graham / Brian A. Lynch

Exotic Payoffs:

  • $2.00 Exacta (5-4) Paid: $15.24
  • $0.50 Trifecta (5-4-3) Paid: $10.70
  • $0.10 Superfecta (5-4-3-2) Paid: 4.53

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Ack Ack Stakes Race History

The Ack Ack Stakes is a Grade III thoroughbred horse race run at Churchill Downs in Kentucky. Inaugurated in 1991 as the Ack Ack Handicap, the race was named after Hall of Fame inductee Ack Ack, the 1971 U.S. Horse of the Year that is recognized among the top 100 U.S. racehorses in the 20th century.

At its current distance (1 mile), noted Louisiana Derby winner Pants on Fire holds the speed record after turning in a time of 1:33.78 in 2013. While no horse has won the race more than once, jockey Calvin Borel has notched a record four wins (1996, 1998, 1999, 2004).

As part of the Breeders' Cup "Win and You're In" Challenge Series, the winner automatically qualifies for the Breeders' Dirt Mile.

Ack Ack Stakes Past Winners

Year
Winner
Jockey / Trainer
Distance / Time
2023
Zozos
Florent Geroux / Brad H. Cox
1 M / 1:35.32
2022
Senor Buscador
Francisco Arrieta / Todd W. Fincher
1 M / 1:34.60
2021
Plainsman
Joel Rosario / Brad H. Cox
1 M / 1:33.85
2020
Mr. Money
Gabriel Saez / W. Bret Calhoun
1 M / 1:34.85
2019
Mr Freeze
Robby Albarado / Dale L. Romans
1 M / 1:34.11
2018
Seeking the Soul
Brian Hernandez Jr. / Dallas Stewart
1 M / 1:35.01
2017
Awesome Slew
Corey J. Lanerie / Mark E. Casse
1 M / 1:35.02
2016
Tom's Ready
Brian Hernandez Jr. / Dallas Stewart
1 M / 1:34.86
2015
Tapiture
Ricardo Santana Jr. / Steven M. Asmussen
1 M / 1:35.39
2014
Bradester
Corey J. Lanerie / Eddie Kenneally
1 M / 1:34.54