Breeders' Futurity Stakes

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Breeders' Futurity Stakes Race Facts

  • Location: Keeneland Race Course, Lexington, KY
  • Inaugural Race: 1910
  • Distance: 1 and 1/16th mile (8.5 furlongs)
  • Track Type: Left-handed, Dirt
  • Age Qualifications: Two Year Olds
  • 2023 Purse: $600,000
  • 2023 Race Date: Saturday, October 7th

2023 Breeders' Futurity Stakes Race Results

POST
HORSE
JOCKEY / TRAINER
WIN / PLACE / SHOW
9
Locked
Jose L. Ortiz / Todd A. Pletcher
$3.52 / $2.52 / $2.54
1
The Wine Steward
Luis Saez / Michael J. Maker
$3.46 / $3.18
6
Generous Tipper
Brian Joseph Hernandez, Jr. / Kenneth G. McPeek
$4.70
8
Northern Flame
Julien R. Leparoux / Kenneth G. McPeek
5
West Saratoga
Gerardo Corrales / Larry W. Demeritte
7
Just Steel
Joel Rosario / D. Wayne Lukas
3
Awesome Road
Flavien Prat / Brad H. Cox
4
Baytown Chatterbox
Jane Elliott / Paul McEntee

Exotic Payoffs:

  • $1 Exacta (9-1): $5.86
  • $0.50 Trifecta (9-1-6): $10.82
  • $0.10 Superfecta (9-1-6-8): $16.01

Watch the 2023 Breeders' Futurity Stakes

Breeders' Futurity Stakes Race History

The Breeders’ Futurity Stakes has been a Grade I race since 2004 and is held annually in early October at Keeneland Race Course in Lexington, KY. The race is open to 2-year-olds and run at 1 1/16 miles on the dirt. The Breeders’ Futurity is part of the ‘Road to the Kentucky Derby’, and awards the top-5 finishers (10-5-3-2-1) points towards qualifying for the Kentucky Derby.  

In addition to the Derby, the Breeders’ Futurity is part of the ‘Win and You’re In’ Breeders’ Cup Challenge series where the winner earns a spot in the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile. Classic Empire, Essential Quality and Forte won both the Breeders’ Futurity and Breeders’ Cup Juvenile in 2016, 2020, and 2022 respectively.

The Breeders Futurity was first raced in Lexington in 1910, and Polar Expedition (1993) has run the fastest time in 1:42.20. The 10-length margin of victory recorded by Gold Stage in 1979 is also a record. The race was contested at 7 furlongs for 30 years starting in 1950, and in 1981 changed to its current distance of 1 1/16 miles.

The Breeders’ Futurity currently offers a purse of $600,000. Several champions have won the race, including Round Table (1956), Swale (1983), Forty Niner (1987), Boston Harbor (1996), Favorite Trick (1997), Classic Empire (2016), and most recently Essential Quality (2020) went on to win the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile and capture Champion 2-year-old honors. Other top horses to have captured the race include Tejano Run, Honour and Glory, Cat Thief, Captain Steve and Dullahan.

Jockey Don Brumfield won a record 5 Breeders’ Futurity races over a decade starting in 1969. Trainer D. Wayne Lukas won the race a record 6 times.

Breeders' Futurity Stakes Past Winners Since 1938

Year
Winner
Jockey / Trainer
Distance / Time
2023
Locked
Jose L. Ortiz / Todd A. Pletcher
1 1⁄16 M / 1:45.06
2022
Forte
Irad Ortiz, Jr. / Todd A. Pletcher
1 1⁄16 M / 1:44.74
2021
Rattle N Roll
Brian Joseph Hernandez, Jr. / Kenneth G. McPeek
1 1⁄16 M / 1:43.78
2020
Essential Quality
Luis Saez / Brad Cox
1 1⁄16 M / 1:44.37
2019
Maxfield
José Ortiz / Brendan Walsh
1 1⁄16 M / 1:44.21
2018
Knicks Go
Albin Jimenez / Ben Colebrook
1 1⁄16 M / 1:44.23
2017
Free Drop Billy
Robby Albarado / Dale L. Romans
1 1⁄16 M / 1:45.43
2016
Classic Empire
Julien Leparoux / Mark E. Casse
1 1⁄16 M / 1:43.41
2015
Brody's Cause
Corey J. Lanerie / Dale L. Romans
1 1⁄16 M / 1:43.27
2014
Carpe Diem
John Velazquez / Todd Pletcher
1 1⁄16 M / 1:43.38