Kentucky Turf Cup Stakes

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Kentucky Turf Cup Stakes Race Facts

  • Location: Kentucky Downs, Franklin, KY
  • Inaugural Race: 1990
  • Distance: 1 & 1/2 miles (12 furlongs)
  • Track Type: Left-handed, Turf
  • Age Qualifications: Three Year Olds and up
  • 2021 Purse: $1,000,000
  • 2021 Race Date: Saturday, September 11th

2021 Kentucky Turf Cup Stakes Race Results

POSTHORSEJOCKEY / TRAINERWIN / PLACE / SHOW
1Imperador (ARG)Joseph Talamo / Paulo H. Lobo$19.20 / $8.00 / $5.00
5ArklowFlorent Geroux / Brad H. Cox$4.00 / $2.80
9Glynn CountyTyler Gaffalione / Michael J. Maker$3.80
8AjourneytofreedomIrad Ortiz, Jr. / Michael J. Maker
10Epic BromanceJoe Bravo / J. Kent Sweezey
3Channel CatJohn R. Velazquez / Jack Sisterson
12Breakpoint (CHI)Joel Rosario / Steven M. Asmussen
13Big DreamingJose Lezcano / Wayne M. Catalano
15DynadriveUmberto Rispoli / Michael J. Maker
14Artemus EagleChase Miller / Waylon Cundiff
4Tide of the SeaLuis Saez / Michael J. Maker
2CrossfirehurricaneFlavien Prat / Michael W. McCarthy

Exotic Payoffs:

  • $1.00 Exacta (1-5) Paid: $43.80
  • $0.50 Trifecta (1-5-9) Paid: $110.55
  • $0.10 Superfecta (1-5-9-8) Paid: $182.52

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Kentucky Turf Cup Stakes Race History

Inaugurated as the Sam Houston Stakes, the Kentucky Turf Cup Stakes is a Grade III race held in September at Kentucky Downs. The race’s most notable winner is Cloudy’s Night, who in 2007 was crowned Canadian Champion Male Turf Horse. He won in 2009 as part of a great bounce-back season from sitting out with a tendon injury all of the previous year.

Three horses are tied for the record for most wins: Rochester (2002, 2003), Da Big Hoss (2015, 2016), and Arklow (2018, 2020). Jockey Florent Geroux and trainer Michael J. Maker have both notched a record 4 wins each.

As part of the Breeders’ Cup Challenge “Win and You’re In” Series, winners are automatically entered into the Breeders’ Cup Turf.

Kentucky Turf Cup Stakes Past Winners

YearWinnerJockey / TrainerDistance / Time
2021Imperador (ARG)Joseph Talamo / Paulo H. Lobo1 1/2 M / 2:25.70
2020ArklowFlorent Geroux / Brad H. Cox1 1⁄2 M / 2:28.66
2019Zulu AlphaJose L. Ortiz / Michael J. Maker1 1⁄2 M / 2:28.62
2018ArklowFlorent Geroux / Brad H. Cox1 1⁄2 M / 2:30.56
2017Oscar NominatedJulien R. Leparoux / Michael J. Maker1 1⁄2 M / 2:31.37
2016Da Big HossFlorent Geroux / Michael J. Maker1 1⁄2 M / 2:35.08
2015Da Big HossJoseph Rocco Jr. / Michael J. Maker1 1⁄2 M / 2:33.40
2014SuntracerFlorent Geroux / Chris M. Block1 1⁄2 M / 2:27.12
2013TemeraineGary L. Stevens / Thomas F. Proctor1 1⁄2 M / 2:29.18
2012Ioya BigtimeJeffrey Sanchez / Chris M. Block1 1⁄2 M / 2:30.06
2011RahystradaGreta Kuntzweiler / Byron G. Hughes1 1⁄2 M / 2:32.40
2010RezifGreta Kuntzweiler / Matthew Jacobson1 1⁄2 M / 2:44.74
2009Cloudy's KnightRosemary Homeister Jr. / Jonathan E. Sheppard1 1⁄2 M / 2:33.96
2008Rumor Has ItEduardo E. Perez / David H. Hinsley1 1⁄2 M / 2:28.27
2007General Jumbo (GB)Jeremy Rose / H. Graham Motion1 1⁄2 M / 2:26.98
2006Embossed (IRE)Larry Melancon / Niall M. O'Callaghan1 1⁄2 M / 2:36.92
2005SilverfootRafael Bejarano / Dallas Stewart1 1⁄2 M / 2:30.30
2004Sabiango (GER)Brice Blanc / Tim Yakteen1 1⁄2 M / 2:33.70
2003† RochesterEddie Martin Jr. / Jonathan E. Sheppard1 1⁄2 M / 2:31.39
2002RochesterEddie Martin Jr. / Jonathan E. Sheppard1 1⁄2 M / 2:38.28
2001ChorwonJon Court / Hal R. Wiggins1 1⁄2 M / 2:28.68
2000Down the AisleRobby Albarado / William I. Mott1 1⁄2 M / 2:27.70
1999Fahris (IRE)Shane Sellers / Kiaran P. McLaughlin1 1⁄2 M / 2:29.60
1998Yaqthan (IRE)Brian Dale Peck / Anthony L. Reinstedler1 1⁄2 M / 2:27.60
1996–1997Race not held
1995LassignyPat Day / William I. Mottabt. 1 1⁄2 M / 2:30.60
1994Lindon LimeShane Sellers / W. Elliott Waldenabt. 1 1⁄2 M / 2:31.40
1993Know Heights (IRE)Kent Desormeaux / Robert B. Hess Jr.abt. 1 1⁄2 M / 2:25.60
1992Drummer BoyGarrett Gomez / Dennis W. Ebertabt. 1 1⁄2 M / 2:28.40
1991Silver MedallionCraig Perret / Philip M. Hauswaldabt. 1 1⁄2 M / 2:31.30
1990Slow FuseRandy P. Romero / J. Bert Sonnierabt. 1 1⁄2 M / 2:33.60