Phoenix Stakes

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Phoenix Stakes Race Facts

  • Location: Keeneland Race Course, Lexington, KY
  • Inaugural Race: 1831
  • Distance: 3/4ths of a mile (6 furlongs)
  • Track Type: Left-handed, Dirt
  • Age Qualifications: Three Year Olds and up
  • 2023 Purse: $350,000
  • 2023 Race Date: Friday, October 6th

2023 Phoenix Stakes Race Results

POST
HORSE
JOCKEY / TRAINER
WIN / PLACE / SHOW
1
Hoist the Gold
John R. Velazquez / Dallas Stewart
$14.04 / $6.86 / $4.06
8
Nakatomi
Irad Ortiz, Jr. / Wesley A. Ward
$4.04 / $3.06
7
Bango
Tyler Gaffalione / Gregory D. Foley
$2.80
6
Necker Island
Flavien Prat / Chris A. Hartman
3
Sibelius
Luis Saez / Jeremiah O'Dwyer
4
Gulfstream Way
Ricardo Santana, Jr. / Norm W. Casse
2
Manny Wah
Corey J. Lanerie / Wayne M. Catalano
9
Doctor Oscar
Alonso Quinonez / Tim P. Padilla
5
Top Gunner
Gabriel Saez / John Alexander Ortiz
11
Voodoo Zip
James Graham / Roddina A. Barrett

Exotic Payoffs:

  • $1.00 Exacta (1-8) Paid: $26.49
  • $0.50 Trifecta (1-8-7) Paid: $58.49
  • $0.10 Superfecta (1-8-7-6) Paid: $91.05

Watch the 2023 Phoenix Stakes

Phoenix Stakes Race History

The Phoenix Stakes is a horse race run each year at the Keeneland Race Course. While the race has not run continuously, it was first run in 1831 and is the oldest thoroughbred race in the U.S. As a result, the race has been won by numerous notable racehorses throughout history, including:

  • Kingman (1891) - 1891 Kentucky Derby winner
  • Clifford (1893) - Two time American Champion and Hall of Fame inductee
  • Chant (1894) - 1894 Kentucky Derby winner
  • Halma (1895) - 1895 Kentucky Derby winner
  • Devil Driver (1942) - Two time American Champion Older Male Horse and Hall of Fame inductee
  • Coaltown - (1948) - 1948 U.S. Champion Sprint Horse and Hall of Fame inductee
  • Hill Gail (1952) - 1952 Kentucky Derby winner
  • Xtra Heat (2002) - 2001 American Champion Three-Year-Old Filly and Hall of Fame inductee
  • Wise Dan (2010) - Two time American Horse of the Year, American Champion Older Horse, and American Champion Turf Horse
  • Work All Week (2014) - 2014 American Champion Sprint Horse and 2014 Breeders' Cup Sprint winner
  • Whitmore (2017) - 2020 American Champion Sprint Horse and 2020 Breeders' Cup Sprint winner

As part of the Breeders' Cup Challenge Series, the winners of the race are automatically entered in the Breeders' Cup Sprint.

Phoenix Stakes Past Winners Since 1972

Year
Winner
Jockey / Trainer
Distance / Time
2023
Hoist the Gold
John R. Velazquez / Dallas Stewart
6 F / 1:09.13
2022
Manny Wah
Corey J. Lanerie / Wayne M. Catalano
6 F / 1:10.31
2021
Special Reserve
Joel Rosario / Michael J. Maker
6 F / 1:08.54
2020
Diamond Oops
Florent Geroux / Patrick Biancone
6 F / 1:09.24
2019
Engage
José Ortiz / Steve Asmussen
6 F / 1:10.21
2018
Promises Fulfilled
Luis Saez / Dale Romans
6 F / 1:09.50
2017
Whitmore
Manuel Franco / Ron Moquette
6 F / 1:09.90
2016
A. P. Indian
Joe Bravo / Arnaud Delacour
6 F / 1:08.43
2015
Runhappy
Edgar S. Prado / Maria Borell
6 F / 1:09.96
2014
Work All Week
Florent Geroux / Roger Brueggemann
6 F / 1:09.00