Kentucky Downs Turf Sprint Stakes

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Kentucky Downs Turf Sprint Stakes Race Facts

  • Location: Kentucky Downs, Franklin, KY
  • Inaugural Race: 1998
  • Distance: 3/4th of a mile (6 furlongs)
  • Track Type: Left-handed, Turf
  • Age Qualifications: Three Year Olds and up
  • 2023 Purse: $1,000,000
  • 2023 Race Date: Saturday, September 9th

2023 Kentucky Downs Turf Sprint Stakes Race Results

POST
HORSE
JOCKEY / TRAINER
WIN / PLACE / SHOW
9
Gear Jockey
Jose Lezcano / George R. Arnold, II
$48.60 / $13.92 / $10.36
1
One Timer
E. T. Baird / Larry Rivelli
$3.88 / $3.58
4
Bad Beat Brian
Christopher A. Emigh / Brittany A. Vanden Berg
$6.00
3
Olympic Runner
Javier Castellano / Mark E. Casse
7
Cogburn
Ricardo Santana, Jr. / Steven M. Asmussen
2
Front Run the Fed
Reylu Gutierrez / Caio Caramori
6
Eamonn
John R. Velazquez / Joseph F. Orseno
12
Dr Zempf (GB)
Irad Ortiz, Jr. / Chad C. Brown
10
Dream Shake
Tyler Gaffalione / Michael Stidham
13
Counterstrike
Jack Gilligan / John Ennis

Exotic Payoffs:

  • $1.00 Exacta (9-1) Paid: $105.26
  • $0.50 Trifecta (9-1-4) Paid: $360.74
  • $0.10 Superfecta (9-1-4-3) Paid: $794.38

Watch the 2023 Kentucky Downs Turf Sprint Stakes

Kentucky Downs Turf Sprint Stakes Race History

The Kentucky Downs Turf Sprint Stakes is a Grade II horse race run each year at Kentucky Downs. Inaugurated in 1998 as the Kentucky Cup Turf Dash Stakes, the race is contested at 6 furlongs on turf (although it was run at 6 1/2 furlongs between 2014 and 2018).

Bran broke both the speed record and track record in 2022 turning in a time of 1:07.41, dethroning 2021 winner Gear Jockey (1:07.90). Proforma (2018) captured the 6 1/2 furlong record in its final year at that length with a time of 1:15.72. Robby Albarado holds the record for most wins by a jockey with four, winning in 2000, 2001, 2015 and 2016. George R. Arnold II became the winningest trainer with his third all time win in 2023.

As part of the Breeders' Cup Challenge "Win and You're In" Series, winners are automatically entered into the Breeders' Turf Sprint.

Turf Sprint Stakes Past Winners

Year
Winner
Jockey / Trainer
Distance / Time
2023
Gear Jockey
Jose Lezcano / George R. Arnold, II
6 F / 1:10.59
2022
Bran (FR)
Vincent Cheminaud / John W. Sadler
6 F / 1:07.41
2021
Gear Jockey
Jose Lezcano / George R. Arnold, II
6 F / 1:07.90
2020
Imprimis
Irad Ortiz Jr. / Joseph Orseno
6 F / 1:09.93
2019
Totally Boss
Florent Geroux / George R. Arnold II
6 F / 1:09.21
2018
Proforma
Joe Bravo / Michael Stidham
6 1⁄2 F / 1:15.72
2017
Hogy
Florent Geroux / Michael J. Maker
6 1⁄2 F / 1:16.88
2016
Successful Native
Robby Albarado / Aubrey A. Maragh
6 1⁄2 F / 1:17.51
2015
Sweet Luca
Robby Albarado / Chris M. Block
6 1⁄2 F / 1:19.44
2014
Dimension (GB)
Chris Landeros / Conor Murphy
6 1⁄2 F / 1:17.16