Jeff Ruby Steaks

  • Location: Turfway Park, Florence, KY
  • Inaugural Race: 1972
  • Current Distance: 1 1/8 miles
  • Track Type: Left-Handed PolyTrack
  • Age Qualifications: Three-year-olds
  • Status: Grade 3
  • 2021 Purse: $250,000
  • 2021 Race Date: Saturday, March 20th
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2020 Jeff Ruby Steaks Entries and Results

POST
HORSE
JOCKEY
TRAINER
WIN
PLACE
SHOW
12
Field Pass
Irad Ortiz, Jr.
Michael J. Maker
$9.60
$4.20
$3.40
11
Invader
Albin Jimenez
Wesley A. Ward
$3.40
$2.60
3
Fancy Liquor
Florent Geroux
Michael J. Maker
$4.60
6
Halo Again
Rafael Manuel Hernandez
Steven M. Asmussen
7
Victory Boulevard
Gerardo Corrales
Michael J. Maker
10
The Stiff
Geovanni Franco
Michael W. McCarthy
5
Myamanoi
Kendrick Carmouche
Danny Gargan
1
Dack Janiel's
Rafael Bejarano
Jack Sisterson
9
Austrian
Abel Lezcano
Jose Fernandez
2
Toma Todo
Alan Garcia
Steven M. Asmussen
4
Unthrottled
Corey J. Lanerie
Dallas Stewart

Exotic Payoffs:

$2 Exacta (12-11) $27.20
$2 Trifecta (12-11-3) $165.00
$2 Superfecta (12-11-3-6) $639.60

 



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Jeff Ruby Steaks History

The Jeff Ruby Steaks is the most important Derby prep race held on an artificial track. First held in 1972, the Turfway Park feature is always a good contest. The race has been a part of the Road to the Kentucky Derby series since it began in 2013. However, for the 2018 edition it has become less valuable in that series, with the points available being downgraded from 50-20-10-5 for the first four home to 20-8-4-2. This means the winner is not guaranteed a start on the First Saturday in May, but one more good performance would probably be enough.

Though it was not an important Classic guide in its early years, the Jeff Ruby Steaks became very important for a four-year stretch in the early 1990s, when three of its victors – Summer Squall, Lil E. Tee, and Prairie Bayou – would go on to win Classics. Other notable winners were Broad Brush, Serena’s Song, Stephen Got Even, and Flower Alley.

Since Turfway Park was changed to an artificial track in 2006, the race has become less important as a Derby guide, though its winners include 2007 Derby third-place finisher Hard Spun and 2011 winner Animal Kingdom. None of the winners since Animal Kingdom have made a great impact on Derby day.

Previous Winners of the Jeff Ruby Steaks

POST
HORSE
JOCKEY
TRAINER
WIN
PLACE
SHOW
12
Field Pass
Irad Ortiz, Jr.
Michael J. Maker
$9.60
$4.20
$3.40
11
Invader
Albin Jimenez
Wesley A. Ward
$3.40
$2.60
3
Fancy Liquor
Florent Geroux
Michael J. Maker
$4.60
6
Halo Again
Rafael Manuel Hernandez
Steven M. Asmussen
7
Victory Boulevard
Gerardo Corrales
Michael J. Maker
10
The Stiff
Geovanni Franco
Michael W. McCarthy
5
Myamanoi
Kendrick Carmouche
Danny Gargan
1
Dack Janiel's
Rafael Bejarano
Jack Sisterson
9
Austrian
Abel Lezcano
Jose Fernandez
2
Toma Todo
Alan Garcia
Steven M. Asmussen
4
Unthrottled
Corey J. Lanerie
Dallas Stewart

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