John Battaglia Memorial Stakes

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John Battaglia Memorial Stakes Race Facts

  • Location: Turfway Park, Florence, KY
  • Inaugural Race: 1982
  • Distance: 1 116 miles (​8 12 furlongs)
  • Track Type: Left-handed, PolyTrack
  • Age Qualifications: Three-year-olds
  • 2023 Purse: $125,000
  • 2023 Race Date: Saturday, February 25th

2022 John Battaglia Memorial Stakes Race Results

10Tiz the BombAlex Achard / Kenneth G. McPeek$5.20 / $4.20 / $3.20
4Stolen BaseGerardo Corrales / Michael J. Maker$4.60 / $4.00
12GraelAdam Beschizza / Brendan P. Walsh$10.80
2Rich StrikeSonny Leon / Eric R. Reed
8EraseRy Eikleberry / Brad H. Cox
9O P FirecrackerEmmanuel Esquivel / Robert Medina
7Droppin G'sMalcolm Franklin / Jerry Antonuik
6Legendary LoreRafael Bejarano / William E. Morey
3La Belleza NegraEdgar Morales / Rey Hernandez
11BloodlineMarcelino Pedroza, Jr. / Brad H. Cox
5On Thin IceChris Landeros / Mark E. Casse
1GoldeneyeAlbin Jimenez / William E. Morey

Exotic Payoffs:

  • $2 Exacta (10-4) Paid: $27.60
  • $0.50 Trifecta (10-4-12) Paid: $168.60
  • $0.10 Superfecta (10-4-12-2) Paid: $433.16

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The History of the John Battaglia Memorial Stakes

The John Battaglia Memorial Stakes is a race for thoroughbred horses held in early March at Turfway Park. Inaugurated in 1982, the race is open to three-year-olds willing to race one and one-sixteenth miles on the polytrack. The race is an ungraded stakes with a current purse of $125,000. The race acts as a prep to the Jeff Ruby Steaks.

The race was named in honor of John Battaglia, the former general manager of Turfway Park when it was known as the Latonia Race Track. His son, Mike Battaglia, is also involved in racing and served as the track announcer at both Turfway and Churchill Downs for many years. Mike has also served as a race analyst as part of the NBC Sports broadcast team, working Triple Crown races, the Breeders’ Cup Championship, and other races broadcasted on NBC starting in 1993.