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The Sham Stakes
The Sham Stakes is one of the first ‘Road to the Kentucky Derby’ races held at the start of each calendar year. The Grade III race is held at Santa Anita Park in mid-January, and has been contested at 1 mile since 2012. The race has a current purse of $100,000, and the Sham Stakes winner receives 10 qualifying points towards the Kentucky Derby with the top four finishers all receiving points (10-4-2-1).
The Sham Stakes was inaugurated in 2001 at a distance of 1 1/8 miles. The race is named for the racehorse Sham, who won the 1973 Santa Anita Derby, and was remembered for his battles with Secretariat during the 1973 Triple Crown races.
The race record for fastest time are the Pamplemousse (2009) going 1 1/8 miles in 1:47.86, and the current 1 mile record time of 1:34.56 by Out of Bounds (2012) with late jockey Garrett Gomez aboard. Gomez would win back-to-back Sham Stakes with his 2012 finish. Gomez is also tied with jockeys Alex Solis and Victor Espinoza for total Sham victories, each totaling a record of four wins.
Trainer Bob Baffert has won a record four Sham Stakes, with Baffert's most recent win in 2016 with Collected. Collected ran in the Preakness Stakes. Collected then took nearly a year off before returning to win his first four starts of 2017 including the $1 million Pacific Classic over the world’s No. 1 race horse, Arrogate. Baffert also trained Bob and John, who won the 2006 Sham and competed in both the Kentucky Derby and Belmont Stakes.
The 2017 Sham winner was Gormley, who went on to win the Santa Anita Derby and then run in both the Kentucky Derby and Belmont Stakes. Gormley has earned more than $1 million.
The 2013 Sham winner was Goldencents, who also won the Santa Anita Derby before running in both the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes. Over the next 15 months, Goldencents would finish 2nd six times and also win the Breeders’ Cup Mile in both 2013 and 2014 to amass earnings of more than $3 million.
Colonel John was the winner of the 2008 Sham, and he ran in the Kentucky Derby and then won the Travers Stakes that same year. He would go on to run in the Breeders’ Cup Classic two times and earn more than $1.7 million.
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The 2019 Sham Field & Morning Line Odds
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The Sham Stakes Day Live Racing Schedule
First Race: Jan 1st at 12:00pm ET
The Jerome: 4:04pm ET
Santa Anita Park
285 Huntington Dr