Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes

  • Location: Churchill Downs - Louisville, KY
  • Inaugural Race: 1920
  • Distance: 1 1/16 miles (8.5 furlongs)
  • Track Type: Left-handed, Dirt
  • Age Qualifications: Two-year-olds
  • 2020 Purse: $300,000
  • 2020 Race Date: Saturday, November 28th

The Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes is a fall 2-year-old Thorougbred horse race that rewards points for Kentucky Derby hopefuls. The Road to the Kentucky Derby prep-race provides a chance to earn 10-4-2-1 to first, second, third and fourth position finishers.

2019 Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes Entries and Results

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Silver Prospector
Ricardo Santana, Jr.
Steven M. Asmussen
Finnick the Fierce
Sonny Leon
Rey Hernandez
Tiz the Law
Manuel Franco
Barclay Tagg
Florent Geroux
Mark E. Casse
New Eagle
Channing Hill
Michael J. Maker
South Bend
Julien R. Leparoux
Stanley M. Hough
Fighting Seabee
Brian Joseph Hernandez, Jr.
Kenneth G. McPeek
Two Last Words
Jose Riquelme
Tim Glyshaw

Exotic Payoffs:
  • Exacta (5-6) Paid: $738
  • Trifecta (5-6-3) Paid: $754
  • Superfecta (5-6-3-1) Paid: $646

Watch the 2019 Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes


The History of the Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes

The Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes is one of the most important targets for 2-year-olds in the aftermath of the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile. It is an important event on the Road to the Kentucky Derby series, with the winner getting 10 points, the runner-up four, the third-place finisher two, and the fourth-place finisher one.

Run at night, the race also gives possible Kentucky Derby contenders a chance to experience Churchill Downs – which can prove useful, even if the atmosphere isn’t quite that of the First Saturday in May.

In its early years, the Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes was a very good indicator of Derby success. Three of the first 11 winners of the race – Reigh Count (1927), Clyde Van Dusen (1928), and Twenty Grand (1930) – found their way back to the winner’s enclosure for the Kentucky Derby.

The strike rate hasn’t been fantastic since then. However, there is one recent Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes victor – 2009 winner Super Saver – that went on to take the Derby the next year. The only other horse to complete the double was Cannonade in the mid-1970s.

However, there are numerous good horses that win the race, and some of them are major Derby prospects, among them the 2016 winner McCraken.

One other Derby event which the Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes has a big impact on is Pool 1 of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager. There are only four chances to bet on the Kentucky Derby prior to the week of the race, and one of those – Pool 1 – is held over a four-day period that includes the running of the Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes. Victory, or failure, in this event for any horses named as individual options in Future Wager Pool 1 will see their price shorten considerably prior to the end of the pool the day after the race.

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