Sham Stakes

  • Location: Santa Anita Park, Arcadia, CA
  • Inaugural Race: 2001
  • Distance: One mile
  • Track Type: Left-handed, Dirt
  • Age Qualifications: Three-year-olds
  • Status: Grade 3
  • 2021 Purse: $100,000
  • 2021 Race Date: Saturday, January 2nd
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The Sham Stakes at Santa Anita Racecourse, California offers an early race for horses who recently have turned 3-years-old on January, 1st. The dirt contest awards finishing position points of 10-4-2-1 towards a possible Kentucky Derby start.


2020 Sham Stakes Entries & Results

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Authentic
Drayden Van Dyke
Bob Baffert
$4.40
$2.80
$2.20
4
Azul Coast
Joel Rosario
Bob Baffert
$3.20
$2.40
2
Zimba Warrior
Jose Valdivia, Jr.
J. Keith Desormeaux
$5.40
6
Taishan
Aaron T. Gryder
Richard Baltas
5
Scoring
Abel Cedillo
Doug F. O'Neill
3
Uncaptured Hero
Flavien Prat
Richard Baltas

Exotic Payoffs:
  • $2 Exacta (1-4) Paid: $10.60
  • $1 Trifecta (1-4-2) Paid: $38.90
  • $1 Superfecta (1-4-2-6) Paid: $67.40

Watch the 2020 Sham Stakes

 


History of the Sham Stakes

The $100,000 Sham Stakes the first West Coast, 3-year-old, race of the year in which points on the Road to the Kentucky Derby table are available. The first four finishers earn points on a 10-4-2-1 basis.

Though it was originally held at 1 ⅛ miles, the current distance is just one mile. The Sham Stakes was first run in 2001 in early February. It was held in early March for three years, before moving to its current early January position in 2011.

The 2017 running of the Sham was won by Gormley, winner of the FrontRunner Stakes. Gormley narrowly defeated American Anthem in the stretch as the two matched stride for stride to the wire, leaving the rest of the field 12 lengths back over a sloppy, sealed Santa Anita track. If the silks look familiar, Gormley is owned by Ann and Jerry Moss, owners of the champion Zenyatta.

The race was named for the Thoroughbred racehorse Sham, who shadowed Secretariat during the Triple Crown season in 1973. Sham won the Santa Anita Derby that year and was second in the Kentucky Derby. His time in the Kentucky Derby is the fourth fastest in history (behind Secretariat, Monarchos, and Northern Dancer). Considering that timing in the 1970s is less precise than today, it is possible that Sham ran the second-fastest time in the Derby ever, even as a second-place finisher.

No winner of the Sham Stakes has gone on to win the Kentucky Derby as yet. However, several outstanding horses have won the race – they include two Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile (G1) winners, Tapizar and Goldencents, the multiple grade one winners Colonel John and Gormley, and the 2017 Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) runner-up Collected.



Past Winners of the Sham Stakes

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2020
Authentic
Drayden Van Dyke
Bob Baffert
Starlight Racing, SF Racing LLC, Madaket Stables LLC
2019
Gunmetal Gray
Mike E. Smith
Jerry Hollendorfer
Hollendorfer, LLC, Pearl Racing and West Point Thoroughbreds
2018
McKinzie
Mike E. Smith
Bob Baffert
Karl Watson/Michael E. Pegram/Paul Weitman
2017
Gormley
Victor Espinoza
John Shirreffs
Ann and Jerry Moss
2016
Collected
Martin Garcia
Bob Baffert
Speedway Stable
2015
Calculator
Elvis Trujillo
Peter Miller
Richard C. Pell
2014
Midnight Hawk
Mike E. Smith
Bob Baffert
Hill 'n' Dale/Sikura/Pegram et al
2013
Goldencents
Kevin Krigger
Doug F. O'Neill
W.C. Racing/Kenney/RAP Racing
2012
Out of Bounds
Garrett Gomez
Eoin Harty
Darley Stud
2011
Tapizar
Garrett Gomez
Steve Asmussen
Winchell Thoroughbreds LLC

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