Southwest Stakes

  • Location: Oaklawn Park, Hot Springs, AR
  • Inaugural Race: 1968
  • Current Distance: 1 1/16 miles
  • Track Type: Left-Handed Dirt
  • Age Qualifications: Three-year-olds
  • Status: Grade 3
  • 2020 Purse: $500,000
  • 2020 Race Date: Monday, February 17th
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The Southwest Stakes is often the final leg of the early Road to the Kentucky Derby prep-races awarding 10 points to the winner, in addition to 4-2-1 allotments for second, third and fourth position finishers.


2020 Southwest Stakes Entries and Results

POST
HORSE
JOCKEY
TRAINER
WIN
PLACE
SHOW
2
Silver Prospector
Ricardo Santana, Jr.
Steven M. Asmussen
$11.40
$6.00
$3.40
1
Wells Bayou
Florent Geroux
Brad H. Cox
$9.20
$5.00
9
Answer In
Javier Castellano
Brad H. Cox
$3.00
3
Shoplifted
Brian Joseph Hernandez, Jr.
Steven M. Asmussen
8
Taishan
Mario Gutierrez
Richard Baltas
7
Villainous
David Cohen
Jeremiah C. Englehart
5
American Butterfly
Declan Cannon
D. Wayne Lukas
6
Chase Tracker
John R. Velazquez
Todd A. Pletcher
4
Gold Street
Martin Garcia
Steven M. Asmussen

 

Exotic Payoffs:

$2 Exacta (2-1) $96.40
$2 Trifecta (2-1-9) $418.40
$2 Superfecta (2-1-9-3) $1,906.00

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History of the Southwest Stakes

Launched in 1968, the Southwest Stakes has become a key part of the Oaklawn Park series of preps for the Kentucky Derby. The second of the four Oaklawn preps, it’s also part of the Road to the Kentucky Derby series, for which the first four home get points on a 10-4-2-1 basis. It was promoted to grade three status in 2008.

The best horse to win the race is probably Smarty Jones, who won the Southwest Stakes by three-quarters of a length in 2004. He went on to win the remaining Oaklawn Derby preps, the Rebel Stakes and the Arkansas Derby, before winning the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes.

Two years later, Lawyer Ron completed the same treble that Smarty Jones did; he went on to win races such as the Whitney Handicap and Woodward Stakes. Belmont Stakes runner-up Denis of Cork won the race in 2008, while in 2012 one of the two divisions held that year was won by Secret Circle, later to win the Breeders’ Cup Sprint.


Previous Winners of the Southwest Stakes

Year
Horse
Jockey
Trainer
Owner
2020
Silver Prospector
Ricardo Santana, Jr.
Steven M. Asmussen
Ed and Susie Orr
2019
Super Steed
Terry J. Thompson
J. Larry Jones
Pressley, Michael and Jackson, Steed
2018
My Boy Jack
Kent J. Desormeaux
J. Keith Desormeaux
Monomoy Stables, LLC
2017
One Liner
T. Pletcher
J. Velazquez
China Horse Club International Ltd.
2016
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Luis S. Quinonez
Donnie K. Von Hemel
Samuel F. Henderson
2015
Far Right
Mike E. Smith
Ron Moquett
LaPenta/Rosenblum
2014
Tapiture
Ricardo Santana
Steve Asmussen
Winchell Thoroughbreds
2013
Super Ninety Nine
Rafael Bejarano
Bob Baffert
Tanma Corporation
2012 #
Secret Circle
Rafael Bejarano
Bob Baffert
Willmott Stables
2012 #
Castaway
Rafael Bejarano
Bob Baffert
Michael Tabor & Mrs.J.Magnier

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