|The Alcibiades Stakes is an
American Grade 1 flat horse race for thoroughbred two-year-old fillies
over 1 1/16 miles on Polytrack, and is run in October each year at
Keeneland Race Course in Lexington, Kentucky. The race currently has a
purse of $500,000 and has been sponsored by Darley Racing since 2003.
Inaugurated in 1952, the Alcibiades Stakes started as a seven furlong
race, but from 1956 to 1980 was run over seven furlongs 184 feet. In
1981 it switched to its current distance of 1 1/16 miles. The Alcibiades
Stakes was named after great American thoroughbred mare, Alcibiades, who
died in 1957 at the age of 30.
In 1973 the Alcibiades Stakes was awarded its Gr 3 status which in 1976
was upgraded to a Gr 2 status. In 2007 it was upgraded to Gr 1 status.
At the same time the race saw an impressive increase in its purse to
half a million dollars, and has since become one of the most highly
anticipated races at Keeneland.
The Alcibiades Stakes was run over dirt until 2006 when Keeneland Race
Course officials installed a Polytrack synthetic surface. As part of the
Breeders' Cup Challenge 'Win and You're In' program, each year the
winner of the Alcibiades Stakes receives an automatic berth in that
year's Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies.
The fastest time over the Alcibiades Stakes' current distance was set in
1992 by Eliza in a time of 1:43.20. Top jockey Don Brumfield has won the
race a record three times: in 1968, 1972 and 1982, while leading trainer
D. Wayne Lukas has celebrated six wins: in 1983, 1988, 1989, 1993, 1995