The Breeders' Futurity Stakes is a top-rated American Grade 1 flat horse race
for thoroughbred two-year-old colts, fillies and geldings, and is run
over 1 1/16 miles on dirt. With a purse of $500,000, the
Breeders' Cup Futurity Stakes is run each year in October at Keeneland
Race Course in Lexington, Kentucky.
As part of the Breeders' Cup Challenge 'Win and You're In' program,
the winner of the Breeders' Futurity Stakes earns an automatic berth
in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile. Inaugurated in 1910, it was first run
at the Kentucky Association track until 1930. From 1931
until 1935, it moved to Covington's Latonia Race Track.
In 1938 the Breeders' Cup Futurity Stakes was moved back to Keeneland,
and from 1943 until 1945 (during the Second World War) was
made a part of the Churchill Downs fall meetings. In 1973 the race
was awarded a Gr 3 status which was upgraded to a Gr 2 status in
1976. In 2004 it was awarded a Gr 1 status.
One of the interesting things about the Breeders' Cup Futurity
Stakes is the number of distances it has been run at over the years.
From 1938 until 1949 it was run over six furlongs, from 1950 until
1955 over seven furlongs, from 1956 until 1980 over seven furlongs
184 feet, and from 1981 until now over
1 1/16 miles.
The fastest time over 1 1/16 miles was 1:42.20 set in 1993 by Polar
Expedition. Jockey Don Brumfield has won the Breeders' Cup Futurity
Stakes a record five times in 1969, 1970, 1972, 1974 and 1979, while
trainer D. Wayne Lukas has a record six wins to his name in 1991,
1992, 1995, 1996, 1998 and 2004.