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John Battaglia Memorial Stakes


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John Battaglia Memorial Stakes Ungraded Turfway Park John Battaglia Memorial Stakes


John Battaglia Memorial Stakes

The John Battaglia Memorial Stakes is an American horserace for three-year-old thoroughbreds run in early March at Turfway Park in Florence, Kentucky over 1 1/16 miles on dirt. Although it is an ungraded race, the John Battaglia Memorial Stakes carries a generous purse of $100,000.

Inaugurated in 1982, the John Battaglia Memorial Stakes is a well-known prep race for the Lane's End Stakes held at Turfway Park in late March, which itself is a popular prep race for the Kentucky Derby, run each year in early May. The John Battaglia Memorial Stakes was named after John Battaglia, formerly the general manager of the old Latonia Race Track, which was renamed as Turfway Park in 1986 when it was acquired by Jerry Carroll and his partners.

John Battaglia's son, Mike, is currently the official track announcer at Turfway Park as well as being a well-known NBC Sports analyst. Since its inception, the John Battaglia Memorial Stakes has yielded some highly memorable winners, probably the most notable one being 2008 race winner, Absolute Cindy.

Absolute Cindy grabbed the attention of the American horseracing world when she delivered a sterling run to win the John Battaglia Memorial Stakes as the only filly in the field of 11. Incredibly, Absolutely Cindy, who was lying last in the first five furlongs, rallied on the turn to make quick work of the pacesetters and cross the line first in a time of in 1:44.69. In doing so, she became the first filly to win the race.


John Battaglia Memorial Stakes - Past Winners

2004 Silver Minister
2005 Magna Graduate
2006 Laity
2007 Catman Running
2008 Absolutely Cindy


John Battaglia Memorial Stakes - Betting

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