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Lexington Stakes

Race Name Grade Track
Lexington Stakes 1 Keeneland Racecourse Lexington Stakes

Lexington Stakes

The Lexington Stakes is a Gr 2 American horserace contested by thoroughbred three-year-olds over 1 1/6 miles on dirt at the end of April every year at Keeneland Racecourse in Lexington, Kentucky. With a purse of $325,000, the Lexington Stakes is an important prep race for the Kentucky Derby.

Named after the Kentucky town of Lexington, the Lexington Stakes was only open to two-year-olds when it was inaugurated in 1936. Between 1938 and 1941 it was run as a handicap for three-year-olds, and in 1984 it returned to the stakes schedule and saw its purse steadily increase to the size it is today.

Since 1998 the Lexington Stakes has been sponsored by Ireland's Coolmore Stud. For this reason the race is known to many people as the Coolmore Lexington Stakes, but the purists still call it by the name that it was called way back in the 1930s.

In terms of notable winners, the winner of the 1999 Lexington Stakes was called Charismatic, who that same year went on to triumph in the Kentucky Derby. In fact Charismatic set the current speed record in the Lexington Stakes, completing the 1 1/6 mile course in a time of 1:41 at Keeneland.

In the last thirty years that the Lexington Stakes has been run, jockey Jerry Bailey has won the race an incredible six times - in 1982, 1990, 1991, 1993, 1999 and 2004. During the same period, Jacinto Vasquez, Pat Day, Robby Albarado and Shane Sellers each won the race twice.

Lexington Stakes - Past Winners

2004 Quintons Gold Rush
2005 Coin Silver
2006 Showing Up
2007 Slew's Tizzy
2008 Behindatthebar

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