The Rushaway Stakes is an annual American ungraded race for
three-year-old thoroughbreds at Turfway Park in Florence, Kentucky,
and is contested over 1 mile on dirt. It boasts a purse of $100,000
and acknowledged to be a prep race for the Kentucky Derby which is
run in May at Churchill Downs Racecourse.
The Rushaway Stakes was named after a colt called Rushaway, a black
colt that was born in 1933 and ran in more than 100 races. In 1936
Rushaway won the Illinois Derby, and the same day he was transported
to Kentucky to compete in the Latonia Derby the next day.
Incredibly, he actually won the Latonia Derby.
Inaugurated in 1988, the Rushaway Stakes is a pretty new race. One
of its better-known winners, Brass Hat (2004), went on to win both
the New Orleans Handicap and the Donn Handicap in 2006 and the
Massachusetts Handicap in 2007. In 2000, champion jockey Garrett
Gomez won the Rushaway Stakes aboard Ronton.