The Spinster Stakes is an American Grade 1 flat horse race
for three-year-old and up fillies and mares, and is run in early
October annually in Lexington, Kentucky on Keeneland Race Course's
Polytrack surface over a distance of 1 1/8 miles. The Spinster
Stakes currently offers a purse of $500,000.
Inaugurated in 1956, the Spinster Stakes has enjoyed a long and rich
heritage and has yielded some of America's top three-year-old
fillies and mares. As part of the Breeders' Cup Challenge 'Win and
You're In' series, the winner of the Spinster Stakes wins an
automatic place in that year's Breeders' Cup Ladies' Classic.
The Spinster Stakes was run over dirt until 2006, the same year
Keeneland officials replaced the track's dirt surface with the
synthetic Polytrack. That year, Asi Siempre - ridden by top-rated
jockey Julien Leparoux - won the Spinster Stakes. The new surface
also yielded the race's fastest ever time of 1:46.77.
The record time was set in 2008 by the Shug McGaughey-trained
Carriage Trail ridden by champion jockey Kent Desormeaux. When it
was still run over dirt, two horses shared the fastest time of
1:47.00: Bayakoa in 1990 and Banshee Breeze in 1998 (ridden by
Laffit Pincay Jr. and Robby Albarado respectively).
As for other records, jockeys Laffit Pincay Jr. and Pat Day have won
the Spinster Stakes a record five times each, while two trainers
have each celebrated four victories - Ron McAnally in 1989,
1990,1993 and 1996, and Claude R. 'Shug' McGaughey III in 1983,
1994, 1995 and 2008.