- Stephen Foster Handicap
class = Grade I
horse race = Stephen Foster Handicap
Churchill Downs Louisville, Kentucky, USA
inaugurated = 1982
race type =
Thoroughbred- Flat racing
website = [http://www.churchilldowns.com/about/management_team.html Churchill Downs]
distance = 1⅛ miles (9 furlongs)
track = Dirt, left-handed
qualification = Three-Year-Olds and Up
weight = Handicap
purse = $1.000,000
bonuses = The Stephen Foster Handicap is an American
Thoroughbred horse racerun in mid June at the end of the Churchill DownsSpring Meet in Louisville, Kentucky.
The Stephen Foster Handicap is run on the dirt at a distance of one and one-eighth miles. It has progressed from Grade III status in 1988 to Grade II in 1995 and is presently a Grade I event open to horses three years old and up. The race had been restricted to horses four years of age an older in 1983 and from 1985 through 1987.
Currently offering a purse of $750,000, the race draws some of the top older horses from various parts of the United States.
The race is named for the famous American
songwriter Stephen Fosterwho wrote " My Old Kentucky Home", the state song of Kentucky.
Jockeys Robby Albarado, Aaron Gryder, Pat Day, and Jerry Bailey have each won the race on two occasions.
Vodika Collins was the first horse to win the race twice, taking it back-to-back in its first two runnings. In 1994 /95 Recoup the Cash became the second two-time winner.
The 2006 edition of the Stephen Foster Handicap produced its biggest upset ever when jockey
Calvin Borelaboard 91:1 longshot Seek Golddefeated the favored 2003 winner, Perfect Drift. [http://www.ntra.com/races.aspx?id=18172]
Winners of the Stephen Foster Handicap since 1998
* 1997 - City By Night
* 1996 - Tenants Harbor
* 1995 - Recoup the Cash (
* 1994 - Recoup the Cash
* 1993 - Root Boy
* 1992 - Discover
Black Tie Affair
* 1990 - No Marker (
* 1989 - Air Worthy
* 1988 - Honor Madal
* 1987 - Red Attack
* 1986 - Hopeful Word
* 1985 -
* 1984 - Mythical Ruler
* 1983 - Vodika Collins
* 1982 - Vodika Collins
* [http://www.thoroughbredchampions.com/library/foster.htm Thoroughbred Champions list of races from 1982 to 2000]
* [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ANyDHLAxZTk Video at YouTube of Seek Gold's win in the 2006 Stephen Foster Handicap]
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