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Kentucky Derby and Horse Racing at The Downey Profile®



By Dick Downey
Last Updated Aug. 27, 2017
The Grade III Kentucky Turf Cup is run at the 1 1/2-mile distance used for the Breeders' Cup Turf. The track recognizes it as "the signature race of Kentucky Downs’ live race meet." In 2017, the race was renamed the Calumet Farm Kentucky Turf Cup.
Competitors in the race come from some of the most respected connections in racing -- from owners to trainers to jockeys.
Stars like Chorwon and Silverfoot, who each went on to finish sixth in the 2001 and 2005 runnings of the Breeders' Cup Turf, and Cloudy's Knight, who ran second in the 2009 Breeders' Cup Marathon, have won the race.
Rochester, who won back-to-back runnings of the race in 2002-2003, was multiple stakes-placed after that and raced until 2008, when he was a 12-year-old. In 2005, Rochester won the Grade III Sycamore at Keeneland.
Rahystrada, who won the 2011 edition of the Kentucky Turf Cup, won the Grade III Arlington Handicap and ran third in the prestigious Grade I Arlington Million in 2012 -- then finished second in the Kentucky Turf Cup.
In 2013, Gary Stevens rode at Kentucky Downs, winning the Kentucky Turf Cup aboard Temeraine in his first outing on the track. A diligent master of his trade, Stevens walked the course the evening before the race.
In 2014 Team Block won the race for the second time in three years with Suntracer, bred and owned by the Chicago-based Team Block and trained by Chris Block. Suntracer was ridden by French-born jockey Florent Geroux. In 2012, ownership patriarch David Block said, “We love this racetrack. People from Illinois should look down here and see what’s going on. We also won this race two years ago with Ioya Bigtime." Jeffrey Sanchez was aboard the winner in 2012.
The 2015 and 2016 renditons of the race yielded repeat winner Da Big Hoss, trained by Mike Maker and owned by Skychai Racing.
Well-known trainers like Bill Mott, Graham Motion, Kiaran McLaughlin and Jonathan Sheppard have won the Kentucky Turf Cup, and jockeys who have come away on top include Stevens, Rafael Bejarano, Garrett Gomez and Pat Day.
The 2017 Calument Farm Kentucky Turf Cup will be contested on Saturday, Sept. 9 and carries a purse of $600,000 -- the same as the amount in 2014 and 2015, but 50 percent more than in 2013 and triple the 2012 purse size.
Year Winner Jockey Trainer Owner Time
2016 Da Big Hoss Florent Geroux Michael Maker Skychai Racing LLC 2:35.08
2015 Da Big Hoss Joseph Rocco, Jr. Michael Maker Skychai Racing LLC 2:33.40
2014 Suntracer Florent Geroux Chris Block Team Block 2:27.12
2013 Temeraine Gary Stevens Tom Proctor Niall Racing 2:29.18
2012 Ioya Bigtime Jeffrey Sanchez Chris Block Team Block 2:30.06
2011 Rahystrada Greta Kuntzweiler Byron “Scooter” Hughes Robert Courtney Jr. 2:32.40
2010 Rezif Greta Kuntzweiler Matthew Jacobsen Sexton/Jacobson/Baughman 2:44.74
2009 Cloudy’s Knight Rosemary Homeister, Jr. Jonathan E. Sheppard S J Stables LLC 2:33.96
2008 Rumor Has It Eddie Perez David H. Hinsley W. Patterson/J. Glenn 2:28.27
2007 General Jumbo Jeremy Rose H. Graham Motion Thomas Conway 2:26.98
2006 Embossed Larry Melancon Niall O’Callaghan Gary A. Tanaka 2:36.92
2005 Silverfoot Rafael Bejarano Dallas Stewart Chrysalis Stables 2:30.30
2004 Sabiango Brice Blanc Tim Yakteen Monty Roberts 2:33.70
2003 Rochester Eddie Martin, Jr. Jonathan Sheppard Augustine Stable 2:31.39
2002 Rochester Eddie Martin, Jr. Jonathan Sheppard Augustine Stable 2:38.28
2001 Chorwon Jon Court Hal R. Wiggins Thomas C. Mueller 2:28.68
2000 Down The Aisle Robby Albarado William I. Mott Charles H. Deters 2:27.70
1999 Fahris Shane Sellers Kiaran McLaughlin Sabine Stable 2:29.60
1998 Yaqthan Brian Peck Anthony Reinstedler Merdonmar Stable 2:27.60
1995 Lassigny Pat Day William I. Mott Saud al Kabeer 2:30.60
1994 Lindon Lime Shane Sellers W. Elliott Walden F. Mansell 2:31.40
1993 Know Heights Kent Desormeaux Robert B. Hess, Jr. M. Sloan 2:25.60
1992 Drummer Boy Garrett Gomez Dennis W. Ebert E. Ebert 2:28.40
1991 Silver Medallion Craig Perret Philip M. Hauswald John A. Franks 2:31.30

*The race was called the Sam Houston Handicap from 1991 to 1995. The race wasn't contested in 1996 and 1997. General Jumbo (2007) holds the course record.



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