Elkhorn Stakes

The Elkhorn Stakes is an American Thoroughbred horse race run annually at Keeneland Race Course in Lexington, Kentucky. The race is open to horses age four and older. Run in late April, it is contested on turf over a distance of 1-1/2 miles (12 furlongs). Named for Elkhorn Creek, a stream running through several counties in Central Kentucky, beginning in 2008 the race was sponsored by Fifth Third Bank.

Inaugurated in 1986, the race was contested at 1-1/8 miles through 1995 before being changed to its present distance of 1-1/2 miles in 1996. A Grade III event from 1988-1989 and from 1996-2007, it was a Grade II event from 1990-1995 and in 2008 was returned to its Grade II status.

Keeneland Race Course Graded Stakes Races

Stakes Race Grade Purse
Transylvania Stakes III $100,000
Ashland Stakes I $400,000
Madison Stakes I $300,000
Maker's Mark Mile Stakes I $300,000
Shakertown Stakes III $100,000
Jenny Wiley Stakes II $200,000
Commonwealth Stakes II $175,000
Blue Grass Stakes I $750,000
Beaumont Stakes II $150,000
Appalachian Stakes III $100,000
Doubledogdare Stakes III $100,000
Ben Ali Stakes III $150,000
Lexington Stakes III $200,000
Bewitch Stakes III $150,000
Elkhorn Stakes II $150,000
Phoenix Stakes III $175,000
Darley Alcibiades Stakes I $400,000
Woodford Stakes III $100,000
Thoroughbred Club of America Stakes II $200,000
First Lady Stakes I $350,000
Shadwell Turf Mile Stakes I $600,000
Dixiana Breeders' Futurity Stakes I $400,000
Bourbon Stakes III $100,000
Juddmonte Spinster Stakes I $500,000
Jessamine Stakes III $150,000
Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup Stakes I $400,000
Sycamore Stakes III $100,000
Valley View Stakes III $150,000
Raven Run Stakes II $250,000
Fayette Stakes II $150,000
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