The Jeff Ruby Steaks is a Grade III horse race held annually in late March at Turfway Park in Florence, Kentucky. The race is run over a distance of 1 1/8 miles on a synthetic track and has a current purse of $700,000. The race was first held on April 1, 1972, at the Latonia race track, with a distance of 1 mile, and was established by the General Manager of the track, John Battaglia, as a prep race for the Kentucky Derby.
The event was upgraded to Grade III status in 1984 and was upgraded again in 1988 to a Grade II race after the track's renaming to Turfway Park. In the same year, the distance of the race was increased to 1 1⁄8 miles. In 2011 the event was downgraded back to a Grade III. Currently, the event is sponsored by Jeff Ruby Culinary Entertainment, owner of Jeff Ruby's Steakhouses, and the race is referred to as the Jeff Ruby Steaks (Steaks being a homophone of the word Stakes).
Saturday, March 25, 2023 // Turfway Park
|RACE // PURSE||TYPE // SURFACE||DISTANCE // TIME|
|Race 1 // $70K||Maiden // AW||6 Furlongs // 12:45PM ET|
|Race 2 // 70K||Maiden // AW||1 1/16 Miles // 1:13PM ET|
|Race 3 // $74K||Allowance // AW||1 Mile // 1:43PM ET|
|Race 4 // $70K||Maiden // AW||1 Mile // 2:13PM ET|
|Race 5 // $74K||Allowance // AW||1 Mile // 2:43PM ET|
|Race 6 // $70K||Maiden // AW||6 Furlongs // 3:13PM ET|
|Race 7 // $250K||Animal Kingdom S. // AW||6 Furlongs // 3:43PM ET|
|Race 8 // $250K||Rushaway S. // AW||1 1/16 Miles // 4:13PM ET|
|Race 9 // $500K||Latonia S. // AW||1 1/16 Miles // 4:43PM ET|
|Race 10 // $300K||Kentucky Cup Classic S. // AW||1 1/8 Mile // 5:13PM ET|
|Race 11 // $300K||Bourbonette Oaks // AW||1 1/16 Mile // 5:43PM ET|
|Race 12 // $700K||Jeff Ruby Steaks// AW||1 1/8 Miles // 6:25PM ET|
|Race 13 // $70K||Maiden // AW||1 Mile // 7:05PM ET|
|YEAR||WINNER||JOCKEY | TRAINER|
|2023||Two Phil’s||Jareth Loveberry | Larry Rivelli|
|2022||Tiz the Bomb||Brian Joseph Hernandez, Jr. | Kenneth G. McPeek|
|2021||Like the King||Drayden Van Dyke | Wesley A. Ward|
|2020||Field Pass||Irad Ortiz Jr. | Michael J. Maker|
|2019||Somelikeithotbrown||Tyler Gaffalione | Michael J. Maker|
|2018||Blended Citizen||Kyle Frey | Doug F. O'Neill|
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