Da Big Hoss takes the $300,000 Grade 3 Kentucky Turf Cup
FRANKLIN, KY (SEPTEMBER 14, 2015) It was Da Big Hoss for the big win at Kentucky Downs today as the Mike Maker trainee captured the $600,000 Grade 3 Kentucky Turf Cup, the jewel in the crown of the Franklin oval’s live racing meet.
It was the fourth consecutive victory for the 4-year-old son of Lemon Drop Kid, who last captured the John’s Call Stakes at Saratoga, his first stakes outing.
Ridden by Joe Rocco Jr, Da Big Hoss had a ground-saving trip on the inside then showed his big kick in the final furlong of the 1 ½ mile contest to overcome Power Ped and pacesetter Roman Approval, who held on for third.
Past winners of the Kentucky Turf Cup have come from the barns of some of the most respected trainers in racing and have been ridden by jockeys whose names and records are very familiar to fans of Thoroughbred racing.
|2015||Da Big Hoss||Joe Rocco Jr||Michael J. Maker||Skychai Racing LLC||2:33.40|
|2014||Suntracer||Florent Geroux||Chris Block||Team Block||2:27.12|
|2013||Temeraine||Gary L. Stevens||Thomas F. 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|
NOTE: The Kentucky Turf Cup was not contested in 1996 and 1997.