stakes race

noun

Definition of stakes race

: a horse race in which the prize offered is made up at least in part of money (such as entry fees) put up by the owners of the horses entered

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Examples of stakes race in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Primary voters appear to be looking past demographic allegiances to something even more basic: a candidate’s electability and ideological orientation in a high-stakes race against a president many Democrats see as an existential threat. BostonGlobe.com, "But Buttigieg struggles to win over the young. That’s Bernie country. The oldest candidate in the race, the determinedly crotchety 78-year-old Senator Sanders, is a hit with the youngest voters tracking the 2020 campaign.," 15 Dec. 2019 The bounty hunter was grievously injured during a high-stakes race against Han Solo, and rebuilt by the Empire as an emotionless cyborg hell-bent on vengeance. Tyler Aquilina, EW.com, "Our 10 favorite minor Star Wars characters," 12 Dec. 2019 Los Alamitos thoroughbred preview There are nine races on Thursday’s card because a stakes race from last week didn’t fill and was moved to today. Los Angeles Times, "Racing! Readers have advice for Craig Fravel," 19 Sep. 2019 The opening day program will not feature a stakes race. Tom Jicha, sun-sentinel.com, "Gulfstream Park’s prestigious winter meet opens Friday," 27 Nov. 2019 Schedule: Thursday-Sunday Post time: 12:45 p.m. Feature simulcast race: Grade 2, $250,000 Raven Run Stakes on Saturday at Keeneland in Kentucky Update: With betting momentum and nine stakes races, the 36-day fall season opens Thursday. Larry Stumes, SFChronicle.com, "Golden Gate Fields looks to extend run of success with fall meet," 16 Oct. 2019 Four of the races are maiden specials, there are four turf races and there is one stakes race. John Cherwa, Los Angeles Times, "Racing! Is the Santa Anita drag gone?," 13 Oct. 2019 The lone stakes race of the weekend is the Pat Hyland Handicap for 2-year-olds on Sunday night. Los Angeles Times, "Racing! Next year’s dates are set … sort of," 23 Aug. 2019 The $201,755, Grade II Mabee, for older fillies and mares, was one of two stakes races on Saturday’s card. Bill Center, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Females put on quite a show on track at Del Mar," 31 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of stakes race

1895, in the meaning defined above

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28 Dec 2019

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“Stakes race.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/stakes%20race. Accessed 21 January 2020.

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