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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There were three other stakes races, each paying a purse of $75,000, on the Summit of Speed card. Tim Dwyer, Sun-Sentinel.com, "X Y Jet wins Smile Sprint at Gulfstream; long shot Stormy Embrace earns spot in Breeders’ Cup," 30 June 2018 There are two stakes races and four allowance races. John Cherwa, latimes.com, "Racing! Our weekly handicapping lesson from Rob Henie," 21 Apr. 2018 As a 2-year-old, Riva Ridge won five stakes races and an Eclipse Award. Jonas Shaffer, baltimoresun.com, "Justify is the early favorite in the Preakness, but he's also far from a sure thing," 12 May 2018 Cigar won 16 stakes races in a row from 1994-96 which tied the legendary Citation a the only two horses to accomplish the feat. The Aegis, "Two more Harford champions [Editorial]," 6 June 2018 Two of Baffert's better older horses couldn't contend in their stakes races. John Cherwa, latimes.com, "Monomoy Girl a half-length winner over Wonder Gadot at Kentucky Oaks," 5 May 2018 The road to the Kentucky Derby, meanwhile, is features dozens of stakes races for Thoroughbreds and is graded on a points system. Si Wire, SI.com, "How Old Are the Horses at the Kentucky Derby?," 5 May 2018 On Saturday in Milwaukee, Vukmir and her rival, Kevin Nicholson, will battle in a high-stakes race to gain 60% support of party delegates to get the endorsement. Bill Glauber, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "In Wisconsin U.S. Senate race, Leah Vukmir looks for endorsement at GOP convention," 6 May 2018 Friday was Wonder Gadot's first time placing in a Grade 1 stakes race and sixth consecutive start finishing in the money. Danielle Lerner, The Courier-Journal, "Foul or not, Wonder Gadot adds dramatic flair to Kentucky Oaks 2018 with runner-up finish," 4 May 2018

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1895, in the meaning defined above

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