stakes race


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 Scott Craigmyle, racing director at Los Alamitos Race Course, responded by splitting the race into two divisions and offering equal $20,000 purses for each stakes race. John Cherwa, Los Angeles Times, "Horse racing newsletter: Fireworks at CHRB meeting," 18 Dec. 2020 Momma won a stakes race on the turf so this one is bred to like the green. Michael Beychok,, "Check out Chok's Choices for Thursday's Fair Grounds races," 16 Dec. 2020 Star Guitar is now a successful sire and has a Fair Grounds bar named after him as well as stakes race that will run later in the meet. Michael Beychok,, "Check out Chok's Choices for Saturday's Fair Grounds races; all races feature Louisiana-bred horses," 11 Dec. 2020 Soaring auction prices are only one sign of the sport's increasing glamour and competitiveness in China: Two men were convicted by a Shanghai court in 2018 of trying to fix a high-stakes race by putting their pigeons on a bullet train. Star Tribune, "Compared to a Picasso: Pigeon sells for $1.9 million," 16 Nov. 2020 There is a stakes race, the Bob Hope, which is the male equivalent of Saturday’s Desi Arnaz Stakes. John Cherwa, Los Angeles Times, "Horse racing newsletter: The case for Swiss Skydiver," 15 Nov. 2020 After taking the lead in the stretch Taco fought back the late charge by a horse that was a next out winner in a stakes race. John Cherwa, Los Angeles Times, "Horse racing newsletter: Breeders’ Cup big day is here," 7 Nov. 2020 Chase Elliott won the high-stakes race to earn his first career berth in the championship four. Jenna Fryer,, "Elliott races into NASCAR championship; Harvick eliminated," 1 Nov. 2020 And now, the astronaut and Navy veteran is making waves after emerging as the frontrunner in a high-stakes race for one of Arizona’s seats in the US Senate. Daniel Oberhaus, Wired, "Mark Kelly’s Been To Space. Can He Make it to Capitol Hill?," 26 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of stakes race

1895, in the meaning defined above

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27 Dec 2020

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“Stakes race.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jan. 2021.

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