Randwick Racecourse in Sydney is the site for the Group 3 Kindergarten Stakes, where two-year-olds race 1100 metres under set weight conditions as part of the autumn racing season.
Prize money for the race as of 2023 is $200,000.
Kindergarten Stakes Race Details
Race Distance: 1100m
Prize Money: $200,000
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When Is The Kindergarten Stakes: 6/4/24
What Time Is The Kindergarten Stakes: TBA
Where Is The Kindergarten Stakes: Randwick Racecourse
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Libertad handled the heavy turf better than the other nine in the field to take the top prize of $110,000.
The young colt by Russian Revolution has Snitzel, Redoute’s Choice, Snippets and Canny Lad on the sire’s side. The lineage of dam Electric Charge traces back to Bletchingly, Biscay and Star Kingdom, but he has made just two jumps thus far, both for wins. He has not jumped since winning the Kindergarten Stakes, as of late August 2023.
Libertad can be seen winning at the wire in the replay of the 2023 race found at the following link.
Juvenile races are popular for many reasons, but the Kindergarten Stakes at one time was a lead-up race for the Group 1 Golden Slipper Stakes. It was moved to the first day of The Championships at Randwick in 2012, jumping on Australian Derby Day where all the top two-year-olds will be vying for a win in the Group 1 Sires’ Produce Stakes.
Several of the racers, the most recent being Forensics in 2007, won the Kindergarten Stakes prior to winning the Golden Slipper Stakes. The others were Star Watch (1988), Bint Marscay (1993), Guineas (1997) and Belle Du Jour (2000).
The meeting currently offers two additional Group 1 races – the Doncaster Handicap and the T J Smith Stakes. The Group 2 Chairman’s Handicap and three other Group 3 races to accompany the Kindergarten Stakes.
History of the Kindergarten Stakes
The race first jumped below the Group grading system in 1987. It was Listed grade for the first time in 1989, with a rise to Group 3 in 1998.
As best we could determine, the trip for the race has always been 1100 metres and the race has alternated between Warwick Farm and Randwick Racecourse for many years. Warwick Farm was used from inception through 2000, save for 1995 when the race shifted to Randwick.
The race returned to Warwick for five jumps, followed by another at Randwick in 2001. Another similar round of moving the race around led to it finding a home with more longevity since 2011 became the base for the Kindergarten Stakes.
In 2017, Widden Stud put up some money and celebrated their 150th anniversary with the Widden 150th Anniversary Stakes.
Venue for the Kindergarten Stakes
We are declaring Royal Randwick Racecourse in Sydney to be the official home for the race, but there is always a chance that there might be a need to use a different venue at some future point for some reason.
Randwick has been the site of racing since 1833, but it became a primary fixture in Australian flats racing when the Australian Jockey Club made Randwick their headquarters in the 1860s.
Randwick currently offers 20 Group 1, 19 Group 2 and 9 Group 3 races spread across the course of a year. Eight of the Group 1 races jump on the two autumn meetings spaced a week apart during autumn racing.
The Everest, while a newer race that started in 2017, is a $15 million dollar prize money race that fields the 12 best 1200-metre horses in the country.
For an 1100-metre race like the Kindergarten Stakes, the barriers are mid-way on a chute that facilitates races of 1000 – 1200 metres.
A long straight permits a 550-metre dash to the turn. From there, it is onto the home straight to conclude at the finish line.
Racing History of the Kindergarten Stakes
With two-year-old races, we find it useful to look at the winners from the perspective of what they did subsequent to winning the Kindergarten Stakes.
We will look closer at the five horses to win the Kindergarten/Golden Slipper double and we will be examining some notables that won the race and went on to bigger wins, as well as any that contributed to the sport through progeny.
The winner of the first Kindergarten Stakes in 1987 was Christmas Tree.
The son of Biscay and grandson of Star Kingdom, Christmas Tree made 12 jumps for six wins and two placings. His best win was the Group 2 Pago Pago Stakes in 1987, beating Rancho Ruler and Sky Chase, both Group 1 winners of above $1 million.
With the pedigree Christmas Tree presented, it is no surprise that he was off the turf and into the sheds after 12 jumps. He sired many, with his four best earning above $100,000.
The next winner, Star Watch from 1988, was the first to win the Kindergarten Stakes and follow with the Golden Slipper Stakes.
He was by Bletchingly, but beyond the Golden Slipper, Kindergarten, Group 3 Up and Coming Stakes and Group 3 Skyline Stakes, we know only that Star Watch was beaten twice by Zedative.
Star Watch enjoyed a good stud career, with progeny that won millions. The top producer was the 1991 colt Hurricane Sky that won just under $900,000 from 28 jumps.
Show County from 1989 was a familiar name to us.
We found 11 wins for Show County. He beat Zabeel in the 1991 Canterbury Stakes, a Group 2 grade race at the time. Earlier, he finished ahead of Shaftesbury Avenue in the Group 3 Stan Fox Stakes in 1989.
Randwick has staged the Group 3 Quality Handicap in his honour since 1993.
We find another line to Star Kingdom via the sire Blue And Gold in the 1990 Kindergarten Stakes winner Bold Tie, but Bold Tie did not leave much by way of a racing record and we believe he never was given the opportunity to procreate, or if he did have the chance, none of his offspring launched.
The first filly to win the Kindergarten Stakes was 1991’s Vionnet.
She made just eight jumps for three wins and one placing. She was a good broodmare with offspring by Grand Lodge, Snippets and Palace Music. Of seven foals, five won some money, with two bringing in above $300,000 and another more than $200,000.
Slight Chance was the winner in 1992.
She was a filly by Australia’s Centaine that earned more than $1.7 million from 43 jumps, 12 wins and 10 placings.
She should have been Good or Better Chance, since she won or placed in more than half of her jumps. Along with winning the Kindergarten in 1992, she won four Group 1 races that same year. In 1993, she added two more Group 1 wins – the Queensland Oaks and the Australia Stakes. She was third to Super Impose in the 1992 Cox Plate by less than a length and she was ahead of Better Loosen Up, mannerism, Rough Habit, Sydeston and Naturalism.
That Cox Plate from 1992, our readers will recall, was the occasion when one of the top fields in the history of the Plate was assembled, only to be torn asunder by a fall that was described as “a trainwreck on turf” by one of the jockeys.
It was more than a bit miraculous that none was injured.
Modern record keeping and technology combined just in time to give us the full picture about the 1993 Kindergarten Stakes winner, the talented filly then mare Bint Marscay.
The name of this filly reveals the sire Marscay and that line and the dam, Eau Detoile of New Zealand had Ireland’s sturdy sire Sir Tristam for dam sire.
She was the second horse to win the Kindergarten Stakes and then add the Golden Slipper Stakes.
She raced just 10 times, a luxury supported in large part by the money from the Golden Slipper, to earn $1.5 million from four wins and four placings.
Bint Marscay supplied five foals, including Bollinger by U.S. sire Dehere that won the Group 1 Coolmore Classic and Mannington, a mare that won nearly $400,000.
We would skip the 1996 winner Armidale as a racer, but his offspring were impressive. Eleven of his crops won above $100,000, with the top earner being the gelding Tessbury Jack that earned above $534,000 from just 22 jumps.
A gelding named Guineas by Crown Jester won in 1997 and would race effectively later on to win 10 times with 6 placings for $1.8 million from 30 jumps.
Guineas was the third in the history of the Kindergarten Stakes to capture the Golden Slipper Stakes.
A great filly named Belle Du Jour was the winner in 2000.
The 35 jumps of this Australia-claimed filly that lacked any Aussie blood brought in $3.2 million and 9 wins and 9 placings. Like Guineas, Bint Marscay and Star Watch, stakes winnings soared from winning the Golden Slipper.
She beat Assertive Lad into third in the 2000 Golden Slipper Stakes and had another Group 1 win in the Newmarket Handicap in 2003 and she produced multiple high finishes racing against the likes of Lonhro, Choisir and Rubitano.
Judging by the quality of the winners we have uncovered to this stage of the history of the Kindergarten Stakes, and aware of the risk of skipping something important, we jump forward to 2003 winner Niello. This son of Octagonal had four wins, three of which were Group 1 grade.
His win in the Group 1 Rosehill Guineas found him beating Grand Zuly and Elvstroem.
Niello won just under $1 million from 15 jumps for 4 wins and 5 placings.
He fractured his off foreleg in 2011 and was humanely euthanized, but he managed to sire several successful crops. His three best each earned above $400,000 and quite a few others won above $100,000.
The 2004 winner was Crimson Reign.
She beat Written Tycoon and Flying Pegasus to win the 2006 Satellite Stakes and her form line of 19 jumps for 5 wins and 2 placings resulted in earnings of $932,000. Her 2012 colt by Fastnet Rock – Deploy – earned over $826,000 from 27 jumps.
A mare by Flying Spur named Forensics was the winner in 2007.
Her win in the Kindergarten Stakes supplies a trace of irony in that the horse beaten into third was I Am Invincible. Even though I Am Invincible was not the favourite ($5.50), and Forensics ($2) was, she left him over two lengths back, completely vinced.
She is the most recent racer to win the Kindergarten and the Golden Slipper.
The 2009 winner did not want for prize money; Wanted needed just 15 jumps to bring in $1.2 million from 3 wins and 6 placings.
Wanted’s sire was Fastnet Rock and the dam’s side offered up Snippets as dam sire.
Wanted scored a big win in the Group 1 Newmarket Handicap in 2010 and he was within a length of Black Caviar in the Group 2 Danehill Stakes at Flemington.
The 2010 winner, Solar Charged, had a fancy pedigree, the kind that sends fillies to the sheds after a short stint of racing, in this case, 15 jumps for 3 wins and 5 placings for $378,000.
That racing would have promoted us to skip Solar Charged and it was only the fact that one of her offspring was a 2015 filly by Zoustar named Sunlight that won more than $6 million.
The 2014 winner, Hallowed Crown, had racing success, winning six times and placing once from only nine jumps. Group 1 wins in the 2014 Golden Rose Stakes and the 2015 Randwick Guineas were career highlights and wins over Kermadec and Shooting To Win proved Hallowed Crown ability.
Hallowed Crown was a strong sire in terms of quantity and for quality we note the $6 million winning filly from 2016 Colette, with another million dollar winner in the 2018 colt Vilana.
The 2015 winner, Furnaces, beat the two-time winner of The Everest, Redzel, to win the Kindergarten Stakes.
Otherwise, he was not noteworthy as a racer or a sire.
There was a dead head in 2016 between El Divino and Astern.
El Divino was euthanized the following year from a fractured cannon bone while training.
Astern was strong enough to win over $1.1 million from just nine jumps for five wins and two placings. A win in the Group 1 Golden Rose Stakes was responsible for more than half of the prize money he earned.
His profitable progeny includes Golden Mile, a 2019 colt that has raked in over $2.6 million and from that same year, Aft Cabin that has won over $1.1 million.
Bivouac won in 2019.
This great racer earned above $5.5 million from just 22 jumps for 7 wins and 8 placings. He won three times at Group 1 grade, including the 2020 Newmarket Handicap.
Bivouac beat Nature Strip to win the Group 1 Darley Classic in 2020.
He is standing at Darley Australia from 2021 and it requires almost zero math skills to calculate what Bivouac is hauling in at $66,000 a pop.
Doubtland by Not A Single Doubt was the winner in 2020.
He made only eight jumps before starting at Widden Stud in 2021. One colt from 2022 out of Raise Your Spirits is not yet ready.
The 2021 winner of the Kindergarten Stakes, Paulele, called time after 24 jumps for 8 wins and 6 placings for $2.4 million. It appears that his best conquest was over Zoustyle in the 2022 Group 2 Schillaci Stakes.
Semillion was the winner in 2022.
He works for the Hawkes operation out of Flemington. He last jumped in March of 2023. He shows some promise and his high finishes have helped him to win nearly $500,000 from nine jumps for two wins and one placing.
The Kindergarten Stakes has supplied consistently solid winners from inception through the present.
Only a few fillies and since the colts are just two years of age, most have yet to encounter the castrator’s emasculator.
Many have gone on to win at higher grades. More than a few were capable breeders.
Kindergarten Stakes Past Winners
|2016||El Divino / Astern|
|2012||Dances On Stars|
|2000||Belle Du Jour|