Champagne Stakes (United States)

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Champagne Stakes
Grade I race
Location Belmont Park
Elmont, New York, United States
Inaugurated 1867
Race type Thoroughbred - Flat racing
Website Belmont Park
Race information
Distance 1 mile (8 furlongs)
Track Dirt, left-handed
Qualification Two-year-olds
Weight Assigned
Purse $500,000

The Champagne Stakes is an American Grade I Thoroughbred horse race for two-year-old horses. The race is run at a distance of one mile on the dirt at Belmont Park in October each year. It is nested exclusively by colts.[1]

The race is a Road to the Kentucky Derby Prep Season qualifying race. The winner receives 10 points toward qualifying for the Kentucky Derby.[2]

The race is currently part of the Breeders' Cup Challenge series. The winner will automatically qualify for the Breeders' Cup Juvenile.

The race was first run in 1867, and it is the oldest race of its kind in the United States. It was given the same name as the British Champagne Stakes which has been run annually since 1823 at the Doncaster Racecourse in South Yorkshire, England.

There was no Champagne Stakes run from 1910 through 1913, due to a legislated ban by the State of New York on parimutuel wagering, and no race was held in 1956.

Notable past winners who have gone on to success as three-year-olds or older include U.S. Triple Crown champions Seattle Slew, and Count Fleet and others such as Ben Brush, Colin, Sarazen, Alsab, Grey Lag, Buckpasser, Riva Ridge, Foolish Pleasure, Alydar, Spectacular Bid, and Easy Goer, all of whom are now in the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame. Easy Goer ran the best Beyer Speed Figure performance(in the 1988 Champagne Stakes) by any 2-year-old since Beyer racing figures were first published.[3]

The 1880 winner was Lady Rosebery, a horse owned by August Belmont, Sr. and named to honor England's Hannah Primrose, Countess of Rosebery whose family was prominent in British racing. Similarly, the 1950 winner was Uncle Miltie, a horse given the nickname of the famous comedian and New York City native, Milton Berle.

The inaugural running of the Champagne Stakes took place in 1867 at Jerome Park Racetrack prior where it remained through 1889. Shifted to the Morris Park Racetrack facility, it was held there through 1904. Moved to its present home at Belmont Park for the 1905 racing season, it was run at the Aqueduct Racetrack in 1959, from 1963 to 1967, and again in 1984.

Over the years, the Champagne Stakes has been raced over a variety of distances:

  • Six furlongs : 1871-1889
  • Seven furlongs : 1891-1904
  • 165 feet short of seven furlongs (Widener Course) : 1905-1932
  • Six and one-half furlongs (Widener Course) : 1933-1939
  • One mile : 1940-1983, 1985–1993; 2005 to present
  • One and one-eighth miles : 1984
  • One and one-sixteenth miles : 1994-2004

Records[edit]

Speed record:

Most wins by an owner:

Most wins by a jockey:

Winners of the Champagne Stakes since 1946[edit]

Year
Winner
Jockey
Trainer
Owner
Time
2013 Havana Irad Ortiz, Jr. Todd Pletcher Tabor/Magnier/Smith 1:35.81
2012 Shanghai Bobby Rosie Napravnik Todd Pletcher Starlight Racing 1:35.55
2011 Union Rags Javier Castellano Michael Matz Chadds Ford Stable 1:35.55
2010 Uncle Mo John Velazquez Todd Pletcher Mike Repole 1:34.51
2009 Homeboykris Edgar Prado Richard Dutrow Lazzinnaro, Louis and Bulger, et al. 1:35.12
2008 Vineyard Haven Edgar Prado Robert J. Frankel Robert J. Frankel 1:36.06
2007 War Pass Cornelio Velasquez Nicholas P. Zito Robert V. LaPenta 1:36.12
2006 Scat Daddy John R. Velazquez Todd A. Pletcher J. T. Scaturochio / M. Tabor 1:36.97
2005 First Samurai Jerry D. Bailey Frank L. Brothers B. Lunsford / L. B. Robbins 1:36.29
2004 Proud Accolade John R. Velazquez Todd A. Pletcher Padua Stables 1:42.30
2003 Birdstone Jerry D. Bailey Nicholas P. Zito Marylou Whitney 1:44.05
2002 Toccet Jorge Chavez John F. Scanlan Dan Borislow 1:44.45
2001 Officer Victor Espinoza Bob Baffert The Thoroughbred Corp. 1:43.39
2000 A P Valentine Jorge Chavez Nicholas P. Zito Celtic Pride Stable 1:41.45
1999 Greenwood Lake Jean-Luc Samyn Nicholas P. Zito D. Conway/F.Dematteis 1:43.70
1998 The Groom Is Red Corey Nakatani Nicholas P. Zito Celtic Pride Stable 1:42.91
1997 Grand Slam Gary L. Stevens D. Wayne Lukas Baker, et al. 1:40.59
1996 Ordway John R. Velazquez David G. Donk P. Dileo & W. Punk 1:42.09
1995 Maria's Mon Robbie Davis Richard Schosberg Mrs. Morton Rosenthal 1:42.39
1994 Timber Country Pat Day D. Wayne Lukas Gainesway Farm et al. 1:44.01
1993 Dehere Chris McCarron Reynaldo H. Nobles Due Process Stable 1:35.91
1992 Sea Hero Jerry D. Bailey MacKenzie Miller Rokeby Stables 1:34.80
1991 Tri To Watch Angel Cordero, Jr. Carl Domino Fred W. Hooper 1:36.60
1990 Fly So Free Jose Santos Flint S. Schulhofer Thomas Valando 1:35.60
1989 Adjudicating Jacinto Vasquez C.R. McGaughey III Ogden Mills Phipps 1:37.60
1988 Easy Goer Pat Day C.R. McGaughey III Ogden Phipps 1:34.80
1987 Forty Niner Eddie Maple Woody Stephens Claiborne Farm 1:36.80
1986 Polish Navy Randy Romero C.R. McGaughey III Ogden Phipps 1:35.20
1985 Mogambo Angel Cordero, Jr. Leroy Jolley Peter M. Brant 1:37.20
1984 For Certain Doc Marcel Zuniga Thomas DeBonis Philip C. Chuck 1:49.20
1983 Devil's Bag Eddie Maple Woody Stephens Hickory Tree Stable 1:34.20
1982 Copelan Jerry D. Bailey Mitchell Griffin Fred W. Hooper 1:37.80
1981 Timely Writer Jeffrey Fell Dominic Imprescia Peter Martin 1:36.40
1980 Lord Avie Jorge Velasquez Daniel Perlsweig David Simon 1:37.20
1979 Joanie's Chief Ruben Hernandez Eugene Jacobs Peter Barberino 1:38.20
1978 Spectacular Bid Jorge Velasquez Grover G. Delp Hawksworth Farm 1:34.80
1977 Alydar Jorge Velasquez John M. Veitch Calumet Farm 1:36.80
1976 Seattle Slew Jean Cruguet William H. Turner, Jr. Karen L. Taylor 1:34.40
1975 Honest Pleasure Braulio Baeza Leroy Jolley Bertram R. Firestone 1:36.40
1974 Foolish Pleasure Jacinto Vasquez Leroy Jolley John L. Greer 1:36.00
1973 Protagonist Angel Santiago John P. Campo Elmendorf Farm 1:36.00
1973 Holding Pattern Michael Miceli James J. Sarner John Gerbas, Jr. 1:36.00
1972 Stop The Music * John L. Rotz John M. Gaver, Sr. Greentree Stable 1:35.00
1971 Riva Ridge Ron Turcotte Lucien Laurin Meadow Stable 1:36.40
1970 Limit To Reason * Jorge Velasquez Thomas J. Kelly Brookmeade Stable 1:35.40
1969 Silent Screen John L. Rotz J. Bowes Bond Elberon Farm 1:37.20
1968 Top Knight Manuel Ycaza Raymond Metcalf Steven B. Wilson 1:35.20
1967 Vitriolic Braulio Baeza Edward A. Neloy Ogden Phipps 1:34.60
1966 Successor Braulio Baeza Edward A. Neloy Wheatley Stable 1:35.00
1965 Buckpasser Braulio Baeza William C. Winfrey Ogden Phipps 1:36.40
1964 Bold Lad Braulio Baeza William C. Winfrey Wheatley Stable 1:36.40
1963 Roman Brother John L. Rotz Burley Parke Harbor View Farm 1:38.00
1962 Never Bend Manuel Ycaza Woody Stephens Cain Hoy Stable 1:35.80
1961 Donut King Manuel Ycaza Ron McAnally Verne Winchell 1:36.00
1960 Roving Minstrel Henry Moreno Burley Parke Harbor View Farm 1:35.60
1959 Warfare Ismael Valenzuela Hack Ross Bellehurst Stable 1:35.20
1958 First Landing Eddie Arcaro Casey Hayes Christopher Chenery 1:39.40
1957 Jewel's Reward Bill Shoemaker Ivan H. Parke Maine Chance Farm 1:37.40
1955 Beau Fond Eddie Arcaro Daverne Emery Mrs. Henry H. Hecht 1:36.40
1954 Flying Fury Henry Moreno Loyd Gentry, Jr. Cain Hoy Stable 1:37.80
1953 Fisherman Hedley Woodhouse Sylvester Veitch C. V. Whitney 1:38.60
1952 Laffango Nick Shuk Merritt Buxton Trio Stable 1:38.00
1951 Armageddon Bill Shoemaker Moody Jolley Cain Hoy Stable 1:38.20
1950 Uncle Miltie Hedley Woodhouse Andrew C. Colando Joseph J. Colando 1:36.60
1949 Theory Steve Brooks Horace A. Jones Calumet Farm 1:37.00
1948 Capot Ted Atkinson John M. Gaver, Sr. Greentree Stable 1:37.20
1947 Vulcan's Forge Arnold Kirkland Sylvester Veitch C. V. Whitney 1:36.60
1946 Donor Job Dean Jessop Preston M. Burch Deering Howe 1:37.40
  • In 1970, Hoist The Flag won the race but was disqualified and set back to last.
  • In 1972, Secretariat won the race but was disqualified and set back to second.
  • Due to a large field, in 1973 the race was run in two divisions.

Earlier winners[edit]

  • 1945 - Marine Victory
  • 1944 - Pot O'Luck
  • 1943 - Pukka Gin
  • 1942 - Count Fleet
  • 1941 - Alsab
  • 1940 - Monday Lunch
  • 1939 - Andy K.
  • 1938 - Porter's Mite
  • 1937 - Menow
  • 1936 - Privileged
  • 1935 - Brevity
  • 1934 - Balladier
  • 1933 - Hadagal
  • 1932 - Dynastic
  • 1931 - Sweeping Light
  • 1930 - Mate
  • 1929 - Whichone
  • 1928 - Healy
  • 1927 - Oh Say
  • 1926 - Valorous
  • 1925 - Bubbling Over
  • 1924 - Beatrice
  • 1923 - Sarazen
  • 1922 - Nassau
  • 1921 - Surf Rider
  • 1920 - Grey Lag
  • 1919 - Cleopatra
  • 1918 - War Pennant
  • 1917 - Lanius
  • 1916 - Vivid
  • 1915 - Chicle
  • 1914 - Paris
  • 1913 - Race Not Run
  • 1912 - Race Not Run
  • 1911 - Race Not Run
  • 1910 - Race Not Run
  • 1909 - Fauntleroy
  • 1908 - Helmet
  • 1907 - Colin
  • 1906 - Kentucky Beau
  • 1905 - Perverse
  • 1904 - Oiseau
  • 1903 - Stalwart
  • 1902 - Meltonian
  • 1901 - Endurance by Right
  • 1900 - Garry Herrmann
  • 1899 - Kilmarnock
  • 1898 - Lothario
  • 1897 - Plaudit
  • 1896 - The Friar
  • 1895 - Ben Brush
  • 1894 - Salvation
  • 1893 - Sir Excess
  • 1892 - Ramapo
  • 1891 - Azra
  • 1890 - Hoodlum
  • 1889 - June Day
  • 1888 - Radiant
  • 1887 - Cascade
  • 1886 - Connemarra
  • 1885 - Dew Drop
  • 1884 - Eachus
  • 1883 - Leo
  • 1882 - Breeze
  • 1881 - Macduff
  • 1880 - Lady Rosebery
  • 1879 - Carita
  • 1878 - Belinda
  • 1877 - Albert
  • 1876 - Bombast
  • 1875 - Virginius
  • 1874 - Hyder Ali
  • 1873 - Grinstead
  • 1872 - Minnie W.
  • 1871 - Grey Planet
  • 1870 - Madam Dudley
  • 1869 - Finesse
  • 1868 - Cottrill
  • 1867 - Sarah B.


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