Excelsior Stakes

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Excelsior Stakes
Grade III race
Location Aqueduct Racetrack
Queens, New York, United States
Inaugurated 1903
Race type Thoroughbred - Flat racing
Race information
Distance 1⅛ miles (9 furlongs)
Track Dirt, left-handed
Qualification Three-years-old & up
Weight Assigned
Purse $150,000

The Excelsior Stakes is an American Thoroughbred horse race held annually during the first week of April at Aqueduct Racetrack in Ozone Park, Queens, New York. A Grade III event for three-year-olds and up, it is contested over a distance of one-and-one-eighth miles 9 furlong.[1]

"Excelsior" is Latin for "Upward, ever upward," and is the motto of the state of New York.

In 1928, when Hall of Famer Grey Lag was ten years old, he came in third. He'd won this race as a five year old in 1923.

The race was run at the old Jamaica Racetrack from 1903 to 1910, and then again from 1915 to 1959. In 1913, it was run at Belmont Park. It wasn’t run at all in 1909, 1911, 1912, 1914, 1933, and 1967.

Since inception, the race has been contested at various distances and as initially a handicap as the race was known as the Excelsior Handicap:

  • 1116 miles : 1903-1960
  • 1 mile : 1960
  • 1 mile, 1 furlong : 1961-1978
  • 1⅛ miles : 1994–present
  • 1¼ miles : 1979-1993

Records[edit]

Speed record: (at cureent distance of 1⅛ miles)

  • 1:48.10 - Classic Endeavor (2003)
  • 1:48.10 - Magna Graduate (2007)

Most wins:

  • 2 - King Saxon (1935, 1936)
  • 2 - Find (1954, 1956)
  • 2 - Lac Ouimet (1987, 1988)

Most wins by a jockey:

Most wins by an owner:

Winners[edit]

Year
Winner
Age
Jockey
Trainer
Owner
Time
2014 Romansh 4 Jose L. Ortiz Thomas Albertrani Godolphin Racing 1:49.07
2013 Last Gunfighter 4 Rajiv Maragh Chad Brown John D. Gunther 1:50.78
2012 Marilyn's Guy 6 C. C. Lopez Tony Dutrow Dubb/Bethlehem Stables/Aisquith 1:52.54
2011 Inherit the Gold 5 Eddie Castro James Hooper Glas-Tipp Stable & S. Hooper 1:50.34
2010 Goldsville 5 Ramon A. Dominguez Michael E. Hushion Marc C. Ferrell 1:51.43
2009 Giant Moon 4 Edgar Prado Richard E. Schosberg Albert Fried, Jr. 1:50.90
2008 Temporary Saint 5 Chuck C. Lopez Bruce N. Levine Maggi Moss 1:51.13
2007 Magna Graduate 5 John Velazquez Todd A. Pletcher Elisabeth Alexander 1:48.10
2006 West Virginia 5 Norberto Arroyo, Jr. Todd A. Pletcher Donald & Roberta Zuckerman 1:48.28
2005 Offlee Wild 5 Rafael Bejarano Richard E. Dutrow, Jr. AZ Azalea Stables LLC 1:50.41
2004 Funny Cide 4 Jose A. Santos Barclay Tagg Sackatoga Stable 1:49.57
2003 Classic Endeavor 5 Chuck C. Lopez Scott Schwartz Schwartz, Schwartz 1:48.10
2002 John Little 4 Norberto Arroyo, Jr. Deborah Bodner Deborah Bodner 1:49.25
2001 Cat's At Home 4 Filberto Leon Mark A. Hennig Edward P. Evans 1:48.92
2000 Lager 6 Heberto Castillo, Jr. James A. Jerkens Susan & John Moore 1:49.76
1999 Smart Coupons 6 Rene Douglas Deborah Bodner Louis J. Porreco 1:49.71
1998 Sir Bear 5 Enrique Jurado Ralph Ziade Barbara Smollin 1:49.24
1997 Ormsby 5 Chuck C. Lopez Sue Alpers Woodside Stud 1:47.69
1996 May I Inquire 5 Joe Bravo Gasper Moschera Barbara J. Davis 1:50.67
1995 Iron Gavel 5 Jose Martinez, Jr. Gasper Moschera Joques Farm 1:49.28
1994 Colonial Affair 4 Jose A. Santos Flint S. Schulhofer Centennial Farm 1:49.82
1993 Devil His Due 4 Mike E. Smith H. Allen Jerkens Lion Crest Stable 2:03.05
1992 Defensive Play 5 David Flores Robert J. Frankel Juddmonte Farm 2:01.95
1991 Chief Honcho 4 Mike E. Smith William I. Mott Bertram R. Firestone 2:02.60
1990 Lay Down 6 Chris Antley C. R. McGaughey III Ogden Mills Phipps 2:02.20
1989 Forever Silver 5 Julie Krone Stanley R. Shapoff Chevalier Stable 2:02.60
1988 Lac Ouimet 5 Jerry Bailey Richard J. Lundy Virginia Kraft Payson 2:00.20
1987 Lac Ouimet 4 Eddie Maple Richard J. Lundy Virginia Kraft Payson 2:02.00
1986 Garthorn 6 Rafael Meza Robert J. Frankel Jerome S. Moss 2:02.40
1985 Morning Bob 4 Jacinto Vasquez Nick Zito Mike Rich Stable 2:04.20
1984 Canadian Factor 4 Jorge Velasquez Melvin W. Gross Frank Stronach 2:03.00
1983 Fast Gold 4 Jean-Luc Samyn Sally Bailie Aisco Stables 2:04.00
1982 Globe 5 Michael Venezia Victor J. Nickerson Nelson Bunker Hunt 2:03.40
1981 Irish Tower 4 Jeffrey Fell Stanley M. Hough Malcolm H. Winfield 2:00.80
1980 Ring of Light 5 Cash Asmussen Pancho Martin Viola Sommer 2:01.40
1979 Special Tiger 4 George Martens William F. Schmitt Albert Fried, Jr. 2:03.80
1978 Cox's Ridge 4 Eddie Maple Joseph B. Cantey Loblolly Stable 1:50.60
1977 Turn And Count 4 Steve Cauthen Pancho Martin Sigmund Sommer 1:51.00
1976 Double Edge Sword 6 Angel Cordero, Jr. Richard Dutrow, Sr. Aisquith Stable 1:48.00
1975 Step Nicely 5 Angel Cordero, Jr. H. Allen Jerkens Hobeau Farm 1:48.40
1974 Everton 5 Marco Castaneda Laz Barrera Enrique Ubarri 1:49.00
1973 Key To The Mint 4 Ron Turcotte J. Elliott Burch Rokeby Stable 1:47.80
1972 Autobiography 4 Angel Cordero, Jr. Pancho Martin Sigmund Sommer 1:49.00
1971 Loud 4 Jacinto Vasquez James W. Maloney William Haggin Perry 1:50.80
1970 Hydrologist 4 Chuck Baltazar Roger Laurin Meadow Stable 1:48.80
1969 San Roque 4 Heliodoro Gustines Sherrill W. Ward Lazy F Ranch 1:49.60
1968 Peter Piper 5 Jorge Velasquez not found Joseph R. Daly 1:48.00
1966 Choker 6 Bobby Ussery H. Allen Jerkens Hobeau Farm 1:49.20
1965 Tenacle 5 William Mayorga Homer C. Pardue Joseph R. Straus 1:49.40
1964 Uppercut 5 Johnny Sellers Willard C. Freeman William L. Harmonay 1:50.00
1963 Greek Money 4 John L. Rotz Virgil W. Raines Brandywine Stable 1:48.60
1962 Hitting Away 4 Bobby Ussery James E. Fitzsimmons Ogden Phipps 1:50.00
1961 Mail Order 5 Larry Adams Larry Thompson Alamode Farm 1:49.20
1960 Talent Show 5 Ray Broussard Clyde Troutt Ada L. Rice 1:34.80
1959 Whitley 4 Sam Boulmetis, Sr. Max Hirsch W. Arnold Hanger 1:43.80
1958 Kingmaker 5 Bobby Ussery Frank I. Wright Happy Hill Farm 1:43.60
1957 Midafternoon 5 Eddie Arcaro Thomas M. Waller Mrs. Edward E. Robbins 1:43.60
1956 Find 6 Eric Guerin William C. Winfrey Alfred G. Vanderbilt II 1:43.20
1955 Fisherman 4 Hedley Woodhouse Sylvester Veitch C. V. Whitney 1:45.00
1954 Find 4 Eric Guerin William C. Winfrey Alfred G. Vanderbilt II 1:44.00
1953 First Glance 6 Eric Guerin William C. Winfrey Alfred G. Vanderbilt II 1:44.00
1952 Spartan Valor 4 James Stout Frank Catrone William G. Helis Jr. 1:44.60
1951 Lotowhite 4 Eddie Arcaro Lydell T. Ruff Thomas G. Benson 1:44.20
1950 Arise 4 Douglas Dodson James C. Bentley Addison Stable 1:43.80
1949 My Request 4 Claude Erickson James P. Conway Mrs. Ben F. Whitaker 1:44.80
1948 Knockdown 5 Ferril Zufelt James W. Smith Maine Chance Farm 1:46.00
1947 Coincidence 5 Ted Atkinson John M. Gaver, Sr. Greentree Stable 1:44.00
1946 Fighting Step 4 Johnny Adams Charles C. Norman Murlogg Farm 1:45.00
1945 Saguaro 4 Mike Caffarella Woody Stephens Jule Fink 1:44.60
1944 Alex Barth 4 Nick Jemas James R. Hastie Milbrook Stable 1:46.40
1943 Riverland 5 Steve Brooks Moody Jolley Louisiana Farm 1:44.40
1942 Waller 4 Charles Wahler A. G. Robertson John C. Clark 1:46.80
1941 Robert Morris 3 Nick Wall Tom McCreery J. Frederic Byers 1:43.60
1940 The Chief 5 Irving Anderson Earl Sande Maxwell Howard 1:44.20
1939 Thanksgiving 4 Raymond Workman Max Hirsch Mrs. Parker Corning 1:44.20
1938 Caballero 6 Wayne D. Wright Hirsch Jacobs Ethel D. Jacobs 1:45.40
1937 Thorson 5 William Ray not found Buckley M. Byers 1:43.80
1936 King Saxon 5 Charles Landolt C. H. Knebelkamp C. H. Knebelkamp 1:45.20
1935 King Saxon 4 Cal Rainey C. H. Knebelkamp C. H. Knebelkamp 1:43.60
1934 Watch Him 5 Earl Steffen Bill Knapp Fannie Hertz 1:46.00
1932 Pompeius 3 Joe Knapp J. P. "Sammy" Smith William R. Coe 1:45.20
1931 Mokatam 4 Willie Kelsay Frank M. Taylor Rancocas Stable 1:46.00
1930 Minotaur 4 Charles Kurtsinger Charles Graffagnini John R. Thompson, Jr. 1:45.80
1929 Mowlee 4 Laverne Fator Sam Hildreth Rancocas Stable 1:45.20
1928 Brown Flash 4 Virgil Peterson not found Frederick Johnson 1:46.40
1927 Amberjack 4 James McCoy James E. Fitzsimmons Belair Stud 1:44.00
1926 Turf Idol 4 Sidney Hebert Jimmy Johnson James Butler 1:45.60
1925 Sting 4 Benjamin Breuning Jimmy Johnson James Butler 1:42.60
1924 Rialto 4 Johnny Corcoran James G. Rowe, Sr. Greentree Stable 1:46.00
1923 Grey Lag 5 Laverne Fator Sam Hildreth Rancocas Stable 1:45.00
1922 Sennings Park 6 Charles Fairbrother A. Jack Joyner Westmont Stable 1:44.80
1921 Blazes 4 Ted R. Rice William Garth Joshua S. Cosden 1:47.20
1920 Boniface 5 Earl Sande H. Guy Bedwell J. K. L. Ross 1:45.20
1919 Naturalist 5 Charles Fairbrother Thomas Welsh Joseph E. Widener 1:45.40
1918 George Smith 5 Willie Kelsay Hollie Hughes John Sanford 1:45.40
1917 Roamer 6 Andy Schuttinger A. J. Goldsborough Andrew Miller 1:45.40
1916 Sand Marsh 4 James Butwell not found Fred E. Rose 1:46.00
1915 Addie M. 4 Joe McCahey not found J. W. Messervy 1:45.80
1913 Meridian 5 Buddy Glass Albert Ewing Richard F. Carman 1:44.60
1906 Merry Lark 4 Walter Miller Thomas Welsh Newcastle Stable 1:47.20
1905 Santa Catalina † 3 Walter Miller R. Wyndham Walden Albermale Stable 1:46.40
1904 Rostand 4 Herman Phillips George Cornell F. R. Doctor 1:45.60
1903 Blackstock 4 Grover Fuller John W. Rogers William C. Whitney 1:46.60
  • † In 1905 Preen finished first but was disqualified.

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