Acorn Stakes

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Acorn Stakes
Grade I race
LocationBelmont Park
Elmont, New York
Inaugurated1931
Race typeThoroughbredFlat racing
Race information
Distance1 mile (8 furlongs)
SurfaceDirt
Trackleft-handed
QualificationThree-year-old fillies
WeightAssigned
Purse$500,000 (2021)

The Acorn Stakes is an American Grade I race at Belmont Park in Elmont, New York for three-year-old Thoroughbred fillies. It is raced on dirt over a distance of one mile with a current purse of $500,000. It is the first leg of the US Triple Tiara and is followed by the Coaching Club American Oaks then the Alabama Stakes. The filly must win all three races to win the Triple Tiara, as well as the third leg of the "National" Triple Tiara (Kentucky Oaks and George E. Mitchell Stakes are the others).[1]

The Acorn Stakes was run at Aqueduct Racetrack from 1960 to 1967 and 1969 to 1975. There were two divisions in 1951, 1970 and 1974. There was a dead heat for first place in 1954 and again in 1956.

Historic notes[edit]

The inaugural running of the Acorn Stakes took place on May 16, 1931 and was won by Baba Kenney. The filly was owned by Edward R. Bradley and trained by future U.S. Racing Hall of Fame inductee, Herbert J. Thompson.[2]

Gallorette won the 1945 running of the Acorn and went on to earn American Champion Older Female Horse honors in 1946 and a career that would see her induction into the U. S. Racing Hall of Fame in 1962. [3]

Ruffian, the ill-fated future Hall of Fame inductee, got her eighth straight career win in the 1975 edition of the Acorn. She did it in a new stakes record time, continuing her streak of either beating or equaling the record in every one of her major race victories, those being the Fashion, Astoria, Sorority and the Spinaway Stakes.[4]

Riding her father's filly Mom's Command, in 1985 Abigail Fuller became the first female jockey to win the Acorn Stakes.[5] It would be another 28 years before a female rider accomplished the feat when Rosie Napravnik won the 2013 edition aboard Midnight Lucky .[6]

Records[edit]

Speed record:

Most wins by an owner:

Most wins by a jockey:

Winners[edit]

Year
Winner
Age
Jockey
Trainer
Owner
Dist.
(Miles)
Time
Win$
Gr.
2022 Matareya 3 Flavien Prat Brad H. Cox Godolphin 1 m 1:35.77 $275,000 G1
2021 Search Results 3 Javier Castellano Chad Brown Klaravich Stables 1 m 1:35.50 $275,000 G1
2020 Gamine 3 John Velazquez Bob Baffert Michael Lund Petersen 1 m 1:32.55 $165,000 G1
2019 Guarana 3 José Ortiz Chad C. Brown Three Chimneys Farm 1 m 1:33.58 $375,000 G1
2018 Monomoy Girl 3 Florent Geroux Brad H. Cox Stuart Grant, Michael Dubb, Monomoy Stables, LLC 1 m 1:34.10 $375,000 G1
2017 Abel Tasman 3 Mike E. Smith Bob Baffert China Horse Club International Ltd./Clearsky Farms 1 m 1:35.37 $375,000 G1
2016 Carina Mia 3 Julien Leparoux William Mott Three Chimneys Farm 1 m 1:34.97 $375,000 G1
2015 Curalina 3 John Velazquez Todd Pletcher Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners (Aron Wellman et al.) 1 m 1:35.13 $375,000 G1
2014 Sweet Reason 3 Irad Ortiz Jr Leah Gyarmati Treadway Racing Stable 1 m 1:34.98 $400,000 G1
2013 Midnight Lucky 3 Rosie Napravnik Bob Baffert Mike Pegram, Karl Watson & Paul Weitman 1 m 1:35.11 $180,000 G1
2012 Contested 3 Javier Castellano Bob Baffert Natalie J. Baffert 1 m 1:34.61 $180,000 G1
2011 It's Tricky 3 Eddie Castro Kiaran McLaughlin Darley Stable 1 m 1:35.48 $180,000 G1
2010 Champagne d'Oro 3 Martin Garcia Eric Guillot Southern Equine Stables (Eric Guillot & Mike Moreno) 1 m 1:37.44 $180,000 G1
2009 Gabby's Golden Gal 3 Javier Castellano Bob Baffert Arnold Zetcher 1 m 1:34.79 $180,000 G1
2008 Zaftig 3 John Velazquez James A. Jerkens Susan Moore et al. 1 m 1:34.50 $150,000 G1
2007 Cotton Blossom 3 John R. Velazquez Todd A. Pletcher Dogwood Stable 1 m 1:34.70 $150,000 G1
2006 Bushfire 3 Alex Solis Eddie Kenneally Ron & Ricki Rashinski 1 m 1:35.89 $150,000 G1
2005 Round Pond 3 Stewart Elliott John Servis Fox Hill Farms, Inc. (Rick Porter) 1 m 1:35.20 $150,000 G1
2004 Island Sand 3 Terry J. Thompson J. Larry Jones James Osbrone 1 m 1:34.80 $150,000 G1
2003 Bird Town 3 Edgar Prado Nick Zito Marylou Whitney Stable 1 m 1:35.20 $150,000 G1
2002 You 3 Jerry Bailey Robert J. Frankel Edmund A. Gann 1 m 1:34.00 $150,000 G1
2001 Forest Secrets 3 Chris McCarron John Ward Jr. Debby M. Oxley 1 m 1:34.80 $150,000 G1
2000 Finder's Fee 3 John Velazquez C. R. McGaughey III Ogden Phipps 1 m 1:37.20 $120,000 G1
1999 Three Ring 3 Jerry Bailey Edward Plesa Jr. Barry K. Schwartz 1 m 1:36.00 $150,000 G1
1998 Jersey Girl 3 Mike E. Smith Todd A. Pletcher Ackerley Bros. Farm 1 m 1:36.20 $90,000 G1
1997 Sharp Cat 3 Gary Stevens D. Wayne Lukas The Thoroughbred Corp. 1 m 1:34.40 $90,000 G1
1996 Star de Lady Ann 3 Mike E. Smith William W. Perry John D. Murphy 1 m 1:34.60 $90,000 G1
1995 Cat's Cradle 3 Chris Antley David Hofmans Georgia B. Ridder 1 m 1:37.40 $90,000 G1
1994 Inside Information 3 Mike E. Smith C. R. McGaughey III Ogden Mills Phipps 1 m 1:34.26 $90,000 G1
1993 Sky Beauty 3 Mike E. Smith H. Allen Jerkens Georgia E. Hofmann 1 m 1:35.40 $90,000 G1
1992 Prospectors Delite 3 Pat Day Neil J. Howard James Elkins, W. S. Farish III & W. Temple Webber 1 m 1:35.00 $113,400 G1
1991 Meadow Star 3 Jerry Bailey LeRoy Jolley Carl Icahn 1 m 1:37.40 $103,680 G1
1990 Stella Madrid 3 Ángel Cordero Jr. D. Wayne Lukas Peter M. Brant 1 m 1:36.00 $104,580 G1
1989 Open Mind 3 Ángel Cordero Jr. D. Wayne Lukas Eugene V. Klein 1 m 1:35.40 $111,960 G1
1988 Aptostar 3 Robbie Davis H. Allen Jerkens Centennial Farms (Donald Little) 1 m 1:34.80 $109,980 G1
1987 Grecian Flight 3 Craig Perret Joseph H. Pierce Jr. Henry C. Lindh 1 m 1:35.20 $113,580 G1
1986 Lotka 3 Jerry Bailey Woody Stephens Henryk de Kwiatkowski 1 m 1:35.20 $109,080 G1
1985 Mom's Command 3 Abigail Fuller Edward T. Allard Peter D. Fuller 1 m 1:35.80 $113,040 G1
1984 Miss Oceana 3 Eddie Maple Woody Stephens Newstead Farm 1 m 1:35.80 $108,720 G1
1983 Ski Goggle 3 Chris McCarron A. Thomas Doyle Zenya Yoshida 1 m 1:35.00 $69,360 G1
1982 Cupecoy's Joy 3 Angel Santiago Alfredo Callejas Ri-Ma-Ro Stables (Robert DeFilippis) & Robert Perez 1 m 1:34.20 $51,750 G1
1981 Heavenly Cause 3 Laffit Pincay Jr. Woody Stephens Ryehill Farm (Jim & Eleanor Ryan) 1 m 1:35.20 $50,850 G1
1980 Bold 'n Determined 3 Ed Delahoussaye Neil Drysdale Saron Stable 1 m 1:36.80 $50,400 G1
1979 Davona Dale 3 Jorge Velásquez John M. Veitch Calumet Farm 1 m 1:36.00 $50,130 G1
1978 Tempest Queen 3 Jorge Velásquez Lou Rondinello Darby Dan Farm 1 m 1:35.40 $31,920 G1
1977 Bring Out The Band 3 Don Brumfield James W. Murphy Hickory Tree Stable 1 m 1:36.80 $33,690 G1
1976 Dearly Precious 3 Jorge Velásquez Stephen A. DiMauro Richard E. Bailey 1 m 1:35.80 $33,390 G1
1975 Ruffian 3 Jacinto Vásquez Frank Y. Whiteley Jr. Locust Hill Farm 1 m 1:34.40 $33,660 G1
1974-1 Chris Evert 3 Jorge Velásquez Joseph A. Trovato Carl Rosen 1 m 1:36.00 $33,960 G1
1974-2 Special Team 3 Miguel A. Rivera James E. Picou Fred W. Hooper 1 m 1:35.40 $33,960 G1
1973 Windy's Daughter 3 Braulio Baeza Laz Barrera Bernice Blackman 1 m 1:35.40 $36,540 G1
1972 Susan's Girl 3 Victor Tejada John W. Russell Fred W. Hooper 1 m 1:34.60 $33,720
1971 Deceit 3 John L. Rotz Del W. Carroll Windfields Farm 1 m 1:36.60 $38,970
1970-1 Royal Signal 3 Garth Patterson Stephen A. DiMauro Mary Louise Knapp Jr. 1 m 1:36.20 $36,967
1970-2 Cathy Honey 3 Laffit Pincay Jr. Evan S. Jackson Hastings Harcourt 1 m 1:36.00 $36,967
1969 Shuvee 3 Jesse Davidson Willard C. Freeman Anne Minor Stone 1 m 1:35.60 $38,707
1968 Dark Mirage 3 Manuel Ycaza Everett W. King Lloyd I. Miller 1 m 1:34.80 $39,065
1967 Furl Sail 3 Jacinto Vásquez John L. Winans Emma Louise Thomas 1 m 1:35.60 $44,330
1966 Marking Time 3 Bill Shoemaker Edward A. Neloy Ogden Phipps 1 m 1:36.00 $38,642
1965 Ground Control 3 Donald Pierce Edward A. Neloy Jules D. Michaels 1 m 1:37.20 $38,220
1964 Castle Forbes 3 John L. Rotz Edward A. Neloy Wheatley Stable 1 m 1:37.00 $39,098
1963 Spicy Living 3 Jimmy Combest Jimmy Rowe Eleonora Sears 1 m 1:37.20 $39,098
1962 Cicada 3 Bill Shoemaker Casey Hayes Meadow Stable 1 m 1:35.60 $37,992
1961 Bowl of Flowers 3 Eddie Arcaro J. Elliott Burch Brookmeade Stable 1 m 1:37.40 $37,537
1960 Irish Jay 3 Hedley Woodhouse James E. Fitzsimmons Wheatley Stable 1 m 1:35.80 $38,292
1959 Quill 3 Bobby Ussery Lucien Laurin Reginald N. Webster 1 m 1:37.40 $38,075
1958 Big Effort 3 Pete D. Anderson J. Elliott Burch Brookmeade Stable 1 m 1:37.40 $22,952
1957 Bayou 3 Bobby Ussery Moody Jolley Claiborne Farm 1 m 1:37.00 $26,000
1956 Beyond (DH) 3 Conn McCreary Horace A. Jones Calumet Farm 1 m 1:37.80 $12,650
1956 Princess Turia (DH) 3 Henry Moreno Horace A. Jones Calumet Farm 1 m 1:37.80 $12,650
1955 High Voltage 3 Eddie Arcaro James E. Fitzsimmons Wheatley Stable 1 m 1:38.80 $22,900
1954 Happy Mood (DH) 3 Pete Moreno Monte S. Parke Fannie Hertz 1 m 1:38.80 $10,925
1954 Riverina (DH) 3 William Boland Max Hirsch King Ranch 1 m 1:38.80 $10,925
1953 Secret Meeting 3 James Nichols Robert L. Dotter James Cox Brady Jr. 1 m 1:39.40 $18,450
1952 Parading Lady 3 James Hardinbrook John B. Theall Joe W. Brown 1 m 1:38.80 $18,650
1951-1 Kiss Me Kate 3 Warren Mehrtens Oscar White Walter M. Jeffords 1 m 1:36.40 $16,750
1951-2 Nothirdchance 3 Bennie Green Hirsch Jacobs Isidor Bieber 1 m 1:38.80 $16,550
1950 Siama 3 Ted Atkinson Moody Jolley Cain Hoy Stable 1 m 1:37.20 $12,600
1949 Nell K 3 Douglas Dodson John B. Partridge Spring Hill Farm 1 m 1:38.00 $13,725
1948 Watermill 3 Eddie Arcaro Bert Mulholland George D. Widener Jr. 1 m 1:37.00 $12,525
1947 But Why Not 3 Warren Mehrtens Max Hirsch King Ranch 1 m 1:38.00 $14,300
1946 Earshot 3 Eddie Arcaro Willie Booth William G. Helis Sr. 1 m 1:37.20 $9,840
1945 Gallorette 3 Eddie Arcaro Edward A. Christmas William L. Brann 1 m 1:37.20 $9,480
1944 Twilight Tear 3 Conn McCreary Ben A. Jones Calumet Farm 1 m 1:37.00 $10,815
1943 Nellie L 3 Wendell Eads Ben A. Jones Calumet Farm 1 m 1:38.60 $10,650
1942 Zaca Rosa 3 Charles Wahler Frank J. Baker William W. Crenshaw 1 m 1:38.20 $11,300
1941 Proud One 3 Wendell Eads Ben A. Jones Calumet Farm 1 m 1:37.60 $7,275
1940 Damaged Goods 3 John Gilbert John M. Milburn Starmount Stable (Edward Benjamin) 1 m 1:37.00 $12,025
1939 Hostility 3 Leon Haas James E. Fitzsimmons Wheatley Stable 1 m 1:39.80 $12,100
1938 Handcuff 3 Charley Kurtsinger Hugh L. Fontaine Brookmeade Stable 1 m 1:39.80 $10,325
1937 Dawn Play 3 Lester Balaski Max Hirsch King Ranch 1 m 1:38.80 $10,100
1936 Blue Sheen 3 James Stout James E. Fitzsimmons Whitney A. Stone 1 m 1:38.80 $10,600
1935 Good Gamble 3 Sam Renick Bud Stotler Alfred G. Vanderbilt II 1 m 1:39.00 $7,325
1934 Fleam 3 James Stout James E. Fitzsimmons Belair Stud 1 m 1:38.00 $8,575
1933 Iseult 3 Hank Mills James E. Fitzsimmons Wheatley Stable 1 m 1:40.60 $10,650
1932 Top Flight 3 Raymond Workman Thomas J. Healey C. V. Whitney 1 m 1:39.00 $12,850
1931 Baba Kenney 3 Willie Cannon Herbert J. Thompson Edward R. Bradley 1 m 1:41.00 $3,375

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Acorn Stakes". NYRA. 2020-06-20. Retrieved 2020-08-12.
  2. ^ "Baba Kenney Takes Acorn". New York Times. 1931-05-17. Section Sports, page 141. Archived from the original on 2020-05-06. Retrieved 2020-08-12.
  3. ^ "Gallorette Accounts for Belmont's Acorn Stakes". Daily Racing Form. 1945-06-08. Retrieved 2020-08-13 – via University of Kentucky Archives.
  4. ^ "Ruffian Wins Acorn for 8th Straight". New York Times. 1975-05-11. Section Sports, page 1. Retrieved 2020-08-13.
  5. ^ "Peter Fuller's Mom's Command led all the way". Associated Press. 1985-05-25. Retrieved 2020-08-13.
  6. ^ "Midnight Lucky Dominates Acorn Stakes". The Saratogian. 2013-05-28. Retrieved 2020-08-13.