Belmont Derby

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Belmont Derby Invitational Stakes
Grade I race
Location Belmont Park
Elmont, New York, United States
Inaugurated 1929 (as Jamaica Handicap)
Race type Thoroughbred - Flat racing
Website www.nyra.com
Race information
Distance1 14 miles (10 furlongs)
Surface Turf
Track Left-handed
Qualification Three-year-olds
Weight set weights
Purse US$1,200,000 (2017)

The Belmont Derby is an American Grade I stakes race for three-year-old Thoroughbred race horse run over a distance of ​1 14 miles on the turf at Belmont Park in July.[1] The purse for the event is US$1,200,000.[1]

Race history[edit]

In 2014, the race became a feature portion of the Stars and Stripes Racing Festival at Belmont Park. The race was renamed from the Jamaica Handicap, moved from October to July, increased in distance from ​1 18 miles to ​1 14 miles, and had the purse increased from $500,000 to $1,250,000.[2]

The original race name was named after the Jamaica District in Queens, New York. The first running took place in 1929 at the Jamaica Racetrack. When the Jamaica track closed in 1959, the race was shifted to the Aqueduct Race Track in Queens where it was contested in 1960, 1975 to 1977, 1979 to 1981, and 1987.

It was raced at a distance of six furlongs from 1929 to 1953 and 1957 to 1960, then at ​1 18 miles (9 furlongs) in 1954, and from 1997 through 2014.

The Jamaica Handicap was open to horses age three and older from 1929 to 1944, 1949 to 1953, and again in 1960. It has been a turf race since 1994.

The Jamaica wasn't run from 1933 to 1935, in 1955 and 1956, from 1961 to 1976, nor in 1995 (due to severe weather conditions). It was run in two divisions in 1946.

In 2009, the Jamaica became a Grade I event.[3]

Of interest is that any horse winning three editions of a single race is a rare occurrence but the Jamaica Handicap had two horses accomplish that feat when it was open to older horses.

Records[edit]

Belmont Derby / Jamaica Handicap[edit]

Speed record: (at current distance of ​1 14 miles)

  • 2:00.25 - Oscar Performance (2017)

Most wins:

Most wins by an owner:

Most wins by a jockey:

Winners[edit]

Year
Winner
Age
Jockey
Trainer
Owner
Time Purse
Grade
Distance
Belmont Derby Invitational Stakes
2017 Oscar Performance 3 Jose Ortiz Brian A. Lynch Amerman Racing 2:00.25 $1,200,000 I 1 14 miles
2016 Deauville (IRE) 3 Jamie Spencer Aidan O'Brien Hay, Smith, Magnier and Tabor 2:00.51 $1,250,000 I 1 14 miles
2015 Force the Pass 3 Joel Rosario Alan E. Goldberg Richard Santulli 2:01.16 $1,250,000 I 1 14 miles
2014 Mr Speaker 3 Jose Lezcano C. R. McGaughey III Phipps Stable 2:01.14 $1,250,000 I 1 14 miles
Jamaica Handicap
2013 Up With the Birds 3 Cornelio Velasquez Malcolm Pierce Sam-Son Farms 1:48.74 $500,000 I 1 18 miles
2012 King David 3 Rosie Napravnik Michael J. Maker Scarlet Stable 1:52.91 $400,000 I 1 18 miles
2011 Western Aristocrat 3 Corey Nakatani Jeremy Noseda Vinery Stables 1:50.34 $250,000 I 1 18 miles
2010 Prince Will I Am 3 Jose Lezcano Michelle Nihei Casa Farms 1:50.07 $250,000 I 1 18 miles
2009 Take the Points 3 Edgar Prado Todd Pletcher Starlight Partners 1:48.51 $300,000 I 1 18 miles
2008 Court Vision 3 Ramon Dominguez William I. Mott IEAH Stables/WinStar 1:49.75 $250,000 II 1 18 miles
2007 Nobiz Like Shobiz 3 Javier Castellano Barclay Tagg Elizabeth Valando 1:46.80 $300,000 II 1 18 miles
2006 Showing Up 3 Cornelio Velasquez Barclay Tagg Lael Stable 1:47.81 $300,000 II 1 18 miles
2005 Watchmon 3 Javier Castellano Pat Reynolds Paul Pompa, Jr. 1:49.28 $300,000 III 1 18 miles
2004 Artie Schiller 3 Richard Migliore James A. Jerkens Timber Bay Farm et al. 1:45.50 $200,000 II 1 18 miles
2003 Stroll 3 Jerry Bailey William I. Mott Claiborne Farm 1:46.02 $200,000 II 1 18 miles
2002 Finality 3 John Velazquez Todd A. Pletcher Dogwood Stable 1:46.66 $200,000 II 1 18 miles
2001 Navesink 3 Edgar Prado Alan E. Goldberg Jayeff B Stables 1:51.53 $200,000 II 1 18 miles
2000 King Cugat 3 Jerry Bailey William I. Mott Centennial Farms 1:49.63 $200,000 II 1 18 miles
1999 Monarch's Maze 3 Joe Bravo Patrick J. Kelly Live Oak Racing 1:51.66 $150,000 II 1 18 miles
1998 Vergennes 3 John Velazquez Mark Hennig December Hill Farm 1:50.42 $150,000 II 1 18 miles
1997 Subordination 3 Jorge Chavez Gary Sciacca Klaravich Stable 1:49.00 $150,000 II 1 18 miles
1996 Allied Forces 3 Richard Migliore Kiaran McLaughlin Ahmed Al Tayer 1:40.91 $125,000 II 1 116 miles
1995 Race not run
1994 Pennine Ridge 3 John Velazquez David G. Donk December Hill Farm 1:35.13 $100,000 II 1 mile
Race run on dirt track
1993 Mi Cielo 3 Mike E. Smith Peter M. Vestal Thomas M. Carey 1:35.20 $100,000 II 1 mile
1992 West by West 3 Jean-Luc Samyn George R. Arnold II John H. Peace 1:34.27 $100,000 II 1 mile
1991 Sultry Song 3 Chris Antley Patrick J. Kelly Live Oak Racing 1:34.44 $100,000 II 1 mile
1990 Confidential Talk 3 Jorge Chavez C. R. McGaughey III Ogden Phipps 1:35.60 $75,000 II 1 mile
1989 Domasca Don 3 Sandy Hawley Robert P. Tiller Frank Di Giulio, Sr. 1:35.40 $100,000 II 1 mile
1988 Ruhlmann 3 Gary Stevens Robert J. Frankel Jerome S. Moss 1:35.40 $100,000 II 1 mile
1987 Stacked Pack 3 Randy Romero C. R. McGaughey III Ogden Phipps 1:34.80 $75,000 III 1 mile
1986 Waquoit 3 Richard Migliore Guido Federico Joseph Federico 1:34.20 $75,000 III 1 mile
1985 Don's Choice 3 Don MacBeth Marvin L. Moncrief Sondra D. Bender 1:36.00 $75,000 III 1 mile
1984 Raja's Shark 3 Richard Migliore Mark E. Casse Irwin Feiner 1:36.60 $75,000 III 1 mile
1983 Bounding Basque 3 Gregg McCarron Woodrow Sedlacek J. D. Wimpfheimer 1:34.00 $75,000 III 1 mile
1982 John's Gold 3 Angel Cordero, Jr. H. Allen Jerkens Hobeau Farm 1:37.00 $50,000 III 1 mile
1981 Pass The Tab 3 Jorge Velasquez Albert Barrera Leopoldo Villareal 1:35.20 $50,000 III 1 mile
1980 Far Out East 3 Cash Asmussen Thomas J. Kelly John M. Schiff 1:34.00 $50,000 III 1 mile
1979 Belle's Gold 3 Laffit Pincay, Jr. Walter A. Kelley John R. Murrell 1:33.60 $50,000 III 1 mile
1978 Regal And Royal 3 Jeffrey Fell Warren A. Croll, Jr. Aisco Stable 1:35.00 $50,000 III 1 mile
1977 Affiliate 3 Angel Cordero, Jr. Lazaro S. Barrera Harbor View Farm 1:35.20 $50,000 1 mile
1976 Dance Spell 3 Ruben Hernandez James W. Maloney Christiana Stable 1:34.00 $50,000 II 1 mile
1961–75 Race not scheduled
1960 Rare Rice 4 Ray Broussard Clyde Troutt Ada L. Rice 1:10.60 6 furlongs
1959 Crafty Skipper 3 Bobby Ussery Lucien Laurin Charfran Stable 1:09.60 6 furlongs
1958 Levelation 3 Paul J. Bailey A G (Bob) Robertson Warner Stable 1:10.80 6 furlongs
1957 Pertshire 3 Ted Atkinson Hirsch Jacobs Ethel D. Jacobs 1:11.20 6 furlongs
1956 Race not run
1955 Race not run
1954 Magic Lamp 4 Bill Shoemaker Preston M. Burch Brookmeade Stable 1:50.00 1 18 miles
1953 Sagittarius 7 Bennie Green William G. Williams Winding Way Farm 1:11.00 6 furlongs
1952 Tea-Maker 9 Hedley Woodhouse J. Dallet Byers F. Ambrose Clark 1:11.20 6 furlongs
1951 Piet 6 Jim Nichols R. Emmitt Potts Peter A. Markey 1:11.20 6 furlongs
1950 Piet 5 Nick Combest R. Emmitt Potts Peter A. Markey 1:11.20 6 furlongs
1949 Piet 4 Chris Rogers R. Emmitt Potts Peter A. Markey 1:11.40 6 furlongs
1948 Royal Blood 3 Douglas Dodson James W. Smith Maine Chance Farm 1:13.00 6 furlongs
1947 Jet Pilot 3 Johnny Longden Tom Smith Maine Chance Farm 1:11.60 6 furlongs
1946 Bonnie Beryl 3 James Stout Jim Fitzsimmons Belair Stud 1:11.40 6 furlongs
Blunt Remark 3 Basil James Buster Millerick Frank Frankel 1:13.20
1945 War Jeep 3 John H. Adams Tom Smith Maine Chance Farm 1:11.40 6 furlongs
1944 Doublrab 6 Eddie Arcaro Harris B. Brown Lillian Christopher 1:11.40 6 furlongs
1943 Overdrawn 5 Sterling Young H. H. Battle Dearborn Stable 1:13.00 6 furlongs
1942 Overdrawn 4 Nick Coule Bert Mulholland George D. Widener, Jr. 1:12.40 6 furlongs
1941 Overdrawn 3 Herb Lindberg Bert Mulholland George D. Widener, Jr. 1:11.80 6 furlongs
1940 Wise Bee 3 Don Meade Merritt A. Buxton William H. Gallagher 1:12.60 6 furlongs
1939 Fighting Fox 4 James Stout Jim Fitzsimmons Belair Stud 1:12.00 6 furlongs
1938 Clodion 4 Nick Wall Walter A. Carter Walter A. Carter 1:12.20 6 furlongs
1937 Whopper 5 Harry Richards Duval A. Headley Hal Price Headley 1:11.60 6 furlongs
1936 Sation 6 John Gilbert Bert Mulholland George D. Widener, Jr. 1:10.80 6 furlongs
1935 Race not run
1934 Race not run
1933 Race not run
1932 Halcyon 4 Earl Steffen Thomas J. Healey C. V. Whitney 1:12.60 6 furlongs
1931 Panetian 3 Linus McAtee A. Jack Joyner George D. Widener, Jr. 1:12.40 6 furlongs
1930 Judge Schilling 5 Frank Catrone Fred E. Kraft Rudolph Spreckels 1:11.40 6 furlongs
1929 Polydor 4 Mack Garner William J. Spiers William Ziegler, Jr. 1:11.80 6 furlongs
* In 1954 Tea-maker, who won this race in 1952, finished first again but was disqualified.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Belmont Derby". www.equibase.com. Retrieved 9 July 2016. 
  2. ^ Bond, Dave (2014). "Belmont Derby Invitational Stakes 2014 Contenders & Odds". Off Track Betting. Retrieved 24 October 2014. 
  3. ^ LaMarra, Tom (25 November 2008). "Six New Grade I Races for 2009". bloodhorse.com. 

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