Belmont Futurity Stakes

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Futurity Stakes
Grade III race
Location Belmont Park
Elmont, New York, United States
Inaugurated 1888
Race type ThoroughbredFlat racing
Race information
Distance 6 furlongs
Surface Dirt
Track Left-handed
Qualification Two-year-olds
Weight Assigned
Purse $200,000

The Futurity Stakes, commonly referred to as the Belmont Futurity, is an American Thoroughbred horse race run annually in mid-September or October at Belmont Park in Elmont, New York, United States. Open to two-year-old horses, it is raced on dirt over a distance of six furlongs.

The creation of James G. K. Lawrence, president of the Sheepshead Bay Race Track, the Futurity was originally run with the two-year-old offspring of mares which had been nominated before their birth. This rule remained in effect until 1957, when the race was opened to all two-year-old horses.

Inaugural running[edit]

The first edition of the Futurity took place on Labor Day in 1888. The New York Times reported that one quarter of those in attendance were women. The richest race ever run in the United States to that time, the owners of winner Proctor Knott collected $41,675. Until 1956, this race had a larger purse than that of the Belmont Stakes.

Food consumption[edit]

The New York Times reported that attendance for the day of the inaugural running was at least the equal of the largest crowd to ever attend a race at the Sheepshead Bay facility and that the caterer sold the following food:

The Futurity Stakes was hosted by the Sheepshead Bay Race Track until the track's closure following a statewide ban on parimutuel betting through enactment of the Hart–Agnew Law by the New York Legislature. It was switched to the Saratoga Race Course for 1910 but was not raced for the next two years until the State Legislature lifted the ban. Held at Saratoga in 1913 and 1914, it was them moved to Belmont Park. In 1959 and 1960, plus from 1962 to 1967, the race was hosted by the Aqueduct Racetrack before returning to Belmont Park where it has since remained.

The race's counterpart on turf is the Laurel Futurity at Laurel Park Racecourse in Laurel, Maryland. Prior to the advent of the Breeders' Cup Juvenile, the Belmont Futurity was one of the United States' most important dirt races for two-year-olds. Some of the greatest Thoroughbreds in American racing history have won the race including Colin, Native Dancer, Man o' War and U.S. Triple Crown champions, Affirmed, Secretariat, and Citation.

In 2001, the race had been scheduled to be run on September 16 but was canceled following the September 11, 2001 attacks.

Over the years the race has been contested at various distances:

  • 6 furlongs: 1888–1891, 1902–1924, 2011–present;
  • 1,263 yards and 1 foot: 1892–1901;
  • Approximately 7 furlongs: 1925–1933;
  • 6.5 furlongs: 1934–1975;
  • 7 furlongs: 1976–1993; 2005–2009.
  • 8 furlongs: 1994–2004.


Time record:

  • 1:21.60 – Affirmed (1977) (at the 7-furlong distance)
  • 1:14.40 – Native Dancer (1952) (at the 6½-furlong distance) (World-Record Time)
  • 1:09.49 – Blofeld (2014) (at current distance of 6 furlongs)

Most wins by an owner:

Most wins by a jockey:

Most wins by a trainer:

Winners of the Futurity Stakes since 1888[edit]

2017 Engage Jose Ortiz Chad Brown Woodford Racing 1:10.09
2016 Theory Javier Castellano Todd A. Pletcher China Horse Club/WinStar Farm 1:09.91
2015 Annual Report Joe Bravo Kiaran McLaughlin Godolphin Racing 1:09.82
2014 Blofeld John Velazquez Todd Pletcher Glencrest Farm/JSM Equine 1:09.49
2013 In Trouble Joseph Rocco Jr. Tony Dutrow Team D 1:09.64
2012 Overanalyze John Velazquez Todd Pletcher Repole Stable 1:11.46
2011 Jack's in the Deck Joe Bravo Robin L. Graham Skeedattle Stable 1:13.36
2010 No Race No Race No Race No Race 0:00.00
2009 D' Funnybone Edgar Prado Richard E. Dutrow Jr. Paul Pompa Jr. 1:22.40
2008 Charitable Man Alan Garcia Kiaran McLaughlin M/M William K. Warren 1:24.30
2007 Tale of Ekati Eibar Coa Barclay Tagg Charles E. Fipke 1:22.33
2006 King of the Roxy John Velazquez Todd Pletcher Team Valor 1:24.00
2005 Private Vow Jerry D. Bailey Steve Asmussen Mike McCarty 1:24.00
2004 Park Avenue Ball Javier Castellano James T. Ryerson Char-Mari Stable 1:38.80
2003 Cuvee Jerry D. Bailey Steve Asmussen Winchell/Spendthrift Farm 1:35.60
2002 Whywhywhy Edgar Prado Patrick Biancone P. Biancone/Fabien Ouaki 1:36.20
2001 No Race "@" No Race No Race No Race 0:00.00
2000 Burning Roma * Rick Wilson Anthony W. Dutrow Harold Queen 1:37.80
1999 Bevo Joe Bravo William Badgett Jr. Peter Callahan 1:36.00
1998 Lemon Drop Kid John Velazquez Scotty Schulhofer Jeanne G. Vance 1:37.40
1997 Grand Slam Gary Stevens D. Wayne Lukas Baker, et al. 1:35.60
1996 Traitor John Velazquez Mary Eppler Alfred G. Vanderbilt II 1:35.20
1995 Maria's Mon Robbie Davis Richard Schosberg Rosalind Rosenthal 1:35.00
1994 Montreal Red Jose A. Santos Scotty Schulhofer Vendome Stables 1:36.20
1993 Holy Bull Mike E. Smith Warren A. Croll Jr. Warren A. Croll Jr. 1:23.20
1992 Strolling Along Chris Antley C. R. McGaughey III Ogden Phipps 1:23.60
1991 Agincourt Jorge F. Chavez Nick Zito Robert Perez 1:23.80
1990 Eastern Echo Jerry D. Bailey MacKenzie Miller Rokeby Stable 1:22.40
1989 Senor Pete Jose A. Santos Scotty Schulhofer Michael G. Rutherford 1:23.20
1988 Trapp Mountain Angel Cordero Jr. George R. Arnold II Loblolly Stable 1:23.80
1987 Forty Niner Eddie Maple Woody Stephens Claiborne Farm 1:22.60
1986 Gulch Angel Cordero Jr. Leroy Jolley Peter M. Brant 1:22.20
1985 Ogygian Walter Guerra Jan H. Nerud Tartan Farms 1:22.40
1984 Spectacular Love Laffit Pincay Jr. Laz Barrera Dolly Green 1:23.20
1983 Swale Eddie Maple Woody Stephens Claiborne Farm 1:24.00
1982 Copelan Jerry D. Bailey Michael Griffin Fred W. Hooper 1:24.20
1981 Irish Martini Jorge Velasquez Richard DeStasio Seymour Cohen 1:24.40
1980 Tap Shoes Ruben Hernandez Howard M. Tesher Leone J. Peters 1:23.80
1979 Rockhill Native John Oldham Herbert K. Stevens Harry A. Oak 1:22.00
1978 Crest Of The Wave † Jean Cruguet Ross Fenstermaker Fred W. Hooper 1:24.00
1977 Affirmed Steve Cauthen Laz Barrera Harbor View Farm 1:21.60
1976 For The Moment Eddie Maple Leroy Jolley Gerald Robins 1:23.20
1975 Soy Numero Uno Jacinto Vasquez Homer C. Pardue Joseph R. Straus 1:17.80
1974 Just The Time Marco Castaneda John P. Campo Buckland Farm 1:16.40
1973 Wedge Shot Jacinto Vasquez Charles R. Parke Fred W. Hooper 1:17.00
1972 Secretariat Ron Turcotte Lucien Laurin Meadow Stable 1:16.40
1971 Riva Ridge Ron Turcotte Lucien Laurin Meadow Stud 1:16.60
1970 Salem John L. Rotz Edward L. Holton Christiana Stable 1:16.80
1969 High Echelon John L. Rotz Hirsch Jacobs Ethel D. Jacobs 1:18.40
1968 Top Knight Manuel Ycaza Raymond Metcalf Steven B. Wilson 1:16.20
1967 Captain's Gig Bill Shoemaker William W. Stephens Cain Hoy Stable 1:15.80
1966 Bold Hour John L. Rotz Bert Mulholland George D. Widener Jr. 1:17.60
1965 Priceless Gem Walter Blum Hirsch Jacobs Ethel D. Jacobs 1:17.20
1964 Bold Lad Braulio Baeza William C. Winfrey Wheatley Stable 1:16.00
1963 Bupers Avelino Gomez Buddy Jacobson Marion R. Frankel 1:17.40
1962 Never Bend Bill Shoemaker Woody Stephens Cain Hoy Stable 1:17.20
1961 Cyane Manuel Ycaza Henry S. Clark Christiana Stable 1:17.20
1960 Little Tumbler Ray Broussard William R. Mitchell Meadowbrook Stable 1:16.60
1959 Weatherwise Eddie Arcaro John M. Gaver Sr. Greentree Stable 1:18.60
1958 Intentionally Bill Shoemaker Edward Kelly Sr. Brookfield Farm 1:16.20
1957 Jester Paul J. Bailey Bert Mulholland George D. Widener Jr. 1:16.20
1956 Bold Ruler Eddie Arcaro James E. Fitzsimmons Wheatley Stable 1:15.20
1955 Nail Hedley Woodhouse George P. Odom Josephine P. Widener 1:16.80
1954 Nashua Eddie Arcaro James E. Fitzsimmons Belair Stud 1:15.60
1953 Porterhouse William Boland Charlie Whittingham Llangollen Farm 1:16.00
1952 Native Dancer Eric Guerin William C. Winfrey Alfred G. Vanderbilt II 1:14.40
1951 Tom Fool Ted Atkinson John M. Gaver Sr. Greentree Stable 1:17.20
1950 Battlefield Eddie Arcaro Bert Mulholland George D. Widener Jr. 1:15.40
1949 Guillotine Ted Atkinson John M. Gaver Sr. Greentree Stable 1:15.60
1948 Blue Peter Eric Guerin Andy Schuttinger Joseph M. Roebling 1:14.60
1947 Citation Al Snider Horace A. Jones Calumet Farm 1:15.80
1946 First Flight Eddie Arcaro Sylvester Veitch C. V. Whitney 1:15.20
1945 Star Pilot Arnold Kirkland Tom Smith Maine Chance Farm 1:17.20
1944 Pavot George Woolf Oscar White Walter M. Jeffords 1:15.20
1943 Occupy George Woolf Burley Parke John Marsch 1:17.80
1942 Occupation George Woolf Burley Parke John Marsch 1:15.20
1941 Some Chance Wendell Eads Ben A. Jones Calumet Farm 1:16.80
1940 Our Boots Eddie Arcaro Steve Judge Woodvale Farm 1:15.60
1939 Bimelech Fred A. Smith William A. Hurley Edward R. Bradley 1:16.80
1938 Porter's Mite Basil James Ted Horning William E. Boeing 1:16.80
1937 Menow Charley Kurtsinger Duval A. Headley Hal Price Headley 1:15.20
1936 Pompoon Harry Richards Cyrus Field Clark Jerome H. Louchheim 1:16.40
1935 Tintagel Silvio Coucci George M. Odom Marshall Field III 1:17.40
1934 Chance Sun Wayne D. Wright Peter Coyne Joseph E. Widener 1:17.60
1933 Singing Wood Robert Jones James W. Healy Liz Whitney 1:17.60
1932 Kerry Patch Pete Walls Joseph A. Notter Lee Rosenberg 1:24.40
1931 Top Flight Raymond Workman Thomas J. Healey C. V. Whitney 1:21.00
1930 Jamestown Linus McAtee A. Jack Joyner George D. Widener Jr. 1:20.60
1929 Whichone Raymond Workman James G. Rowe Jr. Harry P. Whitney 1:19.60
1928 High Strung Linus McAtee George M. Odom Marshall Field III 1:19.00
1927 Anita Peabody Chick Lang Bert S. Michell Fannie Hertz 1:21.80
1926 Scapa Flow Laverne Fator Scott P. Harlan Walter M. Jeffords Sr. 1:22.00
1925 Pompey Laverne Fator William H. Karrick Shoshone Stable 1:23.00
1924 Mother Goose Linus McAtee Fred Hopkins Harry P. Whitney 1:10.80
1923 St. James Thomas McTaggart A. Jack Joyner George D. Widener Jr. 1:10.40
1922 Sally's Alley Albert Johnson Eugene Wayland Willis Sharpe Kilmer 1:11.00
1921 Bunting Frank Coltiletti James G. Rowe Sr. Harry P. Whitney 1:11.40
1920 Step Lightly Frank Keogh Eugene Wayland Walter J. Salmon Sr. 1:12.20
1919 Man o' War Johnny Loftus Louis Feustel Glen Riddle Farm 1:11.60
1918 Dunboyne Andy Schuttinger William Hogan Philip A. Clark 1:12.80
1917 Papp L. Allen Max Hirsch George W. Loft 1:12.00
1916 Campfire John McTaggart Thomas J. Healey Richard T. Wilson Jr. 1:13.80
1915 Thunderer Joe Notter James G. Rowe Sr. L. S. Thompson (lessee) 1:11.80
1914 Trojan Charles Burlingame Stephen J. Lawler Quincy Stable 1:16.80
1913 Pennant Charles Borel James G. Rowe Sr. Harry P. Whitney 1:15.00
1910 Novelty Carroll H. Shilling Sam Hildreth Sam Hildreth 1:12.20
1909 Sweep James H. Butwell James G. Rowe Sr. James R. Keene 1:11.80
1908 Maskette Joe Notter James G. Rowe Sr. James R. Keene 1:11.20
1907 Colin Walter Miller James G. Rowe Sr. James R. Keene 1:11.20
1906 Electioneer Willie Shaw William Lakeland William Lakeland 1:13.60
1905 Ormondale Arthur Redfern Thomas Welch Ormondale Stable 1:11.80
1904 Artful Gene Hildebrand John W. Rogers H. B. Duryea (lessee) 1:11.80
1903 Hamburg Belle Grover Fuller A. Jack Joyner Sydney Paget 1:13.00
1902 Savable Lucien Lyne Enoch Wishard John A. Drake 1:14.00
1901 Yankee Winfield O'Connor John E. Madden John E. Madden 1:09.20
1900 Ballyhoo Bey Tod Sloan John W. Rogers William C. Whitney 1:10.00
1899 Chacornac Henry Spencer James G. Rowe Sr. James R. Keene 1:10.40
1898 Martimas Harry Lewis Edward Whyte William Hendrie 1:12.40
1897 L'Alouette Richard Clawson James G. Rowe Sr. L. S. & W. P. Thompson 1:11.00
1896 Ogden F. Turbiville John Campbell Marcus Daly 1:10.00
1895 Requital Henry Griffin John J. Hyland David Gideon 1:11.40
1894 The Butterflies Henry Griffin John J. Hyland Gideon & Daly 1:11.00
1893 Domino Fred Taral William Lakeland James & Foxhall Keene 1:12.80
1892 Morello William Hayward A. Frank Van Ness William M. Singerly 1:12.20
1891 His Highness Jim McLaughlin John J. Hyland David Gideon 1:15.20
1890 Potomac Anthony Hamilton James G. Rowe Sr. August Belmont 1:14.20
1889 Chaos G. Day not found William L. Scott 1:16.80
1888 Proctor Knott Shelby Barnes Samuel W. Bryant G. Scoggan/S. W. Bryant 1:15.20
  • A "@" designates that all races were cancelled related to the September 11, 2001 attacks on New York.
  • * † In 1978, Fuzzbuster finished first, but was disqualified as was City Zip in 2000.


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