Cigar Mile Handicap

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Cigar Mile Handicap
Grade I race
Location Aqueduct Racetrack
Queens, New York, United States
Inaugurated 1988
Race type Thoroughbred - Flat racing
Race information
Distance 1 mile (8 furlongs)
Surface Dirt
Track left-handed
Qualification Horses three years old and older
Weight Handicap
Purse $500,000 (2016)[1]

The Cigar Mile Handicap is an American race for thoroughbred horses at Aqueduct Racetrack in New York City. Run annually in late November, it is named in honor of the U.S. Hall of Fame horse Cigar, who won the race in 1994 when it was known as the NYRA Mile. Renamed in 1997 following Cigar's retirement, the Grade I race is for horses three years old and older under handicap weight conditions. It is run at the distance of one mile on the dirt. The current purse is $500,000.

There was no race held in 1993.


Speed record:

Most wins:

Most wins by a jockey:

Most wins by a trainer:

Most wins by an owner:

Winners of the Cigar Mile[edit]

2017 Sharp Azteca 4 Javier Castellano Jorge Navarro Ivan Rodriguez 1:35.17
2016 Connect 3 Javier Castellano Chad C. Brown Paul P. Pompa, Jr. 1:35.34
2015 Tonalist 4 John R. Velazquez Christophe Clement Robert S. Evans 1:37.14
2014 Private Zone 5 Martin A. Pedroza Alfredo Velazquez Good Friends Stable 1:34.39
2013 Flat Out 7 Junior Alvarado William I. Mott Preston Stables 1:34.68
2012 Stay Thirsty 4 Ramon Dominguez Todd A. Pletcher Repole Stable 1:35.47
2011 To Honor and Serve 3 Jose Lezcano William Mott Live Oak Plantation 1:33.89
2010 Jersey Town 4 Cornelio Velasquez Barclay Tagg Charles Fipke 1:34.43
2009 Kodiak Kowboy 4 Shaun Bridgmohan Steve Asmussen Fox Hill Farm/Vinery Stables 1:35.57
2008 Tale of Ekati 3 Edgar Prado Barclay Tagg Charles E. Fipke 1:35.01
2007 Daaher 3 Mike Luzzi Kiaran McLaughlin Shadwell Racing 1:33.79
2006 Discreet Cat 3 Garrett Gomez Saeed bin Suroor Godolphin Racing 1:32.46
2005 Purge 4 Garrett Gomez Todd A. Pletcher Starlight Stables et al. 1:34.26
2004 Lion Tamer 4 Jose Santos Todd A. Pletcher Michael B. Tabor 1:33.46
2003 Congaree 5 Jerry Bailey Bob Baffert Stonerside Stable 1:34.30
2002 Congaree 4 Jerry Bailey Bob Baffert Stonerside Stable 1:33.11
2001 Left Bank 4 John Velazquez Todd A. Pletcher Michael B. Tabor 1:33.35
2000 El Corredor 3 Jerry Bailey Bob Baffert Hal Earnhardt 1:34.68
1999 Affirmed Success 5 Jorge F. Chavez Richard Schosberg Albert Fried, Jr. 1:34.18
1998 Sir Bear 5 Jerry Bailey Ralph Ziadie Barbara Smollin 1:34.05
1997 Devious Course 5 Jorge F. Chavez H. James Bond Clarence Scharbauer, Jr. 1:34.80
1996 Gold Fever 3 Mike E. Smith C. R. McGaughey III Cynthia Phipps 1:34.98
1995 Flying Chevron 3 Robbie Davis James J. Toner Caesar P. Kimmel 1:34.57
1994 Cigar 4 Jerry Bailey William I. Mott Allen E. Paulson 1:36.10
1992 Ibero (ARG) 5 Laffit Pincay, Jr. Ron McAnally Frank Whitham 1:33.97
1991 Rubiano 4 Jose A. Santos Scotty Schulhofer Centennial Farm 1:33.68
1990 Quiet American 4 Chris McCarron Gary F. Jones Sheikh Mohammed 1:32.80
1989 Dispersal 3 Angel Cordero, Jr. Bud Delp Tom O. Myerhoff 1:32.80
1988 Forty Niner 3 William Fox, Jr. Woody Stephens Claiborne Farm 1:34.00


  1. ^ "Cigar Mile Handicap Profile". Retrieved 29 November 2016.