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DamPretty Maiden
CountryUnited States
BreederJames Butler
OwnerJames Butler
TrainerRichard C. Benson
Record22: 7-8-3
Major wins
Fall Highweight Handicap (1914)
Memorial Stakes (1914)
Laureate Stakes (1914)
Comely Stakes at Aqueduct Racetrack
Last updated on 2008-12-22

Comely (foaled 1912) was an American Thoroughbred racehorse. Bred and raced by James Butler, owner of the Empire City Race Track, her sire was Disguise who raced in England for owner/breeder James R. Keene and was the winner of the 1900 Jockey Club Stakes and who also ran third in that year's Epsom Derby.[1] Both her grandsire and damsire were elected to the U.S. Racing Hall of Fame.[2][3]

Comely is best remembered from her racing days for a remarkable performance as a two-year-old when she defeated older male horses to win the first running of the Fall Highweight Handicap in 1914. Going into 2019, she remains the only two-year-old to win the Fall Highweight Handicap and one of only a few two-year-olds to defeat older horses in a major stakes race.[4][5]

The Comely Stakes at Aqueduct Racetrack in Queens, New York is named in her honor.[6]


  1. ^ "Comely". Select Web Ventures, LLC. 2018-12-22. Retrieved 2018-12-22.
  2. ^ "Domino". 1956-01-01. Retrieved 2018-12-22.
  3. ^ "Kingston". 1956-01-01. Retrieved 2018-12-22.
  4. ^ "History Challenge: Comely Easy Victor In Autumn Handicap" (PDF). New York Times. 1914-09-10. Retrieved 2018-12-22.
  5. ^ "History Challenge: Comely enjoyed remarkable season in 1914". Daily Racing Form (DRF). 2014-11-21. Retrieved 2018-12-22.
  6. ^ "Comely Stakes". New York Racing Association (NYRA). 2018-11-23. Retrieved 2018-12-16.