Fall Highweight Handicap

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Fall Highweight Handicap
Grade III race
LocationAqueduct Racetrack
Queens, New York
United States
Inaugurated1914
Race typeThoroughbred, Flat racing
Websitewww.nyra.com/index_aqueduct.html
Race information
Distance6 furlongs
SurfaceDirt
TrackLeft-handed
QualificationThree years old & up
WeightHandicap
Purse$100,000 [1]

The Fall Highweight Handicap is an American Thoroughbred horse race held annually near the end of November at Aqueduct Racetrack in Queens, New York. Currently run at a distance of 6 furlongs (1,207 m), it is open to horses three years of age and older under handicap conditions. The race was given its current Grade III status in 2009 by the American Graded Stakes Committee.[2]

Run at Belmont Park from its inception in 1914 to 1959 and again from 1963 to 1993, the race was open to horses of any age until 1959 when it was changed to its present format. It was raced on a straight course prior to 1921, from 1926 to 1939, and again from 1942 to 1957. A large field resulted in the 1976 edition being run in two divisions. The race is unusual for the high weights assigned – in the past the top-weighted horse was assigned a minimum of 140 pounds (63.5 kg). Although the 140 pound rule is no longer in place, horses still carry more weight than they normally would. The highweight in the 2015 renewal for example carried 134 pounds.[3]

The first edition of the Fall Highweight Handicap was a remarkable victory for Comely who was not only a filly that defeated male rivals, but the only two-year-old to ever win the race. The Comely Stakes were named in honor of her achievement.

Records[edit]

Speed record:

Most wins:

Most wins by a jockey:

Most wins by a trainer:

Most wins by an owner:

Winners[edit]

Year Winner Age Jockey Trainer Owner
Dist.
(Furlongs)
Time Win $ Gr.
2020 Share The Ride 5 José Ortiz Antonio Arriaga Dixiana Farms LLC (William & Donna Shively) 6 f 1:10.62 $100,000 G3
2019 Happy Farm 5 Jorge A. Vargas Jr. Jason Servis M and A Racing Ltd. 6 f 1:11.91 $115,500 G3
2018 Life in Shambles 7 Irad Ortiz Jr. Jason Servis Ara Aprahamian 6 f 1:12.07 $115,500 G3
2017 Stallwalkin' Dude 7 Joel Rosario David Jacobson David Jacobson & Head of Plains Partners (Sol Kumin) 6 f 1:11.11 $120,000 G3
2016 Heaven's Runway 6 Junior Alvarado Rudy R. Rodriguez Michael Dubb & Michael Imperio 6 f 1:10.19 $120,000 G3
2015 Green Gratto 5 Kendrick Carmouche Gaston Grant Gaston & Anthony Grant 6 f 1:09.95 $120,000 G3
2014 Salutos Amigos 4 Cornelio Velásquez David Jacobson David Jacobson & Southern Equine Stable LLC (Mike Moreno) 6 f 1:10.78 $180,000 G3
2013 Palace 4 Cornelio Velásquez Linda L. Rice Antonino Miuccio 6 f 1:09.82 $180,000 G3
2012 Caixa Eletronica 7 Javier Castellano Todd Pletcher Mike Repole 6 f 1:08.69 $90,000 G3
2011 Sunrise Smarty 4 Ramon Domínguez Michael Hushion West Point Thoroughbreds, Donald Brooks, Nick Cammarano 6 f 1:09.97 $60,000 G3
2010 Endless Circle 6 Edgar Prado Rudy R. Rodriguez Vincent S. Scuderi & James A. Riccio 6 f 1:09.79 $60,000 G3
2009 Cherokee Country 5 Jose Lezcano Ramon Preciado Victory Thoroughbreds LLC (Lou Cacchio) 6 f 1:09.29 $66,000 G3
2008 Fabulous Strike 5 Ramon Domínguez Todd Beattie Walter Downey 6 f 1:09.02 $66,720
2007 Grand Champion 4 Eibar Coa James A. Jerkens Susan & John Moore 6 f 1:09.90 $65,520
2006 Afrashad 4 Richard Migliore Saeed bin Suroor Godolphin Racing 6 f 1:11.05 $64,980
2005 Attila's Storm 3 Pablo Morales Richard Schosberg Barry K. Schwartz 6 f 1:09.30 $67,500
2004 Thunder Touch 3 Rafael Bejarano Kiaran McLaughlin Stronach Stables 6 f 1:09.83 $66,960
2003 Bossanova 3 Edgar Prado H. James Bond Lorraine & Rod Rodriguez 6 f 1:10.06 $64,980
2002 True Direction 3 Javier Castellano Carlos Morales Morton & Marisol Binn 6 f 1:09.62 $66,960
2001 Yonaguska 3 José A. Santos D. Wayne Lukas Michael Tabor 6 f 1:09.60 $67,320
2000 Kashatreya 6 Octavio Vergara John O. Hertler Seymour Cohn 6 f 1:11.03 $67,140
1999 Richter Scale 5 Jorge Chavez Mary Jo Lohmeier Nancy & Richard Kaster 6 f 1:09.05 $66,060
1998 Punch Line 8 Jorge Chavez William H. Turner Jr. Althea D. Richards 6 f 1:10.07 $66,840
1997 Royal Haven 5 Richard Migliore Gasper Moschera Barbara Davis 6 f 1:10.68 $65,820
1996 Victor Avenue 3 Jorge Chavez Dale Romans Greg James 6 f 1:09.24 $67,440
1995 Jess C's Whirl 5 Jorge Chavez John H. Forbes Ted & Larry Oleck 6 f 1:09.87 $66,180
1994 Chimes Band 3 Jerry D. Bailey D. Wayne Lukas Fares Farms (Issam Michael Fares) 6 f 1:11.37 $65,940
1993 Fly So Free 5 Jerry D. Bailey Flint S. Schulhofer Tommy Valando 6 f 1:09.41 $72,360
1992 Salt Lake 3 Mike E. Smith D. Wayne Lukas William T. Young 6 f 1:09.07 $68,520
1991 Senor Speedy 4 Jorge Chavez Alfredo Callejas Robert Perez 6 f 1:08.62 $70,920
1990 Carson City 3 Jerry D. Bailey D. Wayne Lukas William T. Young 6 f 1:09.80 $51,030
1989 Sewickley 4 Randy Romero Flint S. Schulhofer Robert S. Evans 6 f 1:09.60 $68,880
1988 Parlay Me 3 Randy Romero James E. Picou Marshall E. Sigel 6 f 1:09.60 $69,000
1987 Purple Mountain 5 Richard Migliore Woodrow Sedlacek Jacques Wimpfheimer 6 f 1:08.80 $85,500
1986 Funistrada 3 Robbie Davis Jan H. Nerud John A. Nerud 6 f 1:09.40 $68,640
1985 Mt. Livermore 4 Jorge Velásquez D. Wayne Lukas Lloyd R. French Jr. 6 f 1:10.60 $89,460
1984 Mamaison 4 Chris McCarron Richard Mandella Harold P. Oliver 6 f 1:10.20 $77,040
1983 Chas Conerly 3 Jimmy Miranda H. Allen Jerkens Hobeau Farm 6 f 1:10.40 $50,670
1982 Gold Beauty 3 Don Brumfield William D. Curtis Georgia E. Hoffman 6 f 1:09.20 $50,940
1981 Piedmont Pete 5 Kenny Black Ron Alfano Mel Hewitt 6 f 1:10.40 $50,490
1980 King's Fashion 5 Jean-Luc Samyn H. Allen Jerkens Bohemia Stable 6 f 1:10.60 $51,120
1979 Whatsyourpleasure 6 Ángel Cordero Jr. John W. Russell Murty Farm (Duane & Wayne Murty) 6 f 1:09.60 $49,095
1978 What A Summer 5 Ángel Cordero Jr. LeRoy Jolley Diana M. Firestone 6 f 1:09.40 $48,195
1977 What A Summer 4 Jacinto Vásquez LeRoy Jolley Diana M. Firestone 6 f 1:10.00 $50,490
1976-1 Relent 5 Ruben Hernandez Sidney Watters Jr. Stephen C. Clark 6 f 1:09.80 $39,105
1976-2 Honorable Miss 6 Bill Shoemaker Frank Y. Whiteley Jr. Pen-Y-Bryn Farm 6 f 1:10.00 $39,780
1975 Honorable Miss 5 Jacinto Vásquez Frank Y. Whiteley Jr. Pen-Y-Bryn Farm 6 f 1:09.80 $54,720
1974 Piamem 4 Miguel A. Rivera Lazaro S. Barrera Miguel Alfonzo 6 f 1:10.40 $22,575
1973 King's Bishop 4 Eddie Maple H. Allen Jerkens Bohemia Stable 6 f 1:09.40 $17,310
1972 Chou Croute 4 John L. Rotz Robert G. Dunham Emmanuel Victor Benjamin III 6 f 1:10.00 $17,340
1971 Shut Eye 5 Ángel Cordero Jr. Jack M. Bradley Kev-Hill Stable 6 f 1:10.80 $20,280
1970 Ta Wee 4 John L. Rotz Flint S. Schulhofer Tartan Stable 6 f 1:10.40 $18,395
1969 Ta Wee 3 John L. Rotz Flint S. Schulhofer Tartan Stable 6 f 1:10.20 $18,622
1968 More Scents 4 Ángel Cordero Jr. Philip G. Johnson Meadowhill (Morton Rosenthal & Alfred Green) 6 f 1:11.80 $18,460
1967 Indulto 4 John L. Rotz Max Hirsch Jane Greer 6 f 1:12.60 $18,200
1966 Impressive III 3 Kenneth Knapp Edward A. Neloy Little M Farm (syndicate, John R. Murrell, manager) 6 f 1:10.40 $18,752
1965 Pack Trip 5 Manuel Ycaza John A. Nerud Joseph M. Roebling 6 f 1:13.80 $18,167
1964 Delta Judge 4 John L. Rotz Clyde Troutt Ada L. Rice 6 f 1:10.60 $18,005
1963 Accordant 3 Paul Kallai Joseph Kulina Colonial Farm (John & Sam Fieramosca) 6 f 1:10.20 $14,788
1962 Be On Time 3 Pete D. Anderson Eddie Hayward Circle M Farm (Edward S. Moore) 6 f 1:09.40 $18,752
1961 Smashing Gail 3 Bobby Ussery Nicholas Combest Edith Baily Dent 6 f 1:10.00 $18,655
1960 Four Lane 3 Sam Boulmetis Sr. Thomas M. Waller William Ewing 6 f 1:09.00 $18,192
1959 Mystic II 5 Michael A. Sorrentino Morris H. Dixon C. Mahlon Kline 6 f 1:11.00 $18,095
1958 Bull Strength 4 Eddie Arcaro Jack J. Carrara Brookfield Farm 6 f 1:10.00 $19,135
1957 Itobe 4 Eldon Nelson Edward I. Kelly Sr. Brookfield Farm 6 f 1:09.40 $20,600
1956 Impromptu 4 Conn McCreary Edward I. Kelly Sr. Brookfield Farm 6 f 1:09.00 $21,550
1955 Sailor II 3 Hedley Woodhouse Preston M. Burch Brookmeade Stable 6 f 1:10.00 $17,050
1954 Pet Bully 6 Bill Hartack Thomas Joseph Kelly Ada L. Rice 6 f 1:11.20 $17,800
1953 Kaster 4 Augustine Catalano Morris H. Dixon C. Mahlon Kline 6 f 1:09.80 $16,600
1952 Hitex 3 Eddie Arcaro James P. Conway Florence D. Whitaker 6 f 1:08.40 $17,300
1951 Guillotine 4 Ted Atkinson John M. Gaver Sr. Greentree Stable 6 f 1:09.00 $18,700
1950 Arise 4 Douglas Dodson James C. Bentley Addison Stable (Harry Addison, Sr. & Mrs. Jack Addison) 6 f 1:08.80 $17,800
1949 Royal Governor 5 Eric Guerin James E. Ryan Esther D. du Pont 6 f 1:12.00 $17,150
1948 First Flight 4 Eddie Arcaro Sylvester E. Veitch C. V. Whitney 6 f 1:08.60 $22,650
1947 Rippey 4 Ovie Scurlock Willie Booth William G. Helis Sr. 6 f 1:10.80 $21,300
1946 Cassis 7 Basil James Preston M. Burch W. Deering Howe 6 f 1:08.80 $16,750
1945 True North 5 Ted Atkinson Preston M. Burch Howe Stable (W. Deering Howe) 6 f 1:08.80 $7,370
1944 Ariel Lad 5 Eddie Arcaro J. Thomas Taylor Selznick Stable 6 f 1:08.40 $7,285
1943 Cassis 4 Ted Atkinson Preston M. Burch Howe Stable (W. Deering Howe) 6 f 1:11.20 $6,725
1942 Imperatrice 4 Conn McCreary George M. Odom William H. La Boyteaux 6 f 1:10.20 $5,925
1941 Roman 4 Don Meade Peter W. Coyne Joseph E. Widener 6 f 1:10.00 $4,500
1940 T. M. Dorsett 4 Raymond Workman John B. Theall Joe W. Brown 6 f 1:11.40 $4,500
1939 Rough Time 5 Fred Faust J. Yancy Christmas J. Yancy Christmas 6 f 1:09.40 $6,100
1938 The Fighter 5 Raymond Workman Edward L. Snyder William F. Morgan 6 f 1:10.00 $4,750
1937 Preeminent 5 Eddie Arcaro Duval A. Headley Hal Price Headley 6 f 1:10.80 $2,975
1936 Miss Merriment 5 Raymond Workman J. P. "Sammy" Smith Victor Emanuel 6 f 1:09.60 $3,200
1935 Sation 5 Jim Hunter Winbert F. Mulholland George D. Widener Jr. 6 f 1:10.20 $3,075
1934 Miss Merriment 3 Earl Steffen J. P. "Sammy" Smith Dorwood Stable (Victor Emanuel) 6 f 1:10.40 $2,750
1933 Microphone 4 Silvio Coucci Phillip M. Walker Sage Stable (Harry W. Sage) 6 f 1:11.00 $1,845
1932 Larranga 3 Raymond Workman Edward J. Bennett Anall Stable (Allan A. Ryan) 6 f 1:10.40 $2,450
1931 Mr. Sponge 4 Mack Garner Henry E. McDaniel Joseph E. Widener 6 f 1:11.60 $3,025
1930 Balko 5 John Bejshak Joseph H. Stotler Sagamore Stable (Margaret Emerson) 6 f 1:09.40 $3,375
1929 Osmand 5 Willie Garner Peter W. Coyne Joseph E. Widener 6 f 1:10.60 $3,600
1928 Finite 3 Frank S. Moon A. Jack Joyner George D. Widener Jr. 6 f 1:12.60 $3,700
1927 Happy Argo 4 Steve O'Donnell Max Hirsch Kershaw Stable (Bernard M. Baruch) 6 f 1:11.20 $4,050
1926 Powhatan 3 John Maiben Thomas J. Healey Walter J. Salmon Sr. 6 f 1:12.00 $3,800
1925 Superlette 3 Laverne Fator Sam Hildreth Rancocas Stable 6 f 1:12.40 $3,400
1924 Worthmore 3 Steve O'Donnell John S. Ward John S. Ward 6 f 1:11.60 $4,225
1923 Fair Phantom 4 Earl Sande C. Kay Spence Audley Farm 6 f 1:10.40 $3,275
1922 Careful 4 James Butwell Thomas J. Healey Walter J. Salmon Sr. 6 f 1:12.60 $3,300
1921 Crocus 3 Frank Coltiletti James G. Rowe Sr. Harry Payne Whitney 6 f 1:11.40 $2,725
1920 Lion d'Or 4 Earl Sande H. Guy Bedwell J. K. L. Ross 6 f 1:09.80 $3,100
1919 Naturalist 5 Charles Fairbrother Thomas Welsh Joseph E. Widener 6 f 1:11.60 $2,900
1918 Hollister * 4 Johnny Loftus Walter B. Jennings A. Kingsley Macomber 6 f 1:10.00 $2,100
1917 Ima Frank 4 John McTaggart George Ziegler Beverwyck Stable (Frank J. Nolan) 6 f 1:11.80 $1,410
1916 Mont d'Or 5 Joe Notter Thomas Welsh L. Wood 6 f 1:13.20 $1,230
1915 Harmonicon 5 Joe Notter James G. Rowe Sr. Lewis S. Thompson 6 f 1:10.80 $1,195
1914 Comely 2 Joe McCahey Richard C. Benson James Butler 6 f 1:12.00 $1,275
* In 1918, Fairy Wand finished first, but was disqualified.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Fall Highweight Handicap". NYRA. 2021-01-01. Retrieved 2021-05-03.
  2. ^ Seven Additional Graded Stakes in 2009
  3. ^ Johnson, J. Keeler. "Will Holiday Star Shine on Thanksgiving Day?". cs.bloodhorse.com. Retrieved 29 November 2016.
  4. ^ "Ariel Lad Wins Highweight 'Cap". New York Daily News, page 306. 1944-09-19. Retrieved 2021-05-05.
  5. ^ "Eddie Arcaro Sets New High For Earnings". Sherbrooke Daily Record, page Thirteen. 1952-09-16. Retrieved 2021-05-05.