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
Distance 1 14 miles (10 furlongs)
Surface Turf
Track Left-handed
Qualification Three-year-olds
Weight set weights
Purse US$1,250,000[1]

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. The purse for the event is US$1,250,000.[2]

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]

Jamaica Handicap[edit]

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

  • 2:00.51 - Deauville (2016)

Most wins:

Most wins by an owner:

Most wins by a jockey:

Winners[edit]

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Belmont Derby". www.equibase.com. Retrieved 9 July 2016. 
  2. ^ a b 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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