Mayflower Stakes

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This article is about the Thoroughbred horse race. For the flower, see Mayflower. For the ship, see Mayflower II.
Mayflower Stakes
Listed race
Location Suffolk Downs
East Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Inaugurated 1935
Race type Thoroughbred - Flat racing
Race information
Distance 5.5f - 8.32f
Surface Dirt
Track Left-handed
Qualification Two-year-olds

The Mayflower Stakes was one of the premiere juvenile stakes in New England. Run at Suffolk Downs, the Mayflower was held from Suffolk's inauguration in 1935 to 1988, when Suffolk was purchased from the Ogden Corporation. Run from 5 1/2 furlongs to about 8 5/16 furlongs, the event was never graded.

Notable horses to race in the Mayflower Stakes were Alsab, Pavot, Quadrangle, Sword Dancer, Timely Writer, and Seabiscuit.

Three fillies have won an edition of this race.

Records[edit]

5 Furlongs:

  • 59.40 - Airflame (1936), setting a new track record

5.5 Furlongs:

  • 1:04.60 - Cocopet (1943), setting a new track record

6 Furlongs:

  • 1:10.20 - Handsome Boy (1965)

About 8 5/16 Furlongs:

  • 1:42.40 by Sword Dancer (1958)

Winning Margin:

  • 6 1/2 lengths - Pentelicus (1986)

Winners of the Mayflower[edit]

Year
Winner
Distance (furlongs)
Time
1988 Kechi 6 N/A
1987 Make the Most 6 1:11.25
1986 Pentelicus 6 1:12.00
1985 Avenging Storm 6 1:11.00
1984 Doubly Clear 6 1:11.45
1983 Fill Rons Pockets 6 N/A
1982 Pappa Riccio 5.5 1:05.80
1981 Timely Writer 5.5 1:04.80
1980 And More 6 N/A
1979 IC Diplomat 6 N/A
1978 Groton High 6 N/A
1977 Jet Diplomacy 6 N/A
1976 Royal Ski 6 1:11.80
1975 Rebelling 6 N/A
1974[1] Sweet Mouth 6 1:11.25
1973[2] Brunate 6 1:10.45
1972[3] River of Fire 6 N/A
1971 Fast Royalty 6 1:11.80
1970 Brazen Brother 6 1:11.60
1969[4] Fool and His Money 6 1:12:00
1968 Greek Road 6 1:12.20
1967 Four Fingers 6 1:11.00
1966 Happy Voter[5] 6 1:12.00
1965 Handsome Boy 6 1:10.20
1964 Duc de Great 6 1:12.00
1963 Orbiter 6 N/A
1962 Steel Viking 5.5 1:06.00
1961[6] Stevward 5.5 1:06.40
1960 Song of Wine 5.5 1:06.20
1959 Bally Ache 5.5 1:05.80
1958 Sword Dancer 8.32 1:42.40
1957 Deadeye Dick 8.32 1:46.80
1956 Melson 8.32 1:43.00
1955 Countermand 8.32 1:43.60
1954 Door Prize 6 1:13.20
1953 Switch On 5.5 N/A
1952 Im Marie 5.5 1:06.40
1951 Lost Story 5.5 1:05.80
1950 Iamarelic 5.5 1:05.60
1949 Greek Ship 5.5 1:12.20
1948 Ocean Drive 5.5 1:11.60
1947 Dart By 5.5 1:12.20
1946 Mel Eppley 5.5 1:12.20
1945 Air Rate 5.5 1:13.00
1944 Pavot 5.5 1:05.60
1943 Cocopet 5.5 1:04.60
1942 Through Bound 5.5 1:04.80
1941 Alsab 5.5 1:05.20
1940 Blue Pair 5.5 1:05.20
1939 Roman Flag 5.5 1:05.40
1938 Heather Time 5.5 1:05.80
1937 Historic Era 6 1:12.20
1936 Airflame 5 59.40
1935 Material 6 1:13.20

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ McCracken, Sam (July 5, 1974). "Sweet Mouth, Lord Arlen first on 4th". The Boston Globe. 
  2. ^ Kinsley, Bob (July 2, 1973). "Brunate comes over big in Mayflower". The Boston Globe. 
  3. ^ https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=2512&dat=19720717&id=sTVIAAAAIBAJ&sjid=BgENAAAAIBAJ&pg=4881,1948651
  4. ^ McCracken, Sam (July 5, 1969). "23,088 Bet $1,817,667 As Suffolk Ends Meet". The Boston Globe. 
  5. ^ http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history-archaeology/At-Suffolk-Downs-an-Unintended-Spectator.html?c=y&page=2
  6. ^ http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/vault/article/magazine/MAG1072728/4/index.htm