Mister Diz Stakes

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Mister Diz Stakes
Restricted State-bred Stakes race
Location Laurel Park Racecourse,
Laurel, Maryland, Maryland
United StatesUnited States
Inaugurated 1983
Race type Thoroughbred - Flat racing
Website www.laurelpark.com
Race information
Distance 6 furlongs
Surface Turf
Track Left-handed
Qualification Three-year-olds & Up
Weight Assigned
Purse $60,000

The Mister Diz Stakes is an American Thoroughbred horse race held annually in August at Laurel Park Racecourse in Laurel, Maryland. It is open to horses three years old and up and is raced on turf. For 2016, the distance is 6 furlongs.

The race was named in honor of Mister Diz, who was bred and owned by former Pimlico Race Course Vice-President Nathan Cohen. Mister Diz was named Maryland-bred champion for four consecutive years from 1968-1971. He was the Champion two-year-old, three-year-old and champion older horse twice. He was also named Champion turf horse twice. Mister Diz, a foal of 1966, came from modest origins. He was a gelding out of Panacean and earned $387,015 over eight seasons. Mister Diz was named for track employee Frank Rosenfeld, who was nicknamed Mister Diz. The flashy chestnut gelding with four high white stockings and a blaze won nine stakes races and placed in 16 others. He set track records at Laurel Park for 7 furlongs and Monmouth Park at one and one eighth miles.[1]

Ben's Cat, trained by Hall of Famer King T. Leatherbury has won this race 6 times running.

Records[edit]

Speed record:

  • 5.5 furlongs - 1:01.00 - Tommie's Star (2007)
  • 6 furlongs - 1:08.60 - My Problem (2000)
  • 5 furlongs - 0:56.00 - Elberton (2001)

Most wins by a horse

  • 6 - Ben's Cat (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015)

Most wins by a jockey:

Most wins by a trainer:

Winners of the Mister Diz Stakes since 1983[edit]

Year
Winner
Age
Jockey
Trainer
Owner
Distance
Time
Purse
Grade
2016 John Jones 4 Luis Garcia Lacey Gaudet Matthew Schera 2 fur. 1:10.58 $75,000
2015 Ben's Cat 9 Julian Pimentel King T. Leatherbury The Jim Stable 5 12 fur. 1:02.97 $100,000
2014 Ben's Cat 8 Julian Pimentel King T. Leatherbury The Jim Stable 5 fur. 1:01.75 $125,000
2013 Ben's Cat 7 Julian Pimentel King T. Leatherbury The Jim Stable 5 fur. 0:57.74 $125,000
2012 Ben's Cat 6 Horacio Karamanos King T. Leatherbury The Jim Stable 5 fur. 0:57.26 $75,000
2011 Ben's Cat 5 Jeremy Rose King T. Leatherbury The Jim Stable 5 fur. 0:57.82 $75,000
2010 Ben's Cat 4 Rosemary Homeister King T. Leatherbury The Jim Stable 6 fur. 1:09.08 $70,000
2009 Heros Reward 7 Anna Napravnik Dale Capuano Rob Ry Farm 5.5 fur. 1:02.62 $50,000
2008 Lycurgus 4 Josue Arce Scott Lake Toby Roth 5.5 fur. 1:03.98 $50,000
2007 Tommie's Star 4 Travis Dunkelberger Ben M. Feliciano, Jr. 5.5 fur. 1:01.00 $50,000
2006 Procreate 8 Anna Napravnik Michael J. Trombetta 5 fur. 0:57.20 $75,000
2005 Yankee Wildcat 7 E. M. Jurado Timothy Tullock, Jr. 5 fur. 0:56.80 $50,000
2004 Yankee Wildcat 6 E. M. Jurado Timothy Tullock, Jr. 5 fur. 0:58.60 $75,000
2003 Ghostly Numbers 5 Rick Wilson Michael J. Trombetta 5.5 fur. 1:05.40 $50,000
2002 Ghostly Numbers 4 Mario Pino Michael J. Trombetta 5.5 fur. 1:03.00 $50,000
2001 Elberton 4 Albert Delgado Luigi Gino 5 fur. 0:56.00 $75,000
2000 My Problem 4 Travis Dunkelberger Dale Capuano 6 fur. 1:08.60 $60,000
1999 Smart Sunny 6 Shane Sellers Howard E. Wolfendale 5 fur. 0:58.60 $75,000
1998 Tyaskin 5 Omar Clinger Donald H. Barr 6 fur. 1:10.40 $60,000
1997 One More Power 4 F. Douglas Lawrence E. Murray 6 fur. 1:09.40 $60,000
1996 Goldminer's Dream 7 Edgar Prado Ann W. Merryman 6 fur. 1:10.00 $60,000
1995 Wise Dusty 4 A. Stacy Wayne M. Bailey 6 fur. 1:10.20 $60,000
1994 Higher Strata 4 Andrea Seefeldt Richard W. Small 6 fur. 1:10.60 $50,000
1993 No Race - No Race No Race No Race no race 0:00.00 no race
1992 North Carroll 3 Mike Luzzi Ben W. Perkins, Jr. 6 fur. 1:11.00 $50,000
1991 Risk It 3 Joe Tocco Ronald A. Alfano 6 fur. 1:13.20 $60,000
1990 Fighting Notion 3 Albert Delgado 6 fur. 1:11.00 $60,000
1989 Northern Wolf 3 C. J. Ladner, III Deep Silver Stable 6 fur. 1:11.40 $60,000
1988 Lord Maniac 3 Vincent Bracciale, Jr. 6 fur. 1:13.00 $55,000
1987 Prince Judex 3 Juli Krone 6 fur. 1:11.20 $50,000
1986 Polar Escapade 3 Mario Pino 6 fur. 1:12.00 $45,000
1985 Prince Valid 6 P. Nichol, Jr. 5 fur. 0:57.40 $30,000
1984 Knight of Armor 4 P. Nichol, Jr. 5 fur. 0:58.20 $30,000
1983 Prince Valid 4 D. Brynes 5 fur. 0:57.80 $30,000

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Maryland Jockey Club, Media Guide, 2008, page 48