Westchester Handicap

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Westchester Stakes
Grade III race
Location Belmont Park
Elmont, New York New York (state)
Inaugurated 1918
Race type Thoroughbred - Flat racing
Website NYRA
Race information
Distance 1 mile (8 furlongs)
Surface Dirt
Track Left-handed
Qualification Three-years-old & up
Weight Assigned
Purse $150,000

The Westchester Stakes is a Thoroughbred horse race at Belmont Park on Long Island, New York run annually in early May. Open to horses age three and older, it is contested at a distance of one mile on dirt. It is a Grade III race with a current purse of $150,000. From 1959 to 1971, the race was open to horses age four years old and up. [1]

Originally called the Yorktown Handicap, it was first run in 1918 at the old Empire City Race Track. For 1919, it was called the Victory Handicap, but in 1920 reverted to the Yorktown Handicap. In 1940 it was renamed the name Westchester Handicap in honor of Westchester County, New York. The race was hosted by the Jamaica Racetrack from 1943 to 1959 after which it was shifted to Belmont Park.

There was no race run in 1932 and 1933, and none from 1954 through 1958.

Records[edit]

Speed record:

Most wins:

  • 2 - Thorson (1936, 1937), R. Thomas (1966, 1968)
  • 2 - Rubiano (1991, 1992)
  • 2 - Gygistar (2004, 2005)

Most wins by a jockey:

Most wins by a trainer:

Most wins by an owner:

Winners[edit]

Year
Winner
Age
Jockey
Trainer
Owner
Dist.
Time
Win$
2017 Connect 4 Irad Ortiz, Jr. Chad Brown Paul Pompa, Jr. 1 mile 1:36.49 120,000
2016 Anchor Down 5 Jose Ortiz Todd A. Pletcher Alto Racing LLC 1 mile 1:35.10 90,000
2015 Tonalist 4 Joe Bravo Christophe Clement Robert S. Evans 1 mile 1:34.07 90,000
2014 Palace Malice 4 John R. Velazquez Todd Pletcher Dogwood Stable/Three Chimneys Farm 1 mile 1:35.53 90,000
2013 Flat Out 7 Junior Alvarado William I. Mott Preston Stables 1 mile 1:32.99 90,000
2012 To Honor and Serve 4 Jose Lezcano William I. Mott Live Oak Racing 1 mile 1:34.84 90,000
2011 Caixa Eletronica 6 Cornelio Velasquez Todd A. Pletcher Repole Stable 1 mile 1:34.26 60,000
2010 Le Grand Cru 5 Cornelio Velasquez H. Allen Jerkens Judson L. Streicher 1 mile 1:34.89 60,000
2009 Bribon 6 Alan Garcia Robert Ribaudo Marc Keller 1 mile 1:35.38 66,000
2008 Divine Park 4 Alan Garcia Kiaran McLaughlin James J. Barry 1 mile 1:32.74 65,460
2007 Utopia 7 Mike Luzzi Saeed bin Suroor Sheikh Mohammed 1 mile 1:33.23 64,620
2006 Sir Greeley 4 Eibar Coa James A. Jerkens Timber Bay Farm/Mrs. T.J. Walsh 1 mile 1:33.69 65,280
2005 Gygistar 6 Javier Castellano Mark A. Hennig Edward P. Evans 1 mile 1:33.50 65,700
2004 Gygistar 5 Joe Bravo Mark A. Hennig Edward P. Evans 1 mile 1:35.89 65,700
2003 Najran 4 Edgar Prado Nick Zito Buckram Oak Farm 1 mile 1:32.24 65,820
2002 Free of Love 4 Jerry D. Bailey Richard Violette, Jr. Aprilante & Evans 1 mile 1:35.56 67,500
2001 Cat's At Home 4 Filiberto Leon Mark A. Hennig Edward P. Evans 1 mile 1:33.60 64,920
2000 Yankee Victor 4 Heberto Castillo, Jr. Carlos Morales Moreton Binn, et al. 1 mile 1:34.37 66,000
1999 Mr. Sinatra 5 Chuck C. Lopez Gasper Moschera Barbara J. Davis 1 mile 1:35.04 64,202
1998 Wagon Limit 4 Jean-Luc Samyn H. Allen Jerkens Joseph V. Shields Jr. 1 mile 1:34.06 66,420
1997 Pacific Fleet 5 Frank Alvarado Alfredo Callejas Robert Perez 1 mile 1:33.88 65,940
1996 Valid Wager 4 Julio Pezua Bruce N. Levine Harry T. Mangurian, Jr. 1 mile 1:34.74 66,240
1995 Mr. Shawklit 4 Mike Luzzi Frank Laboccetta Edward & Judith Anchel 1 mile 1:34.66 65,760
1994 Virginia Rapids 4 Jean-Luc Samyn H. Allen Jerkens Middletown Stables 1 mile 1:34.52 65,640
1993 Bill Of Rights 4 Jean-Luc Samyn Thomas D. (Tim) Kelly Boketo Stable 1 mile 1:34.69 72,720
1992 Rubiano 5 Jose A. Santos Flint S. Schulhofer Centennial Farm 1 mile 1:34.83 68,880
1991 Rubiano 4 Jerry D. Bailey Flint S. Schulhofer Centennial Farm 1 mile 1:34.94 71,520
1990 Once Wild 5 Angel Cordero, Jr. John J. Lenzini, Jr. Gary Marano 1 mile 1:35.00 67,800
1989 Lord of the Night 6 Jorge Velasquez Dominick Galluscio Winbound Farms 1 mile 1:35.60 71,040
1988 Faster Than Sound 4 Julie Krone D. Wayne Lukas H. Joseph Allen 1 mile 1:34.40 108,000
1987 King's Swan 7 Jose A. Santos Richard E. Dutrow, Sr. Alvin Akman 1 mile 1:36.20 69,120
1986 Garthorn 6 Rafael Meza Robert J. Frankel Jerome S. Moss 1 mile 1:33.80 75,240
1985 Verbarctic 5 Gregg McCarron Garner H. Vinson Garner H. Vinson 1 mile 1:36.60 53,460
1984 Jacque's Tip 4 Angel Cordero, Jr. John Parisella Theodore M. Sabarese 1 mile 70 yards 1:41.80 55,440
1983 Singh Tu 4 Jean-Luc Samyn H. Allen Jerkens Top The Marc Stable 1 mile 1:35.20 33,780
1982 † Fabulous Find 4 Juan Cintron H. Allen Jerkens Top The Marc Stable 1 mile 1:38.00 33,330
1982 John Casey 5 Jeffrey Fell Floreano Fernandez Julie Miron 1 mile 1:38.00 33,090
1981 Dunham's Gift 4 Michael Venezia Bob G. Dunham Carl Hughes, Jr. 1 mile 1:35.00 33,000
1980 Nice Catch 6 Jeffrey Fell Frank Wright October House Farm 1 mile 1:36.80 34,020
1979 Vencedor 5 Ruben Hernandez Luis Barrera Armando Cosme 1 116 miles 1:44.00 33,060
1978 Pumpkin Moonshine 4 Dave Borden Howard M. Tesher H. Joseph Allen 1 116 miles 1:44.40 32,250
1977 Cinteelo 4 Eddie Maple Thomas J. Kelly John M. Schiff 1 116 miles 1:43.40 33,090
1976 Double Edge Sword 6 Angel Cordero, Jr. Richard E. Dutrow, Sr. Aisquith Stable 1 mile 1:33.40 34,170
1975 Step Nicely 5 Jorge Velasquez H. Allen Jerkens Hobeau Farm 1 mile 1:34.00 33,900
1974 Dundee Marmalade 6 Michael Hole Robert P. Lake Alfred G. Vanderbilt II 1 mile 1:36.00 32,940
1973 North Sea 4 Robyn C. Smith Robert P. Lake Alfred G. Vanderbilt II 1 mile 1:33.60 33,990
1972 Autobiography 4 Angel Cordero, Jr. Pancho Martin Sigmund Sommer 1 mile 1:34.20 34,560
1971 Never Bow 5 Victor Tejada Pancho Martin Sigmund Sommer 1 mile 1:36.40 35,580
1970 Dewan 5 Eddie Belmonte James W. Maloney William Haggin Perry 1 mile 1:34.20 37,440
1969 Iron Ruler 4 Angel Cordero, Jr. Edward J. Yowell October House Farm 1 mile 1:34.00 36,335
1968 R. Thomas 7 Jimmy Nichols David Erb Roger W. Wilson 1 mile 1:35.40 36,335
1967 Advocator 4 Manuel Ycaza Clyde Troutt Ada L. Rice 1 mile 1:35.40 35,815
1966 R. Thomas 5 Larry Adams David Erb Roger W. Wilson 1 mile 1:36.20 37,375
1965 Tibaldo 5 Braulio Baeza Thomas J. Kelly John R. H. Thouron 1 mile 1:36.60 39,130
1964 Rocky Link 4 Donald Pierce Stephen A. DiMauro Golden Triangle Stables 1 mile 1:35.20 18,947
1963 Sunrise County 4 John L. Rotz Thomas J. Kelly Townsend B. Martin 1 mile 1:34.20 18,005
1962 Globemaster 4 John L. Rotz Thomas J. Kelly Leonard P. Sasso 1 mile 1:34.60 18,687
1961 Mail Order 5 Larry Adams Larry H. Thompson Alamode Farm 1 mile 1:34.00 18,655
1960 Vendetta 4 Jack Leonard Walter F. Wickes, Jr. Mrs. Walter F. Wickes, Jr. 1 mile 1:35.20 19,005
1959 Mystic II 5 Mike Sorrentino Morris Dixon C. Mahlon Kline 1 116 miles 1:43.60 18,452
1953 Cold Command 4 Hedley Woodhouse Sylvester Veitch C. V. Whitney 1 18 miles 1:49.60 33,150
1952 Battlefield 4 Albert Schmidl Winbert F. Mulholland George D. Widener, Jr. 1 18 miles 1:50.20 38,350
1951 Bryan G. 4 Ovie Scurlock Casey Hayes Christopher T. Chenery 1 18 miles 1:49.20 21,100
1950 Palestinian 4 Sam Boulmetis, Sr. Hirsch Jacobs Isidore Bieber 1 316 miles 1:57.20 25,100
1949 Three Rings 4 Hedley Woodhouse Willie Knapp Mrs. Evelyn L. Hopkins 1 316 miles 1:56.80 20,200
1948 Better Self 3 Dave Gorman Max Hirsch King Ranch 1 316 miles 1:57.80 39,600
1947 Bridal Flower 4 Warren Mehrtens James W. Smith King Ranch 1 316 miles 1:59.20 39,700
1946 Assault 3 Eddie Arcaro Max Hirsch King Ranch 1 316 miles 1:56.40 38,600
1945 Stymie 4 Robert Permane Hirsch Jacobs Ethel D. Jacobs 1 316 miles 1:56.80 38,765
1944 Seven Hearts 4 Paul Keiper W. Graves Sparks J. Graham Brown 1 316 miles 1:58.00 23,515
1943 Slide Rule 3 Jack Westrope Cecil Wilhelm William E. Boeing 1 316 miles 1:57.60 22,700
1942 Riverland 4 Alfred Robertson Moody Jolley Louisiana Farm 1 316 miles 1:56.40 19,850
1941 Gramps 4 Herb Lindberg John M. Gaver, Sr. John Hay Whitney 1 316 miles 1:59.80 19,650
1940 Mioland 3 Leon Haas R. Thomas Smith Charles S. Howard 1 316 miles 2:00.20 15,950
1939 Third Degree 3 Eddie Arcaro John M. Gaver, Sr. Greentree Stable 1 18 miles 1:51.40 7,250
1938 Great Union 3 Sam Renick Louis Feustal Elizabeth Graham Lewis 1 18 miles 1:52.00 6,550
1937 Thorson 5 E. Roberts Tom McCreery Buckley M. Byers 1 18 miles 1:52.00 7,550
1936 Thorson 4 Eddie Arcaro Tom McCreery Buckley M. Byers 1 18 miles 1:52.00 4,790
1935 Good Harvest 3 Sam Renick Joseph H. Stotler Alfred G. Vanderbilt II 1 18 miles 1:51.80 4,550
1934 King Saxon 3 Thomas Malley C. H. Knebelkamp C. H. Knebelkamp 1 18 miles 1:54.40 1,985
1931 Dr. Freeland 5 Johnny Bethal Thomas J. Healey Walter J. Salmon, Sr. 1 18 miles 1:53.60 2,880
1930 Questionnaire 3 Charles Kurtsinger Andy Schuttinger James Butler 1 18 miles 1:53.60 4,650
1929 Genie 4 Willie Kelsay William B. Duke Gifford A. Cochran 1 18 miles 1:52.00 4,930
1928 Arcturus 3 George Schreiner A. Jack Joyner George D. Widener, Jr. 1 18 miles 1:53.00 4,970
1927 Light Carbine 4 Charles Zoeller M. J. Dunleavy I. B. Humphrey 1 18 miles 1:53.60 5,390
1926 Cloudland 4 Laverne Fator Frank E. Brown Frank E. Brown 1 18 miles 1:53.80 4,970
1921 Yellow Hand 4 C. H. Miller A. J. Goldsborough Charles A. Stoneham 1 14 miles 2:05.60 4,850
1920 Mad Hatter 4 Earl Sande Sam Hildreth Rancocas Stable 1 14 miles 2:07.40 4,550
1919 Star Master 5 Clarence Kummer Walter B. Jennings A. Kingsley Macomber 1 14 miles 2:09.20 2,275
1918 George Smith 5 Frank Robinson Preston M. Burch John Sanford 1 18 miles 1:51.60 2,150
  • † Run in two divisions in 1982

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