Alabama Stakes

The Alabama Stakes is an American Thoroughbred horse race open to three-year-old fillies. Inaugurated in 1872, the Grade I race is run over a distance of one and one-quarter miles on the dirt track at Saratoga Race Course. Held in mid August, it currently offers a purse of $600,000.[1] In 2010 it became the third leg of the American Triple Tiara of Thoroughbred Racing, after the Acorn Stakes and Coaching Club American Oaks.

Alabama Stakes
Grade I stakes race
LocationSaratoga Race Course
Saratoga Springs, New York, United States
Inaugurated1872
Race typeThoroughbred - Flat racing
Website[1]
Race information
Distance114 miles (10 furlongs)
SurfaceDirt
Trackleft-handed
QualificationThree-year-old fillies
Weight121 lbs. (54.9 kg)
Purse$600,000

The Alabama Stakes is named in honor of William Cottrell of Mobile, Alabama. "Alabama" was the name settled on because Cottrell was too modest to have a race named for him personally. The inaugural running took place on July 19, 1872 and was won by a chestnut filly named Woodbine owned by prominent New York financier August Belmont Sr.[2]

The race was not run from 1893 to 1896 and 1898 to 1900. The 1908 passage of the Hart-Agnew anti-betting legislation by the New York Legislature under Republican Governor Charles Evans Hughes led to a state-wide shutdown of racing in 1911 and 1912.[3][4]. During World War II, from 1943 through 1945 the Alabama Stakes was run at Belmont Park.[5]

The race has been contested at various distances:

  • 1 mile and 1 furlong - 1872-1901, 1904, 1906-1916
  • 1 116 miles - 1901, 1902, and on the turf in 1903
  • 1 516 miles - 1905
  • 1 14 miles - 1917 to present

RecordsEdit

Speed record at current distance:

Most wins by an owner:

Most wins by a jockey:

Most wins by a trainer:

WinnersEdit

Year
Winner
Age
Jockey
Trainer
Owner
Dist.
(Miles)
Time
Win$
Gr.
2019 Dunbar Road 3 Jose Ortiz Chad Brown Peter M. Brant 114 2:04.07 $360,000 G1
2018 Eskimo Kisses 3 Jose Ortiz Kenneth McPeek Gainesway Stable, Magdalena Racing (Sherri McPeek), et al. 114 2:03.22 $360,000 G1
2017 Elate 3 Jose Ortiz William I. Mott Claiborne Farm & Adele B. Dilschneider 114 2:02.19 $360,000 G1
2016 Songbird 3 Mike E. Smith Jerry Hollendorfer Fox Hill Farms, Inc. (Rick Porter) 114 2:03.00 $360,000 G1
2015 Embellish the Lace 3 Javier Castellano Anthony W. Dutrow JoAnn & Alex Lieblong 114 2:01.97 $360,000 G1
2014 Stopchargingmaria 3 John R. Velazquez Todd Pletcher Repole Stable 114 2:05.14 $360,000 G1
2013 Princess of Sylmar 3 Javier Castellano Todd Pletcher King of Prussia Stable 114 2:03.21 $360,000 G1
2012 Questing 3 Irad Ortiz Jr. Kiaran McLaughlin Godolphin Racing LLC 114 2:01.29 $360,000 G1
2011 Royal Delta 3 Jose Lezcano William I. Mott Palides Investments 114 2:03.13 $300,000 G1
2010 Blind Luck 3 Joel Rosario Jerry Hollendorfer Mark Dedomenico, John Carver, Peter Abruzzo, Jerry Hollendorfer 114 2:03.89 $300,000 G1
2009 Careless Jewel 3 Robert Landry Josie Carroll Donver Stable (Vern & Donna Dubinsky) 114 2:03.24 $360,000 G1
2008 Proud Spell 3 Gabriel Saez Larry Jones Brereton C. Jones 114 2:04.08 $360,000 G1
2007 Lady Joanne 3 Calvin Borel Carl Nafzger Bentley L. Smith 114 2:03.62 $360,000 G1
2006 Pine Island 3 Javier Castellano C. R. McGaughey III Phipps Stable 114 2:02.87 $360,000 G1
2005 Sweet Symphony 3 Jerry D. Bailey William I. Mott Kinsman Stable 114 2:04.45 $450,000 G1
2004 Society Selection 3 Cornelio Velasquez H. Allen Jerkens Marjorie & Irving Cowan 114 2:02.60 $450,000 G1
2003 Island Fashion 3 John R. Velazquez Barclay Tagg Jeffrey L. Nielsen 114 2:05.00 $450,000 G1
2002 Farda Amiga 3 Pat Day Paulo Lobo Marcos Simon, Julio Camargo, Santa Escolastica Stable (Jose DeCamargo) 114 2:04.60 $450,000 G1
2001 Flute 3 Jerry D. Bailey Robert J. Frankel Juddmonte Farms 114 2:01.80 $450,000 G1
2000 Jostle 3 Mike E. Smith John C. Servis Fox Hill Farms, Inc. (Rick Porter) 114 2:04.60 $450,000 G1
1999 Silverbulletday 3 Jerry D. Bailey Bob Baffert Michael E. Pegram 114 2:02.60 $240,000 G1
1998 Banshee Breeze 3 Jerry D. Bailey Carl Nafzger James B. Tafel 114 2:03.40 $150,000 G1
1997 Runup The Colors 3 Jerry D. Bailey Neil J. Howard William S. Farish III 114 2:02.20 $150,000 G1
1996 Yanks Music 3 John R. Velazquez Leo O'Brien Michael Fennessy & Audrey H. Cooper 114 2:03.00 $150,000 G1
1995 Pretty Discreet 3 Mike E. Smith William Terrill E. Paul Robsham 114 2:02.00 $120,000 G1
1994 Heavenly Prize 3 Mike E. Smith C. R. McGaughey III Ogden Phipps 114 2:03.20 $120,000 G1
1993 Sky Beauty 3 Mike E. Smith H. Allen Jerkens Georgia E. Hofmann 114 2:03.40 $120,000 G1
1992 November Snow 3 Chris Antley H. Allen Jerkens Earle I. Mack 114 2:02.75 $120,000 G1
1991 Versailles Treaty 3 Angel Cordero Jr. C. R. McGaughey III Cynthia Phipps 114 2:02.40 $120,000 G1
1990 Go For Wand 3 Randy Romero William Badget Jr. Christiana Stables 114 2:00.80 $130,560 G1
1989 Open Mind 3 Angel Cordero Jr. D. Wayne Lukas Eugene V. Klein 114 2:04.20 $139,440 G1
1988 Maplejinsky 3 Angel Cordero Jr. Philip G. Johnson Susan Kaskel 114 2:01.80 $136,320 G1
1987 Up The Apalachee 3 Jorge Velasquez George Arcenaux J. Minos Simon 114 2:04.00 $138,240 G1
1986 Classy Cathy 3 Earlie Fires C. R. McGaughey III Edward A. Cox Jr. 114 2:04.20 $138,720 G1
1985 Mom's Command 3 Abigail Fuller Edward T. Allard Peter D. Fuller 114 2:03.20 $84,000 G1
1984 Life's Magic 3 Jorge Velasquez D. Wayne Lukas Eugene V. Klein 114 2:02.60 $84,600 G1
1983 Spit Curl 3 Jean Cruguet Leroy Jolley Peter M. Brant 114 2:02.40 $65,880 G1
1982 Broom Dance 3 Gregg McCarron James W. Maloney Christiana Stables 114 2:02.20 $67,680 G1
1981 Prismatical 3 Eddie Maple Luis Barrera Happy Valley Farm (Stephen & Gary Wolfson) 114 2:02.40 $66,000 G1
1980 Love Sign 3 Ruben Hernandez Sidney Watters Jr. Stephen C. Clark Jr. 114 2:01.00 $65,880 G1
1979 It's In The Air 3 Jeffrey Fell Lazaro S. Barrera Harbor View Farm 114 2:01.40 $64,980 G1
1978 White Star Line 3 Michael Venezia Woody Stephens Newstead Farm 114 2:04.00 $64,920 G1
1977 Our Mims 3 Jorge Velasquez John M. Veitch Calumet Farm 114 2:03.00 $66,060 G1
1976 Optimistic Gal 3 Eddie Maple Leroy Jolley Diana M. Firestone 114 2:01.60 $48,555 G1
1975 Spout 3 Jean Cruguet Victor J. Nickerson Elmendorf 114 2:04.00 $49,170 G1
1974 Quaze Quilt 3 Heliodoro Gustines Charles R. Parke Fred W. Hooper 114 2:02.60 $33,660 G1
1973 Desert Vixen 3 Jorge Velasquez Thomas F. Root Sr. Harry T. Mangurian Jr. 114 2:04.20 $34,620 G1
1972 Summer Guest 3 Jorge Velasquez J. Elliott Burch Rokeby Stable 114 2:03.40 $32,640
1971 Lauries Dancer 3 Sandy Hawley James C. Bentley Helen G. Stollery 114 2:03.00 $35,280
1970 Fanfreluche 3 Ron Turcotte Yonnie Starr Jean-Louis Levesque 114 2:03.80 $38,415
1969 Shuvee 3 Jesse Davidson Willard C. Freeman Anne Minor Stone 114 2:06.40 $35,360
1968 Gay Matelda 3 John L. Rotz Casey Hayes Meadow Stable 114 2:04.40 $36,920
1967 Gamely 3 Bill Shoemaker James W. Maloney William Haggin Perry 114 2:03.20 $39,130
1966 Natashka 3 Bill Shoemaker William A. Peterson George F. Getty II 114 2:04.20 $36,790
1965 What A Treat 3 John L. Rotz Sylvester E. Veitch George D. Widener Jr. 114 2:03.60 $41,080
1964 Miss Cavandish 3 Howard Grant Roger Laurin Harry S. Nichols 114 2:03.20 $36,530
1963 Tona 3 Mike Sorrentino Norman R. McLeod Thomas S. Nichols 114 2:04.20 $37,310
1962 Firm Policy 3 Johnny Sellers E. Barry Ryan E. Barry Ryan 114 2:06.00 $37,050
1961 Primonetta 3 Bill Shoemaker James P. Conway Darby Dan Farm 114 2:03.20 $35,555
1960 Make Sail 3 Manuel Ycaza Woody Stephens Cain Hoy Stable 114 2:04.00 $38,205
1959 High Bid 3 Henry E. Moreno James E. Fitzsimmons Wheatley Stable 114 2:05.00 $37,230
1958 Tempted 3 Robert Ussery Henry S. Clark Mooring Stable 114 2:05.80 $18,712
1957 Here and There 3 Eldon Nelson Max Hirsch King Ranch 114 2:06.40 $20,450
1956 Tournure 3 Eric Guerin Otis J. Clelland Laura S. Branham 114 2:05.40 $18,600
1955 Rico Reto 3 William Boland Max Hirsch W. Arnold Hanger 114 2:05.80 $20,750
1954 Parlo 3 Eddie Arcaro Richard E. Handlen Foxcatcher Farm 114 2:06.00 $20,550
1953 Sabette 3 Jesse Higley James E. Fitzsimmons Belair Stud 114 2:06.00 $18,800
1952 Lily White 3 Ted Atkinson Oscar White Walter M. Jeffords Sr. 114 2:05.80 $17000
1951 Kiss Me Kate 3 Eddie Arcaro Oscar White Walter M. Jeffords Sr. 114 2:05.60 $15,250
1950 Busanda 3 Robert Permane James E. Fitzsimmons Ogden Phipps 114 2:04.40 $15,850
1949 Adile 3 Eddie Arcaro Oscar White Walter M. Jeffords Sr. 114 2:04.00 $17,000
1948 Compliance 3 Ted Atkinson George H. Strate Lester Manor Stable 114 2:06.00 $16,900
1947 But Why Not 3 Eric Guerin Max Hirsch King Ranch 114 2:05.00 $10,100
1946 Hypnotic 3 Eric Guerin James E. Fitzsimmons Belair Stud 114 2:04.20 $18,250
1945 Sicily 3 Ted Atkinson William Post Harry La Montagne 114 2:03.40 $21,015
1944 Vienna 3 James Stout James E. Fitzsimmons Belair Stud 114 2:03.60 $18,170
1943 Stefanita 3 Conn McCreary Winbert F. Mulholland George D. Widener Jr. 114 2:04.40 $11,425
1942 Vagrancy 3 James Stout James E. Fitzsimmons Belair Stud 114 2:05.20 $8,950
1941 War Wizard 3 Conn McCreary Walter A. Carter Glen Riddle Farm 114 2:04.80 $8,975
1940 Salaminia 3 Don Meade Duval A. Headley Hal Price Headley 114 2:04.80 $9,450
1939 War Plumage 3 Maurice Peters Howard J. Wells James Cox Brady Jr. 114 2:05.00 $10,100
1938 Handcuff 3 Jack Westrope Hugh L. Fontaine Brookmeade Stable 114 2:07.40 $8,275
1937 Regal Lily 3 Harry Richards Preston M. Burch Walter M. Jeffords Sr. 114 2:08.20 $7,475
1936 Floradora 3 Danny Brammer Albert B. Gordon E. Dale Shaffer 114 2:06.60 $7,525
1935 Alberta 3 Silvio Coucci Henry McDaniel Willis Sharpe Kilmer 114 2:05.20 $7,350
1934 Hindu Queen 3 Lee Humphries Max Hirsch Morton L. Schwartz 114 2:05.00 $11,050
1933 Barn Swallow 3 Don Meade Herbert J. Thompson Edward R. Bradley 114 2:06.60 $11,525
1932 Top Flight 3 Raymond Workman Thomas J. Healey Cornelius Vanderbilt Whitney 114 2:06.40 $12,225
1931 Risque 3 Earl Steffen Willie Knapp Fannie Hertz 114 2:05.60 $14,200
1930 Escutcheon 3 Linus McAtee George M. Odom Marshall Field III 114 2:04.20 $13,875
1929 Aquastella 3 Pete Walls Thomas J. Healey Florence L. Clark 114 2:04.80 $11,775
1928 Nixie 3 Danny McAuliffe James E. Fitzsimmons Wheatley Stable 114 2:10.20 $11,550
1927 Nimba 3 Harold Thurber George M. Odom Marshall Field III 114 2:06.80 $12,925
1926 Rapture 3 Linus McAtee James G. Rowe Sr. Harry P. Whitney 114 2:06.00 $9,275
1925 Maid at Arms 3 Albert Johnson Gwyn R. Tompkins Glen Riddle Farm 114 2:07.00 $10,625
1924 Priscilla Ruley 3 John Maiben James E. Fitzsimmons Belair Stud 114 2:08.80 $9,925
1923 Untidy 3 Earl Sande Scott P. Harlan Greentree Stable 114 2:05.40 $8,950
1922 Nedna 3 Frank Keogh James G. Rowe Sr. William P. Thompson 114 2:08.00 $8,050
1921 Prudery 3 Laverne Fator James G. Rowe Sr. Harry P. Whitney 114 2:04.20 $7,275
1920 Cleopatra 3 Linus McAtee William H. Karrick William R. Coe 114 2:07.80 $7,275
1919 Vexatious 3 Eddie Ambrose James G. Rowe Sr. Harry P. Whitney 114 2:09.20 $7,265
1918 Eyelid 3 Lavelle Ensor Richard O. Miller Anthony L. Aste 114 2:04.20 $6,575
1917 Sunbonnet 3 Johnny Loftus Walter B. Jennings A. Kingsley Macomber 114 2:07.00 $3,850
1916 Malachite 3 Lawrence Lyke Sam Hildreth August Belmont Jr. 118 1:54.60 $1,720
1915 Waterblossom 3 Edward C. Martin Thomas Clay McDowell Thomas Clay McDowell 118 1:57.60 $1,160
1914 Addie M. 3 Charles Burlingame George W. Langdon John W. Messervy 118 1:54.40 $1,740
1913 Flying Fairy 3 Tommy Davies J. Simon Healy Edward B. Cassatt 118 1:56.20 $1,455
1912 No races held due to the Hart–Agnew Law.
1911
1910 Ocean Bound 3 Cal Shilling French Brooks Woodford Clay 118 1:55.00 $3,850
1909 Maskette 3 Richard Scoville James G. Rowe Sr. James R. Keene 118 1:59.40 $3,850
1908 Mayfield 3 Cal Shilling William Hayward Jr. John Sanford 118 2:01.00 $3,850
1907 Kennyetto 3 Joe Notter William Hayward Jr. John Sanford 118 1:54.20 $3,850
1906 Running Water 3 Walter Miller Thomas Welsh Newcastle Stable 118 1:52.40 $3,850
1905 Tradition 3 Willie Davis A. Jack Joyner Sidney Paget 1516 2:16.60 $4,850
1904 Beldame 3 Frank O'Neill Fred Burlew Newton Bennington 118 1:53.60 $3,850
1903 Stamping Ground 3 Grover Fuller George Cornell F. R. Doctor 1116 1:56.80 $4,625
1902 Par Excellence 3 Arthur Redfern Crit Davis The Pepper Stable 1116 1:47.60 $3,850
1901 Morningside 3 Nash Turner John W. Rogers William Collins Whitney 1116 1:47.80 $1,900
1898 - 1900 Race not held
1897 Poetess 3 Charles A. Thorpe William Laimbeer 118 2:01.25 $1,425
1893 - 1896 Race not held
1892 Ignite 3 Alonzo Clayton John H. Morris Bashford Manor Stable 118 1:57.50 $2,475
1891 Sallie McClelland 3 George Anderson Byron McClelland Byron McClelland 118 2:05.75 $2,070
1890 Sinaloa II 3 Shelby Barnes Robert E. Campbell Santa Anita Stable 118 1:56.50 $3,750
1889 Princess Bowling 3 Isaac Murphy B. F. Pettit 118 2:03.50 $2,650
1888 Bella B. 3 Jim McLaughlin Frank McCabe Dwyer Brothers Stable 118 1:58.00 $3,675
1887 Grisette 3 E. West Albert Cooper Santa Anita Stable 118 2:00.50 $3,000
1886 Millie 3 Jim McLaughlin Frank McCabe Dwyer Brothers Stable 118 1:59.50 $3,550
1885 Ida Hope 3 Isaac Murphy John W. Rogers Edward C. Corrigan 118 1:59.00 $3,225
1884 Tolu 3 Harry Blaylock R. Wyndham Walden George L. Lorillard 118 2:01.00 $3,500
1883 Miss Woodford 3 Jim McLaughlin James G. Rowe, Sr. Dwyer Brothers Stable 118 1:57.50 $3,050
1882 Belle of Runnymede 3 John Stoval James G. Rowe Sr. George W. Bowen & Co. 118 2:08.75 $3,250
1881 Thora 3 William Donohue Charles Reed 118 1:59.25 $1,450
1880 Glidelia 3 William Donohue George Rice William M. Connor 118 2:00.00 $2,600
1879 Ferida 3 Lloyd Hughes R. Wyndham Walden George L. Lorillard 118 2:00.75 $3,300
1878 Belle 3 William Hayward Oden Bowie 118 1:59.00 $2,800
1877 Susquehanna 3 Lloyd Hughes Jacob Pincus August Belmont Sr. 118 1:57.25 $3,450
1876 Merciless 3 Dan Sparling William Brown Pierre Lorillard IV 118 2:00.75 $2,850
1875 Olitipa 3 S. Evans Jacob Pincus August Belmont Sr. 118 2:00.50 $2,800
1874 Regardless 3 John Sparling William Brown Francis Morris 118 2:00.25 $3,100
1873 Minnie 3 R. Ponton R. Wyndham Walden R. Wyndham Walden 118 2:01.60 $3,050
1872 Woodbine 3 C. Gradwell Jacob Pincus August Belmont Sr. 118 2:06.20 $2,650

+ In 1968 Heartland finished first but was disqualified and placed second.
+ In 1966 Lady Pitt finished first but was disqualified and placed second.
+ In 1942 Bonnet Ann finished first but was disqualified and placed last.
+ In 1908 Stamina finished first but was disqualified and placed last.

External linksEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Alabama Stakes". NYRA. 2020-04-14. Retrieved 2020-04-14.
  2. ^ "Saratoga - The Races". Wheeling Daily Register (West Virginia), page 1. 1872-07-20. Retrieved 2020-04-15.
  3. ^ "Penalties in the New York Bills". Daily Racing Form at University of Kentucky Archives. 1908-01-18. Retrieved 2018-10-26.
  4. ^ Times, Special To The New York (July 14, 1911). "Race Track Bill Defeated In Senate; Measure Modifying Directors' Liability for Gambling Fails of Passage". Retrieved September 2, 2017.
  5. ^ "G.D. Widener's Stefanita Captures $17,425 Alabama Stakes at Belmont". New York Times, Section Sports, page 20. 1943-08-05. Retrieved 2020-04-16.
  6. ^ "Horse Racing: Go for Wand's legacy lives on". The Saratogian. 1990-08-21. Retrieved 2020-04-15.