The Astarita Stakes was an American Thoroughbred horse race run between 1946 and 2005 at New York's Aqueduct Racetrack in South Ozone Park, Queens and at Belmont Park in Elmont. Open to two-year-old fillies, it was a sprint race contested on dirt over a distance of six and a half furlongs. It offered a purse of $100,000.
|Discontinued stakes race|
|Location||Aqueduct Racetrack, South Ozone Park, Queens, New York, United States|
Elmont, New York, United States
|Race type||Thoroughbred – Flat racing|
The Astarita was given Grade III stakes status in 1973 when a grading system was instituted at all racetracks in North America. In 1981 it was elevated to a Grade II event before being downgraded in 2004 to its original Grade III which was maintained until the race was dropped from the schedule in 2006.
In 1955 the Greater New York Association took over management of Belmont Park, Aqueduct Racetrack, Jamaica Race Course and the Saratoga Race Course. Massive renovations led to the subsequent closure of Aqueduct Racetrack for four years and there was no Astarita Stakes run for the three years between 1958 and 1960.
The race was named for Astarita, John Follansbee's filly who won the 1902 inaugural running of the Astoria Stakes at the now defunct Gravesend Race Track on Coney Island, New York City. The Astarita Stakes was run at:
- Aqueduct Racetrack: 1946–1955, 1962–1966, 1993–1994, 1997
- Belmont Park: 1956–1957, 1961
It was contested at various distances:
- 6 furlongs : 1946–1956
- 6.5 furlongs : 1972–1994, 1997–2005
- 7 furlongs : 1957–1971, 1996
- 8 furlongs : 1995
The Astarita was run in two divisions in 1965, 1968 and 1972.
The first running of the Astarita Stakes took place at Aqueduct on September 21, 1946. It was won by Keynote, a strawberry roan filly owned by the Wheatley Stable and ridden by future Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame inductee Hedley Woodhouse.
USN Rear-Admiral Howard Adams Flanigan won the 1954 running of the Astarita with his good filly Two Stars. On the same racecard, future U. S. Racing Hall of Fame jockey Ted Atkinson reached a milestone in his career with his 3,000th win aboard the Greentree Stable colt Devastation.
In 2000 Extra Heat's win extended her career unbeaten streak to six. She would be voted the 2001 American Champion Three-Year-Old Filly and in 2015 would be inducted into the U.S. Racing Hall of Fame.
The final running of the Astarita Stakes took place on October 2, 2005. It was won by Sensation with Eibar Coa aboard for owner Gary and Betty Biszantz's Cobra Farm and their partner, the Castletop Stable owned by Morton and Bobbi Topfer.
- 110.00 @ 6 furlongs – Alanesian (1956)
- 1:16.40 @ 6.5 furlongs – Stulcer (1974)
- 1:22.60 @ 7 furlongs – Syrian Sea (1967)
Most wins by a jockey:
- 4 – Ron Turcotte (1965, 1968, 1970, 1973)
Most wins by a trainer:
- 2 – Casey Hayes (1961, 1967)
- 2 – Charles P. Sanborn (1964, 1982)
- 2 – Del W. Carroll (1970, 1980)
- 2 – James A. Jerkens (1997, 1999)
Most wins by an owner:
|2005||Sensation||2||Eibar Coa||Stanley M. Hough||Cobra Farm & Castletop Stable||6.5 F||1:16.90||$60,000||G III|
|2004||Toll Taker||2||Eibar Coa||Timothy A. Hills||Patrick Welsh||6.5 F||1:18.16||$60,000||G III|
|2003||Spectacular Moon||2||Jorge Chavez||John V. Alecci||John V. Alecci||6.5 F||1:17.16||$90,000||G II|
|2002||Humorous Lady||2||Jerry Bailey||Michael R. Smith||S. David Plummer||6.5 F||1:17.76||$90,000||G II|
|2001||Bella Bellucci||2||Gary Stevens||Neil D. Drysdale||Michael Tabor||6.5 F||1:16.67||$60,000||G II|
|2000||Xtra Heat||2||Mark Johnston||John Salzman Sr.||Kenneth Taylor/John Salzman Sr./Harry Deitchman||6.5 F||1:16.71||$60,000||G II|
|1999||Silentlea||2||Robbie Davis||James A. Jerkens||Grace E. Ritzenberg||6.5 F||1:17.44||$60,000||G II|
|1998||Paved in Gold||2||Jorge Chavez||Michael T. Trivigno||Brian S. Dance||6.5 F||1:18.86||$60,000||G II|
|1997||Ninth Inning||2||Robbie Davis||James A. Jerkens||Peter Blum||6.5 F||1:17.44||$60,000||G II|
|1996||Broad Dynamite||2||Dale Cordova||Damon Pollard||Joseph D. Kowal||6.5 F||1:24.02||$60,000||G II|
|1995||Top Secret||2||Mike E. Smith||George R. Arnold II||John H. Peace||8 F||1:36.79||$60,000||G II|
|1994||Miss Golden Circle||2||Julie Krone||John C. Kimmel||Caesar Kimmel & Philip Solondz||6.5 F||1:23.67||$60,000||G II|
|1993||Shapely Scrapper||2||Joe Bravo||Benjamin W. Perkins Jr.||Candy Stable (Herb & Ellen Moelis)||6.5 F||1:24.02||$60,000||G II|
|1992||Missed The Storm||2||Mike E. Smith||William I. Mott||Pin Oak Stable||6.5 F||1:24.90||$60,000||G II|
|1991||Easy Now||2||Mike E. Smith||C. R. McGaughey III||Ogden Phipps||6.5 F||1:22.84||$60,000||G II|
|1990||Devlish Touch||2||Craig Perret||Carlos A. Garcia||Burning Tree Farm (Jerry Roth, et al.)||6.5 F||1:18.36||$60,000||G II|
|1989||Dance Colony||2||José A. Santos||Ross R. Pierce||Buckland Farm||6.5 F||1:17.80||$60,000||G II|
|1988||Channel Three||2||Carlos Barrera||Michael J. Goswell||Elser Farms Corp.||6.5 F||1:17.00||$60,000||G II|
|1987||Flashy Runner||2||Jacinto Vásquez||Frank A. Alexander||Barry K. Schwartz||6.5 F||1:16.60||$60,000||G II|
|1986||Cagey Exuberance||2||John Nied Jr.||Robert W. Camac||Lindsey D. Burbank||6.5 F||1:18.20||$45,000||G II|
|1985||Gaudery||2||Ángel Cordero Jr.||Jan H. Nerud||John A. Nerud||6.5 F||1:17.00||$45,000||G II|
|1984||Mom's Command||2||Abigail Fuller||Edward T. Allard||Peter D. Fuller||6.5 F||1:17.80||$45,000||G II|
|1983||Tinas Ten||2||Richard Migliore||Richard T. DeStasio||Albert Fried Jr.||6.5 F||1:19.20||$30,000||G II|
|1982||Wings of Jove||2||Herb McCauley||Charles P. Sanborn||Helmore Farm (Edgar M. Lucas)||6.5 F||1:16.80||$30,000||G II|
|1981||Before Dawn||2||Jorge Velásquez||John M. Veitch||Calumet Farm||6.5 F||1:16.60||$30,000||G II|
|1980||Sweet Revenge||2||Jorge Velásquez||Del W. Carroll||William S. Farish III||6.5 F||1:17.20||$33,360||G III|
|1979||Royal Suite||2||Jeffrey Fell||Roger Laurin||Reginald N. Webster||6.5 F||1:17.20||$25,815||G III|
|1978||Fall Aspen||2||Roger Velez||James E. Picou||Joseph M. Roebling||6.5 F||1:17.00||$24,000||G III|
|1977||Lakeville Miss||2||Ruben Hernandez||Jose A. Martin||Randolph Weinsier||6.5 F||1:17.80||$21,000||G III|
|1976||Sensational||2||Ángel Cordero Jr.||Woody Stephens||Mill House Stable||6.5 F||1:17.40||$22,185||G III|
|1975||Picture Tube||2||Eddie Maple||Anthony L. Basile||Bwamazon Farm (Millard A. Waldheim)||6.5 F||1:18.40||$23,340||G III|
|1974||Stulcer||2||Ángel Cordero Jr.||Warren A. Croll Jr.||Jaclyn Stable (W. S. Paley & Dr. Leon Levy)||6.5 F||1:16.40||$17,040||G III|
|1973||Raisela||2||Ron Turcotte||John W. Jacobs||Harbor View Farm||6.5 F||1:16.80||$17,610||G III|
|1972-1||Princess Doubleday||2||Braulio Baeza||David Sazer||Frank J. Sitzberger||6.5 F||1:17.20||$13,965|
|1972-2||Waltz Fan||2||John Mallamo||Victor J. Nickerson||Mereworth Farm (Walter J. Salmon Jr.)||6.5 F||1:17.80||$14,040|
|1971||Barely Even||2||Tommy Barrow||Louis M. Goldfine||Mrs. S. Leonard Gilmartin||7 F||1:23.40||$21,120|
|1970||Deceit||2||Ron Turcotte||Del W. Carroll||Windfields Farm||7 F||1:23.80||$19,402|
|1969||Cherry Sundae||2||John Rotz||George Seabo||Shelter Rock Stable||7 F||1:24.80||$19,890|
|1968-1||Show Off||2||Eddie Belmonte||Willard C. Freeman||Alfred G. Vanderbilt Jr.||7 F||1:25.00||$14,803|
|1968-2||Dihela||2||Ron Turcotte||Sidney J. Smith||Alfred J. Giordano||7 F||1:24.20||$14,966|
|1967||Syrian Sea||2||Bobby Ussery||Casey Hayes||Meadow Stable||7 F||1:22.60||$19,175|
|1966||Irish County||2||Braulio Baeza||Edward A. Neloy||Wheatley Stable||7 F||1:24.40||$19,370|
|1965-1||Swift Lady||2||Bill Shoemaker||Burley E. Parke||Harbor View Farm||7 F||1:23.60|
|1965-2||Lady Pitt (DH)||2||Ron Turcotte||Stephen A. DiMauro||Thomas A. Eazor||7 F||1:23.00|
|1965-2||Prides Profile (DH)||2||Donald Pierce||Sam N. Edmundson||Clarence W. Smith||7 F||1:23.00|
|1964||I Deceive †||2||Fernando Alvarez||Charles P. Sanborn||Ernest H. Wood||7 F||1:26.60||$19,955|
|1963-1||Petite Rouge||2||Johnny Sellers||Woody Sedlacek||Jacques D. Wimpheimer||7 F||1:23.60||$14,348|
|1963-2||Tosmah||2||Sam Boulmetis Sr.||Joseph W. Mergler||Briardale Farm (Anthony Imbesi)||7 F||1:23.60||$14,511|
|1962||Main Swap||2||Braulio Baeza||Charles R. Parke||Fred W. Hooper||7 F||1:23.00||$19,272|
|1961||Cicada||2||Bill Shoemaker||Casey Hayes||Meadow Stable||7 F||1:24.40||$19,630|
|1957||Polamby||2||Pete Anderson||MacKenzie Miller||Ned W. Brent||7 F||1:25.80||$18,550|
|1956||Alanesian||2||William Boland||James W. Maloney||William Haggin Perry||6 F||1:10.00||$11,450|
|1955||Cosmah †||2||Karl Korte||Frank J. Zitto||Eugene Mori||6 F||1:11.40||$12,200|
|1954||Two Stars||2||Nick Shuk||Sherrill W. Ward||Howard Adams Flanigan||6 F||1:12.80||$12,800|
|1953||Make A Play||2||Ben Green||Thomas A. Kelly||Pin Oak Stable||6 F||1:13.20||$8,450|
|1952||Grecian Queen||2||Eric Guerin||James P. Conway||Florence Whitaker||6 F||1:13.60||$8,925|
|1951||Place Card||2||Arnold Kirkland||Virgil W. Raines||Brandywine Stable||6 F||1:12.60||$9,575|
|1950||Jacodema||2||Robert Permane||Kay E. Jensen||Apheim Stable (Bernard Heiman)||6 F||1:12.00||$8,950|
|1949||Blue Kay||2||Ted Atkinson||Harold Crouch||Elkcam Stables||6 F||1:14.00||$9,375|
|1948||Nell K||2||Douglas Dodson||John B. Partridge||Spring Hill Farm||6 F||1:14.60||$10,275|
|1947||Bellesoeur||2||Tommy May||George P. "Maj" Odom||Mrs. Laudy Lawrence||6 F||1:12.60||$9,650|
|1946||Keynote||2||Hedley Woodhouse||James E. Fitzsimmons||Wheatley Stable||6 F||1:11.20||$10,325|
- † In 1964 Queen Empress won by a nose but was disqualified to second for interference.
- † In 1962 Smart Deb won what would have been her eighth straight win had she not been disqualified for interference.
- † In 1955 Dark Charger won but was disqualified to last.
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