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Belmont Futurity Stakes

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The Futurity Stakes, commonly referred to as the Belmont Futurity, is an American Thoroughbred horse race run annually in mid-September or October at Belmont Park in Elmont, New York, United States. Open to two-year-old horses, it is raced on turf over a distance of six furlongs.

Futurity Stakes
LocationBelmont Park
Elmont, New York, United States
Inaugurated1888
Race typeThoroughbredFlat racing
Websitewww.nyra.com/belmont/
Race information
Distance6 furlongs
SurfaceTurf
TrackLeft-handed
QualificationTwo-year-olds
WeightAssigned
Purse$150,000

The creation of James G. K. Lawrence, president of the Sheepshead Bay Race Track, the Futurity was originally run with the two-year-old offspring of mares which had been nominated before their birth. This rule remained in effect until 1957, when the race was opened to all two-year-old horses.

The Futurity was run as a turf race for the first time in 2018. It was added to the Breeders' Cup Challenge series for 2018 as a "Win and You're In" qualifier for the Juvenile Turf Sprint.[1]

Inaugural runningEdit

The first edition of the Futurity took place on Labor Day in 1888. The New York Times reported that one quarter of those in attendance were women. The richest race ever run in the United States to that time, the owners of winner Proctor Knott collected $41,675. Until 1956, this race had a larger purse than that of the Belmont Stakes.

Food consumptionEdit

The New York Times reported that attendance for the day of the inaugural running was at least the equal of the largest crowd to ever attend a race at the Sheepshead Bay facility and that the caterer sold the following food:

The Futurity Stakes was hosted by the Sheepshead Bay Race Track until the track's closure following a statewide ban on parimutuel betting through enactment of the Hart–Agnew Law by the New York Legislature. It was switched to the Saratoga Race Course for 1910 but was not raced for the next two years until the State Legislature lifted the ban. Held at Saratoga in 1913 and 1914, it was them moved to Belmont Park. In 1959 and 1960, plus from 1962 to 1967, the race was hosted by the Aqueduct Racetrack before returning to Belmont Park where it has since remained.

The race's counterpart on turf is the Laurel Futurity at Laurel Park Racecourse in Laurel, Maryland. Prior to the advent of the Breeders' Cup Juvenile, the Belmont Futurity was one of the United States' most important dirt races for two-year-olds. Some of the greatest Thoroughbreds in American racing history have won the race including Colin, Native Dancer, Man o' War and U.S. Triple Crown champions, Affirmed, Secretariat, and Citation.

In 2001, the race had been scheduled to be run on September 16 but was canceled following the September 11, 2001 attacks.

Over the years the race has been contested at various distances:

  • 6 furlongs: 1888–1891, 1902–1924, 2011–present;
  • 1,263 yards and 1 foot: 1892–1901;
  • Approximately 7 furlongs: 1925–1933;
  • 6.5 furlongs: 1934–1975;
  • 7 furlongs: 1976–1993; 2005–2009.
  • 8 furlongs: 1994–2004.

RecordsEdit

Time record:

  • 7 Furlongs, Dirt: 1:21.60 – Affirmed (1977)
  • 6 1/2 Furlongs, Dirt: 1:14.40 – Native Dancer (1952) (World-Record Time)
  • 6 Furlongs, Dirt: 1:09.49 – Blofeld (2014)
  • 6 Furlongs, Turf: 1:11.26 - Uncle Benny (2018)

Most wins by an owner:

Most wins by a jockey:

Most wins by a trainer:

WinnersEdit

Year
Winner
Age
Jockey
Trainer
Owner
Dist.
(Furlongs)
Time
Grade
Win$
2018 Uncle Benny 2 Irad Ortiz Jr. Jason Servis Ara Aprahamian 6 F (t) 1:11.26 L $90,000
2017 Engage 2 Jose Ortiz Chad Brown Woodford Racing LLC 6 F (d) 1:10.09 G3 $90,000
2016 Theory 2 Javier Castellano Todd A. Pletcher China Horse Club/WinStar Farm 6 F (d) 1:09.91 G3 $120,000
2015 Annual Report 2 Joe Bravo Kiaran McLaughlin Godolphin Racing 6 F (d) 1:09.82 G2 $120,000
2014 Blofeld 2 John Velazquez Todd Pletcher Glencrest Farm/JSM Equine 6 F (d) 1:09.49 G2 $120,000
2013 In Trouble 2 Joseph Rocco Jr. Tony Dutrow Team D 6 F (d) 1:09.64 G2 $120,000
2012 Overanalyze 2 John Velazquez Todd Pletcher Repole Stable 6 F (d) 1:11.46 G2 $120,000
2011 Jack's in the Deck 2 Joe Bravo Robin L. Graham Skeedattle Stable 6 F (d) 1:13.36 G2 $90,000
2010 Race not held
2009 D' Funnybone 2 Edgar Prado Richard E. Dutrow Jr. Paul Pompa Jr. 7 F (d) 1:22.40 G2 $150,000
2008 Charitable Man 2 Alan Garcia Kiaran McLaughlin M/M William K. Warren 7 F (d) 1:24.30 G2 $150,000
2007 Tale of Ekati 2 Eibar Coa Barclay Tagg Charles E. Fipke 7 F (d) 1:22.33 G2 $150,000
2006 King of the Roxy 2 John Velazquez Todd Pletcher Team Valor 7 F (d) 1:24.00 G2 $150,000
2005 Private Vow 2 Jerry Bailey Steve Asmussen Mike McCarty 7 F (d) 1:24.00 G2 $180,000
2004 Park Avenue Ball 2 Javier Castellano James T. Ryerson Char-Mari Stable 8 F (d) 1:38.80 G2 $120,000
2003 Cuvee 2 Jerry Bailey Steve Asmussen Verne Winchell / Spendthrift Farm 8 F (d) 1:35.60 G1 $120,000
2002 Whywhywhy 2 Edgar Prado Patrick Biancone P. Biancone/Fabien Ouaki 8 F (d) 1:36.20 G1 $120,000
2001 Race not held
2000 Burning Roma * 2 Rick Wilson Anthony W. Dutrow Harold Queen 8 F (d) 1:37.80 G1 $120,000
1999 Bevo 2 Joe Bravo William Badgett Jr. Peter Callahan 8 F (d) 1:36.00 G1 $90,000
1998 Lemon Drop Kid 2 John Velazquez Scotty Schulhofer Jeanne G. Vance 8 F (d) 1:37.40 G1 $90,000
1997 Grand Slam 2 Gary Stevens D. Wayne Lukas R. & C. Baker/W. Mack/D. Cornstein/M. Tabor/J. Magnier 8 F (d) 1:35.60 G1 $90,000
1996 Traitor 2 John Velazquez Mary Eppler Alfred Gwynne Vanderbilt Jr. 8 F (d) 1:35.20 G1 $90,000
1995 Maria's Mon 2 Robbie Davis Richard Schosberg Rosalind Rosenthal 8 F (d) 1:35.00 G1 $90,000
1994 Montreal Red 2 Jose Santos Scotty Schulhofer Vendome Stables 8 F (d) 1:36.20 G1 $66,180
1993 Holy Bull 2 Mike E. Smith Warren A. Croll Jr. Warren A. Croll Jr. 7 F (d) 1:23.20 G1 $69,360
1992 Strolling Along 2 Chris Antley C. R. McGaughey III Ogden Phipps 7 F (d) 1:23.60 G1 $72,120
1991 Agincourt 2 Jorge Chavez Nick Zito Robert Perez 7 F (d) 1:23.80 G1 $73,140
1990 Eastern Echo 2 Jerry Bailey MacKenzie Miller Rokeby Stables 7 F (d) 1:22.40 G1 $69,360
1989 Senor Pete 2 Jose A. Santos Scotty Schulhofer Michael G. Rutherford 7 F (d) 1:23.20 G1 $75,360
1988 Trapp Mountain 2 Angel Cordero Jr. George R. Arnold II Loblolly Stable 7 F (d) 1:23.80 G1 $74,280
1987 Forty Niner 2 Eddie Maple Woody Stephens Claiborne Farm 7 F (d) 1:22.60 G1 $80,100
1986 Gulch 2 Angel Cordero Jr. Leroy Jolley Peter M. Brant 7 F (d) 1:22.20 G1 $82,920
1985 Ogygian 2 Walter Guerra Jan H. Nerud Tartan Farms 7 F (d) 1:22.40 G1 $90,600
1984 Spectacular Love 2 Laffit Pincay Jr. Laz Barrera Dolly Green 7 F (d) 1:23.20 G1 $105,900
1983 Swale 2 Eddie Maple Woody Stephens Claiborne Farm 7 F (d) 1:24.00 G1 $72,915
1982 Copelan 2 Jerry D. Bailey Michael Griffin Fred W. Hooper 7 F (d) 1:24.20 G1 $97,110
1981 Irish Martini 2 Jorge Velasquez Richard DeStasio Seymour Cohen 7 F (d) 1:24.40 G1 $103,605
1980 Tap Shoes 2 Ruben Hernandez Howard M. Tesher Leone J. Peters 7 F (d) 1:23.80 G1 $85,605
1979 Rockhill Native 2 John Oldham Herbert K. Stevens Harry A. Oak 7 F (d) 1:22.00 G1 $90,150
1978 Crested Wave † 2 Jean Cruguet Ross Fenstermaker Fred W. Hooper 7 F (d) 1:24.00 G1 $75,600
1977 Affirmed 2 Steve Cauthen Laz Barrera Harbor View Farm 7 F (d) 1:21.60 G1 $63,570
1976 For The Moment 2 Eddie Maple Leroy Jolley Gerald Robins 7 F (d) 1:23.20 G1 $67,353
1975 Soy Numero Uno 2 Jacinto Vasquez Homer C. Pardue Joseph R. Straus 6.5 F (d) 1:17.80 G1 $66,408
1974 Just The Time 2 Marco Castaneda John P. Campo Buckland Farm 6.5 F (d) 1:16.40 G1 $66,801
1973 Wedge Shot 2 Jacinto Vasquez Charles R. Parke Fred W. Hooper 6.5 F (d) 1:17.00 G1 $82,230
1972 Secretariat 2 Ron Turcotte Lucien Laurin Meadow Stable 6.5 F (d) 1:16.40 $82,320
1971 Riva Ridge 2 Ron Turcotte Lucien Laurin Meadow Stud 6.5 F (d) 1:16.60 $87,636
1970 Salem 2 John L. Rotz Edward L. Holton Christiana Stable 6.5 F (d) 1:16.80 $99,333
1969 High Echelon 2 John L. Rotz Hirsch Jacobs Ethel D. Jacobs 6.5 F (d) 1:18.40 $92,807
1968 Top Knight 2 Manuel Ycaza Raymond Metcalf Steven B. Wilson 6.5 F (d) 1:16.20 $88,283
1967 Captain's Gig 2 Bill Shoemaker William W. Stephens Cain Hoy Stable 6.5 F (d) 1:15.80 $90,495
1966 Bold Hour 2 John L. Rotz Bert Mulholland George D. Widener Jr. 6.5 F (d) 1:17.60 $91,084
1965 Priceless Gem 2 Walter Blum Hirsch Jacobs Ethel D. Jacobs 6.5 F (d) 1:17.20 $93,827
1964 Bold Lad 2 Braulio Baeza William C. Winfrey Wheatley Stable 6.5 F (d) 1:16.00 $85,566
1963 Bupers 2 Avelino Gomez Buddy Jacobson Marion R. Frankel 6.5 F (d) 1:17.40 $90,974
1962 Never Bend 2 Bill Shoemaker Woody Stephens Cain Hoy Stable 6.5 F (d) 1:17.20 $94,348
1961 Cyane 2 Manuel Ycaza Henry S. Clark Christiana Stable 6.5 F (d) 1:17.20 $85,650
1960 Little Tumbler 2 Ray Broussard William R. Mitchell Meadowbrook Stable 6.5 F (d) 1:16.60 $87,456
1959 Weatherwise 2 Eddie Arcaro John M. Gaver Sr. Greentree Stable 6.5 F (d) 1:18.60 $88,470
1958 Intentionally 2 Bill Shoemaker Edward Kelly Sr. Brookfield Farm 6.5 F (d) 1:16.20 $80,690
1957 Jester 2 Paul J. Bailey Bert Mulholland George D. Widener Jr. 6.5 F (d) 1:16.20 $81,005
1956 Bold Ruler 2 Eddie Arcaro James E. Fitzsimmons Wheatley Stable 6.5 F (d) 1:15.20 $91,145
1955 Nail 2 Hedley Woodhouse George P. Odom Josephine P. Widener 6.5 F (d) 1:16.80 $100,425
1954 Nashua 2 Eddie Arcaro James E. Fitzsimmons Belair Stud 6.5 F (d) 1:15.60 $88,015
1953 Porterhouse 2 William Boland Charlie Whittingham Llangollen Farm 6.5 F (d) 1:16.00 $92,875
1952 Native Dancer 2 Eric Guerin William C. Winfrey Alfred G. Vanderbilt II 6.5 F (d) 1:14.40 $82,845
1951 Tom Fool 2 Ted Atkinson John M. Gaver Sr. Greentree Stable 6.5 F (d) 1:17.20 $86,710
1950 Battlefield 2 Eddie Arcaro Bert Mulholland George D. Widener Jr. 6.5 F (d) 1:15.40 $81,715
1949 Guillotine 2 Ted Atkinson John M. Gaver Sr. Greentree Stable 6.5 F (d) 1:15.60 $87,585
1948 Blue Peter 2 Eric Guerin Andy Schuttinger Joseph M. Roebling 6.5 F (d) 1:14.60 $88,410
1947 Citation 2 Albert Snider Horace A. Jones Calumet Farm 6.5 F (d) 1:15.80 $78,430
1946 First Flight 2 Eddie Arcaro Sylvester Veitch C. V. Whitney 6.5 F (d) 1:15.20 $73,350
1945 Star Pilot 2 Arnold Kirkland Tom Smith Maine Chance Farm 6.5 F (d) 1:17.20 $52,940
1944 Pavot 2 George Woolf Oscar White Walter M. Jeffords Sr. 6.5 F (d) 1:15.20 $53,890
1943 Occupy 2 George Woolf Burley Parke John Marsch 6.5 F (d) 1:17.80 $55,635
1942 Occupation 2 George Woolf Burley Parke John Marsch 6.5 F (d) 1:15.20 $57,890
1941 Some Chance 2 Wendell Eads Ben A. Jones Calumet Farm 6.5 F (d) 1:16.80 $57,900
1940 Our Boots 2 Eddie Arcaro Steve Judge Woodvale Farm 6.5 F (d) 1:15.60 $65,800
1939 Bimelech 2 Fred A. Smith William A. Hurley Edward R. Bradley 6.5 F (d) 1:16.80 $57,710
1938 Porter's Mite 2 Basil James Ted Horning William E. Boeing 6.5 F (d) 1:16.80 $57,045
1937 Menow 2 Charley Kurtsinger Duval A. Headley Hal Price Headley 6.5 F (d) 1:15.20 $56,800
1936 Pompoon 2 Harry Richards Cyrus Field Clark Jerome H. Louchheim 6.5 F (d) 1:16.40 $55,630
1935 Tintagel 2 Silvio Coucci George M. Odom Marshall Field III 6.5 F (d) 1:17.40 $66,450
1934 Chance Sun 2 Wayne D. Wright Peter Coyne Joseph E. Widener 6.5 F (d) 1:17.60 $77,510
1933 Singing Wood 2 Robert Jones James W. Healy Liz Whitney 6.75 F (d) 1:17.60 $88,700
1932 Kerry Patch 2 Pete Walls Joseph A. Notter Lee Rosenberg 6.75 F (d) 1:24.40 $88,690
1931 Top Flight 2 Raymond Workman Thomas J. Healey C. V. Whitney 6.75 F (d) 1:21.00 $94,780
1930 Jamestown 2 Linus McAtee A. Jack Joyner George D. Widener Jr. 6.75 F (d) 1:20.60 $99,600
1929 Whichone 2 Raymond Workman James G. Rowe Jr. Harry P. Whitney 6.75 F (d) 1:19.60 $105,730
1928 High Strung 2 Linus McAtee George M. Odom Marshall Field III 6.75 F (d) 1:19.00 $97,990
1927 Anita Peabody 2 Chick Lang Bert S. Michell Fannie Hertz 6.75 F (d) 1:21.80 $91,790
1926 Scapa Flow 2 Laverne Fator Scott P. Harlan Walter M. Jeffords Sr. 6.75 F (d) 1:22.00 $65,980
1925 Pompey 2 Laverne Fator William H. Karrick Shoshone Stable 6.75 F (d) 1:23.00 $58,480
1924 Mother Goose 2 Linus McAtee Fred Hopkins Harry P. Whitney 6 F (d) 1:10.80 $65,730
1923 St. James 2 Thomas McTaggart A. Jack Joyner George D. Widener Jr. 6 F (d) 1:10.40 $64,810
1922 Sally's Alley 2 Albert Johnson Eugene Wayland Willis Sharpe Kilmer 6 F (d) 1:11.00 $47,550
1921 Bunting 2 Frank Coltiletti James G. Rowe Sr. Harry P. Whitney 6 F (d) 1:11.40 $39,700
1920 Step Lightly 2 Frank Keogh Eugene Wayland Walter J. Salmon Sr. 6 F (d) 1:12.20 $35,870
1919 Man o' War 2 Johnny Loftus Louis Feustel Glen Riddle Farm 6 F (d) 1:11.60 $26,650
1918 Dunboyne 2 Andy Schuttinger William Hogan Philip A. Clark 6 F (d) 1:12.80 $23,360
1917 Papp 2 Lawrence Allen Max Hirsch George W. Loft 6 F (d) 1:12.00 $15,600
1916 Campfire 2 John McTaggart Thomas J. Healey Richard T. Wilson Jr. 6 F (d) 1:13.80 $17,340
1915 Thunderer 2 Joe Notter James G. Rowe Sr. L. S. Thompson (lessee) 6 F (d) 1:11.80 $16,590
1914 Trojan 2 Charles Burlingame Stephen J. Lawler Quincy Stable (James F. Johnson) 6 F (d) 1:16.80 $16,010
1913 Pennant 2 Charles Borel James G. Rowe Sr. Harry P. Whitney 6 F (d) 1:15.00 $15,060
1912 No races held due to the Hart–Agnew Law.
1911
1910 Novelty 2 Cal Shilling Sam Hildreth Sam Hildreth 6 F (d) 1:12.20 $25,360
1909 Sweep 2 James Butwell James G. Rowe Sr. James R. Keene 6 F (d) 1:11.80 $24,100
1908 Maskette 2 Joe Notter James G. Rowe Sr. James R. Keene 6 F (d) 1:11.20 $26,110
1907 Colin 2 Walter Miller James G. Rowe Sr. James R. Keene 6 F (d) 1:11.20 $26,640
1906 Electioneer 2 Willie Shaw William Lakeland William Lakeland 6 F (d) 1:13.60 $36,880
1905 Ormondale 2 Arthur Redfern Thomas Welsh Ormondale Stable (William O'Brien Macdonough) 6 F (d) 1:11.80 $32,960
1904 Artful 2 Gene Hildebrand John W. Rogers H. B. Duryea (lessee) 6 F (d) 1:11.80 $40,830
1903 Hamburg Belle 2 Grover Fuller A. Jack Joyner Sydney Paget 6 F (d) 1:13.00 $36,600
1902 Savable 2 Lucien Lyne Enoch Wishard John A. Drake 6 F (d) 1:14.00 $44,500
1901 Yankee 2 Winfield O'Connor John E. Madden John E. Madden 5.75 F (d) 1:09.20 $36,850
1900 Ballyhoo Bey 2 Tod Sloan John W. Rogers William C. Whitney 5.75 F (d) 1:10.00 $33,580
1899 Chacornac 2 Henry Spencer James G. Rowe Sr. James R. Keene 5.75 F (d) 1:10.40 $30,630
1898 Martimas 2 Harry Lewis Edward Whyte William Hendrie 5.75 F (d) 1:12.40 $36,610
1897 L'Alouette 2 Richard Clawson James G. Rowe Sr. L. S. & W. P. Thompson 5.75 F (d) 1:11.00 $34,290
1896 Ogden 2 Frank Turbiville John Campbell Marcus Daly 5.75 F (d) 1:10.00 $43,790
1895 Requital 2 Henry Griffin John J. Hyland David Gideon 5.75 F (d) 1:11.40 $53,190
1894 The Butterflies 2 Henry Griffin John J. Hyland Gideon & Daly 5.75 F (d) 1:11.00 $48,710
1893 Domino 2 Fred Taral William Lakeland James & Foxhall Keene 5.75 F (d) 1:12.80 $48,855
1892 Morello 2 William Hayward Frank Van Ness William M. Singerly 5.75 F (d) 1:12.20 $40,450
1891 His Highness 2 Jim McLaughlin John J. Hyland David Gideon 6 F (d) 1:15.20 $61,675
1890 Potomac 2 Anthony Hamilton James G. Rowe Sr. August Belmont 6 F (d) 1:14.20 $67,675
1889 Chaos 2 G. Day not found William L. Scott 6 F (d) 1:16.80 $54,500
1888 Proctor Knott 2 Shelby Barnes Samuel W. Bryant G. W. Scoggan & S. W. Bryant 6 F (d) 1:15.20 $40,900
  • A "Ŧ" designates that all races were cancelled due to the September 11, 2001 attacks on New York.
  • * † In 1978, Fuzzbuster finished first, but was disqualified as was City Zip in 2000.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Breeders' Cup Adds Three Juvenile Turf Sprint Qualifiers". Thoroughbred Daily News. 25 June 2018.

External linksEdit