The Broadway Stakes was an American Thoroughbred horse race held annually from 1897 thru 1910 at Gravesend Race Track in Gravesend, New York. A race for three-year-old horses of either sex, it was contested on dirt over a distance of a mile and one-sixteenth (8.5 furlongs).

Broadway Stakes
Discontinued stakes race
LocationGravesend Race Track
Gravesend, New York,
United States
Race typeThoroughbred - Flat racing
Race information
Distance1 1/16 miles (8.5 furlongs)

Historical notes edit

An event that would become a popular race that regularly drew some of America's top three-year-olds, the inaugural running of Broadway Stakes took place on June 15, 1897. It was the feature race on that day's Card and carried a purse of $5,000. The event was won by The Friar, a colt owned by brothers Alfred and Dave Morris and trained by future Hall of Fame inductee Wyndham Walden.[1]

Sly Fox won the 1898 race in what would be a very successful year in which he won eight stakes including the future Triple Crown race, the Preakness Stakes.[2] The 1901, 1902 and 1904 winners, The Parader and Old England and Bryn Mawr, would also win the Preakness Stakes.

The 1899 race was won by Perry Belmont's Ethelbert who went on to a year of racing success that would earn him recognition as the American Champion Three-Year-Old Colt. The 1909 Broadway Stakes winner Fitz Herbert, owned and trained by Sam Hildreth, would also earn American Champion Three-Year-Old Colt honors.[3]

Irish Lad, the American Champion Two-Year-Old Male Horse of 1902, won the 1903 edition of the Broadway Stakes.[3]

In 1906 Ormondale set a new track record for the mile and one-sixteenth distance in winning the Broadway Stakes with a time of 1:45 3/5.[4]

On June 3, 1910, Prince Imperial would win what would turn out to be the final running of Gravesend Race Track's Broadway Stakes.[5]

Demise of a race and of a racetrack edit

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.[6] [7] A February 21, 1913 ruling by the New York Supreme Court, Appellate Division saw horse racing return in 1913.[8] However, it was too late for the Gravesend horse racing facility and it never reopened.[9][10]

In 1923, Aqueduct Racetrack created a Broadway Stakes that was run at the same mile and one-sixteenth distance. It was limited to three-year-old females and non-gelded males and was run for ten years.[11]

In 1980 Aqueduct Racetrack initiated another Broadway Stakes that is still being run into 2021. A sprint race at 6 furlongs, it is restricted to New York Bred fillies and mares age four and up.[12]

Records edit

Speed record:

Most wins by a jockey:

Most wins by a trainer:

Most wins by an owner:

  • no owner won this race more than once

Winners edit

1910 Prince Imperial 3 Eddie Dugan Thomas Welsh Woodhaven Stable (Robert Forsyth Little) 1-1/16 m 1:46.60 $1,900
1909 Fitz Herbert 3 Guy Burns Sam Hildreth Sam Hildreth 1-1/16 m 1:47.00 $1,925
1908 Master Robert 3 Guy Burns Andrew G. Blakely Samuel Emery 1-1/16 m 1:45.80 $3,970
1907 Montgomery 3 Herman Radtke Frank E. Brown Emil Herz 1-1/16 m 1:46.80 $3,550
1906 Ormondale 3 Walter Miller Thomas Welsh Ormondale Stable (William O'Brien Macdonough) 1-1/16 m 1:45.60 $3,540
1905 Oxford 3 Frank O'Neill James J. McLaughlin James J. McLaughlin 1-1/16 m 1:48.00 $3,050
1904 Bryn Mawr 3 Lucien Lyne W. Fred Presgrave Goughacres Stable (B. Frank Clyde & Thomas C. Clyde) 1-1/16 m 1:49.80 $3,335
1903 Irish Lad 3 Tommy Burns John W. Rogers Westbury Stable (Herman B. Duryea & Harry P. Whitney) 1-1/16 m 1:47.00 $3,330
1902 Old England 3 John Bullman Green B. Morris Green B. Morris 1-1/16 m 1:47.00 $2,340
1901 The Parader 3 Frank Landry Thomas J. Healey Richard T. Wilson Jr. 1-1/16 m 1:49.00 $1,815
1900 Sarmatian 3 Milton Henry Lewis Elmore William J. Arkell & Lewis Elmore 1-1/16 m 1:49.20 $2,245
1899 Ethelbert 3 Henry Spencer A. Jack Joyner Perry Belmont 1-1/16 m 1:47.80
1898 Sly Fox 3 Willie Simms Hardy Campbell Jr. Charles F. Dwyer 1-1/16 m 1:48.00
1897 The Friar 3 Fred Littlefield R. Wyndham Walden Alfred H. & Dave H. Morris 1-1/16 m 1:49.50

References edit

  1. ^ "Surprised Even His Own Stable". New York Journal, page 8. 1897-06-16. Retrieved 2021-04-20.
  2. ^ "Racing at Gravesend". New York Times, page 8. 1898-06-12. Archived from the original on 2020-05-06. Retrieved 2021-04-20.
  3. ^ a b The Champion's history charts Archived September 4, 2012, at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ "Ormondale Was First in Track Record Time". New York Times, page 7. 1906-06-10. Retrieved 2021-04-21.
  5. ^ "Prince Imperial in Great Form". Daily Racing Form at University of Kentucky Archives. 1910-06-04. Retrieved 2021-04-21.
  6. ^ "Penalties in the New York Bills". Daily Racing Form. 1908-01-18. Retrieved 2018-10-26 – via University of Kentucky Archives.
  7. ^ "Race Track Bill Defeated In Senate; Measure Modifying Directors' Liability for Gambling Fails of Passage". The New York Times. July 14, 1911. Retrieved September 2, 2017.
  8. ^ "Oral Betting Held Legal: Appellate Division of New York Supreme Court Renders Important Decision". Daily Racing Form. 1913-02-22. Retrieved 2019-06-29 – via University of Kentucky Archives.
  9. ^ "Destruction Wrought by Hughes". Daily Racing Form. 1908-12-15. Retrieved 2018-11-30 – via University of Kentucky Archives.
  10. ^ "Famous Old Track is Sold". Daily Racing Form. 1914-11-17. Retrieved 2018-11-30 – via University of Kentucky Archives.
  11. ^ "New Stake At Aqueduct". Daily Racing Form. 1923-02-11. Retrieved 2021-04-19 – via University of Kentucky Archives.
  12. ^ "Broadway (NYB)". NYRA. 2021-01-01. Retrieved 2021-04-21.