Champion Stakes (United States)

The Champion Stakes was an American Thoroughbred horse race run annually in August at the Monmouth Park Association's racetrack in Long Branch, New Jersey. Inaugurated in 1879, the Champion Stakes was open to horses of any age and was raced on dirt over a distance of one and one half miles (12 furlongs).

Champion Stakes
Discontinued stakes race
LocationLong Branch Racetrack
Long Branch, New Jersey, United States
Race typeThoroughbred - Flat racing
Race information
Distance1+12 miles (12 furlongs)
QualificationAll ages

In 1891, the races at Long Branch had to be shifted to racetracks in New York when government legislation attempted to inhibit parimutuel wagering. The races were split between the Jerome Park Racetrack in Fordham, Bronx and at the nearby Morris Park Racecourse at Westchester Village.[1] The Monmouth Park Racing Association closed and the land sold after its operating license was revoked in 1893 and government legislation was enacted that banned parimutuel wagering.[2]

In the final running of the Champion Stakes in 1892, Lamplighter set a new stakes and track record.



Speed record:

Most wins:

Most wins by a jockey:

Most wins by a trainer:

Most wins by an owner:


1892 Lamplighter 3 Willie Simms John Huggins Pierre Lorillard IV 112 2:32.75
1891 Firenze 7 Shelby Barnes Matthew Byrnes James Ben Ali Haggin 112 2:38.50
1890 Salvator 4 Isaac Burns Murphy Matthew Byrnes James Ben Ali Haggin 112 2:35.50
1889 Los Angeles 4 Shelby Barnes Robert E. Campbell Santa Anita Stables 112 2:54.00
1888 Firenze 4 Edward H. Garrison Matthew Byrnes James Ben Ali Haggin 112 2:35.00
1887 Hanover 3 Jim McLaughlin Frank McCabe Dwyer Brothers Stable 112 2:38.00
1886 Volante 4 Isaac Burns Murphy Albert Cooper Santa Anita Stables 112 2:45.00
1885 Freeland 6 Jim Murphy John W. Rogers Edward Corrigan 112 2:36.00
1884 Miss Woodford 4 Jim McLaughlin James G. Rowe Sr. Dwyer Brothers Stable 112 2:40.25
1883 Monitor 7 Edward Feakes R. Wyndham Walden George L. Lorillard 112 2:36.25
1882 Eole 4 George Barbee Evert V. Snedecker Frederick Gebhard 112 2:43.75
1881 Hindoo 3 Jim McLaughlin James G. Rowe Sr. Dwyer Brothers Stable 112 2:39.00
1880 Luke Blackburn 3 Jim McLaughlin James G. Rowe Sr. Dwyer Brothers Stable 112 2:34.00
1879 Spendthrift 3 Frank Shelton Thomas Puryear James R. Keene 112 2:41.50


  1. ^ "No Races at Long Branch; Stake Dates Fixed for Morris and Jerome Park Tracks. The Monmouth Park Racing Association Abandons Hope of Racing at ITS Own Track and Prepares for ITS Summer Campaign Here". The New York Times. 29 June 1891.
  2. ^ "MONMOUTH PArk's LICENSE REVOKED.; Action Taken by the Local Authorities in August Just Made Public". The New York Times. 26 December 1893.