Coney Island Derby

The Coney Island Derby was an American Thoroughbred horse race run annually between 1880 and 1888 at Sheepshead Bay Race Track in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, New York. Open to three-year-old horses, it was contested at a mile and a half (12 furlongs) on dirt.[1]

Coney Island Derby
Discontinued stakes race
LocationSheepshead Bay Race Track
Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, New York
Race typeThoroughbred - Flat racing
Race information
Distance1½ miles (12 furlongs)

In 1881, future Hall of Fame inductee Hindoo won both the Coney Island Derby and the Kentucky Derby.[2] That feat would be accomplished again in 1885 by the gelding Joe Cotton.[3]


Speed record:

  • 2:37 flat, Runnymede (1882)

Most wins by a jockey:

Most wins by a trainer:

Most wins by an owner:


1888 Prince Royal Edward Garrison James G. Rowe Sr. August Belmont 2:39.25
1887 Hanover Jim McLaughlin Frank McCabe Dwyer Brothers Stable 2:44.50
1886 Ban Fox William Hayward Jr. Jim Murphy James Ben Ali Haggin 2:38.75
1885 Joe Cotton Jim McLaughlin Abraham Perry James T. Williams 2:41.50
1884 Greystone Oliver Lewis Byron McClelland William L. Scott 2:51.00
1883 Barnes William Hayward Jr. Preakness Stables 2:40.75
1882 Runnymede Jim McLaughlin James G. Rowe Sr. Dwyer Brothers Stable 2:37.00
1881 Hindoo Jim McLaughlin James G. Rowe Sr. Dwyer Brothers Stable 2:46.50
1880 Grenada Lloyd Hughes R. Wyndham Walden George L. Lorillard 2:40.50


  1. ^ "1880 Coney Island Derby". New York Times. 1880-06-25. Retrieved 2009-12-07.
  2. ^ "Hindoo, Derby Winner of 1881, Was One of Americas Best Horses". Daily Racing Form at University of Kentucky Archives. 1929-05-18. Retrieved 2019-05-10.
  3. ^ "Eight Geldings Have Won Derby". Daily Racing Form at University of Kentucky Archives. 1958-05-03. Retrieved 2019-05-10.