Cowdin Stakes

The Cowdin Stakes was an American Thoroughbred horse race held annually from 1923 through 2005 at Aqueduct Racetrack and at Belmont Park.[1][2]

Cowdin Stakes
Discontinued stakes race
LocationBelmont Park
Elmont, New York, USA
Inaugurated1923
Race typeThoroughbredFlat racing
Race information
Distance6.5 furlongs
TrackDirt, left-handed
QualificationTwo-years-old
WeightAssigned
PurseUS$

BackgroundEdit

The Cowdin was first run in 1923 as the Junior Champion Stakes, a name taken from a very important race for two-year-olds which had been inaugurated in 1898 at Gravesend Race Track. The Junior Champion Stakes at Gravesend ended with the 1908 running when the racetrack was forced to close after the administration of Republican Governor Charles Evans Hughes signed into law the Hart–Agnew bill which effectively banned all racetrack wagering in New York State. The new Junior Champion Stakes at Aqueduct Racetrack was renamed the Cowdin Stakes in 1941 to honor John Cheever Cowdin, former president of the racetrack.[3]

At its peak, the Cowdin Stakes was one of the important East Coast races for two-year-olds,[4] a number of which would earn American Champion Two-Year-Old Colt honors. As well, 1929 winner Gallant Fox went on to win the 1930 U.S. Triple Crown and would be inducted into the U. S. Racing Hall of Fame.[5] Other winners who would become Hall of Fame members were Twenty Grand (1930), Hill Prince (1949), Dr. Fager (1966), Foolish Pleasure (1974), Easy Goer (1988).[6]

The race was split into two divisions in 1963, 1973, and 1976.

The Cowdin Stakes was held at:

  • Aqueduct Racetrack : 1923–1956, 1959, 1962–1967, 1991–1997
  • Belmont Park : 1956 to 1958, 1960 to 1962, from 1968 to 1990, 1998 to 2005

RecordsEdit

Speed record:

Most wins by a jockey:

Most wins by a trainer:

Most wins by an owner:

WinnersEdit

Year
Winner
Jockey
Trainer
Owner
Dist.
(M)/(F)
Time
2005 He's Got Grit Jerry Bailey Steve Asmussen Curtis C. Green 6.5 F 1:17.75
2004 Flamenco Jerry Bailey Todd Pletcher Peachtree Stable 6.5 F 1:17.20
2003 Smokume Shannon Uske H. Allen Jerkens Hobeau Farm 6.5 F 1:17.05
2002 Boston Bull John Velazquez Todd A. Pletcher Dogwood Stable 6.5 F 1:16.37
2001 Sunray Spirit Eibar Coa Eoin G. Harty Godolphin Stable 6.5 F 1:19.16
2000 Fistfite Richard Migliore William Badgett Jr. Peter Callahan 6.5 F 1:15.63
1999 Twilight Time Mike Luzzi Linda L. Rice Char Mari Stable 6.5 F 1:17.00
1998 Successful Appeal Richard Migliore John C. Kimmel Starview Stable 6.5 F 1:17.11
1997 Coronado's Quest Mike E. Smith C. R. McGaughey III Stuart S. Janney III 6.5 F 1:14.35
1996 Just A Cat Joe Bravo James T. Ryerson Noreen Carpenito 7 F 1:23.00
1995 Gator Dancer Eddie Maple Patrick J. Kelly Fox Ridge Farm 1 M 1:37.09
1994 Old Tascosa Carlos Lopez Jr. Walter C. Reese Noreen Carpenito 7 F 1:24.60
1993 You And I Craig Perret Stanley M. Hough Triumviri Stable 7 F 1:22.60
1992 Wallenda Herb McCauley Frank A. Alexander Dogwood Stable 7 F 1:24.00
1991 Salt Lake Mike E. Smith D. Wayne Lukas William T. Young 7 F 1:22.60
1990 Scan Jerry Bailey Flint S. Schulhofer William Haggin Perry 7 F 1:23.40
1989 Adjudicating Jacinto Vásquez C. R. McGaughey III Ogden Mills Phipps 7 F 1:23.60
1988 Easy Goer Pat Day C. R. McGaughey III Ogden Phipps 7 F 1:23.60
1987 Tejano Jacinto Vásquez D. Wayne Lukas Lloyd R. French Jr. 7 F 1:23.40
1986 Polish Navy Randy Romero C. R. McGaughey III Ogden Phipps 7 F 1:22.80
1985 Ketoh Jorge Velásquez D. Wayne Lukas Helen C. Alexander 7 F 1:23.80
1984 Chief's Crown Don MacBeth Roger Laurin Star Crown Stable 1 M 1:36.60
1983 Devil's Bag Eddie Maple Woody Stephens Hickory Tree Stable 7 F 1:21.40
1982 What's Dat Eddie Maple Woody Stephens Hickory Tree Stable 7 F 1:24.40
1981 Native Raja Chris McCarron Joseph R. Nash Grandview Stables 7 F 1:23.80
1980 Lord Avie Jorge Velásquez Daniel Perlsweig David Simon 7 F 1:23.60
1979 Rockhill Native John Oldham Herbert K. Stevens Harry A. Oak 7 F 1:23.60
1978 Tim The Tiger Jeffrey Fell John M. Veitch Calumet Farm 7 F 1:22.60
1977 Quadratic Jorge Velásquez Woody Stephens August Belmont IV 7 F 1:24.60
1976 Sail To Rome Jeffrey Fell Woody Stephens Lucille Stephens 7 F 1:22.80
1976 For The Moment Eddie Maple LeRoy Jolley Gerald Robins 7 F 1:22.40
1975 Honest Pleasure Jorge Velásquez LeRoy Jolley Bertram R. Firestone 7 F 1:22.60
1974 Foolish Pleasure Jacinto Vásquez LeRoy Jolley John L. Greer 7 F 1:22.60
1973 Protagonist Angel Santiago John P. Campo Elmendorf Farm 7 F 1:23.00
1973 Lord Rebeau Heliodoro Gustines William Hightower Paul Cresci 7 F 1:22.80
1972 Step Nicely Ángel Cordero Jr. H. Allen Jerkens Hobeau Farm 7 F 1:22.60
1971 Loquacious Don Jorge Velásquez John W. Jacobs Nelson Bunker Hunt 7 F 1:24.20
1970 Hoist The Flag Jean Cruguet Sidney Watters Jr. Jane Forbes Clark 7 F 1:22.40
1969 Silent Screen John L. Rotz J. Bowes Bond Elberon Farm 7 F 1:23.80
1968 King Emperor Braulio Baeza Edward A. Neloy Wheatley Stable 7 F 1:22.60
1967 Iron Ruler Laffit Pincay Jr. Edward J. Yowell October House Farm 7 F 1:21.60
1966 Dr. Fager Bill Shoemaker John A. Nerud Tartan Stable 7 F 1:24.80
1965 Advocator Eldon Nelson Clyde Troutt Ada L. Rice 7 F 1:23.60
1964 Tom Rolfe Ron Turcotte Frank Y. Whiteley Jr. Powhatan Stable 7 F 1:23.80
1963 Chieftain Bill Hartack Frank Y. Whiteley Jr. Powhatan Stable 7 F 1:23.80
1963 Dunfee Ray Broussard Joseph M. Bollero Dorothy Comiskey Rigney 7 F 1:24.20
1962 Never Bend Manuel Ycaza Woody Stephens Cain Hoy Stable 7 F 1:23.20
1961 Jaipur Eddie Arcaro Bert Mulholland George D. Widener Jr. 7 F 1:22.60
1960 Carry Back Bill Hartack Jack A. Price Katherine Price 7 F 1:24.00
1959 Warfare Ismael Valenzuela Hack Ross Bellehurst Stable 7 F 1:22.60
1958 Crafty Skipper Bobby Ussery Lucien Laurin Charfran Stable 7 F 1:23.00
1957 Jewel's Reward Bill Hartack Ivan H. Parke Maine Chance Farm 6.5 F 1:17.60
1956 Mister Jive Hedley Woodhouse George M. Carter John L. Applebaum 6.5 F 1:17.20
1955 Noorsaga* Eric Guerin Sherrill W. Ward Mrs. C. Ulrick Bay 6.5 F 1:17.60
1954 Summer Tan Eric Guerin Sherrill W. Ward Dorothy Firestone Galbreath 6.5 F 1:16.00
1953 Fisherman Hedley Woodhouse Sylvester Veitch C. V. Whitney 6.5 F 1:17.00
1952 Invigorator Dave Gorman Norman R. McLeod Saxon Stable 6.5 F 1:17.60
1951 Eternal Moon Conn McCreary Daverne Emery Emerald Hill Stable 6.5 F 1:18.60
1950 Away Away Ovie Scurlock Woody Stephens Woodvale Farm 6.5 F 1:18.80
1949 Hill Prince Eddie Arcaro Casey Hayes Christopher Chenery 6.5 F 1:16.60
1948 Algasir Ted Atkinson John H. Skirvin Florence L. Clark 6.5 F 1:19.80
1947 My Request Eddie Arcaro James P. Conway Ben F. Whitaker 6.5 F 1:18.00
1946 Cosmic Bomb Ruperto Donoso Willie Booth William G. Helis Sr. 6.5 F 1:19.80
1945 Knockdown Douglas Dodson R. Thomas Smith Maine Chance Farm 6.5 F 1:18.00
1944 Best Effort Ted Atkinson Ray Kindred Claud C. Tanner 6.5 F 1:18.60
1943 Alorter John Deering John H. Skirvin Alwin C. Ernst 6.5 F 1:18.40
1942 Slide Rule Conn McCreary Cecil Wilhelm William E. Boeing 6.5 F 1:17.20
1941 Requested Jack Westrope J. H. "Blackie" McCoole Ben F. Whitaker 6.5 F 1:17.60
1940 King Cole James Stout James E. Fitzsimmons Ogden Phipps 6.5 F 1:17.00
1939 Merry Knight Ronnie Nash James E. Fitzsimmons Wheatley Stable 6.5 F 1:18.40
1938 El Chico Nick Wall Matthew Peter Brady William Ziegler Jr. 6.5 F 1:18.00
1937 Can't Wait Lester Balaski J. Thomas Taylor Myron Selznick 6.5 F 1:18.00
1936 Pompoon Harry Richards Cyrus F. Clarke Jerome H. Louchheim 6.5 F 1:18.20
1935 Ned Reigh Raymond Workman Henry McDaniel Willis Sharpe Kilmer 6.5 F 1:18.60
1934 Sailor Beware Raymond Workman William Brennan Greentree Stable 1 M 1:36.60
1933 First Minstrel Silvio Coucci William Brennan Greentree Stable 1 M 1:38.60
1932 Repaid Pete Walls Edward Phelan Quincy Stable 1 M 1:39.00
1931 Faireno Tommy Malley James E. Fitzsimmons Belair Stud 1 M 1:38.60
1930 Twenty Grand Charley Kurtsinger James G. Rowe Jr. Greentree Stable 1 M 1:38.00
1929 Gallant Fox John Maiben James E. Fitzsimmons Belair Stud 1 M 1:38.00
1928 Perkins Harold Thurber George M. Odom Marshall Field III 1 M 1:39.00
1927 Nixie Phil Goodwin James E. Fitzsimmons Wheatley Stable 1 M 1:38.40
1926 Bonnie Maginn Danny McAuliffe James E. Fitzsimmons Belair Stud 1 M 1:42.20
1925 Mars Harry Richards Robert A. Smith Walter M. Jeffords Sr. 1 M 1:37.00
1924 Star Lore Clyde Ponce William J. Spiers William Ziegler Jr. 6.5 F 1:18.60
1923 Mr. Mutt Harold Thurber Albert B. Gordon Bud Fisher 1 M 1:38.80
  • In 1955, Busher Fantasy finished first, but was disqualified.

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