Daingerfield Handicap

The Daingerfield Handicap was an American long distance Thoroughbred horse race held annually from 1941 through 1953 at Jamaica Race Course, Jamaica, Queens, New York. Run on dirt for horses age three and older, for the first two years it was contested at two miles after which the distance was set at two and one-sixteenth miles.

Daingerfield Handicap
Discontinued stakes race
LocationJamaica Race Course, Jamaica, Queens, New York
Race typeThoroughbred - Flat racing
Race information
QualificationThree years old and up

The race was created to honor Algernon Daingerfield, a Secretary of The Jockey Club for many years who had died on June 10, 1941.[1] [2]

Historical notesEdit

The inaugural running took place on October 25, 1941 at Empire City Race Track in Yonkers, New York. The two-mile event was won by Marshall Field's Piping Rock and was run at a distance of two miles.[1] The race remained at Empire City for another year after which it was moved to the Jamaica Race Course in 1943 where the distance was increased to two miles and a sixteenth making it the longest race ever run at Jamaica.[3]

In the 1950 edition of the Daingerfield Handicap, Canadian-born jockey Ted Atkinson rode Royal Castle to victory in a world record time of 3:30 4/5 for two and one-sixteenth miles on dirt.[4]

The final running of the Daingerfield Handicap took place on November 11, 1953. It was won by a three-year-old colt named Guy with another Canadian-born jockey, Nick Wall, on board.


Speed record:

  • 3:30 2/5 @ 2116 miles: Royal Castle (1950) (new world record on dirt)

Most wins:

  • no horse won this race more than once

Most wins by a jockey:

Most wins by a trainer:

Most wins by an owner:

  • no owner won this race more than once


1953 Guy 3 Nick Wall R. W. "Buster" Lilly Mrs. Harry L. Nathenson 2116 3:33.60 $19,625
1952 Mandingo 4 Hedley Woodhouse Kay Erik Jensen Mrs. H. P. Christiansen & Bland G. Jensen 2116 3:35.60 $18,025
1951 Saxony 3 Conn McCreary William Stephens Woolford Farm 2116 3:33.40 $21,250
1950 Royal Castle 3 Ted Atkinson George W. Coburn Joe M. Seider 2116 3:30.40 $16,850
1949 Flying Missel 4 Eddie Arcaro Max Hirsch King Ranch 2116 3:32.40 $15,050
1948 Phalanx 4 Shelby Clark Sylvester Veitch Sonny Whitney 2116 3:35.80 $20,300
1947 Reckon 3 Earl Knapp Sol Rutchick Col. Edmund P. Bixer 2116 3:37.20 $19,250
1946 Hachazo 5 Ruperto Donoso Horatio Luro Boone Hall Stable 2116 3:35.60 $9,975
1945 Eurasian 5 Ted Atkinson Sol Rutchick Havaholme Stable (Frank & Joseph Rabinovich) 2116 3:33.40 $6,700
1944 Baruna 5 Charles Wahler Edward Coates Mrs. C. E. Coates 2116 3:34.40 $6,775
1943 Resolute II 5 Claude Erickson J. T. Maloney Mrs. E. J. Maloney 2116 3:35.80 $5,075
1942 Bright Gallant 4 Alfred Robertson Hirsch Jacobs Isidor Bieber 2 3:27.40 $3,330
1941 Piping Rock 4 Tommy May George M. Odom Marshall Field III 2 3:27.00 $3,340

Past and present North American marathon racesEdit

On dirt:

On turf:


  1. ^ a b "Piping Rock Triumphs". Montreal Gazette, page 21. 1941-10-27. Retrieved 2020-06-05.
  2. ^ "Death Of Maj. Algernon Daingerfield Is Mourned: Jockey Club Official Succumbs in New York After Long Illness". Daily Racing Form at University of Kentucky Archives. 1941-06-11. Retrieved 2012-06-05.
  3. ^ "Resolute II Closes Fast to Annex $7,700 Daingerfield Handicap at Jamaica". New York Times, Section Sports, page 31. 1943-10-28. Retrieved 2020-06-11.
  4. ^ "Royal Castle Sets World Mark in Jamaica Finale". Detroit Free Press, page 34. 1950-11-16. Retrieved 2020-06-29.