Great Eastern Handicap
The Great Eastern Handicap was an American Thoroughbred horse race first run in 1883 at Sheepshead Bay Race Track in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, New York. A race for two-year-old horses of either sex, it was run on dirt over a distance of 6 furlongs.
|Discontinued stakes race|
|Location||Sheepshead Bay Race Track, Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, New York|
|Race type||Thoroughbred - Flat racing|
|Qualification||Two years old|
The end of a race and of a racetrackEdit
The Great Eastern Handicap was last run in September of 1909 after the Republican controlled New York Legislature under Governor Charles Evans Hughes passed the Hart-Agnew anti-betting legislation on June 11, 1908. The owners of Sheepshead Bay Race Track, and other racing facilities in New York State, struggled to stay in business without betting. Racetrack operators had no choice but to drastically reduce the purse money being paid out which resulted in the Great Eastern Handicap offering a purse in 1909 that was one-quarter of what it had been in earlier years. These small purses made horse racing unprofitable and impossible for even the most successful horse owners to continue in business. As such, for the 1910 racing season management of the Sheepshead Bay facility dropped some of its minor stakes races and used the purse money to bolster its most important events. Further restrictive legislation was passed by the New York Legislature in 1910 which resulted in the deepening of the financial crisis for track operators and led to a complete shut down of racing across the state during 1911 and 1912. When a Court ruling saw racing return in 1913 it was too late for the Sheepshead Bay facility and it never reopened.
Jockey LaVerne Sewell, who won the 1906 edition, was killed in a racing accident later that year at Aqueduct Racetrack on November 9. In its story on the accident, the Pittsburgh Press called Sewell one of the most promising riders in the East. Sewell's death had been the fourth on the Eastern racetracks so far that year.
- 6 furlongs: 1883-1889, 1901-1909
- 5.75 furlongs: 1890-1900 (Futurity course 1263 yards, 1 foot)
- 5.75 furlongs: 1:09.20 - Black Venus (1898)
- 6 furlongs: 1:10.60 - Sewell (1906)
Most wins by a jockey:
Most wins by a trainer: Ŧ
- 3 - A. Jack Joyner (1892, 1903, 1904)
Most wins by an owner:
Ŧ based on 23 of the 27 years the race was run.
|1909||Livonia||2||Eddie Martin||Max Hirsch||Max Hirsch||6 F||1:12.40||$1,425|
|1908||Mediant||2||Dalton McCarthy||John Huggins||Herman B. Duryea||6 F||1:11.20||$5,850|
|1907||Meelick||2||Eddie Dugan||John E. Madden||John E. Madden||6 F||1:13.20||$5,850|
|1906||Sewell||2||LaVerne Sewell||Charles E. Rowe||Charles E. Rowe||6 F||1:10.60||$5,850|
|1905||Burgomaster||2||Gene Hildebrand||John W. Rogers||Harry Payne Whitney||6 F||1:12.80||$5,850|
|1904||Tradition||2||Lucien Lyne||A. Jack Joyner||Sydney Paget||6 F||1:11.60||$5,925|
|1903||Lady Amelia||2||Jack Martin||Woodford Clay||Woodford Clay||6 F||1:12.00||$5,850|
|1902||Golden Maxim||2||Frank Landry||James J. McLaughlin||J. P. Kramer||6 F||1:14.40||$5,925|
|1901||Endurance By Right||2||Johnny Woods||John F. Schorr||John W. Schorr||6 F||1:13.00||$5,850|
|1900||Beau Gallant||2||John Bullman||Sam Hildreth||Sam Hildreth||5.75 F||1:12.80||$5,850|
|1899||Mesmerist||2||Winfield O'Connor||Julius Bauer||Bromley & Co.||5.75 F||1:10.40||$3,970|
|1898||Black Venus||2||Tod Sloan||H. Eugene Leigh||Ella O. Pepper||5.75 F||1:09.20||$3,900|
|1897||Hamburg||2||Fred Taral||John E. Madden||John E. Madden||5.75 F||1:10.20||$3,975|
|1896||Ogden||2||Fred Taral||William Lakeland||Marcus Daly||5.75 F||1:10.00||$3,840|
|1895||One I Love||2||Samuel Doggett||John J. Hyland||William P. Thompson||5.75 F||1:10.20||$3,925|
|1894||Gutta Percha||2||Fred Littlefield||R. Wyndham Walden||J. A. Morris, A. H. & D. H. Morris||5.75 F||1:10.00||$3,900|
|1893||Jack of Spades||2||Anthony Hamilton||A. Jack Joyner||Blemton Stable (August Belmont Jr.)||5.75 F||1:13.00||$7,900|
|1892||Lady Violet||2||Edward Garrison||A. Jack Joyner||Blemton Stable (August Belmont Jr.)||5.75 F||1:10.20||$7,340|
|1891||Ludwig||2||Marty Bergen||John Daly||5.75 F||1:10.40||$8,663|
|1890||Sallie McClelland||2||Shelby Barnes||Byron McClelland||Byron McClelland||5.75 F||1:14.40||$8,274|
|1889||Tournament||2||William R. Midgely||Matthew M. Allen||George Hearst||6 F||1:17.00||$8,337|
|1888||Diablo||2||Jim McLaughlin||Castle Stable (Mr. A. Kraemer)||6 F||1:17.00||$6,920|
|1887||Raceland||2||Anthony Hamilton||Joseph F. Ullman||6 F||1:15.75||$7,508|
|1886||King Fox||2||John Spellman||James Murphy||James B. A. Haggin||6 F||1:15.00||$7,298|
|1885||Dew Drop||2||Harris Olney||Matthew Byrnes||Rancocas Stable (Pierre Lorillard)||6 F||1:16.75||$7,592|
|1884||Ten Stone||2||J. Caldwell||Green B. Morris||Morris & Patton||6 F||1:16.50||$7,710|
|1883||Dutch Roller||2||Edward Garrison||James R. Keene||6 F||1:17.00||$6,137|
- "Condensed History Of The Great Eastern Handicap". Daily Racing Form at University of Kentucky Archives. 1908-09-11. Retrieved 2019-07-27.
- "Keep Up Betting Ban". New York Times. 1908-09-01. Retrieved 2018-11-06.
- "Coney Island Clubs Sturdy Stand". Daily Racing Form at University of Kentucky Archives. 1908-08-11. Retrieved 2019-02-03.
- "Destruction Wrought by Hughes". Daily Racing Form at University of Kentucky Archives. 1908-12-15. Retrieved 2018-11-30.
- "Famous Old Track is Sold". Daily Racing Form at University of Kentucky Archives. 1914-11-17. Retrieved 2018-11-30.
- "Rider's Mother Is Penniless". Pittsburgh Press. 1906-11-12. Retrieved 2019-01-25.