The Hamilton Derby was a Canadian Thoroughbred horse race first run on June 4, 1907 at the Hamilton Jockey Club Racetrack in Hamilton, Ontario.[1] Open to three-year-old horses of either sex, it was contested over a distance of one and one-quarter miles on dirt.[2]

Hamilton Derby
Discontinued stakes race
LocationHamilton Jockey Club Racetrack,
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Race typeThoroughbredFlat racing
Race information
Distance1 1⁄4 miles (10 furlongs; 2,012 m)

Historical notes Edit

The first four editions of the Hamilton Derby were won by Canadian-owned horses but passage of the Hart–Agnew anti-betting legislation in 1908 by the New York Legislature led to a compete shutdown of racing in 1911 and 1912 in that state.[3][4] As a result, American owners began sending horses to compete in Canada and stalls at the Hamilton Jockey Club track were in great demand.[5] The Hamilton Derby of 1911 saw only five starters, all of which were owned by Americans. Leading the way was Kentucky Derby winner Meridian plus the Derby runnerup Governor Gray, Richard Wilson Jr.'s Naushon, as well as the colt Pagod, owned by Lily A. Livingston, the former proprietor of the Rancocas Stud Farm and racing stable. It would be August Belmont Jr.'s Whist who would win the race under jockey Eddie Dugan.[6] With American stables then competing regularly in the Hamilton Derby, it earned a good reputation as confirmed by a March 17, 1914 Daily Racing Form report that it was "always one of the great three-year-old races of the season" in Canada.[7]

Records Edit

Speed record:

  • 2:05 flat @ 1¼ : Whist (1911)

Most wins by a jockey:

  • no jockey won this race more than once.

Most wins by a trainer:

Most wins by an owner:

Winners Edit

1926 Token 3 Raymond Peternell Bert S. Michell Green Briar Stable (Frank D. Shea) 118 1:55.20 $3,540
1925 Edisto 3 Bert Kennedy William H. Bringloe Edward F. Seagram 2:05.60 $
1924 Dixie Smith 3 F. Lee Preston M. Burch Preston M. Burch 2:08.20 $4,590
1923 Caladium 3 Tom Parrington J. B. Smith Charles H. Hughes 2:08.00 $4,700
1922 Spanish Maize 3 Clarence Turner Henry McDaniel J. K. L. Ross 2:06.20 $4,510
1921 Golden Sphere 3 Robert Lancaster William H. Bringloe Seagram Stable 2:05.80 $4,710
1920 Paul Weidel 3 G. A. Stack Mose Lowenstein Mose & Jake Lowenstein 2:07.20 $4,480
1919 No races held due to Government wartime rationing.
1917 Iron Cross II 3 Roy Estep E. J. Salt Capt. W. J. Press 2:13.80 $3,770
1916 Achievement 3 J. Metcalf Richard F. Carman Sr. Wifrid Viau 2:06.40 $3,760
1915 The Finn 3 George Byrne Edward W. Heffner Harry C. Hallenbeck 2:05.80 $3,630
1914 Sandbar 3 Eddie Ambrose Michael J. Daly Michael J. Daly 2:06.00 $3,310
1913 Buskin 3 Robert M. Small John Whalen John Whalen 2:05.40 $2,290
1912 Froglegs 3 James Butwell John F. Schorr John W. Schorr 2:09.40 $2,530
1911 Whist 3 Eddie Dugan John Whalen August Belmont Jr. 2:05.00 $1,950
1910 Chief Kee 3 Phil Musgrave Edward Gleason John Dyment 2:06.40 $1,950
1909 Detective 3 Dalton McCarthy Charles Boyle Woodstock Stable (Charles Boyle) 2:08.60 $1,450
1908 Uncle Toby 3 Dave Nicol John Dyment Jr. John Dyment Sr. 2:07.40 $1,450
1907 Tourenne 3 Eddie Kunz Edward Whyte Kirkfield Stable (Alex Mackenzie) 2:10.40 $1,450

References Edit

  1. ^ "Tourenne Wins Hamilton Derby". Daily Racing Form. 1907-06-05. Retrieved 2020-03-24 – via University of Kentucky Archives.
  2. ^ "Hamilton Derby to Chief Kee: Crowd of 10,000 Turf Devotees See Canadian-Owned Colt Win Chief Event of Hamilton Opening". Daily Racing Form. 1910-06-19. Retrieved 2020-03-23 – via University of Kentucky Archives.
  3. ^ "Penalties in the New York Bills". Daily Racing Form. 1908-01-18. Retrieved 2018-10-26 – via University of Kentucky Archives.
  4. ^ "Race Track Bill Defeated In Senate; Measure Modifying Directors' Liability for Gambling Fails of Passage". The New York Times. July 14, 1911. Retrieved September 2, 2017.
  5. ^ "Hamilton Stalls In Great Demand". Daily Racing Form. 1911-06-07. Retrieved 2020-03-24 – via University of Kentucky Archives.
  6. ^ "Whist Is Derby Winner: Belmont Colt Leads Meridian And Governor Gray To Finish At Hamilton". Daily Racing Form. 1911-06-18. Retrieved 2020-03-25 – via University of Kentucky Archives.
  7. ^ "More Money for Hamilton Derby". Daily Racing Form. 1914-03-17. Retrieved 2020-03-24 – via University of Kentucky Archives.