The Jersey Derby is a $60,000 American Thoroughbred horse race for three-year-olds held annually in late July/early August at Monmouth Park Racetrack in Oceanport, New Jersey. Since 1993, it has been raced on grass at a distance of 1 1⁄16 miles.
Oceanport, New Jersey, United States
|Race type||Thoroughbred - Flat racing|
|Website||Monmouth Park Racetrack|
|Distance||1 1⁄16 miles (8.5 furlongs)|
|Weight||123 lbs. (allowances)|
A Jersey Derby was run on June 7, 1864, at a racetrack in Paterson, New Jersey. The one-time event was won by Robert A. Alexander's colt Norfolk. When the Garden State Park Racetrack opened in 1942, it created the Jersey Handicap, which was renamed the Jersey Stakes in 1948. Since 1960, it has been known as the Jersey Derby.
In the spring of 1977, a fire destroyed Garden State Park, and the race was shifted was to the Atlantic City Race Course, where it was run that year. The race resumed in 1981 at the Atlantic City track and was raced there for four years until it returned to Garden State Park in 1985, where it remained through 1998.
Now a Listed race, at one time the Jersey Derby was one of the premier events on the American summer racing calendar. It counts among its winners greats such as 1948's U.S. Triple Crown champion, Citation, and nine other American Classic winners, plus two-time Breeders' Cup Mile winner Da Hoss. In 1998, Who Did It and Run became the first filly to ever win the Jersey Derby. She did it in the final year the race was held at Garden State Park before it moved to its present location at Monmouth Park.
Since inception in 1942, the race has been contested at various distances:
- 1 1⁄16 miles : 1993 to present
- 1 1⁄8 miles : 1942-1947, 1953–1984, 1991–1992
- 1 1⁄4 miles : 1948-1952, 1985–1990
The turf race had to be moved to the dirt track for the 2001 and 2003 runnings.
- 1:40.80 - Swamp (1999)
Most wins by a jockey: