Knickerbocker Stakes

  (Redirected from Knickerbocker Handicap)

The Knickerbocker Stakes is an American Grade II race on turf for Thoroughbred horses run each year at Belmont Park in Elmont, New York. The Knickerbocker is open to three-year-olds and up, and set at a distance of ​1 18 miles (nine furlongs). Run in mid October, it currently offers a purse of $200,000.[2]

Knickerbocker Stakes
Grade II race
LocationBelmont Park
Elmont, New York, United States
Inaugurated1960
Race typeThoroughbred - Flat racing
Websitewww.nyra.com
Race information
Distance1 18 miles (9 furlongs)
SurfaceTurf
Trackleft-handed
QualificationThree-year-olds and up
Weightallowance
Purse$200,000 (since 2013)[1]

Graded statusEdit

  • Grade 2: 1998-2004, 2017-present
  • Grade 3: 1973-1997, 2005-2016 [1]

Historical notesEdit

The Knickerbocker is named for a fictional character, Diedrich Knickerbocker, from Washington Irving's Knickerbocker History of New York– a spoof on the imagined colony of New Netherland.

The race was originally run as the Knickerbocker Handicap at Aqueduct Racetrack in late October or early November, although the 1962, 1995 and 2001 renewals were held at Belmont. The race was permanently moved to Belmont Park in 2008 and was changed from a handicap to allowance weight conditions in 2009.

The race has been run at a variety of distances over the years:

  • 1 58 miles - 1960, 1961, 1971 to 1974
  • 1 38 miles - 1962, 1975, 1976, 1978 to 1986
  • 1 316 miles - 1963 to 1969
  • 1 516 miles - 1970
  • 1 14 miles - 1977, 1995 and 2001
  • 1 18 miles - 1987 to 1994, 1996 to 2000, 2002 to present

The Knickerbocker was run in two divisions in 1963, 1967, 1969, 1976, 1977, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, and 1985.

In 1977, 1992 and 1997, the race was switched from turf to dirt due to rain.

RecordsEdit

Speed record: (at current distance of 1 1/8 miles on turf)

  • Za Approval, 1:46.51 ( 2013)

Most wins:

  • 2 - Shady Character (1974, 1975)
  • 2 - Charge d'Affaires (1999, 2000)
  • 2 - Boisterous (2011, 2012)

Most wins by a jockey:

Most wins by a trainer:

Most wins by an owner:

WinnersEdit

Year
Winner
Age
Jockey
Trainer
Owner
Dist.
(miles)
Time
Win$
2019 Lucullan 5 Luis Saez Kiaran McLaughlin Godolphin Racing LLC 118 M 1:46.87 $110,000
2018 Blacktype 7 Joel Rosario Christophe Clement Jump Sucker Stable 118 M 1:48.35 $110,000
2017 Blacktype 6 Joel Rosario Christophe Clement Jump Sucker Stable 118 M 1:50.33 $120,000
2016 Heart to Heart 5 Irad Ortiz, Jr. Brian A. Lynch Terry Hamilton 118 M 1:50.62 $120,000
2015 Messi 5 John Velazquez H. Graham Motion Gestut Brummerhof 118 M 1:49.70 $120,000
2014 Legendary 5 Sheldon Russell Niall Saville Walter Swinburn 118 M 1:51.65 $120,000
2013 Za Approval 5 Joel Rosario Christophe Clement Live Oak Plantation 118 M 1:46.51 $120,000
2012 Boisterous 5 Jose Lezcano Claude R. McGaughey III Phipps Stable 118 M 1:50.26 $60,000
2011 Boisterous 4 John Velazquez Claude R. McGaughey III Phipps Stable 118 M 1:51.42 $60,000
2010 Violon Sacre 5 Pablo Fragoso Patrick L. Biancone Bernard Weill 118 M 1:52.62 $60,000
2009 Operation Red Dawn 7 Rajiv Maragh Christophe Clement Dion A. Recachina 118 M 1:50.21 $63,900
2008 Formal Decree 5 Jean-Luc Samyn Saeed bin Suroor Godolphin Racing LLC 118 M 1:47.57 $66,840
2007 Fishy Advice 5 Javier Castellano David G. Donk Charles K. Marquis 118 M 1:52.06 $67,740
2006 Drum Major 4 Joe Bravo George R. Weaver Dogwood Stable 118 M 1:50.59 $68,460
2005 Atlando 4 Jerry Bailey Pascal Bary Gary A. Tanaka 118 M 1:50.93 $90,000
2004 Host 4 Christopher DeCarlo Todd Pletcher Eugene & Laura Melnyk 118 M 1:49.80 $90,000
2003 Better Talk Now 4 Edgar Prado H. Graham Motion Bushwood Stables 118 M 1:50.40 $90,000
2002 Dawn of the Condor 5 Jorge Chavez Gary J. Sciacca Rich Meadow Farm 118 M 1:52.40 $90,000
2001 Sumitas 5 Edgar Prado Robert J. Frankel Gary A. Tanaka 114 M 2:02.40 $90,000
2000 Charge d'Affaires 5 José A. Santos Christophe Clement Marquise de Moratalla 118 M 1:49.00 $90,000
1999 Charge d'Affaires 4 José A. Santos Christophe Clement Marquise de Moratalla 118 M 1:49.00 $66,480
1998 Sahm 4 John Velazquez Kiaran P. McLaughlin Shadwell Stable 118 M 1:48.60 $67,440
1997 Sir Cat 4 Mike E. Smith William I. Mott John R. Murrell 118 M 1:50.00 $69,060
1996 Mr. Bluebird 5 Mike E. Smith John C. Kimmel Thomas Warfield 118 M 1:49.20 $69,660
1995 Diplomatic Jet 3 Mike E. Smith James E. Picou Fred W. Hooper 114 M 2:04.80 $87,870
1994 Kiri's Clown 5 Mike Luzzi Philip G. Johnson Cobble View & Sullimar 118 M 1:49.20 $52,335
1993 River Majesty 4 Mike E. Smith Christophe Clement Bruce McNall 118 M 1:54.40 $52,920
1992 Binary Light 3 Jean Cruguet Patrick J. Kelly Live Oak Plantation 118 M 1:52.60 $56,160
1991 Home of the Free 3 John Velazquez MacKenzie Miller Rokeby Stable 118 M 1:48.60 $56,070
1990 Who's To Pay 4 Jerry Bailey MacKenzie Miller Rokeby Stable 118 M 1:49.20 $57,240
1989 Trans Banner 4 Jean-Luc Samyn John P. Campo Casetta Farm 118 M 1:53.60 $58,770
1988 Jimmy's Bronco 4 Jean Cruguet Michael A. Bray Michael Hanafin 118 M 1:54.80 $58,590
1987 Laser Lane 4 José A. Santos H. Allen Jerkens Cenntenial Farms 118 M 1:51.60 $73,260
1986 Duluth 4 Jean Cruguet Thomas J. Kelly Roslyn Farms 138 M 2:20.80 $55,710
1985-1 Putting Green 5 Eddie Maple Chester Ross Seymour Cohn 138 M 2:23.80 $54,405
1985-2 Rocamadour II 6 Jean Cruguet Frank LaBoccetta, Sr. Twin Bee Stable 138 M 2:24.00 $54,405
1984 He's Vivacious 4 Robbie Davis Kay E. Jensen Archie R. Donaldson 138 M 2:26.00 $46,440
1983-1 Four Bases 4 Robert Thibeau Jr. Gilberto Puentes Murray M. Garren 138 M 2:17.80 $34,470
1983-2 Piling 5 Eddie Maple Peter M. Howe Pillar Farms 138 M 2:19.00 $34,230
1982-1 Half Iced 3 Don MacBeth Stanley M. Hough Bertram Firestone 138 M 2:18.20 $33,330
1982-2 If Winter Comes 4 Mike Venezia Mary M. Cotter Edward Clucas Jr. 138 M 2:19.60 $33,330
1981-1 Euphrosyne 5 Richard Migliore Stephen A. DiMauro William de Burgh 138 M 2:18.40 $33,540
1981-2 Ghazwan 4 Constantino Hernandez Leonard Imperio Buckram Oak Farm 138 M 2:20.60 $33,300
1980-1 Foretake 4 John Ruane Mary L. Edens Adele W. Paxson 138 M 2:22.20 $33,450
1980-2 Lobsang II 4 Mike Venezia Victor J. Nickerson Walter Haefner 138 M 2:23.60 $33,450
1979 French Colonial 4 Jacinto Vasquez David A. Whiteley Lazy F Ranch 138 M 2:21.40 $35,880
1978 Fluorescent Light 4 Jean Cruguet Angel Penna Sr. Ogden Mills Phipps 138 M 2:14.20 $34,560
1977-1 Dance d'Espoir 5 Jean Cruguet Floreano Fernandez Julie Miron 114 M 2:05.00 $26,460
1977-2 Keep the Promise 5 Jean Cruguet Floreano Fernandez Jule Fink 114 M 2:04.40 $26,010
1976-1 Javamine 3 Jorge Velasquez Mackenzie Miller Cragwood Stable 138 M 2:20.60 $26,100
1976-2 Oilfield 3 Sandy Hawley Leonard Imperio Nelson Bunker Hunt 138 M 2:22.60 $26,400
1975 Shady Character 4 Angel Cordero Jr. John W. Russell Ogden Mills Phipps 138 M 2:16.20 $33,900
1974 Shady Character 3 Angel Cordero Jr. John W. Russell Ogden Mills Phipps 158 M 2:41.40 $33,690
1973 Astray 4 Chuck Baltazar Frank Y. Whiteley Jr. William Haggin Perry 158 M 2:39.80 $34,710
1972 Triangular 5 John L. Rotz Nick Combest Mrs. Magruder Dent 158 M 2:57.20 $16,665
1971 Fresh Alibhai 3 John Ruane Joseph S. Nash Joseph S. Nash 158 M 2:57.40 $20,970
1970 Mongo's Pride 3 Carlos H. Marquez Don Combs Mrs. Russell L. Reineman 1516 M 2:44.00 $19,110
1969-1 Vent du Nord 4 Rudy L. Turcotte Alfred A. Scotti Emanuel Mittman 1316 M 1:57.60 $15,031
1969-2 Zarco 3 Ron Turcotte Victor J. Nickerson Watermill Farm 1316 M 1:56.40 $15,031
1968 Flit To 5 Manuel Ycaza James P. Conway Robert Lehman 1316 M 1:56.00 $19,337
1967-1 Flag 7 Sandino Hernandez H. Allen Jerkens Roy C. Kidder 1316 M 1:58.00 $14,771
1967-2 Dunderhead 4 Ernest Cardone H. Allen Jerkens Anne Jerkens 1316 M 1:58.20 $14,934
1966 Rego 3 Hedley Woodhouse James P. Conway Niblick Stable 1316 M 1:59.60 $19,597
1965 Circus 4 Mike Sorrentino Sherrill W. Ward Lazy F Ranch 1316 M 1:55.80 $18,655
1964 Third Martini 5 Manuel Ycaza H. Allen Jerkens Hobeau Farm 1316 M 1:56.20 $19,305
1963-1 Parka 5 Bill Shoemaker Warren A. Croll Jr. Pelican Stable 1316 M 1:55.20 $14,105
1963-2 Hellenic Hero 5 Hedley Woodhouse Frank L. Moore Melanie Farm 1316 M 1:54.00 $14,105
1962 The Axe II 4 Bill Shoemaker John M. Gaver Sr. Greentree Stable 138 M 2:13.20 $19,532
1961 T.V. Lark 4 Johnny Longden Paul K. Parker Preston W. Madden 158 M 2:40.00 $19,077
1960 Quiz Star 4 Bill Shoemaker Burley E. Parke Harbor View Farm 158 M 2:49.40 $18,712

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Knickerbocker Stakes Profile". www.equibase.com. Retrieved 9 October 2016.
  2. ^ Knickerbocker Stakes history at the NYRA