Lawrence Realization Stakes
|Discontinued stakes race|
Elmont, New York, United States
|Race type||Thoroughbred - Flat racing|
|Distance||1 1⁄8 miles (9 furlongs)|
It was run as the Realization Stakes until 1899, when it was renamed to honor James G. K. Lawrence, president of the Coney Island Jockey Club (which owned the racetrack). Lawrence was also responsible for creating of the Futurity Stakes in 1888.
The stakes were later run at Belmont Park on Long Island as a Grade II race on the dirt. The race continued to be run there (except for the Belmont Park redevelopment period from 1962 to 1968) until it was removed from the calendar in 2005 by the New York Racing Association (NYRA) as a cost-cutting measure. For 70 years, the Lawrence Realization was one of the most prestigious annual events in the American horse racing calendar.
Only two horses contested the race in 1918, 1920, 1944, and 1946; however, due to the large number of entries in 1976 and 1985 it was run in two divisions.
The race was contested over several distances:
- 1⅝ miles : 1889-1913, 1918-1969
- 1½ miles : 1916-1917, 1970-2004
- 1⅛ miles : 2005
On September 4, 1920, Man o' War won the 1⅝-mile Lawrence Realization by 100 lengths over the only other runner, Hoodwink. His time for the race was 2:40 4/5, which broke the world record for the distance by 1 3/5 seconds and was his fifth record-setting performance that year. The great Kelso tied the record in 1960.
Records for distanceEdit
- At 1½ miles : 2:25.94 - Parade Ground (1998)
- At 1⅝ miles : 2:40.80 - Man o' War (1920)
- At 1⅝ miles : 2:40.80 - Kelso (1960)
- 8 - "Sunny Jim" Fitzsimmons (1924, 1925, 1930, 1932, 1934, 1936, 1938, 1940)
Most wins by an ownerEdit
- 6 - Belair Stud (1924, 1925, 1930, 1932, 1936, 1940)
* † In 1919, Over There finished first but was disqualified.