Lexington Stakes (Belmont Park)
The Lexington Stakes was an American Thoroughbred horse race for three-year-old horses run between 1961 and 2007. A race on turf, the event was run at Aqueduct Racetrack in Queens, New York from inception through 1976 after which it was moved permanently to Belmont Park in Elmont, New York.
|Discontinued stakes race|
Queens, New York (1961–1976)
|Race type||Thoroughbred – Flat racing|
|Distance||1⅛ miles (9 furlongs)|
|Qualification||Three years old & up|
Contested at various middle distances, it was run as the Lexington Handicap from inception in 1961 through 1981.
Named for one of America's greatest race horses as well as foundation sires, Lexington (The Blind Hero of Woodburn), the former Graded stakes race finished classified as a Listed event and offered a purse of $100,000.
The inaugural running of the Lexington Handicap took place on November 10, 1961 and was won by Milton Ritzenberg's Wise Ship. The race run at what would be the longest distance in its history at one and five-eighths miles.
In his first start in a stakes race, Mongo won the second edition of the Lexington in 1962 for the Montpelier stable of Marion duPont Scott from the prominent du Pont family. Mongo's win marked the beginning of a very successful career in which he won a number of top turf races including the prestigious Washington, D.C. International Stakes which led to being voted the 1963 American Champion Male Turf Horse.
The popularity of the Lexington with owners and trainers was such that it had to be run in two divisions in 1970, then four consecutive years from 1974 thru 1977. In 1982 it was again split into two divisions for what would prove to be the last time. The first division was won by Majesty's Prince while in the second part Royal Roberto was declared the winner after Dew Line was disqualified and set back to fifth.
Jockey Ángel Cordero Jr. won this race in 1977, 1988, and 1991. In1994 the U. S. Racing Hall of Fame jockey was retired from riding and got his fourth win overall with his first as a trainer when Holy Mountain won the Lexington Stakes.
- 1:48.45 @ 11⁄8 Distorted Reality (2007)
- 1:59.55 @ 11⁄4 Lech (1991)
Most wins by a jockey:
- 5 – Jerry Bailey (1984, 1985, 1995, 2000, 2002)
Most wins by a trainer:
- 4 – William I. Mott (1993, 1995, 2000, 2006)
Most wins by an owner:
|2007||Distorted Reality||3||John Velazquez||Todd Pletcher||Centaur Farms, Inc. (Vernon Heath)||11⁄8||1:48.45||$64,800||L|
|2006||After Market||3||Cornelio Velásquez||William I. Mott||Pam & Martin Wygod||11⁄8||1:48.80||$65,640||G3|
|2005||Woodlander||3||Edgar Prado||Thomas Albertrani||Darley Stable||11⁄4||2:01.92||$65,820||G3|
|2004||Mustanfar||3||Jose Santos||Kiaran P. McLaughlin||Shadwell Stable||11⁄4||2:01.15||$66,660||G3|
|2003||Sharp Impact||3||Richard Migliore||Kiaran P. McLaughlin||Sheikh Mohammed||11⁄4||2:02.62||$90,000||G3|
|2002||Chiselling||3||Jerry Bailey||Robert J. Frankel||Juddmonte Farms||11⁄4||2:00.42||$90,000||G3|
|2001||Sharp Performance||3||John Velazquez||David G. Donk||William Bloom, John T. Behrendt, Charles K. Marquis||11⁄4||1:58.93||$90,000||G3|
|2000||Rob's Spirit||3||Jerry Bailey||William I. Mott||Allen E. Paulson||11⁄4||2:02.87||$90,000||G3|
|1999||Mythical Gem||3||Jorge Chavez||H. Graham Motion||Dogwood Stable||11⁄4||2:01.21||$90,000||G3|
|1998||Parade Ground||3||Mike E. Smith||Neil J. Howard||William S. Farish III||11⁄4||2:00.55||$84,060||G3|
|1997||Private Buck Trout||3||Jorge Chavez||Robert D. DeBonis||A. Campagne, Robert Debonis, Joseph R. Sofia||11⁄4||2:01.29||$90,000||G3|
|1996||Ok by Me||3||Jorge Chavez||H. James Bond||Rudlein Stable (Donald & Anne Rudder) & William Clifton Jr.||11⁄4||2:03.58||$68,160||G3|
|1995||Green Means Go||3||Jerry Bailey||William I. Mott||Pin Oak Stable||11⁄4||2:01.69||$66,960||G3|
|1994||Holy Mountain||3||John Velazquez||Ángel Cordero Jr.||Lazer Two Stable||11⁄4||1:59.74||$50,850||G3|
|1993||Llandaff||3||Julie Krone||William I. Mott||Sheikh Mohammed||11⁄4||2:02.93||$52,380||G3|
|1992||Spectacular Tide||3||Julie Krone||Stanley M. Hough||Royal Lines Stable & David J. Whelan||11⁄4||2:02.20||$69,120||G3|
|1991||Lech||3||Ángel Cordero Jr.||David G. Donk||Henryk deKwiatkowski||11⁄4||1:59.55||$71,160||G3|
|1990||Solar Splendor||3||Eddie Maple||Patrick J. Kelly||Live Oak Plantation||11⁄4||2:01.80||$56,640||G3|
|1989||Coosaragga||3||Richard Migliore||Richard A. Violette Jr.||Morton & Rosalind Rosenthal||11⁄4||2:00.80||$69,720||G2|
|1988||Sunshine Forever||3||Ángel Cordero Jr.||John M. Veitch||Darby Dan Farm||11⁄4||2:03.00||$85,500||G2|
|1987||Milesius||3||Eddie Maple||Richard J. Lundy||Virginia Kraft Payson||11⁄4||2:03.20||$89,580||G2|
|1986||Manila||3||Jose Santos||LeRoy Jolley||Bradley M. Shannon||11⁄4||2:03.20||$88,980||G2|
|1985||Danger's Hour||3||Jerry Bailey||MacKenzie Miller||Rokeby Stable||11⁄4||2:00.40||$71,370||G2|
|1984||Onyxly||3||Jerry Bailey||John P. Campo||Luck Si Si Stable||11⁄4||2:01.20||$58,770||G2|
|1983||Kilauea||3||Jean Cruguet||William H. Turner Jr.||Welcome Farm (Anne & Richard Winn)||11⁄4||2:00.60||$34,800||G2|
|1982-1||Majesty's Prince||3||Eddie Maple||Joseph B. Cantey||John Dewitt Marsh||11⁄4||2:03.00||$50,310||G2|
|1982-2||Royal Roberto||3||Jeffrey Fell||James H. Iselin||Key West Stable (Mitchell Wolfson Sr.)||11⁄4||2:01.80||$50,310||G2|
|1981||Acaroid||3||Cash Asmussen||Jan H. Nerud||Tartan Farms (James & Virginia Binger)||11⁄4||2:00.20||$52,380||G2|
|1980||Good Bid||3||Jean-Luc Samyn||H. Allen Jerkens||Paul Tackett||11⁄4||2:01.00||$50,310||G2|
|1979||Virilify||3||Roger Velez||Jan H. Nerud||Tartan Farms (James & Virginia Binger)||11⁄4||2:02.40||$50,895||G2|
|1978||Mac Diarmida||3||Jean Cruguet||Flint S. Schulhofer||Jerome M. Torsney||11⁄16||1:41.00||$34,110||G2|
|1977-1||Swoon Swept||3||Larry Melancon||Michael D. Tinker||W. Cal Partee||11⁄16||1:41.20||$32,400||G2|
|1977-2||Johnny D.||3||Ángel Cordero Jr.||Michael Kay||Dana S. Bray Jr.||11⁄16||1:41.00||$32,100||G2|
|1976-1||Fabled Monarch||3||Jacinto Vásquez||Woody Stephens||John M. Olin||11⁄8||1:50.00||$27,450||G2|
|1976-2||Modred||3||Craig Perret||Willard C. Freeman||Helen E. Hertz Hexter||11⁄8||1:49.40||$27,300||G2|
|1975-1||Dr. Emil||3||Mike Venezia||William F. Schmitt||C. Herbert Kaufman||13⁄16||2:07.00||$27,270||G2|
|1975-2||Brian Boru||3||Braulio Baeza||Frank I. Wright||Barbara Guggenheim Obre||13⁄16||2:07.60||$27,270||G2|
|1974-1||Jack Spratt||3||Ron Turcotte||John M. Gaver Sr.||Greentree Stable||13⁄16||1:56.40||$28,020||G2|
|1974-2||Hasty Tudor||3||Vincent Bracciale Jr.||Howard M. Tesher||John D. King||13⁄16||1:56.80||$27,870||G2|
|1973||London Company||3||Laffit Pincay Jr.||LeRoy Jolley||Bertram Firestone||13⁄16||1:56.00||$35,760||G2|
|1972||Big Spruce||3||Raul Cespedes||Victor J. Nickerson||Elmendorf||13⁄16||1:56.80||$34,740|
|1971||Bold Reason||3||John L. Rotz||Angel Penna Sr.||William A. Levin||13⁄16||1:54.80||$33,840|
|1970-1||Roman Scout||3||Jacinto Vásquez||Clyde Troutt||Ada L. Rice||11⁄16||1:43.20||$14,771|
|1970-2||Naskra||3||Jean Cruguet||Philip G. Johnson||Harry Gordon, Her-Jac Stable (Richard Hersch & Peter Jacobs)||11⁄16||1:43.40||$15,096|
|1969||Eaglesham||3||Pete Anderson||Woody Stephens||John M. Olin||11⁄16||1:46.60||$18,720|
|1965||– 1968||Race not held|
|1964||Laugh Aloud||3||Ron Turcotte||Edward A. Christmas||Howell E. Jackson III||11⁄16||1:43.00||$19,142|
|1963||Marlin Bay||3||Johnny Sellers||Arthur W. Beuzeville||Verna Lea Farm (Gene Goff)||11⁄16||1:41.20||$18,752|
|1962||Mongo||3||Charlie Burr||Frank A. Bonsal||Montpelier Stable||1 m||1:34.20||$18,850|
|1961||Wise Ship||3||Heliodoro Gustines||Jacob Byer||Milton J. Ritzenberg||15⁄8 m||2:41.80||$36,335|
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