The Marguerite Stakes was a Thoroughbred horse race at Pimlico Race Course, in Baltimore, Maryland run between 1945 and 1965. A race on dirt for two-year-old fillies, it was created as a companion event to the Pimlico Futurity and declared at the time to be one of the richest of its kind in the United States.It was named in honor of Marguerite, one of the great broodmares in racing history. Marguerite was the dam of four significant runners including Triple Crown winner and U.S. Racing Hall of Fame inductee, Gallant Fox.
|Discontinued stakes race|
|Location||Pimlico Race Course, Baltimore, Maryland|
|Race type||Thoroughbred - Flat racing|
|Distance||11⁄16 miles (8.5 furlongs)|
The inaugural Marguerite Stakes was won by William L. Brann's Challadette, a daughter of the outstanding sire Challenger II whose progeny includes U.S. Racing Hall of Fame inductees Challedon and Gallorette plus the National Champion fily Bridal Flower. Challadette came into the race having already won the Maryland Futurity in which she beat her male counterparts.
Bed O' Roses easily won the 1949 Marguerite Stakes by three and a half lengths after coming from near the back of the field. She would finish the year as American Champion Two-Year-Old Filly and in 1951 would earn another National title. Bed O' Roses career put her in elite company with induction in the U.S. Racing Hall of Fame.
The Marguerite Stakes final edition was run on November 27, 1965 and was won by Swift Lady.
Most wins by a jockey:
Most wins by a trainer:
Most wins by an owner:
- - No owner won this race more than once.
|1965||Swift Lady||2||John L. Rotz||Ivan H. Parke||Harbor View Farm||11⁄16||1:45.80||$46,520|
|1964||Marshua||2||Wayne Chambers||Norman R. McLeod||Mrs. Wallace Gilroy||11⁄16||1:45.80||$42,516|
|1963||Is Ours||2||Joe Culmone||Edward I. Kelly Sr.||Brookfield Farm||11⁄16||1:46.60||$26,884|
|1962||Wise Nurse||2||Willie Harmatz||J. Elliott Burch||Brookmeade Stable (Peggy & George Cheston)||11⁄16||1:45.60||$|
|1961||Upswept||2||Braulio Baeza||Robert L. Dotter||James Cox Brady Jr.||11⁄16||1:46.80||$26,617|
|1960||Primonetta||2||Bill Hartack||James P. Conway||Darby Dan Farm||11⁄16||1:46.40||$22,719|
|1959||Airmans Guide||2||Bill Hartack||Burton B. Williams||Hugh A. Grant Sr.||11⁄16||1:46.60||$|
|1958||Toluene||2||Karl Korte||Edward J. Yowell||Harold H. Polk||11⁄16||1:47.40||$16,100|
|1957||Wendasy||2||Sidney Cole||James Radney||Keswick Stables||11⁄16||1:45.80||$14,200|
|1956||Romanita||2||John H. Skelly||Frank Sanders||Reverie Knoll Farm (Freeman Keyes)||11⁄16||1:45.00||$7,400|
|1955||Race not held|
|1954||Proud Pomp||2||Frank A. Smith||Thomas J. Kelly||Ada L. Rice||11⁄16||1:47.40||$34,025|
|1953||Make A Play||2||Bennie Green||Thomas A. Kelly||Pin Oak Farm||11⁄16||1:47.60||$8,575|
|1952-1||Grecian Queen||2||Eric Guerin||James P. Conway||Florence Whitaker||11⁄16||1:48.00||$17,000|
|1952-2||Mac Bea||2||Bill Boland||Max Hirsch||King Ranch||11⁄16||1:47.80||$17,100|
|1951||No Score||2||Ovie Scurlock||Bert Mulholland||George D. Widener Jr.||11⁄16||1:46.80||$29,640|
|1950||Carolina Queen||2||Frank Bone||E. H. "Ned" Gaines||Cary C. Boshamer||11⁄16||1:47.20||$28,794|
|1949||Bed O' Roses||2||Eric Guerin||William C. Winfrey||Alfred G. Vanderbilt Jr.||11⁄16||1:45.80||$|
|1948||Alsab's Day||2||Robert J. Martin||H. C. "Red" Dodson||Mrs. Albert Sabath||11⁄16||1:45.00||$27,640|
|1947||Whirl Some||2||Douglas Dodson||Ben A. Jones||Calumet Farm||11⁄16||1:46.80||$28,025|
|1946||Cosmic Missile||2||Eddie Arcaro||Burton B. Williams||Circle M Farm (Edward S. Moore)||11⁄16||1:45.20||$24,640|
|1945||Challadette||2||Arnold Kirkland||Edward A. Christmas||William L. Brann||11⁄16||1:48.20||$22,095|
- "The Marguerite, New Pimlico Stake". The Maryland Horse, page 10. 1942-11-01. Retrieved 2019-01-01.
- "Marguerite Leading Brood Mare, Says Woodward". Daily Racing Form at University of Kentucky Archives. 1939-07-12. Retrieved 2019-06-07.
- "Triumphs and Troubles". Maryland Horse, Vol. 10, No. 12, page 6. 1945-12-01. Retrieved 2020-06-11.
- "Challadette Wins Feature at Laurel". New York Times Section Sports, page 20. 1945-10-04. Retrieved 2020-06-11.
- "Pimlico Results". New York Times, Section Sports, page 9. 1949-10-30. Retrieved 2020-06-08.
- "Marshua, 2 to 5, Takes $67,160 Marguerite Stakes at Pimlico by 6 Lengths". New York Times. 1964-11-22. Retrieved 2020-06-08.
- "Swift Lady, $12.20, Triumphs in $73,320 Marguerite Stakes at Pimlico". New York Times, Section Sports, page 7. 1965-11-28. Retrieved 2020-06-07.