Marguerite Stakes

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.[1]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.[2]

Marguerite Stakes
Discontinued stakes race
LocationPimlico Race Course, Baltimore, Maryland
Inaugurated1945
Race typeThoroughbred - Flat racing
Race information
Distance1116 miles (8.5 furlongs)
SurfaceDirt
Trackleft-handed
QualificationTwo-year-old fillies

Historical notesEdit

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.[3] Challadette came into the race having already won the Maryland Futurity in which she beat her male counterparts.[4]

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.[5]

Marshua dominated the penultimate edition of the Marguerite Stakes winning in a new race record time by six lengths under jockey Wayne Chambers. [6]

The Marguerite Stakes final edition was run on November 27, 1965 and was won by Swift Lady.[7]

RecordsEdit

Speed record:

Most wins by a jockey:

Most wins by a trainer:

Most wins by an owner:

  • - No owner won this race more than once.

WinnersEdit

Year
Winner
Age
Jockey
Trainer
Owner
Dist.
(Miles)
Time
Win$
1965 Swift Lady 2 John L. Rotz Ivan H. Parke Harbor View Farm 1116 1:45.80 $46,520
1964 Marshua 2 Wayne Chambers Norman R. McLeod Mrs. Wallace Gilroy 1116 1:45.80 $42,516
1963 Is Ours 2 Joe Culmone Edward I. Kelly Sr. Brookfield Farm 1116 1:46.60 $26,884
1962 Wise Nurse 2 Willie Harmatz J. Elliott Burch Brookmeade Stable (Peggy & George Cheston) 1116 1:45.60 $
1961 Upswept 2 Braulio Baeza Robert L. Dotter James Cox Brady Jr. 1116 1:46.80 $26,617
1960 Primonetta 2 Bill Hartack James P. Conway Darby Dan Farm 1116 1:46.40 $22,719
1959 Airmans Guide 2 Bill Hartack Burton B. Williams Hugh A. Grant Sr. 1116 1:46.60 $
1958 Toluene 2 Karl Korte Edward J. Yowell Harold H. Polk 1116 1:47.40 $16,100
1957 Wendasy 2 Sidney Cole James Radney Keswick Stables 1116 1:45.80 $14,200
1956 Romanita 2 John H. Skelly Frank Sanders Reverie Knoll Farm (Freeman Keyes) 1116 1:45.00 $7,400
1955 Race not held
1954 Proud Pomp 2 Frank A. Smith Thomas J. Kelly Ada L. Rice 1116 1:47.40 $34,025
1953 Make A Play 2 Bennie Green Thomas A. Kelly Pin Oak Farm 1116 1:47.60 $8,575
1952-1 Grecian Queen 2 Eric Guerin James P. Conway Florence Whitaker 1116 1:48.00 $17,000
1952-2 Mac Bea 2 Bill Boland Max Hirsch King Ranch 1116 1:47.80 $17,100
1951 No Score 2 Ovie Scurlock Bert Mulholland George D. Widener Jr. 1116 1:46.80 $29,640
1950 Carolina Queen 2 Frank Bone E. H. "Ned" Gaines Cary C. Boshamer 1116 1:47.20 $28,794
1949 Bed O' Roses 2 Eric Guerin William C. Winfrey Alfred G. Vanderbilt Jr. 1116 1:45.80 $
1948 Alsab's Day 2 Robert J. Martin H. C. "Red" Dodson Mrs. Albert Sabath 1116 1:45.00 $27,640
1947 Whirl Some 2 Douglas Dodson Ben A. Jones Calumet Farm 1116 1:46.80 $28,025
1946 Cosmic Missile 2 Eddie Arcaro Burton B. Williams Circle M Farm (Edward S. Moore) 1116 1:45.20 $24,640
1945 Challadette 2 Arnold Kirkland Edward A. Christmas William L. Brann 1116 1:48.20 $22,095

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "The Marguerite, New Pimlico Stake". The Maryland Horse, page 10. 1942-11-01. Retrieved 2019-01-01.
  2. ^ "Marguerite Leading Brood Mare, Says Woodward". Daily Racing Form at University of Kentucky Archives. 1939-07-12. Retrieved 2019-06-07.
  3. ^ "Triumphs and Troubles". Maryland Horse, Vol. 10, No. 12, page 6. 1945-12-01. Retrieved 2020-06-11.
  4. ^ "Challadette Wins Feature at Laurel". New York Times Section Sports, page 20. 1945-10-04. Retrieved 2020-06-11.
  5. ^ "Pimlico Results". New York Times, Section Sports, page 9. 1949-10-30. Retrieved 2020-06-08.
  6. ^ "Marshua, 2 to 5, Takes $67,160 Marguerite Stakes at Pimlico by 6 Lengths". New York Times. 1964-11-22. Retrieved 2020-06-08.
  7. ^ "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.