Matron Stakes (Belmont Park)

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The Matron Stakes is an American Thoroughbred horse race held annually during the Fall at Belmont Park in Elmont, Long Island, New York. It is open to two-year-old fillies and is the filly counterpart to the Belmont Futurity Stakes.

Matron Stakes
Grade III race
LocationBelmont Park
Elmont, New York, United States
Race typeThoroughbred - Flat racing
Race information
Distance6 furlongs
QualificationTwo-year-old fillies

Before 1902, it was run in two divisions, one for fillies and one for colts. After 1915, it was restricted to fillies. The inaugural race took place at Morris Park Racecourse in The Bronx, New York where it remained until 1905 when it was moved to the new Belmont Park. Through special arrangements, in 1910 it was hosted by Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Maryland. Aqueduct Racetrack hosted the race in 1960 and again from 1962 to 1968.

The Matron Stakes was run over a straight course before 1959 (except for 1941). Since inception, it has been contested at various distances:

  • Six furlongs : 1892-1972, 2011 to present
  • Seven furlongs : 1972-1993, 2005-2009
  • One mile : 1994-2004

There was no race from 1895 to 1898, from 1911 to 1913 as a result of New York state legislation that banned parimutuel betting, from 1915 to 1922, and in 2001 it was cancelled in observance of the September 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City.

The Matron will be run as a turf race for the first time in 2018.[1]


Speed record: (At distance of 7 furlongs)

Most wins by a jockey:

Most wins by a trainer:

  • 9 - D. Wayne Lukas (1983, 1984, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2005)

Most wins by an owner:


1892 Sir Francis Edward Garrison Matthew M. Allen Frank A. Ehret 1:19.00
1893 Domino Fred Taral William Lakeland J. R. & F. P. Keene 1:09.00
1894 Agitator Fred Taral William Lakeland J. R. & F. P. Keene 1:11.00
1899 Indian Fairy John Slack Julius Bauer Bromley & Co. 1:10.25
1900 Beau Gallant John Bullman Sam Hildreth Sam Hildreth 1:10.20
1901 Heno George Odom Charles E. Hill Clarence H. Mackay 1:11.20
1902 Grey Friar Nash Turner William P. Burch Francis R. Hitchcock 1:11.20
1902 Eugenia Burch George Odom Edward L. Graves Libby Curtis 1:12.25
1903 The Minute Man Frank O'Neill John E. Madden John E. Madden 1:09.60
1903 Armenia Wallace Hicks John W. Rogers William C. Whitney 1:10.20
1904 Sandria Gene Hildebrand John W. Rogers Herman B. Duryea 1:08.20
1904 Bedouin Willie Shaw John Huggins E. W. Jewett 1:09.00
1905 Burgomaster Lucien Lyne John W. Rogers H. P. Whitney 1:12.20
1905 Perverse Lucien Lyne John W. Rogers H. P. Whitney 1:11.20
1906 Ballot Herman Radtke James G. Rowe Sr. James R. Keene 1:12.00
1906 Adoration Walter Miller Thomas J. Healey Richard T. Wilson Jr. 1:11.80
1907 Colin Walter Miller James G. Rowe Sr. James R. Keene 1:12.00
1907 Stamina Willie Knapp John W. Rogers H. P. Whitney 1:11.80
1908 Helmet Joe Notter James G. Rowe Sr. James R. Keene 1:12.40
1908 Maskette Joe Notter James G. Rowe Sr. James R. Keene 1:20.80
1909 Greenvale Clifford D. Gilbert James G. Rowe Sr. H. P. Whitney 1:15.00
1909 Radium Star Jack Creevy Thomas J. Healey Montpelier Stable 1:15.80
1910 Bashti Clifford D. Gilbert James G. Rowe Sr. H. P. Whitney 1:13.00
1910 Naushon J. Glassy Thomas J. Healey Richard T. Wilson Jr. 1:12.80
1914 Charter Maid John McTaggart John E. Madden John E. Madden 1:14.00
1914 Pebbles James Butwell Richard C. Benson James Butler 1:15.00
1923 Tree Top Frank Coltiletti James G. Rowe Sr. Greentree Stable 1:11.60
1924 Blue Warbler David Hurn Herbert J. Thompson Idle Hour Stock Farm 1:13.80
1925 Taps Albert Johnson Gwyn R. Tompkins Glen Riddle Farm 1:13.40
1926 Pantella Linus McAtee Fred Hopkins H. P. Whitney 1:13.40
1927 Glade George Ellis James G. Rowe Sr. Greentree Stable 1:12.60
1928 Dreadnaught Steve O'Donnell H. Guy Bedwell Samuel Ross 1:12.00
1929 Dustemall Linus McAtee James G. Rowe Jr. H. P. Whitney 1:11.00
1930 Baba Kenny Joseph Smith Herbert J. Thompson Edward R. Bradley 1:12.00
1931 Top Flight Raymond Workman Thomas J. Healey C. V. Whitney 1:11.60
1932 Barn Swallow Eugene James Herbert J. Thompson Edward R. Bradley 1:11.00
1933 High Glee John Gilbert Thomas J. Healey C. V. Whitney 1:13.60
1934 Nellie Flag Eddie Arcaro Burton B. Williams Calumet Farm 1:10.80
1935 Beanie M. Don Meade Herbert J. Thompson Edward R. Bradley 1:11.80
1936 Wand Harry Richards Preston M. Burch Sarah F. Jeffords 1:11.00
1937 Merry Lassie Johnny Longden Jim Fitzsimmons Wheatley Stable 1:11.00
1938 Dinner Date Alfred Robertson Robert McGarvey Milky Way Farm Stable 1:13.40
1939 Miss Ferdinand Jack Westrope John A. Healey Christiana Stables 1:12.00
1940 Misty Isle Wayne D. Wright Daniel E. Stewart Joseph E. Widener 1:10.40
1941 Petrify Ruperto Donoso Alfred Holberg Alfred G. Vanderbilt II 1:11.60
1942 Good Morning Herb Lindberg Sammy Smith Falaise Stable 1:09.20
1943 Boojiana Ted Atkinson Sylvester Veitch C. V. Whitney 1:09.80
1944 Busher Eddie Arcaro James W. Smith Edward R. Bradley 1:09.40
1945 Beaugay Arnold Kirkland Tom Smith Maine Chance Farm 1:09.40
1946 First Flight Eddie Arcaro Sylvester Veitch C. V. Whitney 1:08.60
1947 Inheritance Job Dean Jessop Preston M. Burch Brookmeade Stable 1:10.20
1948 Myrtle Charm Ted Atkinson James W. Smith Maine Chance Farm 1:10.60
1949 Bed o'Roses Eric Guerin Bill Winfrey Alfred G. Vanderbilt II 1:12.00
1950 Atlanta Hedley Woodhouse Preston M. Burch Brookmeade Stable 1:12.00
1951 Rose Jet Hedley Woodhouse Willie Booth Maine Chance Farm 1:11.20
1952 Is Proud Conn McCreary William J. Hirsch Brookfield Farm 1:09.00
1953 Evening Out Ovie Scurlock Bert Mulholland George D. Widener Jr. 1:10.40
1954 High Voltage Eddie Arcaro Jim Fitzsimmons Wheatley Stable 1:10.00
1955 Doubledogdare Eddie Arcaro Moody Jolley Claiborne Farm 1:09.80
1956 Romanita Eric Guerin Frankie Sanders Reverie Knoll Farm 1:08.60
1957 Idun Bill Hartack Sherrill W. Ward Mrs. Charles U. Bay 1:09.60
1958 Quill Paul J. Bailey Lucien Laurin Reginald N. Webster 1:10.00
1959 Heavenly Body Manuel Ycaza Woody Stephens Cain Hoy Stable 1:10.20
1960 Rose Bower John L. Rotz MacKenzie Miller Charlton Clay 1:10.60
1961 Cicada Bill Shoemaker Casey Hayes Meadow Stable 1:10.60
1962 Smart Deb Bobby Ussery Arnold N. Winick Marion Reineman 1:09.80
1963 Hasty Matelda Jimmy Combest Casey Hayes Meadow Stable 1:12.00
1964 Candalita Bobby Ussery Loyd Gentry Jr. Darby Dan Farm 1:13.00
1965 Moccasin Larry Adams Harry Trotsek Claiborne Farm 1:11.60
1966 Swiss Cheese John L. Rotz Ivor G. Balding C. V. Whitney 1:12.80
1967 Queen of the Stage Braulio Baeza Edward A. Neloy Ogden Phipps 1:10.00
1968 Gallant Bloom Eddie Belmonte Max Hirsch King Ranch 1:10.40
1969 Cold Comfort Jorge Velasquez Willard Freeman Alfred G. Vanderbilt II 1:11.60
1970 Bonnie And Gay Robert Woodhouse James E. Picou Mrs. Joseph O. Burgwin 1:11.00
1971 Numbered Account Braulio Baeza Roger Laurin Ogden Phipps 1:10.40
1972 La Prevoyante Jean LeBlanc Yonnie Starr Jean-Louis Levesque 1:23.60
1973 Talking Picture Ron Turcotte John P. Campo Elmendorf Farm 1:23.20
1974 Alpine Lass Angel Cordero Jr. John W. Russell Ogden Mills Phipps 1:23.00
1975 Optimistic Gal Braulio Baeza LeRoy Jolley Diana M. Firestone 1:23.00
1976 Mrs. Warren Eddie Maple Woody Stephens Taylor Hardin 1:24.60
1977 Lakeville Miss Ruben Hernandez Jose A. Martin Randolph Weinsier 1:22.80
1978 Fall Aspen Roger I. Velez James E. Picou Joseph M. Roebling 1:23.80
1979 Smart Angle Sam Maple Woody Stephens Ryehill Farm 1:23.80
1980 Prayers 'N Promises Angel Cordero Jr. Lou Rondinello Daniel M. Galbreath 1:24.60
1981 Before Dawn Jorge Velasquez John M. Veitch Calumet Farm 1:23.20
1982 Wings of Jove Herb McCauley Charles Sanborn Helmore Farm 1:24.00
1983 Lucky Lucky Lucky Angel Cordero Jr. D. Wayne Lukas Leslie Combs II 1:23.60
1984 Fiesta Lady Laffit Pincay Jr. D. Wayne Lukas Eugene V. Klein 1:24.80
1985 Musical Lark Don MacBeth Sidney Watters Jr. Diana M. Firestone 1:24.00
1986 Tappiano Jean Cruguet Scotty Schulhofer Frances A. Genter 1:23.40
1987 Over All Angel Cordero Jr. D. Wayne Lukas Eugene V. Klein 1:24.80
1988 Some Romance Gary Stevens D. Wayne Lukas Eugene V. Klein 1:24.80
1989 Stella Madrid Angel Cordero Jr. D. Wayne Lukas Peter M. Brant 1:24.40
1990 Meadow Star José A. Santos Leroy Jolley Carl Icahn 1:22.80
1991 Anh Duong Angel Cordero Jr. Leroy Jolley Peter M. Brant 1:23.40
1992 Sky Beauty Eddie Maple H. Allen Jerkens Georgia E. Hofmann 1:23.20
1993 Strategic Maneuver José A. Santos Scotty Schulhofer Philip Teinowitz, S. Schulhofer 1:23.80
1994 Stormy Blues†† José A. Santos Scotty Schulhofer David & Harriet Finkelstein 1:35.00
1995 Golden Attraction Gary Stevens D. Wayne Lukas William T. Young 1:36.20
1996 Sharp Cat Jerry Bailey D. Wayne Lukas Thoroughbred Corp. 1:36.00
1997 Beautiful Pleasure Jerry Bailey John T. Ward John C. Oxley 1:35.71
1998 Oh What a Windfall Shane Sellers C. R. McGaughey III Ogden Phipps 1:39.29
1999 Finder's Fee Heberto Castillo Jr. C. R. McGaughey III Ogden Phipps 1:36.68
2000 Raging Fever Jerry Bailey Mark A. Hennig Edward P. Evans 1:38.20
2002 Storm Flag Flying John Velazquez C. R. McGaughey III Ogden Mills Phipps 1:38.52
2003 Marylebone Edgar Prado Todd Pletcher Michael Tabor 1:38.02
2004 Sense of Style Edgar Prado Patrick Biancone Tabor & Smith 1:37.67
2005 Folklore Edgar Prado D. Wayne Lukas Robert B. Lewis 1:23.70
2006 Meadow Breeze Kent Desormeaux Carl Deville Willow Rock Stable 1:24.82
2007 Proud Spell Gabriel Saez J. Larry Jones Brereton C. Jones 1:24.20
2008 Doremifasollatido Eibar Coa James A. Jerkens Moore/M and M Thoroughbreds 1:24.74
2009 Awesome Maria Cornelio Velasquez Stanley M. Hough E. Paul Robsham 1:23.07
2010 no race
2011 Millionreasonswhy John Velazquez Ignacio Correas IV Sagamore Farm 1:12.68
2012 Kauai Katie Rosie Napravnik Todd Pletcher Stonestreet Stables 1:11.26
2013 Miss Behaviour Garry Cruise Phil Schoenthal MacWilliam/Teitelbaum 1:10.57
2014 Paulassilverlining Jose L. Ortiz Michelle Nevin Vincent S. Scuderi 1:10.86
2015 Pretty N Cool Martin Garcia Bob Baffert Watson/Pegram/Weitman 1:09.73
2016 Arella Rockstar Luis Saez Rudy R. Rodriguez e Five Racing Thoroughbreds/Magic Cap Stables 1:11.68
2017 Happy Like A Fool Tyler Gaffalione Wesley A. Ward S. Magnier/M. Tabor/D. Smith, Merriebelle Stable 1:10.98
  • In 1947, Bewitch finished first but was disqualified.
  • †† In 1994, Flanders finished first but was disqualified.


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