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The Monmouth Cup is an American Thoroughbred horse race run annually at Monmouth Park in Oceanport, New Jersey each fall and is open to horses, age three and up, willing to race one and one-eighth miles on the dirt. The race was held at Meadowlands Racetrack and called the Meadowlands Cup until 2010, when it was moved to Monmouth Park.[1] A Grade III event, it currently carries a purse of $100,000.

Monmouth Cup
Grade III race
LocationMonmouth Park
Oceanport, New Jersey United States
Race typeThoroughbred - Flat racing
Race information
Distance1 18 miles
QualificationThree-year-olds & up

Inaugurated in 1977 at a distance of ​1 14 miles, it was modified to its present ​1 18 miles in 1990. The 1990 running posed one of the largest upsets in North American racing history when Great Normand won at 181-1 odds.[2] There was no race held in 1997 or 2011. The race was downgraded from a Grade II to a Grade II in 2017, and the purse was reduced to $100,000 from the previous $200,000.

Sharp Azteca's win in 2017 set a track record at Monmouth for the distance of ​1 116 miles, beating Formal Gold's 1:40.20 that was set in August 1997.[3]

The Monmouth Cup (G3) is the third leg of the Mid Atlantic Thoroughbred Championships Long Dirt Division or MATCh Races. MATCh is a series of five races in five separate thoroughbred divisions run throughout four Mid-Atlantic States including; Pimlico Race Course and Laurel Park Racecourse in Maryland; Delaware Park Racetrack in Delaware; Parx, Philadelphia Park and Presque Isle Downs in Pennsylvania and Monmouth Park in New Jersey.


Speed record: (at current distance of ​1 18 miles)

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Winners of the Meadowlands CupEdit

2017 Sharp Azteca 4 Paco Lopez Jorge Navarro Gelfenstein Farm 1:40.19
2016 Bradester 6 Joe Bravo Eddie Kenneally Joseph W. Sutton 1:42.21
2015 Bradester 5 Corey Lanerie Eddie Kenneally Joseph W. Sutton 1:42.43
2014 Valid 4 Orlando Bocachica Marcus J. Vitali Crossed Sabres Farm 1:41.43
2013 Pants on Fire 5 Paco Lopez Kelly J. Breen Lori & George Hall 1:45.86
2012 Rule 5 Joe Bravo Todd Pletcher WinStar Farm 1:37.71
2011 NO RACE
2010 Etched 5 Eddie Castro Kiaran McLaughlin Darley Stable 1:50.31
2009 Etched 4 Alan Garcia Kiaran McLaughlin Darley Stable 1:45.93
2008 Arson Squad 5 Edgar Prado Rick Dutrow Jr. Jay Em Ess Stable 1:48.81
2007 Diamond Stripes 4 Cornelio Velasquez Richard E. Dutrow, Jr. Four Roses Thoroughbreds 1:48.36
2006 Master Command 4 John R. Velazquez Todd A. Pletcher Aaron & Marie Jones 1:46.21
2005 Tap Day 4 Eibar Coa Mark A. Hennig Edward P. Evans 1:48.80
2004 Balto Star 6 John R. Velazquez Todd A. Pletcher Anstu Stables, Inc. 1:48.60
2003 Bowman's Band 5 Ramon Dominguez H. Allen Jerkens Martin S. Schwartz 1:46.80
2002 Burning Roma 4 Eibar Coa Heather Giglio Harold Queen 1:48.80
2001 Gander 5 John R. Velazquez John Terranova II Gatsas Thoroughbreds 1:47.00
2000 North East Bound 4 Jose Velez, Jr. William W. Perry DeMarco & DiSano 1:48.80
1999 Pleasant Breeze 4 Jorge Chavez H. James Bond William L. Clifton, Jr. 1:47.00
1998 K. J.'s Appeal 4 John R. Velazquez Frank A. Alexander Releib Stable, Inc. 1:46.00
1996 Dramatic Gold 5 Kent Desormeaux David Hofmans Golden Eagle Farm 1:48.00
1995 Peaks and Valleys 3 Julie Krone James E. Day Pin Oak Stable 1:48.00
1994 Conveyor 6 Mike E. Smith Ben Perkins, Sr. New Farm 1:47.80
1993 Marquetry 6 Kent Desormeaux Robert J. Frankel Engelson & Frankel 1:47.20
1992 Sea Cadet 4 Alex Solis Ron McAnally Verne Winchell 1:48.00
1991 Twilight Agenda 5 Chris McCarron D. Wayne Lukas Moyglare Stud 1:46.60
1990 Great Normand 5 Carlos Lopez, Sr. Jorge E. Romero Victor Resk 1:47.20
1989 Mi Selecto 4 Jose A. Santos Gil H. Rowntree Frank Stronach 2:00.20
1988 Alysheba 4 Chris McCarron Jack Van Berg D & P Scharbauer 1:58.80
1987 Crème Fraiche 5 Laffit Pincay, Jr. Woody Stephens Brushwood Stable 2:01.80
1986 Broad Brush 3 Angel Cordero, Jr. Richard W. Small Robert E. Meyerhoff 2:01.60
1985 Bounding Basque 5 Robbie Davis Woody Sedlacek Jacques D. Wimpfheimer 2:00.40
1984 Wild Again 4 Richard Migliore Vincent Timphony Black Chip Stables 2:00.60
1983 Slewpy 3 Angel Cordero, Jr. Sidney Watters, Jr. Equusequity Stable 2:02.40
1982 Mehmet 4 Ed Delahoussaye Robert J. Frankel Chad-Mevorach-Vallone 2:01.40
1981 Princelet 3 William Nemeti John P. Campo John P. Campo 2:02.80
1980 Tunerup 4 Jacinto Vásquez Floreano Fernandez Daybreak Farm 2:00.40
1979 Spectacular Bid 3 Bill Shoemaker Bud Delp Hawksworth Farm 2:01.20
1978 Dr. Patches 4 Angel Cordero, Jr. John A. Nerud Tartan Stable 2:01.60
1977 Pay Tribute 5 Angel Cordero, Jr. Ron McAnally Elmendorf Farm 2:02.60


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-03-22. Retrieved 2010-03-17.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
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  3. ^ "Sharp Azteca Breezes in Monmouth Cup". Retrieved 2017-08-01.