Monmouth Cup (1870)

The Monmouth Cup was an American Thoroughbred horse race run annually in July at the Monmouth Park Association's racetrack in Long Branch, New Jersey. First run as part of the racetrack's inaugural season in 1870, the Monmouth Cup was open to horses aged three and older. It was created as a long distance race but the long distance soon declined in popularity and the race was subsequently run at various shorter distances:

  • 2+12 miles : (1870–1876)
  • 2+14 miles : (1878–1882)
  • 1+34 miles : (1887–1890, 1892)
  • 1+58 miles : (1891) at Jerome Park Racetrack
Monmouth Cup
Discontinued Stakes race
LocationLong Branch Racetrack
Long Branch, New Jersey, United States
Race typeThoroughbredFlat racing
Race information
QualificationThree-years-old & up

In 1891, the races at Long Branch had to be shifted to racetracks in New York when government legislation attempted to inhibit parimutuel wagering. The race meetings were split between the Jerome Park Racetrack in Fordham, Bronx and the nearby Morris Park Racecourse at Westchester Village.[1] The Monmouth Park Racing Association closed and the land was sold after its operating license was revoked in 1893 and government legislation was enacted that banned parimutuel wagering.[2]

The final running in 1892 was won in a walkover by Longstreet.[3]

The race should not be confused with the race of the same name, which was originally the Meadowlands Cup but moved to Monmouth Park in 2010.[4]



  1. ^ "No Races at Long Branch – Stake Dates Fixed for Morris and Jerome Park Tracks – The Monmouth Park Racing Association Abandons Hope of Racing at Its Own Track and Prepares for Its Summer Campaign Here". The New York Times. 29 June 1891. p. 2. Retrieved 22 March 2019.
  2. ^ "Monmouth Park's License Revoked – Action Taken by the Local Authorities in August Just Made Public". The New York Times. 26 December 1893. p. 5. Retrieved 22 March 2019.
  3. ^ "Tammany in Front Again – He Won the Lorillard Stake at Monmouth Yesterday – The Pepper Chases Him Home Again as He Did in the Realization – A Great Speculative Coup Made with Queenie Trowbridge". The New York Times. 10 July 1892. p. 6. Retrieved 22 March 2019.
  4. ^ "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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