Peter Pan Stakes
The Peter Pan Stakes is a Grade III American Thoroughbred horse race for three-year-olds over a distance of 1 1⁄8 miles (nine furlongs) run annually during the second week of May at Belmont Park in Elmont, New York.
|Grade III race|
Elmont, New York, United States
|Race type||Thoroughbred - Flat racing|
|Distance||1 1⁄8 miles (9 furlongs)|
Inaugurated in 1940, it was run as a handicap at one and one eighth miles until 1960 when the race was placed on hiatus. Revived at Aqueduct Racetrack in 1975, the Peter Pan Stakes was moved to Belmont Park for the 1976 running. It was contested at a distance of one mile until 1977 when it reverted to its traditional one and one eighth mile format.
The race is considered a major preparatory race for the last leg of the Triple Crown, the Belmont Stakes since the race is held on the same track.
In cases where a horse did not enter the Kentucky Derby several horses have won the Peter Pan Stakes / Belmont Stakes double. These include High Gun (1954), Gallant Man (1957), Cavan (1958), Coastal (1979), A.P. Indy (1992), Tonalist (2014).
Speed record: (at current distance of 1 1⁄8 miles)
- 1:46.35 - Oratory (2005)
Most wins by a jockey:
- 4 - Eddie Maple (1975, 1993, 1995, 1997)
Most wins by a trainer:
Most wins by an owner:
- 3 - C. V. Whitney (1945, 1951, 1956)