Philip H. Iselin Stakes

The Philip H. Iselin Stakes is an American Thoroughbred horse race held annually at Monmouth Park Racetrack in Oceanport, New Jersey. Open to horses three years of age and older, the race was first run in 1884. In 1891, New Jersey state legislators began a move to ban parimutuel betting and the race had to be moved to the Jerome Park Racetrack and the Morris Park Racetrack in The Bronx, New York. With a legislated permanent ban, after the 1893 running, the Monmouth Park Racetrack was shut down and the property sold. In 1946, Thoroughbred racing returned to a new Monmouth Park facility, spurred on by the burgeoning American economy after the end of World War II.

Philip H. Iselin Handicap
Grade III race
LocationMonmouth Park Racetrack
Oceanport, New Jersey, USA
Race typeThoroughbredFlat racing
Race information
Distance1 18 miles (9 furlongs)
QualificationThree-year-olds and up
Purse$100,000 (2016)

From inception until 1966 the race was known as the Monmouth Handicap; then from 1967 through 1980 it was run as the Amory L. Haskell Handicap. In 1981 it reverted to the Monmouth Handicap name, then in 1986, it was given its present name to honor Philip H. Iselin, a founding shareholder and director of the Monmounth Park Racetrack who would serve as its president and chairman of the board of directors.

Created in the 19th century, when most Thoroughbred horse races were run at much longer distances than they are today, the early Monmouth Handicaps were raced over a distance of ​1 12 miles. Upon its revival in 1946 at the new Monmouth Park, the distance was set at ​1 14 miles. From 1979 through 1995 it was run at ​1 18 miles and in 1996 and 1997 at ​1 116 miles when Formal Gold won the 1997 edition in track record time. In 1998, the race reverted to its present ​1 18 mile format.

The Philip Iselin Stakes (G3) is the second 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.


Time record (since 1979):

Largest winning margin

Most wins by a jockey since the 1946 renewal:

Most wins by a trainer since the 1946 renewal:


1884 Drake Carter William Hayward Green B. Morris Morris & Patton 2:37.75
1885 Richmond Jim McLaughlin Frank McCabe Dwyer Brothers Stable 2:38.50
1886 Hidalgo John Spellman James Murphy James Ben Ali Haggin 2:39.50
1887 Kaloolah Church Not found John D. Morrissey 2:42.25
1888 Firenze Edward Garrison Matthew Byrnes James Ben Ali Haggin 2:36.00
1889 Eurus William Hayward John Huggins Alexander Cassatt 2:50.00
1890 Tea Tray Moore William Lakeland William Lakeland 2:34.00
1891 Banquet John Lamley Hardy Campbell Jr. Michael F. Dwyer 2:40.00
1892 Reckon Penn Not found J. A. & A. H. Morris 2:33.50
1893 Gloaming I Alonzo Clayton Not found John G. Follansbee 2:33.00
1946 Lucky Draw Conn McCreary Bert Mulholland George D. Widener Jr. 2:01.80
1947 Round View Louis Hildebrandt Hollie Hughes Sanford Stud Farms 2:01.20
1948 Tide Rips Porter Roberts William L. Passmore Bayard Sharp 2:03.20
1949 Three Rings Hedley Woodhouse Willie Knapp Evelyn L. Hopkins 2:03.60
1950 Greek Ship Joe Culmone Preston M. Burch Brookmeade Stable 2:02.40
1951 Arise Sam Boulmetis Sr. James C. Bentley Addison Stable 2:04.80
1952 One Hitter Ted Atkinson John M. Gaver Sr. Greentree Stable 2:04.20
1953 My Celeste Logan Batcheller William S. Cotton Constance Morabito 2:05.20
1954 Bassanio Sidney Cole Jim Fitzsimmons Ogden Phipps 2:02.20
1955 Helioscope Sam Boulmetis Sr. Howard Hausner William G. Helis Jr. 2:02.20
1956 Nashua Eddie Arcaro Jim Fitzsimmons Leslie Combs II 2:02.80
1957 Dedicate Eddie Arcaro G. Carey Winfrey Jan Burke 2:01.80
1958 Bold Ruler Eddie Arcaro Jim Fitzsimmons Wheatley Stable 2:01.60
1959 Sword Dancer Bill Shoemaker J. Elliott Burch Brookmeade Stable 2:05.00
1960 First Landing Eddie Arcaro Casey Hayes Meadow Stable 2:02.80
1961 Don Poggio Sam Boulmetis Sr. Pancho Martin Gustave Ring 2:02.40
1962 Carry Back John L. Rotz Jack A. Price Dorchester Farm 2:00.40
1963 Decidedly Manuel Ycaza Horatio Luro El Peco Ranch 2:02.00
1964 Mongo Wayne Chambers Frank A. Bonsal Montpelier 2:01.80
1965 Repeating Hedley Woodhouse Lucien Laurin Mrs. L. Laurin 2:04.20
1966 Bold Bidder Pete D. Anderson Woody Stephens John R. Gaines 2:03.60
1967 Handsome Boy Jacinto Vásquez H. Allen Jerkens Hobeau Farm 2:02.00
1968 Bold Hour William Boland Sylvester Veitch George D. Widener Jr. 2:03.00
1969 Verbatim Pete Anderson James P. Conway Elmendorf Farm 2:02.20
1970 Gladwin Heliodoro Gustines Evan S. Jackson Hastings Harcourt 2:02.60
1971 Jontilla John Giovanni R. Cleff William R. Kelly 2:01.00
1972 West Coast Scout John L. Rotz Mervin Marks Oxford Stable 2:02.20
1973 West Coast Scout Larry Adams Mervin Marks Oxford Stable 2:01.20
1974 True Knight Miguel A. Rivera Lou Rondinello Darby Dan Farm 2:02.00
1975 Royal Glint Craig Perret Gordon R. Potter Dan Lasater 2:00.60
1976 Hatchet Man Vincent Bracciale Jr. John M. Gaver Jr. Greentree Stable 2:00.60
1977 Majestic Light Sandy Hawley John W. Russell Ogden Mills Phipps 2:00.40
1978 Life's Hope Craig Perret Laz Barrera Harbor View Farm 2:03.20
1979 Text Bill Shoemaker Vincent Clyne Elmendorf Farm 1:47.40
1980 Spectacular Bid Bill Shoemaker Grover G. Delp Hawksworth Farm 1:48.00
1981 Amber Pass Cash Asmussen Sonny Hine Entremont Stable 1:47.40
1982 Mehmet Eddie Delahoussaye Robert J. Frankel Chlad & Mevorach 1:48.20
1983 Bates Motel Terry Lipham John H. M. Gosden Jacqueline Getty 1:47.20
1984 Believe The Queen Donnie Miller Jr. H. Allen Jerkens Bohemia Stable 1:48,20
1985 Spend a Buck Laffit Pincay Jr. Cam Gambolati Hunter Farm 1:46.80
1986 Roo Art Bill Shoemaker D. Wayne Lukas Barbara Holleran 1:48.80
1987 Bordeaux Bob Chris Antley D. Wayne Lukas Mark Barge 1:48.20
1988 Alysheba Chris McCarron Jack Van Berg D. & P. Scharbauer 1:47.80
1989 Proper Reality Jerry Bailey Robert E. Holthus Juanita Winn 1:48.00
1990 Beau Genius Ricardo Lopez Gerald S. Bennett Brian Davidson 1:48.20
1991 Black Tie Affair Pat Day Ernie T. Poulos Jeff Sullivan 1:47.80
1992 Jolie's Halo Edgar Prado Robert W. Camac Arthur I. Appleton 1:46.80
1993 Valley Crossing Chris Antley Richard W. Small Robert E. Meyerhoff 1:49.20
1994 Taking Risks Mark T. Johnston King T. Leatherbury Lakeville Stables 1:48.20
1995 Schossberg Dave Penna Phil England Steve A. Stavro 1:49.20
1996 Smart Strike Craig Perret Mark Frostad Sam-Son Farm 1:41.40
1997 Formal Gold Kent Desormeaux William W. Perry John D. Murphy 1:40.20
1998 Skip Away Jerry Bailey Sonny Hine Carolyn H. Hine 1:47.20
1999 Frisk Me Now Edwin L. King Jr. Robert J. Durso Carol R. Dender 1:49.20
2000 Rize José C. Ferrer Norman R. Pointer Runnin Horse Farm 1:48.40
2001 Broken Vow Ramon Domínguez H. Graham Motion Pin Oak Stable 1:49.40
2002 Cat's At Home José A. Vélez Jr. Mark A. Hennig Edward P. Evans 1:49.00
2003 Tenpins Robby Albarado Donald Winfree Joseph V. Vitelli 1:50.20
2004 Ghostzapper Javier Castellano Robert J. Frankel Stronach Stables 1:47.66
2005 West Virginia José A. Vélez Jr. Todd Pletcher Don & Roberta Zuckerman 1:50.83
2006 Park Avenue Ball Chris Decarlo Jim Ryerson Char-Mari Stable 1:49.73
2007 Gottcha Gold Chuck Lopez Edward Plesa Jr. Centaur Farms Inc. 1:48.36
2008 Honest Man Terry J. Thompson J. Larry Jones WinStar Farm/Foxhill Farms 1:49.12
2009 Chirac Elvis Trijullo Jane Cibelli Pia M. Kirkham 1:49.11
2010 Duke of Mischief Eibar Coa David Fawkes Lieblong/Fawkes Racing/McMaster 1:51.15
2011 Where's Sterling Paco Lopez Nick Canani Frank Calabrese 1:48.57
2012 San Pablo Christopher P. DeCarlo Todd Pletcher Burning Sands Stable 1:49.59
2013 Last Gunfighter Joe Bravo Chad C. Brown John D. Gunther 1:52.03
2014 Balance of Power Charles C. Lopez David Jacobson Drawing Away Stable/Jacobson 1:48.78
2015 Valid Nik Juarez Marcus J. Vitali Crossed Sabres Farm 1:50.14
2016 Baccelo (BRZ) Nik Juarez David Jacobson David Jacobson 1:48.55
2017 Just Call Kenny Eddie Castro Patrick B. McBurney ABL Stable, et al. 1:47.73