Pierrepont Handicap

The Pierrepont Handicap was an American Thoroughbred horse race first run in 1904 at the Jamaica Race Course in Jamaica, Queens, New York operated by the Metropolitan Jockey Club which had begun racing operations the previous year. The race was open to three-year-olds of either sex and run on dirt over a distance of 1 1/8 miles.[1]

Pierrepont Handicap
Discontinued stakes race
LocationJamaica Race Course
Jamaica, Queens, New York
United States
Race typeThoroughbredFlat racing
Race information
Distance1904–1918, 1926–1932 :
1+18 miles (9 furlongs)

1919–1925 :
1+14 miles (10 furlongs)

Qualification1904–1909 : two years & older
1910–1932 : three years & older

Race historyEdit

The inaugural running of the Pierrepont was the feature event of the October 17, 1904 racecard and was won by Dolly Spanker who was trained by future U.S. Racing Hall of Fame inductee T. J. Healey.[2] In 1905's second edition, the two time Champion racemare Eugenia Burch set a new track record while carrying top weight in a field of thirteen.[3]


The 1880s saw intense lobbying by a moralist movement to have betting on horse racing banned in the states of New Jersey and New York. They achieved their goals in New Jersey when the 1893 election gave Republicans control of the New Jersey Legislature who then passed legislation on March 21, 1894 that banned betting on horse racing in that state.[4] The bill was signed into law by Democratic Governor George Werts, the effect of which was the complete cessation of horse racing in New Jersey that would last for more than five decades until the law was rescinded in 1946. The moralists then stepped up their activities to obtain the same ban in New York state which caused years of uncertainty. With the state's Hart–Agnew anti-wagering legislation in process, the Jamaica Race Course saw its opening day betting drop from $20,000 in 1907 to just $900 in 1908.[5] For the track's fall racing program, the Pierrepont Handicap had to be dropped from the schedule. Although the race returned in 1909, and was won by James R. Keene's future U.S. Racing Hall of Fame inductee Maskette, it would be the last time it was held until 1918. That year Roamer, another future Hall of Fame inductee, won what was the sixth running of the Pierrepont Handicap.[6]

The severe financial difficulties of the Great Depression would spell the end for the Pierrepont Handicap in 1932. The final running was won by Sonny Whitney's four-year-old horse Halcyon.[7]


Speed record:

  • 1 1/8 miles: 1:51.00 – Distraction (1929)
  • 1 1/4 miles: 2:04.00 – Blind Play (1925)

Most wins:

  • No horse won this race more than once

Most wins by a jockey:

Most wins by a trainer:

Most wins by an owner:


1932 Halcyon 4 Alfred Robertson T. J. Healey C. V. Whitney 118 M 1:52.40 $1,700
1931 Ormesby 3 Eddie DeCamillis James E. Fitzsimmons Belair Stud Stable 118 M 1:55.60 $2,980
1930 Sun Edwin 5 Linus McAtee George M. Odom Arden Farms 118 M 1:55.00 $5,300
1929 Distraction 4 James H. Burke James E. Fitzsimmons Wheatley Stable 118 M 1:51.00 $5,950
1928 Black Panther 4 Frank Moon T. J. Healey Walter J. Salmon Sr. 118 M 1:51.20 $6,100
1927 Kentucky 3 Laverne Fator Max Hirsch A. Charles Schwartz 118 M 1:51.60 $6,050
1926 Peanuts 4 George Ellis George M. Odom Robert L. Gerry 118 M 1:51.40 $6,050
1925 Blind Play 4 Laverne Fator Louis Feustel Log Cabin Stable (W. A. Harriman & G. H. Walker) 114 M 2:04.00 $6,250
1924 Aga Khan 3 Edgar Barnes James E. Fitzsimmons Belair Stud Stable 114 M 2:01.80 $6,250
1923 Sunsini 3 Laverne Fator Frank M. Bray Lilane Stable (Mrs. William L. Walker) 114 M 2:04.80 $4,750
1922 Mad Hatter 6 Earl Sande Sam Hildreth Rancocas Stable 114 M 2:03.40 $4,850
1921 Audacious 5 Clarence Kummer Sandy McNaughton Foreign Stable 114 M 2:06.80 $4,950
1920 Cirrus 4 Lavelle Ensor Sam Hildreth Sam Hildreth 114 M 2:06.00 $4,850
1919 Hannibal 3 Clarence Kummer T. J. Healey Richard T. Wilson Jr. 118 M 2:00.80 $2,550
1918 Roamer 7 Andy Schuttinger A. J. Goldsborough Andrew Miller 118 M 1:52.60 $2,550
1910 – 1917 Race not held
1909 Maskette 3 James Butwell James G. Rowe, Sr. James R. Keene 118 M 1:54.40 $2,000
1908 Race not held
1907 Gretna Green 3 Walter Miller James G. Rowe, Sr. James R. Keene 118 M 1:53.40 $2,925
1906 Belmere 3 James Hennessy Fred Burlew Fred Burlew 118 M 1:54.80 $3,120
1905 Eugenia Burch 5 William B. Buchanan W. P. Maxwell Libby Curtis 118 M 1:52.80 $3,075
1904 Dolly Spanker 3 Arthur Redfern T. J. Healey Richard T. Wilson Jr. 118 M 1:53.40 $2,550


  1. ^ "Gretna Green's Surprise – The tabulated history of the Pierrepont Handicap". Daily Racing Form. 1907-10-22. Retrieved 2019-01-10 – via University of Kentucky Archives.
  2. ^ "Dolly Spanker Is Stake Winner". New York Evening World. 1904-10-17. Retrieved 2018-01-10.
  3. ^ "Eugenia Burch First In Track Record Time" (PDF). New York Times. 1905-10-17. Retrieved 2018-12-27.
  4. ^ "About Monmouth Park". Monmouth Park Racetrack. 2019-01-14. Retrieved 2019-01-14.
  5. ^ "How New York Betting Has Diminished". Daily Racing Form. 1908-05-05. Retrieved 2019-01-10 – via University of Kentucky Archives.
  6. ^ "Jamaica Form Chart". Daily Racing Form. 1918-10-06. Retrieved 2019-01-10 – via University of Kentucky Archives.
  7. ^ "Jamaica". Daily Racing Form. 1932-10-13. Retrieved 2019-01-14 – via University of Kentucky Archives.