Questionnaire Handicap

The Questionnaire Handicap was an American Thoroughbred horse race named in honor of the horse Questionnaire who was bred and raced by James Butler, the late president and owner of Empire City Race Track. The race was held from its inception in 1938 through 1942 at the Empire City RaceTrack in Yonkers, New York but [1] [2] with the United States becoming involved in World War II, in 1943 rationing and other wartime limitations resulted in the Empire City Association's decision to go back to hosting only harness racing. The Questionnaire Handicap was then moved to the Jamaica Race Course where it would run under the sponsorship of the Empire City Association through 1953 when it had its final running.

Questionnaire Handicap
Stakes race
LocationJamaica Race Course
Jamaica, Queens, New York, USA
Race typeThoroughbred - Flat racing
Race information
Distance1 58 miles (13 furlongs)
QualificationThree-year-olds and up

While never a major race, the Questionnaire Handicap drew some of the best horses of the day and from the top racing stables.

Race distances:

  • 1938-1943, 1947-1952 : 1​116 miles on dirt
  • 1944-1946, 1953 : 1​58 miles on dirt

Notable eventsEdit

In 1950, One Hitter set a new Jamaica track record of 1:42 2/5 for a mile and a sixteenth on dirt.[3]

In 1951 there was a dead heat for first between Arise and Bryan G.[4]

The 1953 race was won by 1951 Kentucky Derby winner Count Turf owned by New York City restaurateur Jack Amiel.[5]


Speed record:

Most wins by a jockey:

Most wins by a trainer:


1953 Count Turf 5 Conn McCreary William B. Finnegan Jack J. Amiel 158 M 1:43.40
1952 Alerted 4 Conn McCreary James Penrod Hampton Stable 1116 M 1:44.00
1951 Arise 5 Eric Guerin James C. Bentley Addison Stable 1116 M 1:43.40
1951 Bryan G. 4 Ovie Scurlock Casey Hayes Christopher Chenery 1116 M 1:43.40
1950 One Hitter 4 Ted Atkinson John M. Gaver Sr. Greentree Stable 1116 M 1:42.40
1949 Royal Governor 5 Eric Guerin James E. Ryan Esther D. du Pont 1116 M 1:45.40
1948 Donor 4 Dick Rozelle George P. "Maje" Odom W. Deering Howe 1116 M 1:44.80
1947 Stymie 6 Robert Permane Hirsch Jacobs Ethel D. Jacobs 1116 M 1:44.00
1946 Trymenow 4 Arnold Kirkland Oscar White Walter M. Jeffords 158 M 2:44.60
1945 Eurasian 5 Herb Lindberg Sol Rutchick Havahome Stable 158 M 2:44.40
1944 Princequillo 4 Eddie Arcaro Horatio Luro Boone Hall Stable 158 M 2:43.00
1943 First Fiddle 4 Warren Mehrtens Edward L. Mulrenan Mrs. Edward L. Mulrenan 1116 M 1:45.00
1942 Argonne Woods 5 Don Meade Julius J. Bauer J. H. Miles 1116 M 1:43.60
1941 Parasang 4 Alfred Robertson Sylvester E. Veitch Cornelius Vanderbilt Whitney 1116 M 1:45.60
1940 Tola Rose 3 Don Meade Max Hirsch Arthur J. Sackett 1116 M 1:46.20
1939 The Chief 4 Sam Renick Earl Sande Maxwell Howard 1116 M 1:45.40
1938 Unfailing 4 Sam Renick Max Hirsch Parker Corning 1116 M 1:45.40
  • † In 1951 there was a dead heat for first.