Ruffian Stakes

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The Ruffian Stakes is a Grade II American thoroughbred horse race for fillies and mares ages three-years-old and up run over a distance of 1 mile on a dirt track at Belmont Park, and formerly at Aqueduct Racecourse and Saratoga Race Course.

Ruffian Stakes
Grade II stakes race
LocationBelmont Park
New York, United States
Inaugurated1976
Race typeThoroughbredFlat racing
Websitewww.nyra.com
Race information
Distance1 mile
SurfaceDirt
TrackLeft-handed
QualificationFillies & Mares,
4-years-old & up
WeightWeight-for-Age
Purse$150,000 (2020)

Race historyEdit

The race is named in honor of the U.S. Racing Hall of Fame filly, Ruffian.

It was first run in 1976 as the Ruffian Stakes, and was run as the Ruffian Handicap from 1977 until 2009. In 2010 and 2011 it was run as the Ruffian Invitational Handicap before returning to the Ruffian Handicap for the 2013 running. It became the Ruffian Stakes again in 2014.[1]

Sky Beauty won this race in 1994 with 130 pounds, Bayakoa won it in 1989, and Lady's Secret won it twice, in 1985 and 1986, after which she was awarded the Eclipse Award for Horse of the Year. Genuine Risk, the second filly to win the Kentucky Derby, won it in 1980.

The 2001 running of the Ruffian Handicap was cancelled due to the September 11th terrorist attacks. It was also not run in 2012.

In 2010 the Ruffian was moved to Saratoga Race Course where it is held in the first Sunday in August. Malibu Prayer won the first edition of the race to be held at Saratoga.

In 2014, the Ruffian was moved back to Belmont Park, where it was run on the undercard of the Man o' War Stakes on Mother's Day. Fiftyshadesofhay won the race, giving John Velazquez his sixth win in the race.

Race venueEdit

Previously the race was held in August at Saratoga Race Course in Saratoga Springs, New York; until 2009 it had been run at the beginning of September at Belmont Park in Elmont, New York. The 2013 running was held at Aqueduct Racecourse and then returned to Belmont Park in 2014.

Race recordsEdit

Speed record:

Most wins:

Most wins by a jockey:

Most wins by a trainer:

Most wins by an owner:

WinnersEdit

Year
Winner
Age
Jockey
Trainer
Owner
Dist.
(Miles)
Time
Win$
Gr.
2020 Monomoy Girl 5 Florent Geroux Brad Cox Dubb, M., Monomoy Stables, LLC, The Elkstone 1 m 1:34.13 $150,000 G2
2019 Come Dancing 5 Manny Franco Carlos F. Martin Blue Devil Racing Stable (Marc Holliday) 1 m 1:36.54 $137,500 G2
2018 Pacific Wind 4 Irad Ortiz Jr. Chad Brown Sharon Alesia, Ciaglia Racing LLC, Peter M. Brant, Dominic Savides 1 m 1:39.05 $150,000 G2
2017 Highway Star 4 Angel S. Arroyo Rodrigo Ubillo Chester & Mary Broman 1 m 1:39.05 $150,000 G2
2016 Cavorting 4 Javier Castellano Kiaran McLaughlin Stonestreet Stables 1 m 1:34.05 $150,000 G2
2015 Wedding Toast 5 Jose Lezcano Kiaran McLaughlin Godolphin Racing 1 m 1.35.57 $150,000 G2
2014 Fiftyshadesofhay 4 John Velazquez Bob Baffert Michael E. Pegram 1 m 1:35.70 $150,000 G2
2013 Withgreatpleasure 5 John Velazquez David Nunn David Blethen 1 m 1:36.52 $150,000 G2
2012 Race not held
2011 Ask the Moon 6 Javier Castellano Marty Wolfson Farnsworth Stable 118 m 1:50.46 $150,000 G1
2010 Malibu Prayer 4 John Velazquez Todd Pletcher Edward P. Evans 118 m 1:48.14 $150,000 G1
2009 Swift Temper 5 Alan Garcia Dale Romans Richard Nip & Omar Trevino 1116 m 1:40.59 $180,000 G1
2008 Tough Tiz's Sis 4 Edgar Prado Bob Baffert Karl Watson & Paul Weitman 1116 m 1:40.16 $180,000 G1
2007 Ginger Punch 4 Rafael Bejarano Robert J. Frankel Stronach Stables 1116 m 1:40.25 $180,000 G1
2006 Pool Land 4 John Velazquez Todd A. Pletcher Melnyk Racing Stable 1116 m 1:41.81 $180,000 G1
2005 Stellar Jayne 4 Jerry Bailey Saeed bin Suroor Godolphin Racing 1116 m 1:41.87 $180,000 G1
2004 Sightseek 5 John Velazquez Robert J. Frankel Juddmonte Farms 1116 m 1:41.51 $180,000 G1
2003 Wild Spirit 4 Jerry Bailey Robert J. Frankel Sumaya Us Stable 1116 m 1:41.23 $180,000 G1
2002 Mandy's Gold 4 José A. Santos Michael E. Gorham Steeplechase Farm (John & Jeanne Gorham) 1116 m 1:42.57 $180,000 G1
2001 No races held due to the 911 attacks.
2000 Riboletta 5 Chris McCarron Eduardo Inda Aaron & Marie Jones 1116 m 1:40.35 $150,000 G1
1999 Catinca 4 Jerry Bailey John C. Kimmel Robert K. Waxman 1116 m 1:41.94 $150,000 G1
1998 Sharp Cat 4 Corey Nakatani Wallace Dollase Ahmed bin Salman 1116 m 1:42.40 $150,000 G1
1997 Tomisue' Delight 3 Jerry Bailey Neil J. Howard Stephen C. Hilbert 1116 m 1:44.43 $150,000 G1
1996 Yanks Music 3 John Velazquez Leo O'Brien Michael Fennessy 1116 m 1:41.80 $150,000 G1
1995 Inside Information 4 Mike E. Smith C. R. McGaughey III Ogden Mills Phipps 1116 m 1:40.80 $120,000 G1
1994 Sky Beauty 4 Mike E. Smith H. Allen Jerkens Georgia Hofmann 1116 m 1:41.60 $120,000 G1
1993 Shared Interest 5 Robbie Davis Scotty Schulhofer Robert S. Evans 1116 m 1:41.80 $120,000 G1
1992 Versailles Treaty 5 Mike E. Smith C. R. McGaughey III Cynthia Phipps 1116 m 1:41.40 $120,000 G1
1991 Queena 5 Ángel Cordero Jr. C. R. McGaughey III Emory A. Hamilton 1116 m 1:41.60 $120,000 G1
1990 Quick Mischief 4 Raul Rojas Charles Carlesimo Jr. Gregory Mordas 1116 m 1:42.80 $144,480 G1
1989 Bayakoa 5 Laffit Pincay Jr. Ron McAnally Frank Whitham 118 m 1:48.40 $135,840 G1
1988 Sham Say 3 Jacinto Vásquez William Cocks Evergreen Farm 118 m 1:48.00 $146,400 G1
1987* Coup De Fusil 5 Ángel Cordero Jr. Jan H. Nerud Tartan Farms (James & Virginia Binger) 118 m 1:48.60 $149,760 G1
1986 Lady's Secret 4 Pat Day D. Wayne Lukas Eugene V. Klein 118 m 1:46.80 $165,240 G1
1985 Lady's Secret 3 Jorge Velásquez D. Wayne Lukas Eugene V. Klein 118 m 1:47.40 $128,880 G1
1984 Heatherten 5 Randy Romero William I. Mott John A. Franks 118 m 1:48.20 $103,320 G1
1983 Heartlight No. One 3 Laffit Pincay Jr. Pedro Marti Burt Bacharach 118 m 1:47.20 $103,140 G1
1982 Christmas Past 3 Jacinto Vásquez Angel Penna Jr. Cynthia Phipps 118 m 1:48.60 $100,080 G1
1981 Relaxing 5 Ángel Cordero Jr. Angel Penna Sr. Ogden Phipps 118 m 1:47.60 $97,020 G1
1980 Genuine Risk 3 Jacinto Vásquez LeRoy Jolley Diana M. Firestone 118 m 1:49.20 $81,900 G1
1979 It's In The Air 3 Laffit Pincay Jr. Laz Barrera Harbor View Farm 118 m 1:47.40 $79,875 G1
1978 Late Bloomer 4 Jorge Velásquez John M. Gaver Jr. Greentree Stable 118 m 1:47.00 $64,860 G1
1977 Cum Laude Laurie 3 Ángel Cordero Jr. Lou Rondinello Daniel W. Galbreath 118 m 1:52.20 $66,480
1976 Revidere 3 Jacinto Vásquez David A. Whiteley William Haggin Perry 114 m 2:01.00 $79,425
In 1987, Sacahuista finished first, but was disqualified.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Equibase.com. "Ruffian Stakes profile". www.equibase.com. Retrieved 2017-07-02.