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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 race
LocationBelmont Park
New York, United States
Race typeThoroughbred - Flat racing
Race information
Distance1 mile
QualificationFillies & Mares, 4-years-old & up

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 distanceEdit

  • 1976 - ​1 14 miles
  • 1977–1989 - ​1 18 miles
  • 1990–2009 - ​1 116 miles
  • 2010–2011 - ​1 18 miles
  • 2013–present - 1 mile

Race recordsEdit

Speed record:

Most wins:

Most wins by an owner:

Most wins by a jockey:

Most wins by a trainer:


2017 Highway Star 4 Angel S. Arroyo Rodrigo Ubillo Chester and Mary Broman 1:39.05
2016 Cavorting 4 Javier Castellano Kiaran McLaughlin Stonestreet Stables 1:34.05
2015 Wedding Toast 5 Jose Lezcano Kiaran McLaughlin Godolphin Racing 1.35.57
2014 Fiftyshadesofhay 4 John Velazquez Bob Baffert Michael Pegram 1:35.70
2013 Withgreatpleasure 5 John Velazquez David Nunn David Blethen 1:36.52
2012 Race not held
2011 Ask the Moon 6 Javier Castellano Marty Wolfson Farnsworth Stable 1:50.46
2010 Malibu Prayer 4 John Velazquez Todd Pletcher Edward Evans 1:48.14
2009 Swift Temper 5 Alan Garcia Dale Romans Richard Nip/Omar Trevino 1:40.59
2008 Tough Tiz's Sis 4 Edgar Prado Bob Baffert Watson/Weitman 1:40.16
2007 Ginger Punch 4 Rafael Bejarano Robert J. Frankel Stronach Stables 1:40.25
2006 Pool Land 4 John Velazquez Todd A. Pletcher Melnyk Racing Stable 1:41.81
2005 Stellar Jayne 4 Jerry Bailey Saeed bin Suroor Godolphin Racing 1:41.87
2004 Sightseek 5 John Velazquez Robert J. Frankel Juddmonte Farms 1:41.51
2003 Wild Spirit 4 Jerry Bailey Robert J. Frankel Sumaya Us Stable 1:41.23
2002 Mandy's Gold 4 Jose A. Santos Michael E. Gorham Steeplechase Farm 1:42.57
2001 Race not held
2000 Riboletta 5 Chris McCarron Eduardo Inda Aaron & Marie Jones 1:40.35
1999 Catinca 4 Jerry Bailey John C. Kimmel Robert K. Waxman 1:41.94
1998 Sharp Cat 4 Corey Nakatani Wallace Dollase Ahmed bin Salman 1:42.40
1997 Tomisue' Delight 3 Jerry Bailey Neil J. Howard Stephen C. Hilbert 1:44.43
1996 Yanks Music 3 John Velazquez Leo O'Brien Michael Fennessy 1:41.80
1995 Inside Information 4 Mike E. Smith C. R. McGaughey III Ogden Mills Phipps 1:40.80
1994 Sky Beauty 4 Mike E. Smith H. Allen Jerkens Georgia Hofmann 1:41.60
1993 Shared Interest 5 Robbie Davis Scotty Schulhofer Robert S. Evans 1:41.80
1992 Versailles Treaty 5 Mike E. Smith C. R. McGaughey III Cynthia Phipps 1:41.40
1991 Queena 5 Angel Cordero, Jr. C. R. McGaughey III Emory A. Hamilton 1:41.60
1990 Quick Mischief 4 Raul Rojas Charles Carlesimo, Jr. Gregory Mordas 1:42.80
1989 Bayakoa 5 Laffit Pincay, Jr. Ron McAnally Frank Whitham 1:48.40
1988 Sham Say 3 Jacinto Vasquez William Cocks Evergreen Farm 1:48.00
1987* Coup De Fusil 5 Angel Cordero, Jr. Jan H. Nerud Tartan Stable 1:48.60
1986 Lady's Secret 4 Pat Day D. Wayne Lukas Eugene V. Klein 1:46.80
1985 Lady's Secret 3 Jorge Velasquez D. Wayne Lukas Eugene V. Klein 1:47.40
1984 Heatherten 5 Randy Romero William I. Mott John A. Franks 1:48.20
1983 Heartlight No. One 3 Laffit Pincay, Jr. Pedro Marti Burt Bacharach 1:47.20
1982 Christmas Past 3 Jacinto Vasquez Angel Penna, Jr. Cynthia Phipps 1:48.60
1981 Relaxing 5 Angel Cordero, Jr. Angel Penna, Sr. Ogden Phipps 1:47.60
1980 Genuine Risk 3 Jacinto Vasquez LeRoy Jolley Diana M. Firestone 1:49.20
1979 It's In The Air 3 Laffit Pincay, Jr. Laz Barrera Harbor View Farm 1:47.40
1978 Late Bloomer 4 Jorge Velasquez John M. Gaver, Jr. Greentree Stable 1:47.00
1977 Cum Laude Laurie 3 Angel Cordero, Jr. Lou Rondinello Daniel W. Galbreath 1:52.20
1976 Revidere 3 Jacinto Vasquez David A. Whiteley William Haggin Perry 2:01.00
In 1987, Sacahuista finished first, but was disqualified.


  1. ^ "Ruffian Stakes profile". Retrieved 2017-07-02.

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