Secretariat Stakes

The Secretariat Stakes is a Grade 1 flat horse race in the United States for three-year-old thoroughbreds. It is run over a distance of 1 mile (1,600 meters). Held annually in mid August, it is the brother of both the Arlington Million and the Beverly D. Stakes and is raced on the same day and on the same turf course at Arlington Park, Arlington Heights, Illinois.

Secretariat Stakes
Grade I race
LocationArlington Park
Arlington Heights, Illinois, United States
Inaugurated1974
Race typeThoroughbredFlat racing
Websitewww.arlingtonpark.com
Race information
DistanceOne Mile
Record1:35.50, Valid Point (2019)
SurfaceTurf
TrackLeft-handed
QualificationThree-year-olds
WeightAssigned
Purse$500,000 (2019)

The race was created in 1974 from the "Arlington Invitational" which had been run only in the previous year in order to showcase U.S. Triple Crown winner Secretariat to Chicago racing fans. Secretariat won the race with My Gallant and Our Native running second and third respectively. Both of these horses had lost to the Champion in the Triple Crown series.

The distance of the 1974 inaugural race was 1 116 miles (1,700 meters). It was run over 1 18 miles (1,800 meters) in 1975/76 and extended to 1 12 miles (2,400 meters) from 1978 to 1984, before settling at ​1 14 miles from 1985 to 2018. In 2019 the race was cut back to one mile.

In 1977 the race was run on dirt and in 1985 it was held at Hawthorne Race Course. There was no race run in 1988, 1998 and 1999.

In 2005 it was included in the Grand Slam of Grass, which offered a substantial bonus to the winner of this race, the Colonial Turf Cup, the Virginia Derby and the Breeders' Cup Turf.

RecordsEdit

Race record:

  • Mile and a Quarter: 1:59.65 – Kitten's Joy (2004)
  • Mile: 1:35.50 – Valid Point (2019)

Longest Odds:

  • 39.30 – Glossary (1974)

Shortest Odds:

  • 0.50 – Super Abound (1990)*

Most wins by an owner:

Most wins by a jockey:

Most wins by a trainer:

*Part of a coupled entry with Unbridled

Winners of the Secretariat StakesEdit

Year
Winner
Jockey
Trainer
Owner
Distance Time
2020 Not run due to the COVID-19 pandemic[1]
2019 Valid Point Javier Castellano Chad Brown e Five Racing Thoroughbreds and Ryan, Michael J. 1 Mile 1:35.50
2018 Carrick John R. Velazquez Thomas Morley Donegal Racing 1 ¼ Miles 2:01.04
2017 Oscar Performance José Ortiz Brian Lynch Amerman Racing LLC 1 ¼ Miles 2:01.79
2016 Beach Patrol Florent Geroux Chad Brown Covello, Sheep Pond, Head of Plains Partners 1 ¼ Miles 2:01.95
2015 Highland Reel (IRE) Seamie Heffernan Aidan O'Brien Smith / Magnier / Tabor 1 ¼ Miles 2:02.26
2014 Adelaide (IRE) Ryan Moore Aidan O'Brien Smith / Magnier / Tabor 1 ¼ Miles 2:02.13
2013 Admiral Kitten Rosie Napravnik Michael J. Maker Kenneth and Sarah Ramsey 1 ¼ Miles 2:02.17
2012 Bayrir (FR) Christophe Lemaire Alain de Royer-Dupré Aga Khan IV 1 ¼ Miles 2:02.92
2011 Treasure Beach Colm O'Donoghue Aidan O'Brien Smith / Magnier / Tabor 1 ¼ Miles 2:03.91
2010 Paddy O'Prado Kent Desormeaux Dale Romans Donegal Racing 1 ¼ Miles 2:04.71
2009 Take the Points Kent Desormeaux Todd Pletcher Starlight Partners 1 ¼ Miles 2:05.41
2008 Winchester René Douglas Dermot Weld Bertram & Diana Firestone 1 ¼ Miles 2:01.76
2007 Shamdinan Julien Leparoux Doug O'Neill Triple B Farms et al. 1 ¼ Miles 2:04.02
2006 Showing Up Cornelio Velásquez Barclay Tagg Lael Stables 1 ¼ Miles 2:00.09
2005 Gun Salute Cornelio Velásquez William I. Mott Brant Laue 1 ¼ Miles 2:03.79
2004 Kitten's Joy Jerry D. Bailey Dale Romans Kenneth and Sarah Ramsey 1 ¼ Miles 1:59.65
2003 Kicken Kris Javier Castellano Michael R. Matz Brushwood Stable 1 ¼ Miles 2:02.53
2002 Chiselling Kent Desormeaux Robert J. Frankel Juddmonte Farms 1 ¼ Miles 2:04.16
2001 Startac Alex Solis Simon Bray Allen Paulson Trust 1 ¼ Miles 2:04.91
2000 Ciro Michael Kinane Aidan O'Brien Michael Tabor 1 ¼ Miles 2:01.64
No Race 1998–1999
1997 Honor Glide Garrett Gomez James E. Day Robert Schaedle 1 ¼ Miles 2:02.74
1996 Marlin Shane Sellers D. Wayne Lukas Michael Tabor 1 ¼ Miles 2:01.09
1995 Hawk Attack Pat Day Elliott Walden Cavalier Stable 1 ¼ Miles 2:00.17
1994 Vaudeville Gary Stevens Fordell Fierce Ron Crockett 1 ¼ Miles 2:01.00
1993 Awad John R. Velazquez David G. Donk Ryehill Farm 1 ¼ Miles 2:08.60
1992 Ghazi Robbie Davis Del W. Carroll II Hassan Shoaib II 1 ¼ Miles 2:01.18
1991 Jackie Wackie Pat Day Dominic Imprescia Jr. C. Rocca & G. DeMarinis 1 ¼ Miles 2:01.27
1990 Super Abound Randy Romero Carl Nafzger Genter Stable 1 ¼ Miles 2:01.60
1989 Hawkster Pat Valenzuela Ron McAnally M/M J. Shelton Meredith 1 ¼ Miles 2:04.00
No Race 1988
1987 Stately Don Jacinto Vásquez LeRoy Jolley Bradley M. Shannon 1 ¼ Miles 2:04.60
1986 Southjet José A. Santos Angel Penna Sr. Dogwood Stable 1 ¼ Miles 2:02.00
1985 Derby Wish Randy Romero William I. Mott John A. Franks 1 ¼ Miles 2:01.00
1984 Vision Gregg McCarron Woody Stephens Cherry Valley Farm 1 ½ Miles 2:38.40
1983 Fortnightly Pat Day Anthony L. Basile Bwamazon Farm 1 ½ Miles 2:32.40
1982 Half Iced Don MacBeth Stanley M. Hough Bertram R. Firestone 1 ½ Miles 2:31.00
1981 Sing Sing Mike Venezia Victor J. Nickerson Sugartown Stable 1 ½ Miles 2:53.20
1980 Spruce Needles Julio C. Espinoza Smiley Adams Golden Chance Farm 1 ½ Miles 2:40.80
1979 Golden Act Sandy Hawley Loren Rettele Oldknow & Phipps 1 ½ Miles 2:32.80
1978 Mac Diarmida Jean Cruguet Scotty Schulhofer Jerome M. Torsney 1 ½ Miles 2:29.80
1977 Text Marco Casteneda Vincent Clyne Elmendorf Farm 1 1/16 Miles 1:42.00
1976 Joachim Sam Maple Jack Van Berg Pratt-Van Berg 1⅛ Miles 1:50.80
1975 Intrepid Hero Ángel Cordero Jr. John W. Russell Ogden Phipps 1⅛ Miles 1:49.80
1974 Glossary Angel L. Santiago Victor J. Nickerson Elmendorf Farm 1 1/16 Miles 1:42.80

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