The September Stakes was an American Thoroughbred horse race held annually for the twenty-five years between 1884 and 1908 at Sheepshead Bay Race Track in Sheepshead Bay, New York. A race on dirt, it was open to three-year-old horses of either sex. It was contested at various distances as follows:
- 1884–1891 : 13⁄4 miles
- 1892–1907 : 13⁄8 miles
- 1908 : 11⁄16 miles
|Location||Sheepshead Bay Race Track, Sheepshead Bay, New York,|
|Race type||Thoroughbred – Flat racing|
Future Hall of Fame winnersEdit
The September Stakes would produce three winners whose racing careers achieved the sport's ultimate acknowledgement of greatness with induction into the U.S. Racing Hall of Fame. The first was Kingston, a part of the 1955 inaugural class, then Beldame in 1956 who was followed by Salvator in 1988.
The end of a race and of a racetrackEdit
The 1908 passage of the Hart–Agnew anti-betting legislation by the New York Legislature under Republican Governor Charles Evans Hughes led to a state-wide shutdown of racing in 1911 and 1912. Sheepshead Bay Race Track officials had no choice but to cancel some races in order to maintain others. As such, the final running of the September Stakes took place on September 8, 1908. A February 21, 1913 ruling by the New York Supreme Court, Appellate Division saw horse racing return in 1913. However, it was too late for the Sheepshead Bay horse racing facility and it never reopened.
- 2:19.00 @ 13⁄8 miles: Nealon (1906)
- 3:03.00 @ 13⁄4 miles: Peg Woffington (1888)
Most wins by a jockey:
- 2 – Jim McLaughlin (1887, 1889)
- 2 – George M. Odom (1900, 1902)
- 2 – Frank O'Neill (1903, 1904)
- 2 – Willie Simms (1894, 1895)
Most wins by a trainer:
Most wins by an owner:
|1908||Big Chief||3||Carroll Shilling||Henry E. Rowell||Thomas H. Williams||13⁄16||2:10.40||$3,100|
|1907||Blue Book||3||R. Lowe||Stephen J. Lawler||James F. Carroll||13⁄8||2:23.00||$3,700|
|1906||Nealon||3||Willie Dugan||Herman R. Brandt||Barney Schreiber||13⁄8||2:19.00||$4,370|
|1905||Von Tromp||3||Gene Hildebrand||James G. Rowe Sr.||James R. Keene||13⁄8||2:21.20||$4,065|
|1904||Beldame||3||Frank O'Neill||Fred Burlew||Newton Bennington (Lessee)||13⁄8||2:19.60||$4,060|
|1903||The Picket||3||Frank O'Neill||Carroll B. Reed||Waldeck Stable (John Middleton & Karl Jungbluth)||13⁄8||2:20.60||$3,055|
|1902||Caughnawaga||3||George M. Odom||William Hayward Jr.||John Sanford||13⁄8||2:22.00||$2,490|
|1901||Blues||3||Willie Shaw||Thomas Welsh||Frank Farrell||13⁄8||2:22.40||$2,455|
|1900||Killashandra||3||George M. Odom||John W. Rogers||William Collins Whitney||13⁄8||2:22.00||$2,525|
|1899||Batten||3||Henry Spencer||Thomas Clay McDowell||Thomas Clay McDowell||13⁄8||2:21.80||$1,960|
|1898||George Boyd||3||Danny Maher||William Lakeland||William Lakeland||13⁄8||2:25.00||$1,810|
|1897||Challenger||3||Alonzo Clayton||Arthur White||William Laimbeer||13⁄8||2:24.40||$1,925|
|1896||Captive||3||Willie Martin||Patrick Dunne||Patrick Dunne||13⁄8||2:22.80||$1,850|
|1895||Nanki Pooh||3||Willie Simms||William Donohue||Erie Stable (F. D. & J. A. Beard)||13⁄8||2:21.00||$1,950|
|1894||Dorian||3||Willie Simms||John W. Rogers||John W. Rogers||13⁄8||2:21.40||$2,020|
|1893||Bassetlaw||3||Anthony Hamilton||Matthew M. Allen||William Easton||13⁄8||2:24.00||$3,507|
|1892||Pactolus||3||Marty Bergen||A. Wilson||13⁄8||2:22.00||$3,297|
|1891||Reckon||3||Fred Littlefield||R. Wyndham Walden||John A. & Alfred H. Morris||13⁄4||3:07.80||$2,225|
|1890||Judge Morrow||3||Fred Taral||Green B. Morris||Green B. Morris||13⁄4||3:09.00||$2,000|
|1889||Salvator||3||Jim McLaughlin||Matthew Byrnes||James Ben Ali Haggin||13⁄4||3:05.40||$2,475|
|1888||Peg Woffington||3||George Taylor||William Lakeland||William Lakeland||13⁄4||3:03.00||$3,475|
|1887||Kingston||3||Jim McLaughlin||Frank McCabe||Dwyer Brothers Stable||13⁄4||3:04.00||$3,350|
|1886||The Bard||3||William Hayward Sr.||John Huggins||Alexander Cassatt||13⁄4||3:05.00||$3,800|
|1885||Hidalgo||3||Patsy Duffy||William R. Claypool||James Ben Ali Haggin||13⁄4||3:09.50||$3,375|
|1884||Louisette||3||Harry Blaylock||Matthew Byrnes||George L. Lorillard||13⁄4||3:07.25||$2,450|
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- "Four Winning Favorites – Louisette Never Headed". New York Times. 1884-09-05. p. 2. Retrieved 2020-02-24.
- "Sheepshead Bay Races". New York Times. 1899-09-08. p. 5. Retrieved 2020-04-07.
- "Penalties in the New York Bills". Daily Racing Form. 1908-01-18. Retrieved 2018-10-26 – via University of Kentucky Archives.
- "Race Track Bill Defeated In Senate; Measure Modifying Directors' Liability for Gambling Fails of Passage". The New York Times. July 14, 1911. Retrieved September 2, 2017.
- "Big Chief's September Thomas H. Williams's Colt Beats Fair Play in a Close Contest for Stake Feature at Coney Island Track". Daily Racing Form. 1908-09-09. Retrieved 2020-03-14 – via University of Kentucky Archives.
- "Stake Dates at Sheepshead Bay". Daily Racing Form. 1909-08-17. Retrieved 2020-04-02 – via University of Kentucky Archives.
- "Oral Betting Held Legal: Appellate Division of New York Supreme Court Renders Important Decision". Daily Racing Form. 1913-02-22. Retrieved 2019-06-29 – via University of Kentucky Archives.
- "Destruction Wrought by Hughes". Daily Racing Form. 1908-12-15. Retrieved 2018-11-30 – via University of Kentucky Archives.
- "Famous Old Track is Sold". Daily Racing Form. 1914-11-17. Retrieved 2018-11-30 – via University of Kentucky Archives.