Sheepshead Bay Stakes
Sheepshead Bay Stakes is an American Thoroughbred horse race run annually at the end of May at Belmont Park in Elmont, New York. A Grade II event contested on turf at a distance of 1 3⁄8 miles (11 furlongs), it is open to fillies and mares, four-years-old and up. Prior to 1962, it was open to horses of either sex.
|Grade II race|
Elmont, New York, United States
|Race type||Thoroughbred – Flat racing|
|Distance||1 3⁄8 miles (11 furlongs)|
|Qualification||Fillies & Mares, four-years-old & up|
The first Sheepshead Bay Handicap was a race run from 1894 through 1910 at the now defunct Sheepshead Bay Race Track at Sheepshead Bay, New York. It was revived at the Jamaica Race Course in 1959 but following the closure of that facility, the race was shifted to Aqueduct Racetrack which hosted it from 1960 through 1974 and again in 1976.
Since inception, the revised edition of the Sheepshead Bay race has been contested at various distances and on both dirt and turf surfaces:
- 1 mile : 1962 on dirt
- 1 1⁄16 miles : 1959 on dirt
- 1 1⁄16 miles : 1963–1964 on turf
- 1 mile, 1 furlong : 1960, 1961, 1976 on dirt
- 1 3⁄16 miles : 1965–1973 on turf
- 1 3⁄16 miles : 1974 on dirt
- 1 1⁄4 miles : 1975, 1977–1979 on turf
- 1 3⁄8 miles : 1980–1989, 1991 to 2011
- 1 3⁄8 miles : 1990 on dirt
- 1 1⁄8 miles: 2012 on turf
The Sheepshead Bay was run in two divisions in 1968, 1970, 1972, 1976 and 1982.
Speed record: (at current distance of 1 3⁄8 miles on dirt)
- 2:11.57 – Maxzene (1997)
- 2 – Princess Pout (1970, 1971)
- 2 – Glowing Tribute (1976, 1977)
- 2 – Sabin (1983, 1984)
- 2 – Maxzene (1997, 1998)
- 2 – Honey Ryder (2006, 2007)
- 2 – Sea Calisi (2016, 2017)
Most wins by an owner:
- 4 – Darby Dan Farm (Phillips/Galbreath) (1973, 1987, 1989, 1999)
Most wins by a jockey:
- 5 – Mike E. Smith (1991, 1993, 1997, 1999, 2004)
Most wins by a trainer:
Sheepshead Bay Handicap (1894–1910)Edit
The original Sheepshead Bay Handicap was open to horses age three and older and was contested on dirt at a distance of one mile (8 furlongs). It was last run in June 1910 after the Republican controlled New York Legislature under Governor Charles Evans Hughes passed the Hart–Agnew anti-betting legislation on June 11, 1908. The owners of Sheepshead Bay Race Track, and other racing facilities in New York State, struggled to stay in business without betting. However, further restrictive legislation was passed by the New York Legislature in 1910 which resulted in the deepening of the financial crisis for track operators and led to a complete shut down of racing across the state during 1911 and 1912. When a Court ruling saw racing return in 1913 it was too late for the Sheepshead Bay facility and it never reopened.
Sir Walter finished third in the first two editions of the race when it was won by Don Alonzo in 1894 and the following year by future U.S. Racing Hall of Fame inductee, Domino. In 1900, another future Hall of Fame inductee, Imp, finished third to longshot winner Greyfeld. A third future Hall of Fame inductee, the great filly Maskette, ran second to King James in the final edition in 1910.
- 1:37.60 – Inquisitor (1906) & King James (1910)
- No horse won this race more than once.
Most wins by a jockey:
Most wins by an owner:
- No owner won this event more than once.
|1910||King James||4||Carroll Shilling||Sam Hildreth||Sam Hildreth||1:37.60|
|1909||Sir John Johnson||4||James Butler Jr.||David Woodford||Beverwyck Stable||1:39.20|
|1908||Dandelion||6||Walter Miller||John E. Madden||Francis R. Hitchcock||1:37.80|
|1907||Sir Lynnewood||6||Monte Preston||L. Webster||Joseph E. Widener||1:40.60|
|1906||Inquisitor||3||Walter Miller||Thomas Welsh||Newcastle Stable||1:37.60|
|1905||Woodsaw||3||Walter Miller||A. Jack Joyner||Sydney Paget||1:42.00|
|1904||Graziallo||3||Jack Martin||E. H. Hanna||Columbia Stable||1:38.80|
|1903||Blues||5||John J. Hoar||Frank D. Weir||Frank Farrell||1:42.00|
|1902||Kamara||5||Arthur Redfern||Charles F. Hill||Clarence H. MacKay||1:38.60|
|1901||Brigadier||4||Winfield O'Connor||John J. Hyland||August Belmont Jr.||1:37.80|
|1900||Greyfeld||4||William Dangman||Robert Augustus Smith||Robert Augustus Smith||1:41.80|
|1899||Fly By Night||3||John Bullman||Albert Simons||Pat Dunne||1:39.80|
|1898||Semper Ego||5||Fred Taral||Charles Hughes||Bromley & Co.||1:42.00|
|1897||Havoc||5||Henry Lewis||Charles Boyle||Joseph E. Seagram||1:41.00|
|1896||St. Maxim||5||Fred Taral||Robert Tucker||Charles Fleischmann & Sons||1:40.20|
|1895||Domino||4||Fred Taral||William Lakeland||James & Foxhall Keene||1:41.20|
|1894||Don Alonzo||4||Willie Simms||Hardy Campbell Jr.||Michael F. Dwyer||1:41.00|