The Suburban Stakes is an American Grade II Thoroughbred horse race run annually at Belmont Park in Elmont, New York. Open to horses age three and older, it is now run at the 1 1⁄4 mile distance on dirt for a $700,000 purse.
|Grade II race|
Elmont, New York, USA
|Race type||Thoroughbred - Flat racing|
|Distance||1 1⁄4 miles (10 furlongs)|
|Qualification||Four-year-olds and up|
Named after the City and Suburban Handicap in England, the Suburban had its 133rd running in 2019.
Inaugurated at the Sheepshead Bay Race Track in 1884, it was run there through 1910. However, 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.  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. The race was picked up by the operators of Belmont Park where it was run in 1913. Not run the following year it was hosted by the Empire City Race Track in 1915 before returning to Belmont Park. It has remained there except for the races of 1961 to 1974 and 1976 when it was run at Aqueduct Racetrack.
The Suburban Handicap was contested at a distance of one and one half miles in 1975 and at a mile and three-sixteenths in 1976. Beginning in 1978, the race was started on Belmont Park's clubhouse turn. The event was renamed from the Suburban Handicap in 2017.
The race is the final of the three races that once composed the New York Handicap Triple series of races as it follows the Metropolitan Handicap and the Brooklyn Handicap. Four horses have won the Handicap Triple:
The list of former winners is like a who's who of the race horse world, featuring some of American racing's greatest champions. The first mare to win the Suburban Handicap was the great Hall of Famer, Imp.
- 2 - Crusader (1926, 1927)
- 2 - Kelso (1961, 1963)
- 2 - Winter's Tale (1980, 1983)
- 2 - Devil His Due (1993, 1994)
- 2 - Flat Out (2010, 2013)
- 2 - Effinex (2015, 2016)
Most wins by a jockey:
- 8 - Eddie Arcaro (1945, 1947, 1949, 1956, 1957, 1958, 1960, 1961)
Most wins by a trainer:
- 5 - Sam Hildreth (1909, 1915, 1916, 1923, 1924)
- 5 - James Fitzsimmons (1922, 1938, 1951, 1956, 1958)
Most wins by an owner:
- "History of the Suburban" (PDF). New York Times. 1904-06-17. Retrieved 2020-04-28.
- "Penalties in the New York Bills". Daily Racing Form at University of Kentucky Archives. 1908-01-18. Retrieved 2018-10-26.
- Times, Special To The New York (July 14, 1911). "Race Track Bill Defeated In Senate; Measure Modifying Directors' Liability for Gambling Fails of Passage". Retrieved September 2, 2017.
- "Oral Betting Held Legal: Appellate Division of New York Supreme Court Renders Important Decision". Daily Racing Form at University of Kentucky Archives. 1913-02-22. Retrieved 2019-06-29.
- "Destruction Wrought by Hughes". Daily Racing Form at University of Kentucky Archives. 1908-12-15. Retrieved 2018-11-30.
- "Famous Old Track is Sold". Daily Racing Form at University of Kentucky Archives. 1914-11-17. Retrieved 2018-11-30.