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Ashley T. Cole Handicap

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Ashley T. Cole Handicap
Location Belmont Park
Elmont, New York, United States
Inaugurated 1976
Race type Thoroughbred - Flat racing
Website www.nyra.com/belmont
Race information
Distance 1 mile (8 furlongs)
Track Grass, left-handed
Qualification Three-year-olds & up
Weight Assigned
Purse $100,000

The Ashley T. Cole Handicap is an American Thoroughbred horse race run annually at Belmont Park in Elmont, New York. Run in mid September, the race is open to horses age three and older bred in the State of New York. Currently offering a purse of US$100,000, it is contested on turf at a distance of 1⅛ miles. Prior to 1989, it was run on dirt. Due to weather conditions, the 2001 edition was raced on dirt.

The race is named for the late Ashley T. Cole, a chairman of the New York State Racing Commission who played a crucial role in the creation of the New York Racing Association.

Inaugurated in 1976 at Aqueduct Racetrack in Queens, New York, until 1983 it was restricted to two-year-old horses. Since 1992 the race has been hosted by Belmont Park. Since inception it has been contested at a variety of distances:

  • 6 furlongs : 1976-1977
  • 7 furlongs : 1978-1981
  • 1 mile : 1982, 1985-1988, 1994-1999
  • 1 mile, 70 yards : 1984
  • 11/16 miles : 1989-1993
  • 1⅛ miles : 1983, 2000-present


Speed record: (at current distance of 1⅛ miles)

  • 1:46.43 - Provincetown (2004)

Most wins:

  • 2 - Kate's Valentine (1990, 1991)

Most wins by an owner:

  • 2 - James F. Edwards (1990, 1991)
  • 2 - Earle I. Mack (1979, 2000)
  • 2 - Anstu Stable (2000, 2002)

Most wins by a jockey:

Most wins by a trainer:








2008 Banrock 5 Kent Desormeaux Thomas M. Bush Nyala Farm 1:52.89
2007 Dave 6 Alan Garcia Barclay Tagg Parting Glass S./Three Colleens S. 1:48.90
2006 Retribution 4 Chantal Sutherland John O. Hertler Our Canterbury Stables 1:49.38
2005 Certifiably Crazy 5 Cornelio Velasquez Richard Schosberg Wachtel Stable et al. 1:48.60
2004 Provincetown 4 Tony Farina Philip Serpe Flying Zee Stable 1:46.43
2003 Quantum Merit 4 Richard Migliore Del W. Carroll II Very Un Stable 1:47.48
2002 I'm All Yours 5 Jerry Bailey Todd Pletcher Anstu Stable 1:49.13
2001 Brave One 4 Norberto Arroya Gary C. Contessa I.O.U. Atonn Stable 1:48:89
2000 Currency Arbitrage 7 John Velazquez Gary Sciacca Earle I. Mack/Anstu Stables 1:50.82
1999 Chasin Wimmin 4 Jean-Luc Samyn John O. Hertler Seymour Cohn 1:34:80
1998 Draw Shot 5 Jerry Bailey Angel J. Penna, Jr. Francis R. Santangelo 1:33.51
1997 Amarettitorun 5 John Velazquez Leo O'Brien Teresa M. Maher 1:33:20
1996 Identity 4 Jose A. Santos Tom Skiffington Kenneth C. Avanzino 1:37.40
1995 Bit Of Puddin 4 Mike E. Smith Howard Tesher Edwin Wachtel/Gregory Hawkins 1:36.40
1994 Terrorist 3 Julie Krone David G. Donk Relieb Stable 1:36.60
1993 Preporant 4 Mike E. Smith Bruce Johnstone Milton Ritzenberg 1:49.20
1992 Forlibend 4 Jerry Bailey Michael Dickinson Adele W. Paxson 1:49.20
1991 Kate's Valentine 6 Herb McCauley Sarah A. Lundy James F. Edwards 1:50.20
1990 Kate's Valentine 5 Angel Cordero, Jr. Sarah A. Lundy James F. Edwards 1:50.20
1989 Waterzip 4 Jean Cruguet Dominick Imperio Irving Paparo 1:55.00
1988 Tinchen's Prince 5 Anthony Vega Richard DeStasio Alfred Fried, Jr. 1:35.80
1987 G'Day Mate 4 Frank Lovato, Jr. Thomas Miles Carolyn Chernick 1:36.60
1986 Fast Step 3 Robbie Davis Gary Sciacca Jack Shaw 1:35.60
1985 Elegant Life 5 Jorge Velasquez Michael Brice Irma Brice 1:35.00
1984 Mc Michael 5 Robbie Davis Kenneth Nesky Bonnie Mike Stable 1:41.00
1983 At The Threshold 2 Pat Day Lynn K. Whiting William C. Partee 1:52.20
1982 Mugatea 2 Mike Venezia Frank LaBoccetta Paul Hoffman 1:37.40
1981 Ask Muhammad 2 Jorge Velasquez Lou Silvera Gordon F. Hall 1:25.60
1980 Expro's Boy 2 Chris McCarron John P. Campo Frank Geraci 1:23.60
1979 Screenland 2 Ramon Encinas H. Allen Jerkens Earle I. Mack 1:25.00
1978 Sir Ivor Again 2 Jeffrey Fell LeRoy Jolley Mrs. Tilyou C. Christopher 1:24.60
1977 Kathy's Chief 2 Jacinto Vasquez Warren Pascuma Jane Levien 1:11.20
1976 Fratello Ed 2 Ruben Hernandez Ramon Hernandez Assunta Louis Farm 1:11.20



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