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Astarita Stakes

The Astarita Stakes was an American non-graded Thoroughbred horse race run annually at Belmont Park in Elmont, New York between 1946 and 2005. Open to two-year-old fillies, it was a sprint race contested on dirt over a distance of six and a half furlongs. It offered a purse of $100,000.

The race was named for John Madden's filly who won the 1902 inaugural running of the Astoria Stakes at the now defunct Gravesend Race Track on Coney Island, New York.

The Astarita Stakes was downgraded from Grade II to Grade III in 2004 and then discontinued in 2005 by the New York Racing Association (NYRA). [1] [2]

Placed on hiatus in 2005 [3], the Astarita was previously a Grade III event. The American Graded Stakes Committee ruled it was not eligible for grading in 2008. [4]

The race has been contested at various distances.

  • 6 furlongs : 1946-1956
  • 6.5 furlongs : 1972-1994, since 1997
  • 7 furlongs : 1957-1971, 1996
  • 8 furlongs : 1995

The Astarita Stakes was run in two divisions in 1965, 1968 and 1972.

Winners since 1995

Year

Winner

Jockey

Trainer

Owner

Time
2005 Sensation Eibar Coa Stanley M. Hough Castletop Stable 1:16.90
2004 Toll Taker Eibar Coa Timothy A. Hills Patrick Welsh 1:18.16
2003 Spectacular Moon Jorge Chavez John V. Alecci John V. Alecci 1:17.16
2002 Humorous Lady Jerry Bailey Michael Smith S. David Plummer 1:17.76
2001 Bella Bellucci Gary Stevens Neil D. Drysdale Michael Tabor 1:16.67
2000 Xtra Heat Mark Johnston John Salzman, Sr. Kenneth Taylor et al. 1:16.71
1999 Silentlea Robbie Davis James A. Jerkens Not found 1:17.44
1998 Paved in Gold Jorge Chavez Michael Trivigno Brian S. Dance 1:18.86
1997 Ninth Inning Robbie Davis James A. Jerkens Peter Blum 1:17.44
1996 Broad Dynamite Dale Cordova Damon Pollard Not found 1:24.02
1995 Top Secret Mike Smith George R. Arnold John H. Peace 1:36.79

Earlier winners

  • 1994 - Miss Golden Circle
  • 1993 - Shapely Scrapper
  • 1992 - Missed The Storm
  • 1991 - Easy Now
  • 1990 - Devlish Touch
  • 1989 - Dance Colony
  • 1988 - Channel Three
  • 1987 - Flashy Runner
  • 1986 - Cagey Exhuberance
  • 1985 - Gaudery
  • 1983 - Tinas Ten
  • 1982 - Wings of Jove
  • 1980 - Sweet Revenge
  • 1979 - Royal Suite
  • 1978 - Fall Aspen
  • 1977 - Lakeville Miss
  • 1975 - Picture Tube
  • 1974 - Stulcer
  • 1973 - Raisela
  • 1972 - Princes Doubleday (two divisions)
  • 1972 - Waltz Fan (two divisions)
  • 1971 - Barely Even
  • 1970 - Deceit
  • 1969 - Cherry Sundae
  • 1968 - Show Off (two divisions)
  • 1968 - Dihela (two divisions)
  • 1967 - Syrian Sea
  • 1966 - Irish County
  • 1965 - Prides Profile (Dead Heat)
  • 1964 - I Deceive
  • 1962 - Main Swap
  • 1957 - Polamby
  • 1956 - Alanesian
  • 1955 - Cosmah
  • 1954 - Two Stars
  • 1953 - Make A Play
  • 1952 - Grecian Queen
  • 1951 - Place Card
  • 1950 - Jacodema
  • 1948 - Nell K
  • 1947 - Bellesoeur
  • 1946 - Keynote


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