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Astoria Stakes

Ungraded Stakes race
The Astoria
Location Belmont Park
Elmont, New York, USA
Inaugurated 1902
Race type Thoroughbred - Flat racing
Website Belmont Park
Race information
Distance 5 ½ furlongs
Track Dirt
Qualification Two-year-old fillies
Weight Weight-For-Age
Purse Varied over the years

The Astoria Stakes is a long-lived race for two-year-old Thoroughbred fillies run at Belmont Park during its Spring/Summer season. Originally set at a distance of five furlongs, beginning in the year 1940, it went off at five and a half furlongs on the dirt. Still at this distance today, the Astoria offers a $100,000 purse.

This race began at Gravesend Race Track in 1902 where it stayed until 1910. It then moved to Aqueduct Racetrack to be contested from 1914 to 1955, and again from 1960 to 1974. It was at Jamaica Racetrack 1956, 1958, and 1959.

Named for a town in the New York borough of Queens, it would have been in its 103nd running in 2009, but due to the troubled economy in 2008, the Astoria was canceled by the NYRA as they adjusted races to meet the new Grade I standard purse of $300,000.

Past winners

  • 2000 – Raging Fever (John Velazquez)
  • 1996 – Aces (Jerry Bailey)
  • 1995 – Zee Lady (Jose Santos)
  • 1994 – Unacceptable (Jerry Bailey)
  • 1993 – Casa Eire (Jose Santos)
  • 1992 – Distinct Habit (Jerry Bailey)
  • 1989 – Lucy's Glory (Angel Santiago)
  • 1987 – Joe's Tammie (Jerry Belmonte)
  • 1986 – Tara Tower (Julio Espinoza)
  • 1982 – Gala Jubilee (Rudy Turcotte)
  • 1980 – Famous Partner (Jorge Velasquez)
  • 1979 – Accipiter's Dream (Jerry Bailey)
  • 1977 – Akita (Jorge Velasquez)
  • 1974 – Ruffian (Vincent Bracciale, Jr.)
  • 1973 – What Brilliance (Jorge Velasquez)
  • 1971 – Brenda Beauty (Robert Woodhouse)
  • 1968 – Show Off (Jesse Davidson)
  • 1967 – Queen of the Stage (Braulio Baeza)
  • 1966 – Northwest Trades (Larry Adams)
  • 1964 – Queen Empress (Braulio Baeza)
  • 1959 – Rose of Serro (George Gibb)
  • 1958 – Cobul (W. Lester)
  • 1954 – Trying (J. Nichols)
  • 1953 – Case Goods (Hedley Woodhouse)
  • 1952 – Home-Made (Eric Guerin)
  • 1951 – Star-Enfin (Eric Arcaro)
  • 1949 – Baby Comet (A. Schmidt)
  • 1947 – Mackinaw (Eddie Arcaro)
  • 1946 – First Flight (P. Miller)
  • 1945 – Mush Mush (Arnold Kirkland)
  • 1944 – Subdued (Eric Guerin)
  • 1943 – Mrs. Ames (Ted Atkinson)
  • 1942 – Stefanita (J. Breen)
  • 1940 – Tangled (Eddie Arcaro)
  • 1937 – Inhale (John Gilbert)
  • 1936 - Manatella (M. Peters)
  • 1935 – Not Run
  • 1934 – Not Run
  • 1933 – Not Run
  • 1931 – Stagecraft (Mack Garner)
  • 1929 – The Spare (John Beishak)
  • 1928 – Lady Capulet (Steve O'Donnell)
  • 1919 – Panoply (Willie Knapp)
  • 1918 – Terentia (Charles Fairbrother)
  • 1917 – Stitch in Time (Merritt Buxton)
  • 1916 – Tragedy (T. Davis)
  • 1915 – Pleione (Joe McCahey)
  • 1914 – Pixy (Joe McCahey)
  • 1913 – Naiad (G. Wolfe)
  • 1912 – Not Run
  • 1911 – Not Run
  • 1910 – Bashti (Guy Garner)
  • 1909 – Ocean Bound (Richard Scoville)
  • 1907 – Beckon (George Mountain)
  • 1906 – Hyperbole (Willie Knapp)
  • 1905 – Sue Smith (Jack Martin)
  • 1904 – Chrysitis (Frank O'Neill)
  • 1902 – Astarita (Willie Shaw)



In 1940, Key Ring dead-heated with Tangled for first but was disqualified.

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