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Athenia Stakes

Grade III race
Athenia Stakes
Location Belmont Park
Elmont, New York, United States
Inaugurated 1978
Race type Thoroughbred - Flat racing
Website Athenia Handicap history at Belmont Park
Race information
Distance 11/16 miles (8.5 furlongs)
Track Grass, left-handed
Qualification Fillies & Mares, three-year-olds & up
Weight Assigned
Purse US$100,000 added

The Athenia Stakes is an American Thoroughbred horse race run annually in mid October at Belmont Park in Elmont, New York. Open to fillies and mares, age three and older, it is contested on turf at a distance of a mile and a sixteenth (8.5 furlongs).

The Athenia Stakes is named in honor of Hal Price Headley's filly who won the 1946 Ladies Handicap.


Historical notes

From its inception in 1978 through 1982, the Athenia was restricted to three-year-old fillies.

The race was hosted by Aqueduct Racetrack in 1982, 1998-2000 and 2002-2004.

It was run on dirt in 1979 and again in 1990 and was raced in two divisions in 1982 and 2001.

Since inception it has been contested at various distances:

  • 1¼ miles : 1978-1981
  • 1⅜ miles : 1982-1993
  • 1 mile : 1996
  • 1⅛ miles : 1997
  • 11/16 miles : 1998-present


Speed record: (at current distance of 11/16 miles)

  • 1:40.40 - Babae (2001)

Most wins:

  • 2 - Babae (2001, 2002)

Most wins by an owner:

  • 2 - Harbor View Farm (1994, 1995)
  • 2 - Joseph Platt, Jr. (2001, 2002)

Most wins by a jockey:

Most wins by a trainer:








2009 Belle Allure 4 Ramon Dominguez Christophe Clement Ronchalon Stable 1:43.30
2008 Sunshine for Life 4 Channing Hill Richard Schosberg Jane M. Schosberg 1:41.55
2007 Criminologist 4 John Velazquez Claude R. McGaughey III S. Janney III & Phipps Stable 1:45.09
2006 Pommes Frites 4 Jose A. Santos William I. Mott Santa Maria de Araras 1:42.95
2005 Asti 4 Jorge F. Chavez H. Allen Jerkens H. Joseph Allen 1:42.57
2004 Finery 4 Pablo Fragoso William H. Turner, Jr. Althea D. Richards 1:43.73
2003 Caught in the Rain 4 Richard Migliore Guadalupe Preciado Heiligbrodt Stable 1:47.00
2002 Babae 6 Jorge F. Chavez Frank A. Alexander Joseph Platt, Jr. 1:44.90
2001 Verruma 5 John Velazquez Angel Penna, Jr. Earle I. Mack & Haras J. B. Barros 1:42.09
2001 Babae 5 Jorge F. Chavez Frank A. Alexander Joseph Platt, Jr. 1:40.40
2000 Wild Heart Dancing 4 Jorge F. Chavez Eugene Brajczewski My Jo Lee Stable 1:43.40
1999 Antoniette 4 Jorge F. Chavez Joseph Schlich Calumet Farm 1:41.89
1998 Tampico 5 Joe Bravo Barclay Tagg Ronald G. Cullis 1:42.90
1997 Rapid Selection 4 Joe Bravo Linda L. Rice Clyde D. Rice 1:47.11
1996 Sixieme Sens 4 Jerry D. Bailey Robert J. Frankel Three Plus U Stable 1:37.80
1995 Caress 4 Robbie Davis H. Allen Jerkens Harbor View Farm 1:54.18
1994 Lady Affirmed 3 Jorge F. Chavez H. Allen Jerkens Harbor View Farm 1:48.66
1993 Trampoli 4 Mike E. Smith Christophe Clement Paul de Moussac 2:17.16
1992 Fairy Garden 4 Julie Krone Roger Attfield Michael J. Ryan 2:13.62
1991 Flaming Torch 4 Pat Valenzuela Robert J. Frankel Juddmonte Farms 2:13.99
1990 Buy The Firm 4 Jerry D. Bailey Jose A. Martin Thomas Mara 2:18.20
1989 Capades 3 Angel Cordero, Jr. Richard O'Connell Poma Stable 2:13.20
1988 High Browser 3 Pat Day MacKenzie Miller Rokeby Stables 2:18.60
1987 Lead Kindly Light 4 Julio Pezua Angel Penna, Jr. Cynthia Phipps 2:23.80
1986 Dawn's Curtesy 4 Eddie Maple John M. Veitch Darby Dan Farm 2:16.00
1985 Videogenic 3 Jean Cruguet Gasper S. Moschera Albert Davis 2:15.40
1984 Key Dancer 3 Angel Cordero, Jr. William J. Hirsch, Jr. Oxford Stable 2:14.80
1983 Rose Crescent 3 Robbie Davis MacKenzie Miller Rokeby Stables 2:22.00
1982 Middle Stage 3 Jimmy Miranda John P. Campo Buckland Farm 2:17.40
1982 Mintage 3 Jean-Luc Saymn Philip Johnson Meadowhill 2:17.80
1981 De La Rose 3 Eddie Maple Woody Stephens Henryk de Kwiatkowski 2:00.40
1980 Love Sign 3 Ruben Hernandez Sidney Watters ,Jr. Stephen C. Clark, Jr. 2:00.40
1979 Poppycock 3 Jorge Velasquez Woody Stephens Claiborne Farm 2:03.60
1978 Terpsichorist 3 Michael Venezia Woody Stephens Hickory Tree Stable 2:03.20



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