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Bahamas Stakes

Defunct Stakes race
Bahamas Stakes
Location Hialeah Park Race Track
Hialeah, Florida, United States
Inaugurated 1934
last run 2001
Race type Thoroughbred - Flat racing
Website N/A
Race information
Distance 7 furlongs
Track Dirt, left-handed
Qualification Three-year-olds
Weight Assigned

The Bahamas Stakes was an American Thoroughbred horse race run annually in January at Hialeah Park Race Track in Hialeah, Florida. A seven furlong race on dirt, it was the first important test of the calendar year for newly turned three-year-olds. The race was used by prospective U.S. Triple Crown contenders as a stepping stone to the Everglades and Flamingo Stakes at the Hialeah track. Reflected Glory (1967) and Pistols and Roses (1992), swept all three events.

Inaugurated in 1934 as the Bahamas Handicap,it was run in two divisions in 1952, 1953, and 1969.

By the mid 1980s, the racing dates available to Hialeak Park track forced a rescheduling of the race and as such it would rarely be contested by Triple Crown hopefuls. Hialeah Park closed permanently after the 2001 racing season.

Racenotes

The 1937 winner, No Sir, was owned and trained by twenty-three-year-old Mary Hirsch who on April 2, 1935 became the first female to receive a trainers license.

The great Bold Ruler equalled the track record in his 1957 win. [1]

Four horses who were beaten in the Bahamas Stakes went on to win the Kentucky Derby:

Past winners

(Partial list)

  • 2001 - American Century
  • 2000 - Don't Tell The Kids
  • 1999 - Sagthun
  • 1998 - Gallapiat's Aussie
  • 1997 - Michellesallhands
  • 1996 - Fortunate Review
  • 1995 - Koennecker
  • 1994 - Exclusive Plaline
  • 1993 - Great Navigator
  • 1989 - Halrose
  • 1988 - Position Leader
  • 1987 - Faster Than Sound
  • 1986 - One Magic Moment
  • 1984 - Bello
  • 1981 - Well Decorated
  • 1980 - Irish Tower
  • 1978 - Quadratic
  • 1976 - Proud Birdie
  • 1975 - Ascetic
  • 1974 - Hasty Flyer
  • 1973 - Royal And Regal
  • 1972 - New Prospect
  • 1971 - Jim French
  • 1969 - Fast Hilarious
  • 1968 - Verbatim
  • 1967 - Reflected Glory
  • 1965 - Sparkling Johnny
  • 1963 - Sky Wonder
  • 1962 - Sir Gaylord
  • 1961 - Vapor Whirl
  • 1959 - Troilus
  • 1958 - Olymar
  • 1956 - Eiffel Blue
  • 1955 - Boston Doge
  • 1954 - Goyamo
  • 1953 - King Pen
  • 1953 - First Aid
  • 1952 - Quick Step
  • 1952 - Trick Pilot
  • 1951 - Elixir
  • 1950 - Theory
  • 1949 - Commodore Lea
  • 1948 - Relic
  • 1947 - Imperator
  • 1946 - Wee admiral
  • 1945 - no race - WWII restrictions
  • 1944 - Ariel Flight
  • 1943 - no race - WWII restrictions
  • 1942 - American Wolf
  • 1941 - Dispose
  • 1940 - Red Dock
  • 1939 - Royal Pam
  • 1938 - Lavengro
  • 1937 - No Sir
  • 1936 - Maeriel
  • 1935 - Roman Soldier
  • 1934 - Time Supply




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