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Bold Ruler Handicap

Grade III race
Bold Ruler Handicap
Location Aqueduct Racetrack
Queens, New York, United States
Inaugurated 1976
Race type Thoroughbred - Flat racing
Website Bold Ruler Handicap at the NYRA
Race information
Distance 6 furlong sprint
Track Dirt, left-handed
Qualification Three-years-old & up
Weight Assigned
Purse $150,000

The Bold Ruler Handicap is an American Thoroughbred horse race run annually at the end of October at Aqueduct Racetrack in Ozone Park, Queens, New York. A Grade III event, it is contested on dirt at a distance of six furlongs.

The race is named for U.S. Racing Hall of Fame inductee, Bold Ruler. The race was run as a handicap prior to 1981.

The Bold Ruler Handicap had been hosted by Belmont Park and was at Aqueduct Racetrack in 2001. It was moved back to the Aqueduct track for 2009.

In the 1998 running, Kelly Kip, ridden by Jean-Luc Samyn, set an Aqueduct track record of 1:07.61 for the six furlongs distance. Samyn and Kelly Kip returned the following year to break that record, running the six furlongs in 1:07.54.

In 2009 the Bold Ruler was run at 7 furlongs.


Speed record:

  • 1:07.54 - Kelly Kip (1999)

Most wins:

  • 2 - Dave's Friend (1980, 1981)
  • 2 - Kelly Kip (1998, 1999)

Most wins by a jockey:

Most wins by a trainer:

Most wins by an owner:

  • 3 - Hobeau Farm (1995, 1998, 1999)








2009 Le Gran Cru 4 Jose Lezcano Allen Jerkens Judson Streicher 1:22.19
2008 Lucky Island 4 Alan Garcia Kiaran McLaughlin Shadwell Racing 1:09.14
2007 Songster 4 Edgar Prado Saeed bin Suroor Godolphin Racing 1:08.80
2006 Tiger 5 Eibar Coa James A. Jerkens Susan & John Moore 1:08.49
2005 Uncle Camie 5 Richard Migliore Michael E. Hushion Carmine Telesca et al. 1:08.67
2004 Canadian Frontier 5 Javier Castellano Stanley M. Hough Joyce Robsham 1:08.97
2003 Shake You Down 5 Mike Luzzi Scott A. Lake Robert L. Cole, Jr. 1:08.47
2002 Left Bank 5 John Velazquez Todd A. Pletcher Michael Tabor 1:09.30
2001 Say Florida Sandy 7 Joe Bravo Juan Serey John Rotella 1:08.67
2000 Brutally Frank 6 Shaun Bridgmohan Mitchell Friedman Sunny Meadow Farm 1:08.64
1999 Kelly Kip 5 Jean-Luc Samyn H. Allen Jerkens Hobeau Farm 1:07.54
1998 Kelly Kip 4 Jean-Luc Samyn H. Allen Jerkens Hobeau Farm 1:07.61
1997 Punch Line 7 Robbie Davis William Turner, Jr. Althea Richards 1:08.80
1996 Lite The Fuse 5 Julie Krone Richard Dutrow, Sr. Richard Dutrow, Sr. 1:09.51
1995 Rizzi 4 Dale Beckner H. Allen Jerkens Hobeau Farm 1:08.91
1994 Chief Desire 4 John Velazquez Michael E. Hushion Charles G. Hagedorn 1:08.76
1993 Slerp 4 Jose A. Santos Robert B. Hess, Jr. Allan L. Richie 1:09.17
1992 Jolies Appeal 4 Herb McCauley Gasper Moschera John Thor 1:09.29
1991 Rousing Past 4 Nick Santagata Carlos F. Martin Tri Noble Stable 1:09.80
1990 Mr. Nickerson 4 Chris Antley Mark J. Reid Robert H. A. Nixon 1:09.20
1989 Pok Ta Pok 4 Richard Migliore William Turner, Jr. Barbara Turner 1:09.80
1988 King's Swan 8 Chris Antley Richard Dutrow, Sr. Alvin Akman 1:10.20
1987 Pine Tree Lane 5 Angel Cordero, Jr. D. Wayne Lukas Leonard D. Mathis 1:09.00
1986 Phone Trick 4 Jorge Velasquez Richard Mandella Howell Wynne 1:08.80
1985 Rocky Marriage 5 Angel Cordero, Jr. Robert J. Frankel Sidney L. Port 1:08.80
1984 Top Avenger 6 Antonio Graell Jack D. Ludwig John A. Franks 1:09.80
1983 Maudlin 5 Jerry D. Bailey Jan H. Nerud Tartan Stable 1:11.60
1982 Always Run Lucky 4 Jimmy Miranda John P. Campo Rockwood Stable 1:09.40
1981 Dave's Friend 6 Anthony Black Robert L. Beall John A. Franks 1:09.60
1980 Dave's Friend 5 Vince Bracciale, Jr. Robert L. Beall Robert L. Beall 1:09.80
1979 Star De Naskra 4 Jeffrey Fell Richard D. Ferris Carlyle J. Lancaster 1:09.20
1978 Half High 5 Angel Santiago Edward Coletti Leon J. Hekimian 1:09.40
1977 Jaipur's Gem 4 Jean-Luc Samyn Philip G. Johnson Jacqueline Crotty 1:09.60
1976 Chief Tamanaco 3 Angel Cordero, Jr. James Iselin Great Wolf Hill Farm 1:09.80



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