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Bowling Green Handicap

Grade II race
Bowling Green Handicap
Location Belmont Park
Elmont, New York, United States
Inaugurated 1958
Race type Thoroughbred - Flat racing
Website Belmont Park at the NYA
Race information
Distance 1⅜ miles (11 furlongs)
Track Grass, left-handed
Qualification Three-year-olds & up
Weight Assigned
Purse $150,000

The Bowling Green Handicap is an American Thoroughbred horse race run annualkly at Belmont Park in Elmont, New York. Raced on turf, the Grade II event is open to three-year-olds and up who are willing to race the one and three-eighths miles distance. Previously run in June or July, the Bowling Green is to be run for the 51st time on September 11, 2009.

In winning the Bowling Green Handicap on June 17, 1990 at Belmont Park, With Approval set a new World Record of 2:10.20 for 1 3/8 miles on turf. As of January 2009, the record remains unmatched. [1]

Named for the area on the lower tip of Manhattan Island, the Bowling Green was raced at Aqueduct Race Track from 1963 to 1967. The 2008 edition was replaced in its summer spot by the Man o' War Stakes. The Man o' War was moved from a fall schedule to improve turf scheduling competition.

Since inception in 1958, the Bowling Green has been contested at various distances:

  • 1¼ miles (10 furlongs) : 1977
  • 1⅜ miles (11 furlongs) : 1958-1959, 1978-present
  • 1⅝ miles (13 furlongs) : 1963-1967
  • 1½ miles (12 furlongs) : 1960-1962, 1968-1976


Speed record: (at current distance of 1⅜ miles)

Most wins:

  • 2 - Whitmore's Conn (2002, 2003)

Most wins by an owner:

Most wins by a jockey:








2009 Grand Couturier 6 Alan Garcia Robert Ribaudo Marc Keller 2:15.86
2003 no race
2007 Sunriver 4 Garrett Gomez Todd Pletcher Aaron U. & Marie Jones 2:12.68
2006 Go Deputy 6 Fernando Jara Todd Pletcher Wertheimer et Frere 2:17.49
2005 Cacht Wells 5 Eibar Coa Stanley M. Hough Castletop Stable 2:15.49
2004 Kicken Kris 4 Edgar Prado Michael Matz Brushwood Stable 2:12.19
2003 Whitmore's Conn 5 Jean-Luc Samyn Randy Schulhofer Michael & Lynn Shanley 2:15.92
2002 Whitmore's Conn 4 Shaun Bridgmohan Randy Schulhofer Michael & Lynn Shanley 2:13.43
2001 King Cugat 4 Jerry Bailey William I. Mott Centennial Farms 2:10.62
2000 Elhayq 5 Shaun Bridgmohan Kiaran McLauglin Shadwell Racing 2:13.81
1999 Honor Glide 5 Jose Santos Christophe Clement Robert Schaedle III 2:11.07
1998 Cetewayo 4 John Velazquez Michael Dickinson John A. Chandler 2:13.45
1997 Influent 6 Jean-Luc Samyn Howard M. Tesher M. Becker et al. 2:11.06
1996 Flag Down 6 Jose Santos Christophe Clement Allen E. Paulson 2:13.29
1995 Sentimental Moi 5 Ramon Perez William Badgett, Jr. Landon Knight 2:15.48
1994 Turk Passer 4 John Velazquez Anthony Margotta, Jr. Michael Shanley 2:13.25
1993 Dr. Kiernan 4 Chris Antley Gary Sciacca Howard T. Whitbred 2:17.70
1992 Wall Street Dancer 4 Pat Day Niall O'Callaghan John D. Gunther 2:12.92
1991 Three Coins Up 3 Jerry Bailey John P. Campo Ol' Pippingrock Farm 2:10.86
1990 With Approval 4 Craig Perret Roger Attfield Kinghaven Farms 2:10.20
1989 El Senor 5 Herb McCauley William W. Wright Frances W. Luro 2:18.60
1988 Coeur de Lion 4 Craig Perret William B. Cocks Evergreen Farms 2:13.40
1987 Theatrical 5 Pat Day William I. Mott Bertram R. Firestone 2:14.00
1986 Uptown Swell 4 Eddie Maple Richard J. Lundy Virginia Kraft Rayson 2:14.80
1985 Sharannpour 5 Angel Cordero, Jr. Robert J. Frankel Jerry Moss 2:18.20
1984 Hero's Honor 4 Jerry Bailey MacKenzie Miller Rokeby Stables 2:14.00
1983 Tantalizing 4 Jacinto Vasquez Angel Penna, Sr. Ogden Mills Phipps 2:14.80
1982 Open Call 4 Jorge Velasquez Robert Reinacher, Jr. Greentree Stable 2:24.80
1981 Great Neck 5 Angel Cordero, Jr. Jan H. Nerud Tartan Stable 2:12.00
1980 Sten 5 Jeffrey Fell Richard T. DeStasio Michael Berry 2:13.20
1979 Overskate 4 Robin Platts Gil Rowntree John H. Stafford 2:11.40
1978 Tiller 4 Jeffrey Fell David A. Whiteley William Haggin Perry 2:12.40
1977 Hunza Dancer 5 Jean Cruguet Arthur Breasley Ravi Tikkoo 1:58.80
1976 Erwin Boy 5 Ron Turcotte James P. Conway Sea High Stable 2:26.00
1975 Barcas 4 Marco Castaneda Leonard Imperio Nelson Bunker Hunt 2:32.20
1974 Take Off 5 Ron Turcotte Frank Catrone Ada L. Rice 2:26.40
1973 Summer Guest 4 Jacinto Vasquez J. Elliott Burch Rokeby Stable 2:29.20
1972 Run The Ganlet 4 Robert Woodhouse J. Elliott Burch Rokeby Stable 2:27.80
1971 Drumtop 5 Chuck Baltazar Roger Laurin James B. Moseley 2:25.40
1970 Fort Marcy 6 Jorge Velasquez J. Elliott Burch Rokeby Stable 2:26.60
1969 Czar Alexander 4 Jorge Velasquez Angel Penna, Sr. Gustave Ring 2:27.40
1968 High Hat 4 Eddie Belmonte Kay E. Jensen Mrs. Wallace Gilroy 2:27.40
1967 Poker 4 William Boland Edward A. Neloy Ogden Phipps 2:41.40
1966 Moontrip 5 Larry Adams Randy Sechrest Ewing Kauffman 2:38.80
1965 Or et Argent 4 Walter Blum Wayne B. Stucki Colin Campbell 2:40.60
1964 Cedar Key 4 Manuel Ycaza Bill Shoemmaker Jerry Basta 2:41.80
1963 Pollingfold 4 Willie Harmatz not found Mrs. Frank E. Power 2:45.40
1962 Royal Record 4 Hedley Woodhouse John M. Gaver, Sr. Wheatley Stable 2:33.20
1961 Dead Center 4 Jack Yother not found A. J. Pupino 2:29.80
1960 Amber Morn 4 Pete Anderson not found Ken-Love Farm 2:29.20
1959 Bell Hop 4 Bobby Ussery Oleg Dubassoff John M. Schiff 2:14.60
1958 Rafty 6 Eric Guerin Hollie Hughes Sanford Stud Farms 2:17.20



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