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Brighton Derby

Discontinued horse race
Brighton Derby
Location Brighton Beach Race Course
Coney Island, New York, United States
Inaugurated 1901
Race type Thoroughbred - Flat racing
Race information
Distance 1½ miles (12 furlongs)
Track Dirt, left-handed
Qualification Three-year-olds
Weight Assigned
Purse $15,000

The Brighton Derby was an American Thoroughbred horse race run annually by the Brighton Beach Racing Association at its Brighton Beach Race Course at Brighton Beach on Coney Island, New York. Open to three-year-olds, it was contested at a distance of one and one half miles (12 furlongs) on dirt. Run during the mid to latter part of July, it was the last of the racing season's Derby races.

The Brighton Derby was first run at 1½ miles in 1901 then at 1¼ miles in 1902 and 1903 before reverting to the original distance.

During its seven years of existence, Brighton Derby winners Ort Wells, Sysonby and Accountant went on to earn American Champion Three-Year-Old Male Horse honors. Sysonby would also earn the American Horse of the Year title.


Speed record: (at 1½ miles)

  • 2:30.80 - Charles Edward (1907)

Most wins by a jockey:

  • 2 - Frank O'Neill (1903, 1904)

Most wins by a trainer:

  • No trainer won this race more than once.

Most wins by an owner:

  • 2 - James B. A. Haggin (1901, 1903)







1907 Charles Edward Willie Knapp Frank M. Taylor Patchogue Stable 2:30.80
1906 Accountant Skeets Martin Matthew M. Allen James B. Brady 2:37.20
1905 Sysonby Dave Nicol James G. Rowe, Sr. James R. Keene 2:33.20
1904 Ort Wells Frank O'Neill Enoch Wishard John A. Drake 2:32.60
1903 Charles Elwood Frank O'Neill A. Jack Joyner James B. A. Haggin 2:05.00
1902 Hyphen George Odom Peter Wimmer Samuel S. Brown 2:04.20
1901 Water Color Henry Spencer Charles S. Littlefield James B. A. Haggin 2:34.20



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