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Brighton Handicap

Premier race
Brighton Handicap
Location Brighton Beach Race Course, Brighton Beach, New York, United States (1896-1907)
- and -
Empire City Race Track,
Yonkers, New York, United States (1910)
Inaugurated 1896
Race type Thoroughbred - Flat racing
Race information
Distance 1ΒΌ miles (10 furlongs)
Track Dirt, left-handed
Qualification Three-years-old & up
Weight Assigned
Purse $25,000

The Brighton Handicap was an American Thoroughbred horse race run annually from 1895 through 1907 at the Brighton Beach Race Course in Brighton Beach, Coney Island, New York and in 1910 at Empire City Race Track. Open to horses age three and older, it was contested on dirt over a distance of a mile and a quarter (ten furlongs).

In the late 19th and early part of the 20th Century, the Brighton Handicap, along with the Suburban Handicap at Sheepshead Bay Race Track and the Metropolitan Handicap at Morris Park Racecourse, were the big three events of the Northeastern United States racing season. [1]


Race notes

File:1907 Brighton Handicap.jpg
Peter Pan (2nd from left) making his stretch run to win the 1907 Brighton Handicap

On three occasions, 1902, 1903 and 1904, a new world record was set by the race winner. In a review of Peter Pan's win in the 1907 race in front of 40,000 fans, the New York Morning Telegraph was quoted as saying the horse "accomplished a task that completely overshadowed any previous 3-year-old performance in turf history." [2]

Following passage of the Hart-Agnew anti-betting law by the Legislature of New York, Brighton Beach Race Course closed is doors permanently in 1908. [3] The race was revived at Empire City Race Track in 1910 but even more restrictive state State legislation resulted in that racetrack also being forced to close. When a court ruling finally allowed racing to return in 1913 the Brighton Handicap was a thing of the past.


Speed record:

Most wins:

  • No horse won this race more than once.

Most wins by a jockey:

Most wins by a trainer:

Most wins by an owner:








1910 Olambala 4 Archibald Thomas J. Healey Richard T. Wilson, Jr. 2:06.60
1909 no race
1908 no race
1907 Peter Pan 3 Joe Notter James G. Rowe, Sr. James R. Keene 2:03.40
1906 Ram's Horn 4 LaVerne Sewell Wink S. Williams Wink S. Williams 2:03.60
1905 Artful 3 Gene Hildebrand John W. Rogers Harry Payne Whitney 2:04.80
1904 Broomstick 3 Tommy Burns Robert Tucker Samuel S. Brown 2:02.80
1903 Waterboy 4 George Odom A. Jack Joyner James B. A. Haggin 2:03.20
1902 Gold Heels 4 George Odom Matthew M. Allen Fred C. McLewee & Jim Brady 2:03.80
1901 Toddy 4 Lewis Smith James G. Rowe, Sr. James R. Keene 2:07.20
1900 Jack Point 4 Milton Henry Jim McLaughlin Anthony L. Aste 2:04.60
1899 Imp 5 Frank O'Leary Charles E. Brossman Daniel R. Harness 2:05.40
1898 Ornament 4 Willie Simms Charles E. Patterson Charles E. Patterson 2:07.75
1897 Ben Brush 4 Willie Simms Hardy Campbell, Jr. Michael F. Dwyer 2:09.00
1896 Nanki Pooh 4 Samuel Doggett William Donohue Erie Stable 2:12.75



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