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Century Handicap

Discontinued horse race
Century Handicap
Location Sheepshead Bay Race Track
Brooklyn, New York
Inaugurated 1901
Race type Thoroughbred - Flat racing
Race information
Distance 1½ miles (12 furlongs)
Track Dirt, left-handed
Qualification Three-year-olds & up
Weight Weight for Age
Purse $20,000

The Century Handicap was an American Thoroughbred horse race held annually from 1901 through 1909 at Sheepshead Bay Race Track in Brooklyn, New York. A Weight for Age race open to horses age three and older, it was contested on dirt over a distance of a mile and a half (12 furlongs).

Run as the Century Stakes until 1908, the race was last run in September of 1909 after the Republican controlled New York Legislature under Governor Charles Evans Hughes passed the Hart-Agnew anti-betting legislation on June 11, 1908. The owners of Sheepshead Bay Race Track, and other racing facilities in New York State, struggled to stay in businesss without betting. [1] However, further restrictive legislation was passed by the New York Legislature in 1910 which resulted in the deepening of the financial crisis for track operators and led to a complete shut down of racing across the state during 1911 and 1912. When a Court ruling saw racing return in 1913 it was too late for the Sheepshead Bay facility and it never reopened.


Speed record:

  • 2:30.60 - Ballot (1908) (new track record)

Most wins:

Most wins by a jockey:

  • 2 - Dave Nicol (1905, 1907)

Most wins by a trainer:

Most wins by an owner:








1909 Moquette 4 Eddie Dugan Sam Hildreth Sam Hildreth 2:34.40
1908 Ballot 4 Joe Notter James G. Rowe, Sr. James R. Keene 2:30.60
1907 Ballot 3 Dave Nicol James G. Rowe, Sr. James R. Keene 2:33.60
1906 Bedouin 4 Gene Hildebrand John Huggins E. W. Jewett 2:33.60
1905 Sysonby 3 Dave Nicol James G. Rowe, Sr. James R. Keene 2:33.00
1904 Stalwart 3 Arthur Redfern William Shields Edward R. Thomas 2:31.20
1903 Waterboy 4 Frank O'Neill A. Jack Joyner James B. A. Haggin 2:31.60
1902 Blues 3 Jack Martin Thomas Welsh Frank Farrell 2:33.20
1901 Watercolor 3 Henry Spencer Charles S. Littlefield, Sr. James B. A. Haggin 2:32.00



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