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Champion Stakes (United States)

Discontinued Stakes race
Champion Stakes
Location Long Branch Racetrack
Long Branch, New Jersey, United States
Inaugurated 1879
Race type Thoroughbred - Flat racing
Website n/a
Race information
Distance 1½ miles (12 furlongs)
Track Dirt, left-handed
Qualification All ages
Weight Assigned

The Champion Stakes was an American Thoroughbred horse race run annually in August at the Monmouth Park Association's racetrack in Long Branch, New Jersey. Inaugurated in 1879, the Champion Stakes was open to horses of any age and was raced on dirt over a distance of one and one half miles (12 furlongs).

In 1891, the races at Long Branch had to be shifted to racetracks in New York when government legislation attempted to inhibit parimutuel wagering. The races were split between the Jerome Park Racetrack in Fordham, Bronx and at the nearby Morris Park Racecourse at Westchester Village. [1] The Monmouth Park Racing Association closed and the land sold after its operating license was revoked in 1893 and government legislation was enacted that banned parimutuel wagering. [2]

In the final running of the Champion Stakes in 1892, Lamplighter set a new stakes and track record.


Speed record:

  • 2:32.75 - Lamplighter (1892)

Most wins:

Most wins by a jockey:

Most wins by a trainer:

  • 3 - Matthew Byrnes (1888, 1990, 1991)

Most wins by an owner:








1892 Lamplighter 3 Willie Simms John Huggins Pierre Lorillard IV 2:32.75
1891 Firenze 7 Edgar Barnes Matthew Byrnes James Ben Ali Haggin 2:38.50
1890 Salvator 4 Isaac Burns Murphy Matthew Byrnes James Ben Ali Haggin 2:35.50
1889 Los Angeles 4 Edgar Barnes Robert E. Campbell Santa Anita Stables 2:54.00
1888 Firenze 4 Edward Garrison Matthew Byrnes James Ben Ali Haggin 2:35.00
1887 Hanover 3 Jim McLaughlin Frank McCabe Dwyer Brothers Stable 2:38.00
1886 Volante 4 Isaac Burns Murphy Albert Cooper Santa Anita Stables 2:45.00
1885 Freeland 6 Jim Murphy John W. Rogers Edward Corrigan 2:36.00
1884 Miss Woodford 4 Jim McLaughlin James G. Rowe, Sr. Dwyer Brothers Stable 2:40.25
1883 Monitor 7 Edward Feakes R. Wyndham Walden George L. Lorillard 2:36.25
1882 Eole 4 George Barbee Evert V. Snedecker Frederic Gebhard 2:43.75
1881 Hindoo 3 Jim McLaughlin James G. Rowe, Sr. Dwyer Brothers Stable 2:39.00
1880 Luke Blackburn 3 Jim McLaughlin James G. Rowe, Sr. Dwyer Brothers Stable 2:34.00
1879 Spendthrift 3 not found Thomas Puryear James R. Keene 2:41.50



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