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Comely Stakes

Grade II race
Comely Stakes
Location Aqueduct Racetrack
Queens, New York
Inaugurated 1945
Race type Thoroughbred - Flat racing
Website Aqueduct Racetrack at NYRA
Race information
Distance 1 mile (8 furlongs)
Track Dirt, left-handed
Qualification Three-year-old fillies
Weight Assigned
Purse $150,000

The Comely Stakes is an American Thoroughbred horse race held annually at Aqueduct Racetrack in Queens, New York. Run in mid-April, since 1960 it has been open to three year old fillies who are willing to race one mile on the dirt track. The race is a Grade II event with a purse of $150,000 and has been a prep to the Triple Tiara of Thoroughbred Racing or the Kentucky Oaks.

The race was named in honor of the filly Comely, who, in a remarkable performance as a two-year-old, defeated older male horses in winning the first running of the Fall Highweight Handicap in 1914.

Inaugurated in 1945 at Jamaica Racetrack, it was raced there through 1951 and again in 1959. For 1952 and 1953 it was hosted by the Empire City Race Track in Yonkers and Belmont Park in 1976, 1981, 1984, and again in 1985. There was no race run from 1954 to 1958.

Since inception, the Comely has been contested at a 11/16 miles for three-year-old fillies from 1945 through 1953 and again in 1993. In 1959, the race was restricted to two-year-olds and run as a five furlong sprint. From 1960 through 1990, it was run at seven furlongs.

The Comely was run in two divisions in 1953, 1963, and 1970.


Speed record: (at current distance of 1 mile)

  • 1:33.50 - Bella Bellucci (2002)

Most wins by a jockey:

  • 4 - Jorge Chavez (1995, 1996, 1998, 2004)

Most wins by an owner:

  • 2 - William Haggin Perry (1963, 1964)
  • 2 - George D. Widener, Jr. (1965, 1969)
  • 2 - Diana M. Firestone (1980, 1981)

Winners of the Comely Stakes since 1969






2010 Touching Beauty Mike Luzzi James Jerkens Gainesway Stable/Cornacchia 1:37.90
2009 Dream Play Eddie Castro Kiaran McLaughlin Stewart Armstrong 1:39.51
2008 Sherine Alan Garcia Anthony W. Dutrow Zayat Stables 1:37.25
2007 Boca Grande Mike E. Smith C.R. McGaughey III Phipps Stable 1:36.54
2006 Miraculous Miss Kent Desormeaux Steve Klesaris Puglisi Stables/S. Klesaris 1:36.67
2005 Acey Deucey Diane Nelson John Morrison Jeffrey Tucker 1:35.95
2004 Society Selection Jorge Chavez H. Allen Jerkens Irving & Majorie Cowan 1:35.89
2003 Cyber Secret Shaun Bridgmohan Richard Dutrow, Jr. Goldfarb et al. 1:35.97
2002 Bella Bellucci Gary Stevens Neil D. Drysdale Michael Tabor 1:33.50
2001 Two Item Limit Richard Migliore Stephen L. DiMauro Joseph Graffeo 1:36.17
2000 March Magic Richard Migliore Richard Violette, Jr. Ralph M. Evans 1:36.79
1999 Madison's Charm Jean-Luc Samyn Thomas A. Hauswald Donald A. Adam 1:35.54
1998 Fantasy Angel Jorge Chavez Martin D. Wolfson Martin L. Cherry 1:37.44
1997 Dixie Flag Jean-Luc Samyn H. Allen Jerkens Bohemia Stable 1:36.96
1996 Little Miss Fast Jorge Chavez Juan Serey James A. Riccio 1:36.58
1995 Nappelon Jorge Chavez Rene Araya R Kay Stable 1:36.26
1994 Dixie Luck Filiberto Leon H. Allen Jerkens Bohemia Stable 1:37.02
1993 Private Light Robbie Davis C. R. McGaughey III Ogden Mills Phipps 1:44.19
1992 Saratoga Dew Herb McCauley Gary Sciacca Charles F. Engel 1:37.22
1991 Meadow Star Chris Antley Leroy Jolley Carl Icahn 1:38.00
1990 Fappaburst Jacinto Vasquez Philip G. Johnson Susan Kaskel 1:21.60
1989 Surging Angel Cordero, Jr. D. Wayne Lukas Joseph Allen 1:23.00
1988 Avie's Gal Jorge Velasquez John J. Lenzini, Jr. John Cioci 1:22.40
1987 Devil's Bride Rafael Meza John Gosden Oak Cliff Stable 1:23.60
1986 Misty Drone Jacinto Vasquez Alton H. Quanbeck Maud McDougald 1:24.00
1985 Mom's Command Abigail Fuller Edward T. Allard Peter Fuller 1:22.20
1984 Wild Applause Pat Day MacKenzie Miller Rokeby Stable 1:23.20
1983 Able Money Antonio Graell Anthony Russo Faith Donnelly 1:23.80
1982 Nancy Huang Jorge Velasquez Howard M. Tesher Joseph Allen 1:24.40
1981 Expressive Dance Don MacBeth Leroy Jolley Diana M. Firestone 1:23.40
1980 Cybele Cash Asmussen Leroy Jolley Diana M. Firestone 1:22.60
1979 Countess North Angel Cordero, Jr. Stephen A. DiMauro Michael Rutherford 1:23.40
1978 Mashteen Ruben Hernandez Laz Barrera Leslie Combs II 1:23.00
1977 Bring Out The Band Don Brumfield James W. Murphy Hickory Tree Stable 1:23.60
1976 Tell Me All John Ruane H. Allen Jerkens Hobeau Farm 1:23.20
1975 Ruffian Jacinto Vasquez Frank Y. Whiteley, Jr. Locust Hill Farm 1:21.20
1974 Clear Copy Daryl Montoya Jerome Hirsch Leon J. Hekimian 1:24.40
1973 Java Moon Angel Cordero, Jr. Lou Rondinello Darby Dan Farm 1:22.80
1972 Stacey d'Ette John Ruane Dave Erb Dave Erb 1:21.60
1971 Forward Gal Michael Hole Warren A. Croll, Jr. Aisco Stable 1:23.40
1970 Predictable Robert Ussery Edward A. Neloy Wheatley Stable 1:24.00
1970 Royal Signal Braulio Baeza Stephen A. DiMauro Mrs. L. W. Knapp, Jr. 1:24.00
1969 Ta Wee Eddie Belmonte John A. Nerud Tartan Stable 1:22.60

Earlier winners

  • 1968 - Best In Show
  • 1967 - Gala Honors
  • 1966 - Swift Lady
  • 1964 - Face The Facts
  • 1963 - Pams Ego
  • 1962 - Upswept
  • 1961 - Seven Thirty
  • 1960 - Irish Jay
  • 1953 - La Corredora (4)
  • 1953 - Home Made (3)
  • 1952 - Devilkin (3)
  • 1950 - Siama (3)
  • 1949 - Lithe (3)
  • 1947 - Elpis (5)
  • 1946 - Bonnie Beryl (3)
  • 1945 - Moon Maiden (7)


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