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Flamingo Stakes

Defunct Stakes race
Flamingo Stakes
Location Hialeah Park Race Track
Hialeah, Florida, United States
Inaugurated 1926
Race type Thoroughbred - Flat racing
Website N/A
Race information
Distance 1⅛ miles (9 furlongs)
Track Dirt, left-handed
Qualification Three-year-olds
Weight Assigned

The Flamingo Stakes was an American Thoroughbred horse race for three year olds held annually in March at the Hialeah Park Race Track in Hialeah, Florida. Run over a distance of nine furlongs, the inaugural race took place in 1926 at the Tampa, Florida racetrack. Until 1937 it was known as the Florida Derby.

Run in March, at one time the Flamingo Stakes was an important early prep race for the Kentucky Derby. A Grade I race until 1989, it drew some of the top East Coast colts including a number of future National Museum of Racing and Hall of Famers. In 1948, Citation won the Flamingo Stakes under regular jockey Al Snider. Six days later Snider drowned while out fishing in the Florida Keys and Eddie Arcaro would replace him on Citation, going on to win the U.S. Triple Crown.

The Hialeah Park racetrack ran into financial problems and the facility ceased operations with the last Flamingo Stakes run in 2001.

Past winners

  • 2001 : Thunder Blitz
  • 2000 : Trippi
  • 1999 : First American
  • 1998 : Chilito
  • 1996 : El Amante
  • 1995 : Pyramid Peak
  • 1994 : Meadow Flight
  • 1993 : Forever Whirl
  • 1991 : No race held
  • 1990 : No race held
  • 1989 : Awe Inspiring
  • 1988 : Cherokee Colony
  • 1987 : Talinum
  • 1986 : Badger Land
  • 1985 : Proud Truth *
  • 1984 : Time For A Change
  • 1983 : Current Hope
  • 1981 : Tap Shoes
  • 1980 : Superbity
  • 1974 : Bushongo
  • 1973 : Our Native
  • 1972 : Hold Your Peace
  • 1971 : Executioner
  • 1970 : My Dad George
  • 1969 : Top Knight
  • 1968 : Wise Exchange *
  • 1967 : Reflected Glory
  • 1965 : Native Charger
  • 1962 : Prego *
  • 1959 : Troilus
  • 1953 : Straight Face
  • 1952 :(2) Charlie McAdam
  • 1951 : Yildiz
  • 1949 : Olympia
  • 1946 : Round View
  • 1945 : No race held
  • 1944 : Stir Up
  • 1943 : No race held
  • 1942 : Requested
  • 1941 : Dispose
  • 1940 : Woof Woof
  • 1939 : Technician
  • 1937 : Court Scandal
  • 1936 : Brevity
  • 1934 : Time Clock
  • 1933 : Charley O.
  • 1932 : Evening
  • 1931 : Lightning Bolt
  • 1930 : Titus
  • 1929 : Upset Lad
  • 1928 : No race held
  • 1927 : No race held
  • 1926 : Torcher



Note:

1985 - Chief's Crown disqualified from first to second
1968 - Iron Ruler disqualified from first to second
1962 - Sunrise Count disqualified from first to third
1958 - Jewel's Reward disqualified from first to second



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