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Freehold Stakes

Discontinued Stakes race
Freehold Stakes
Location Long Branch Racetrack
Long Branch, New Jersey, United States
Inaugurated 1882
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 Freehold Stakes was an American Thoroughbred horse race run annually in early 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 [1] The Monmouth Park Racing Association closed and the land sold after its operating license was revoked in 1893 and government legislation was enacted that banned parimutuel wagering.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]


Speed record:

Most wins:

Most wins by a jockey:

  • 3 - William Donohue (1882, 1883, 1884)

Most wins by a trainer:

  • 3 - Matthew Byrnes (1888, 1889, 1890)
  • 3 - John Huggins (1886, 1887, 1892)

Most wins by an owner:

  • 3 - James Ben Ali Haggin (1888, 1889, 1890)








1892 Locohatchee † 3 Martin Bergen John Huggins Rancocas Stable 2:38.00
1891 Raceland 6 Anthony Hamilton Hardy Campbell, Jr. Michael F. Dwyer 2:37.75
1890 Firenze 6 Isaac Burns Murphy Matthew Byrnes James Ben Ali Haggin 2:33.25
1889 Firenze 5 George Taylor Matthew Byrnes James Ben Ali Haggin Walkover
1888 Firenze 4 Edward R. Garrison Matthew Byrnes James Ben Ali Haggin 2:34.00
1887 The Bard 4 William Hayward John Huggins Alexander J. Cassatt 2:39.75
1886 The Bard 3 Sam Fisher John Huggins Alexander J. Cassatt 2:45.50
1885 Miss Woodford 5 Jim McLaughlin Frank McCabe Dwyer Brothers Stable 2:45.50
1884 Eole 6 William Donohue Evert V. Snedecker Frederic Gebhard 2:44.50
1883 Eole 5 William Donohue Evert V. Snedecker Frederic Gebhard 2:36.00
1882 Giroflé 5 William Donohue Evert V. Snedecker E. V. Snedeker & Co. 2:42.00

* † In 1892, Banquet won but was disqualified for interferenceand set back to last. [3]



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