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Grand National Handicap

Discontinued race
Grand National Handicap
Location Jerome Park Racetrack
Fordham, New York, United States
Inaugurated 1866
Race type Thoroughbred - Flat racing
Race information
Distance 1½ miles
Track Dirt, left-handed
Qualification Three-years-old & up
Weight Assigned

The Grand National Handicap was an American Thoroughbred race horse first run in 1866 at the newly built Jerome Park Racetrack in Fordham, New York. Open to horses age three and older, the race was contested on dirt at a distance of 2¼ miles from inception through 1884. In the late 1880s, there was a growing shortage of handicap horses and track officials shortened the race in an attempt to draw more entrants. In 1885 it was run at 1¾ miles, and for its final four years from 1886 through 1889 at 1½ miles.

Because Jerome Park Racetrack had a number of viability problems and did not reopen in 1890, the last time the Grand National Handicap was run was in 1889. [1]

In winning the final two editions of the Grand National Handicap in 1888 and 1889, Raceland defeated the future U.S. Racing Hall of Fame filly, Firenze. [2] [3]

Winners

Year

Winner

Age

Distance

Time
1889 Raceland 4 1½ miles 2:39.25
1888 Raceland 3 1½ miles 2:39.75
1887 Linden 4 1½ miles 2:42.75
1886 Wickham 4 1½ miles 2:40.00
1885 Bob Miles 4 1¾ miles 3:12.00
1884 Drake Carter 4 2¼ miles 4:11.50
1883 George Kinney 3 2¼ miles 4:11.00
1882 Girofle 5 2¼ miles 4:11.00
1881 Monitor 5 2¼ miles 4:07.75
1880 Uncas 4 2¼ miles 4:05.25
1879 General Philips 5 2¼ miles 4:07.50
1878 Lou Lanier 3 2¼ miles 4:06.75
1877 Tom Ochiltree 5 2¼ miles 4:18.50
1876 Vigil 3 2¼ miles 4:11.00
1875 Aaron Pennington 4 2¼ miles 4:15.75
1874 Mate 5 2¼ miles 4:13.75
1873 Preakness 6 2¼ miles 4:08.75
1872 Tubman 4 2¼ miles 4:10.75
1871 Monarchist 3 2¼ miles 4:09.00
1870 Niagara 4 2¼ miles 4:09.25
1869 La Polka 4 2¼ miles 4:18.25
1868 De Courcey 4 2¼ miles 4:11.50
1867 Local 4 2¾ miles 5:09.00
1866 Kentucky 5 2¾ miles 5:04.00




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