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Just A Game Stakes

Grade 1 race
Just A Game Stakes
Location Belmont Park
Elmont, New York, United States
Inaugurated 1994
Race type Thoroughbred - Flat racing
Website www.nyra.com Belmont
Race information
Distance 1 mile (8 furlongs)
Track Grass, left-handed
Qualification Fillies & Mares, three-years-old & up
Weight Assigned
Purse $400,000

The Just A Game Stakes is an American Thoroughbred horse race run annually in early June at Belmont Park in Elmont, New York. Open to fillies and mares age three and up, it is contested on turf over a distance of one mile (8 furlongs). A Grade I event since 2008, it offers a purse of $400,000.

The race is named in honor of Peter Brant's filly, Just A Game, who was voted 1980 American Champion Female Turf Horse honors.


Speed record:

  • 1:32.53 - Caress (1995)

Most wins:

  • 2 - Caress (1995, 1996)

Most wins by an owner:

Most wins by a jockey:

Most wins by a trainer:








2010 Proviso 5 Mike E. Smith William I. Mott Juddmonte Farms 1:34.09
2009 Diamondrella 5 Rajiv Maragh Angel Penna, Jr. Castletop Stable 1:36.49
2008 Ventura 4 Garrett Gomez Robert J. Frankel Juddmonte Farms 1:32.75
2007 My Typhoon 5 Eddie Castro William I. Mott Live Oak Racing 1:34.92
2006 Gorella 4 Julien Leparoux Patrick Biancone Martin S. Schwartz 1:37.14
2005 Sand Springs 5 John Velazquez William I. Mott Sangster Family Stable 1:33.05
2004 Intercontinental 4 Jerry Bailey Robert J. Frankel Juddmonte Farms 1:33.33
2003 Mariensky 4 Jose A. Santos Christophe Clement Waterville Lake Stable 1:43.28
2002 Babae 6 Jorge F. Chavez Frank A. Alexander Joseph P. Platt, Jr. 1:34.57
2001 License Fee 6 Pat Day W. Elliott Walden Winstar Farm 1:32.62
2000 Perfect Sting 4 Jerry Bailey Joe Orseno Stronach Stables 1:34.48
1999 Cozy Blues 5 Jorge F. Chavez H. James Bond Sandy & Joanne Dew 1:33.33
1998 Witchful Thinking 4 Chris McCarron Niall O'Callaghan Leslie R. Grimm 1:33.45
1997 Memories of Silver 4 Jerry Bailey James J. Toner Joan & John Phillips 1:32.90
1996 Caress † 5 Robbie Davis H. Allen Jerkens Harbor View Farm 1:33.30
1995 Caress 4 Robbie Davis H. Allen Jerkens Harbor View Farm 1:32.53
1994 Elizabeth Bay 4 Mike E. Smith William I. Mott Sheikh Mohammed 1:32.85

* † In 1996, Class Kris finished first but was disqualified and set back to second giving Caress her second straight victory in this event.



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