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Long Branch Stakes

Grade III race
Long Branch Stakes
Location Monmouth Park Racetrack
Oceanport, New Jersey, United States
Inaugurated 1878
Race type Thoroughbred - Flat racing
Website Monmouth Park Racetrack
Race information
Distance 11/16 miles (8.5 furlongs)
Track Dirt, left-handed
Qualification Three-year-olds
Weight Assigned
Purse $150,000

The Long Branch Stakes is an American Thoroughbred horse race held annually at Monmouth Park Racetrack in Oceanport, New Jersey. Open to three-year-olds, it is contested on dirt over a distance of 11/16 miles (8.5 furlongs). Raced in mid July, the Long Branch Stakes is a prep race for the $1 million Haskell Invitational Handicap in early August.

First run in 1878, it was raced annually through 1893 after which the race track closed its gates. The race was revived in 1947 as the Long Branch Handicap following the 1946 reopening of the new Monmouth Park. There was no race from 1959 to 1962. In 1963 it was restarted as the Long Branch Stakes. In 2010 the race will be in its 76th running.

Fort Marcy won this race in 1967, the filly De La Rose in 1981.

Past winners

  • 2006 - Praying for Cash (Jose Velez Jr.)
  • 2005 - Park Avenue Ball
  • 2002 - Puck (Manuel Aguilar)
  • 2001 - Burning Roma (Rick Wilson)
  • 2000 - Thistyranthasclass
  • 1999 - Kissin' Jeb



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