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Man o' War Stakes

Grade I race
Man o' War Stakes
Location Belmont Park
Elmont, New York, United States
Inaugurated 1959
Race type Thoroughbred - Flat racing
Website nyra.com
Race information
Distance 1⅜ miles (11 furlongs)
Track Grass, left-handed
Qualification Three-year-olds & Up
Weight Weight-for-age
Purse $500,000

The Man o' War Stakes is a Thoroughbred horse race at Belmont Park in Elmont, New York. Now Raced in July, it is a Grade I event offering a purse of $500,000 and is open to horses three-years-old and up. Run at one and three-eighths mile on the grass, the race sometimes attracts top European horses such as Fantastic Light and Daylami. The top finishers in the Man o' War Stakes often go on to run in the Breeders' Cup Turf.

The inaugural running of the Man o' War took place in 1959 at Aqueduct Racetrack where it was also held in 1961, plus from 1963 to 1967, and again in 1987. Run as the Man o' War Handicap in 1959 and 1961, it is named for the great Man o' War, selected as No.1 in the Blood-Horse magazine List of the Top 100 U.S. Racehorses of the 20th Century. The race was won in 1973 by another legendary horse, Secretariat.

In 2008 the Man o' War was moved from Belmont's fall schedule into its summer schedule, replacing the Bowling Green Handicap in an attempt to more fairly represent turf competition.

The Man o' War Stakes has been raced at various distances:

  • 1½ miles - 1959, 1960, 1962, 1968-1977
  • 1⅝ miles - 1961, 1963-1967
  • 1⅜ miles - since 1978


Time record:

Most wins:

  • 2 - Majesty's Prince (1983, 1984) Solar Splendor (1991, 1992) and With Anticipation (2001, 2002)

Most wins by an owner:

Most wins by a jockey:

Most wins by a trainer:

Winners of the Man o' War Stakes







2009 Gio Ponti 4 Ramon Dominguez Christophe Clement Castleton Lyons 2:12.56
2008 Red Rocks 5 Javier Castellano Brian Meehan J. Paul Reddam 2:12.60
2007 Doctor Dino 5 Olivier Peslier Richard D. Gibson Javier Martinez Salmean 2:12.26
2006 Cacique 5 Edgar Prado Robert J. Frankel Juddmonte Farms 2:15.68
2005 Better Talk Now 6 Ramon Dominguez H. Graham Motion Bushwood Stables 2:11.65
2004 Magistretti 4 Edgar Prado Patrick L. Biancone Michael B. Tabor 2:14.65
2003 Lunar Sovereign 4 Richard Migliore Kiaran McLaughlin Darley Racing 2:17.99
2002 With Anticipation 7 Pat Day Jonathan Sheppard Augustin Stable 2:15.05
2001 With Anticipation 6 Pat Day Jonathan Sheppard Augustin Stable 2:15.11
2000 Fantastic Light 4 Jerry Bailey Saeed bin Suroor Godolphin Racing 2:17.44
1999 Val's Prince 7 Jorge Chavez H. James Bond R. Martin / S. Weiner 2:16.69
1998 Daylami 4 Jerry Bailey Saeed bin Suroor Godolphin Racing 2:13.18
1997 Influent 6 Jerry Bailey Howard M. Tesher Ankh Stable/Turfnpaddock F 2:11.69
1996 Diplomatic Jet 4 Jorge Chavez James E. Picou Fred W. Hooper 2:14.20
1995 Millkom 6 Gary L. Stevens Jean-Claude Rouget Gary A. Tanaka 2:12.80
1994 Royal Mountain Inn 5 Julie Krone Barclay Tagg Steadfast Stable 2:11.75
1993 Star of Cozzene 5 Jose Santos Mark Hennig Team Valor 2:23.14
1992 Solar Splendor 5 Herb McCauley Patrick J. Kelly Live Oak Racing 2:12.45
1991 Solar Splendor 4 Herb McCauley Patrick J. Kelly Live Oak Racing 2:12.01
1990 Defensive Play 3 Pat Eddery Guy Harwood Juddmonte Farms 2:17.80
1989 Yankee Affair 7 Jose Santos Henry L. Carroll Jujugen Stable 2:20.80
1988 Sunshine Forever 3 Angel Cordero, Jr. John M. Veitch Darby Dan Farm 2:14.40
1987 Theatrical 5 Pat Day William I. Mott Bertram R. Firestone 2:15.40
1986 Dance of Life 3 Pat Day MacKenzie Miller Rokeby Stable 2:14.40
1985 Win 5 Richard Migliore Sally A. Bailie Sally A. Bailie 2:15.40
1984 Majesty's Prince 5 Vince Bracciale, Jr. Joseph B. Cantey John D. Marsh 2:14.60
1983 Majesty's Prince 4 Eddie Maple Joseph B. Cantey John D. Marsh 2:23.60
1982 Naskra's Breeze 5 Jean-Luc Samyn Philip G. Johnson Broadmoor Stable 2:13.00
1981 Galaxy Libra 5 Bill Shoemaker Charles Whittingham Louis R. Rowan 2:14.80
1980 French Colonial 5 Jacinto Vasquez David A. Whiteley Lazy F Ranch 2:15.40
1979 Bowl Game 5 Jorge Velasquez John M. Gaver, Jr. Greentree Stable 2:19.00
1978 Waya 4 Angel Cordero, Jr. Angel Penna, Sr. Daniel Wildenstein 2:16.20
1977 Majestic Light 4 Sandy Hawley John W. Russell Ogden Mills Phipps 2:27.60
1976 Effervescing 3 Angel Cordero, Jr. John W. Russell Ogden Phipps 2:31.20
1975 Snow Knight * 4 Jorge Velasquez MacKenzie Miller Windfields Farm 2:29.20
1974 Dahlia 4 Ron Turcotte Maurice Zilber Nelson Bunker Hunt 2:26.60
1973 Secretariat 3 Ron Turcotte Lucien Laurin Meadow Stable 2:24.80
1972 Typecast 6 Angel Cordero, Jr. A. Thomas Doyle Westerly Stud Farms 2:31.80
1971 Run the Gantlet 3 Robert Woodhouse J. Elliott Burch Rokeby Stable 2:33.20
1970 Fort Marcy 6 Jorge Velasquez J. Elliott Burch Rokeby Stable 2:33.80
1969 Hawaii 5 Jorge Velasquez MacKenzie Miller Cragwood Stable 2:27.20
1968 Czar Alexander 3 Jorge Velasquez Angel Penna, Sr. Gustave Ring 2:30.80
1967 Ruffled Feathers 3 David Hidalgo John A. Nerud Tartan Stable 2:42.80
1966 Assagai 3 Larry Adams MacKenzie Miller Cragwood Stable 2:44.60
1965 Hill Rise 4 Manuel Ycaza William B. Finnegan El Peco Ranch 2:42.60
1964 Turbo Jet II 4 Howard Grant Frank A. Bonsal Barclay Stable 2:42.80
1963 The Axe II 5 John L. Rotz John M. Gaver, Sr. Greentree Stable 2:45.60
1962 Beau Purple 5 William Boland H. Allen Jerkens Hobeau Farm 2:28.60
1961 Wise Ship 4 Heliodoro Gustines Jacob Byer Milton J. Ritzenberg 2:50.40
1960 Harmonizing 6 John Ruane W. Preston King Sadie L. King 2:33.20
1959 Dotted Line 6 William Boland Max Hirsch King Ranch 2:40.80
1959 Tudor Era 6 Bill Hartack Sidney Jacobs Minnie G. Herff 2:41.00

* In 1975, One On The Asile finished first, but was disqualified and set back to second. * Run in two divisions in 1959.


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