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Monmouth Cup

See Monmouth Cup (1870) for the horse race that first ran in 1870 at the Monmouth Park Association's racetrack in Long Branch, New Jersey but was discontinued in 1892.
Grade II race
Monmouth Cup
Location Monmouth Park
Oceanport, New Jersey Flag of the United States
Inaugurated 1977
Race type Thoroughbred - Flat racing
Website Meadowlands Racetrack
Race information
Distance 1⅛ miles (9 furlongs)
Track Dirt, Left-handed
Qualification Three-year-olds & up
Weight Assigned
Purse $300,000

The Monmouth Cup is an American Thoroughbred horse race run annually at Monmouth Park in Oceanport, New Jersey each fall and is open to horses, age three and up, willing to race one and one-eighth miles on the dirt. The race was held at Meadowlands Racetrack and called the Meadowlands Cup until 2010, when it was moved in Monmouth Park[1]. A Grade II event, it carries a purse of $300,000.

Inaugurated in 1977 at a distance of 1 ¼ miles, it was modified to its present 1⅛ miles in 1990. The 1990 running posed one of the largest upsets in North American racing history when Great Normand won at 181-1 odds [2] There was no race held in 1997.


Speed record: (at current distance of 1⅛ miles)

  • 1:46.00 - K. J.'s Appeal (1998)

Most wins:

  • No horse has won the Meadowlands Cup more than once

Most wins by a jockey:

Most wins by a trainer:

Most wins by an owner:

  • No owner has won the Meadowlands Cup more than once

Winners of the Meadowlands Cup







2009 Etched 4 Alan Garcia Kiaran McLaughlin Darley Stable 1:45.93
2008 Arson Squad 5 Edgar Prado Rick Dutrow Jr. Jay Em Ess Stable 1:48.81
2007 Diamond Stripes 4 Cornelio Velasquez Richard E. Dutrow, Jr. Four Roses Thoroughbreds 1:48.36
2006 Master Command 4 John R. Velazquez Todd A. Pletcher Aaron & Marie Jones 1:46.21
2005 Tap Day 4 Eibar Coa Mark A. Hennig Edward P. Evans 1:48.80
2004 Balto Star 6 John R. Velazquez Todd A. Pletcher Anstu Stables, Inc. 1:48.60
2003 Bowman's Band 5 Ramon Dominguez H. Allen Jerkens Martin S. Schwartz 1:46.80
2002 Burning Roma 4 Eibar Coa Heather Giglio Harold Queen 1:48.80
2001 Gander 5 John R. Velazquez John Terranova II Gatsas Thoroughbreds 1:47.00
2000 North East Bound 4 Jose Velez, Jr. William W. Perry DeMarco & DiSano 1:48.80
1999 Pleasant Breeze 4 Jorge Chavez H. James Bond William L. Clifton, Jr. 1:47.00
1998 K. J.'s Appeal 4 John R. Velazquez Frank A. Alexander Releib Stable, Inc. 1:46.00
1996 Dramatic Gold 5 Kent Desormeaux David Hofmans Golden Eagle Farm 1:48.00
1995 Peaks and Valleys 3 Julie Krone James E. Day Pin Oak Stable 1:48.00
1994 Conveyor 6 Mike E. Smith Ben Perkins, Sr. New Farm 1:47.80
1993 Marquetry 6 Kent Desormeaux Robert J. Frankel Engelson & Frankel 1:47.20
1992 Sea Cadet 4 Alex Solis Ron McAnally Verne Winchell 1:48.00
1991 Twilight Agenda 5 Chris McCarron D. Wayne Lukas Moyglare Stud 1:46.60
1990 Great Normand 5 Carlos Lopez, Sr. Jorge E. Romero Victor Resk 1:47.20
1989 Mi Selecto 4 Jose A. Santos Gil H. Rowntree Frank Stronach 2:00.20
1988 Alysheba 4 Chris McCarron Jack Van Berg D & P Scharbauer 1:58.80
1987 Crème Fraiche 5 Laffit Pincay, Jr. Woody Stephens Brushwood Stable 2:01.80
1986 Broad Brush 3 Angel Cordero, Jr. Richard W. Small Robert E. Meyerhoff 2:01.60
1985 Bounding Basque 5 Robbie Davis Woody Sedlacek Jacques D. Wimpfheimer 2:00.40
1984 Wild Again 4 Richard Migliore Vincent Timphony Black Chip Stables 2:00.60
1983 Slewpy 3 Angel Cordero, Jr. Sidney Watters, Jr. Equusequity Stable 2:02.40
1982 Mehmet 4 Ed Delahoussaye Robert J. Frankel Chad-Mevorach-Vallone 2:01.40
1981 Princelet 3 William Nemeti John P. Campo John P. Campo 2:02.80
1980 Tunerup 4 Jacinto Vásquez Fernando Fernandez Daybreak Farm 2:00.40
1979 Spectacular Bid 3 Bill Shoemaker Bud Delp Hawksworth Farm 2:01.20
1978 Dr. Patches 4 Angel Cordero, Jr. John A. Nerud Tartan Stable 2:01.60
1977 Pay Tribute 5 Angel Cordero, Jr. Ron McAnally Elmendorf Farm 2:02.60



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