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Mount Vernon Stakes

Restricted stakes race
Mount Vernon Stakes
Location Belmont Park
Elmont, New York, United States
Inaugurated 1979
Race type Thoroughbred - Flat racing
Website Belmont Park at the NYRA
Race information
Distance 1 1/16 miles (8.5 furlongs)
Track Grass, left-handed
Qualification Fillies & Mares, three-years-old & up, bred in New York State
Weight Assigned
Purse $100,000

The Mount Vernon Stakes is an American Thoroughbred horse race held annually near the end of May at Belmont Park in Elmont, New York. Contested on turf at a distance of a mile and a sixteenth (8.5 furlongs), it is restricted to Fillies and mares age three and older who were bred in the State of New York

The Mount Vernon Stakes is named for the city of Mount Vernon in Westchester County, New York. Since inception in 1979, the race has been contested at various distances:

  • 11/16 miles : 1979-1982, 1989-1996, 2008-present
  • 1⅛ miles : 1997-2007
  • 1¼ miles : 1983-1988

Due to course conditions, the race was switched to dirt in 1988, 1990 and 2003.

The Mount Vernon was run in two divisions in 1989, 1992, 2002, 2004, and 2005.


Historical notes

Angel Cordero, Jr. won this race as a jockey three times (1980, 1982, 1989) and as a trainer in 1996.


Speed record:

  • 1:40.00 - Her Favorite (1992) (at current distance of 11/16 miles)

Most wins:

  • No horse has won this race more than once.

Most wins by an owner:

  • 2 - William C. MacMillen, Jr. (1979, 1986)
  • 2 - James F. Edwards (1992, 2003)
  • 2 - Flying Zee Stable (2005, 2009)

Most wins by a jockey:

Most wins by a trainer:

  • 3 - Leo O'Brien (1988, 1994, 1995)








2010 Chestoria 6 David Cohen William Badgett, Jr. E El R Stable 1:42.89
2009 I Lost My Choo 4 Jose Lezcano Phil Serpe Flying Zee Stable 1:42.52
2008 Them There Eyes 4 Jose Espinoza Kathleen Feron Akindale Farm 1:44.06
2007 Factual Contender 6 Eibar Coa Barclay Tagg Thomas Farone Jr. 1:48.66
2006 Sabellina 5 Javier Castellano Joseph Aquilino Jay A. Lieberman 1:48.00
2005 Lady Bi Bi 6 Jose A. Santos John O. Hertler Tri County Stables 1:49.12
2005 Kevin's Decision 5 Edgar Prado Carlos F. Martin Flying Zee Stable 1:49.06
2004 Big Tease 4 Richard Migliore Gary C. Contessa Maggi Moss 1:48.67
2004 Brandala 6 Jose Espinoza Thomas M. Walsh Sorin Stables 1:49.56
2003 Princess Dixie 4 Edgar Prado H. James Bond James F. Edwards 1:49.41
2002 Shopping for Love 5 Jerry Bailey Kenneth Nesky George D'Archangelo 1:46.80
2002 Eventail 5 Edgar Prado Richard Schosberg Gallagher's Stud 1:46.55
2001 Truebreadpudding 6 John Velazquez Gary Sciacca Coffee Pot Stables 1:48.05
2000 Office Miss 6 Jose A. Santos Gary Sciacca Sam F. Morrell 1:48.20
1999 Highland Strike 6 Jose Espinoza Richard DeStasio Wayne R. Ewald 1:47.20
1998 Dancewiththebride 3 Eibar Coa Gary P. Gullo Aaron Beecher 1:48.60
1997 Darlin Danika 5 Joe Bravo Thomas M. Walsh Dan-Dev Stable 1:48.60
1996 Rogues Walk 4 Jerry Bailey Angel Cordero, Jr. M.Dinmore et al. 1:42.40
1995 Tiffany's Taylor 6 John Velazquez Leo O'Brien Theresa Maher 1:40.40
1994 Irish Actress 7 Mike E. Smith Leo O'Brien Austin Delaney 1:40.80
1993 McKaymackenna 4 Jorge Velasquez Rene Araya R Kay Stable 1:40.60
1992 Her Favorite 4 Eddie Maple Donna J. Freyer Tanrackin Farm 1:40.00
1992 Talc's Coventry 4 Robbie Davis Sarah A. Lundy James F. Edwards 1:41.00
1991 Serene Nobility 5 Jose A. Santos Henry S. White, Jr. Nauset Stable 1:41.20
1990 Banded 4 Jerry Bailey Ramon M. Hernandez Lucille Riccelli 1:43.40
1989 Capades 3 Angel Cordero, Jr. Richard O'Connell Poma Stable 1:42.70
1989 Stage View 4 Richard Migliore Roger Laurin Richard A. DeStasio 1:43.72
1988 Comorin Cape 3 Brian Peck Leo O'Brien Philip Dileo 2:06.20
1987 Lake Cecebe 4 Jose A. Santos Kenneth Nesky Bonnie Mike Stable 2:07.40
1986 Wendy Walker 4 Robert Thibeau, Jr. Sidney Watters, Jr. William C. MacMillen, Jr. 2:01.80
1985 Wimborne Sky 5 Eddie Maple Richard J. Lundy Virginia Kraft Payson 2:04.20
1984 Miss Audimar 3 Jean-Luc Samyn Philip G. Johnson Hellson Stable 2:02.40
1983 Beech Island 5 Robbie Davis Willard C. Freeman Buckingham Farm 2:03.00
1982 Mademoiselle Ivor 4 Angel Cordero, Jr. Larry Barrera Lowell T. Hughes 1:43.00
1981 Move It Now 4 Ruben Hernandez James W. Maloney Snowberry Farm 1:46.40
1980 Adlibber 3 Angel Cordero, Jr. Jan H. Nerud Morton Fink 1:41.40
1979 Sweet Woodruff 4 Michael Venezia Sidney Watters, Jr. William C. MacMillen, Jr. 1:42.20



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