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New York Turf Writers Cup


The New York Turf Writers Cup is a steeplechase race for thoroughbred horses held at the Saratoga Race Course in Saratoga Springs, New York each year. A Grade I event on the turf for 4-year-olds and up, this race offers a purse of $150,000.

The New York Turf Writers Association was founded in 1923. The race it engendered began in 1938 and is run over hurdles for two miles plus. Two horses, Flatterer and Lonesome Glory, between them gathered up nine Eclipse Awards. Both are enshrined in the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame, as is Zaccio, a two time winner of this race.

Happy Intellectual won this race three times in a row: at 10 in 1976, at 11 in 1977, and at 12 in 1978.

Past winners

  • 2009 - Spy in the Sky (5) (Liam McVicar)
  • 2008 - Dark Equation (7) (Matthew McCarron)
  • 2007 - Footlights (7) (Xavier Aizpuru)
  • 2006 - Mixed Up (7) (Danielle Hodsdon)
  • 2005 - Hirapour (IRE) (9) (Matt McCarron)
  • 2004 - Tres Touche (7) (David Bentley)
  • 2003 - Praise the Prince (NZ) (8) (Gus Brown)
  • 2002 - Zabenz (NZ) (Craig Thornton)
  • 2001 - It's A Giggle (7) (Blythe Miller)
  • 2000 - Ninepins (GB) (13) (Arch Kingsley Jr.)
  • 1999 - Campanile (5) (Bruce Miller)
  • 1998 - Hokan (5) (Sean Clancy)
  • 1997 - Bisbalense (CH) (8) (Arch Kingsley Jr.)
  • 1996 - Petroski (6) (Keith O'Brien)
  • 1994 - Mistico (8) (Craig Thornton)
  • 1993 - Warm Spell (5) (James Lawrence)
  • 1992 - Yaw (10) (Jonathan Smart)
  • 1991 - Yaw (9) (Jonathan Smart)
  • 1990 - Double Bill (7) (Ben Guessford)
  • 1989 - Double Bill (6) (Ben Guessford)
  • 1988 - Rio Clara (5) (Gregg Morris)
  • 1987 - Chief Of The Clan (4) (J. Lawrence II)
  • 1986 - Le Sauteur (7) (B. Houghton)
  • 1985 - Bobby Burns (3) (Walter Guerra)
  • 1984 - Flatterer (5) (J. Fishback)
  • 1983 - Double Reefed (7) (J. Cushman)
  • 1982 - Zaccio (6) (R. Hendriks)
  • 1981 - Running Com (7) (R. McWade)
  • 1980 - Zaccio (4) (R. McWade)
  • 1979 - Leaping Frog (6) (B. Christison)
  • 1978 - Happy Intellectual (12) (W. Martin)
  • 1977 - Happy Intellectual (11) (J. Aitcheson)
  • 1976 - Happy Intellectual (10) (C. Elser)
  • 1975 - Life's Illusion (4) (Fout A. Quanbeck)
  • 1971 - Soothsayer (4) (J. Fishback)
  • 1970 - El Martirio (6) (Davis P. Plain)
  • 1969 - Jaunty (4) (J. Aitcheson)
  • 1968 - Le Cerisier (6) (C. Moore)
  • 1967 - Roublet (4) (J. Aitcheson)
  • 1966 - Spooky Joe (4) (D. Small Jr.)
  • 1965 - Susto (5) (D. Small Jr.)
  • 1964 - Sun Game (4) (T. Walsh)
  • 1963 - Exhibit A (S. McDonald)
  • 1962 - Baby Prince (F. Winter)
  • 1961 - Royal Vision (J. Aitcheson)
  • 1960 - Nautilus (E. Jackson)
  • 1959 - Lanton Breeze (T. Walsh)
  • 1958 - Nizam's Pet (P. Smithwick)
  • 1957 - Policeman Day (J. Murphy)
  • 1956 - Muguet II (J. Cotter)
  • 1955 - Oneida (J. Cotter)
  • 1954 - Ancestor (F. D. Adams)
  • 1953 - Eternal Son (E. Carter)
  • 1952 - Clive of India (P. Smithwick)
  • 1951 - Triomphe (P. Smithwick)
  • 1950 - Gerrymander (E. Carter)
  • 1949 - Escarp (G. Riley)
  • 1948 - Pebalong (F. D. Adams)
  • 1947 - Look Around (T. Field)
  • 1946 - Canford (J. Magee)
  • 1945 - Reykjavik (F. D. Adams)
  • 1943 - Harford (M. Morlan)
  • 1942 - Picture Prince (S. Riles)
  • 1941 - The Beak (F. McMillan)
  • 1940 - Canio (F. Maier)
  • 1939 - Golden Oak (J. Magee)
  • 1938 - Prince Wick (H. Frost Jr.)



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