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Poker Stakes

Grade III race
Poker Stakes
Location Belmont Park
Elmont, New York, United States
Inaugurated 1985
Race type Thoroughbred - Flat racing
Website The Poker Stakes at Belmont Park
Race information
Distance 1 mile (8 furlongs)
Track Grass, left-handed
Qualification Three-year-olds & up
Weight Assigned
Purse $100,000

The Poker Stakes is an American Thoroughbred horse race held annually in mid June at Belmont Park in Elmont, New York. A Grade III event open to horses age three and older, it is raced on turf at a distance of one mile (8 furlongs).

The inaugural running of the 1985 Poker Handicap was contested at a distance of a mile and a sixteenth and at a mile and a quarter the following year.


Speed record:

  • 1:31. 63 - Elusive Quality (1998)
    (New stakes and course record for one mile and believed to be a world record at the time.)

Most wins:

  • 2 - Affirmed Success (2000, 2001)

Most wins by an owner:

  • 2 - Harbor View Farm (1985, 1995)
  • 2 - Richard M. Bomze (1989, 1993)
  • 2 - Albert Fried, Jr. (2000, 2001)

Most wins by a jockey:

Most wins by a trainer:

  • 2 - Angel Penna, Jr. (1997, 2005)
  • 2 - Richard Schosberg (2000, 2001)








2009 Sailor's Cap 4 Alan Garcia James J. Toner Team Valor 1:36.50
2008 Kip Deville 5 Cornelio Velasquez Richard E. Dutrow, Jr. IEAH Stables 1:32.94
2007 Art Master 6 Garrett Gomez Robert J. Frankel Juddmonte Farms 1:33.21
2006 Rebel Rebel 4 Edgar Prado Richard E. Dutrow, Jr. IEAH Stables/Resolute Group Stables 1:33.34
2005 Mr. Light 6 Cornelio Velasquez Angel Penna, Jr. Earle I. Mack 1:32.18
2004 Christine's Outlaw 4 Shaun Bridgmohan George Weaver R.C. Hill Stable 1:32.46
2003 War Zone 4 Javier Castellano Robert J. Frankel Juddmonte Farms 1:32.81
2002 Volponi 4 Shaun Bridgmohan Philip G. Johnson Amherst Stable/Spruce Pond Stable 1:32.24
2001 Affirmed Success 7 Jerry Bailey Richard Schosberg Albert Fried, Jr. 1:34.60
2000 Affirmed Success 6 Jorge Chavez Richard Schosberg Albert Fried, Jr. 1:34.06
1999 Rob 'n Gin 5 Jorge Chavez Robert Barbara Sabine Stable 1:32.81
1998 Elusive Quality 5 Jerry Bailey William I. Mott Mohammed al Maktoum 1:31.63
1997 Draw Shot 4 Chris Antley Angel Penna, Jr. Francis Santangelo 1:33.08
1996 Smooth Runner 5 Julie Krone Richard C. Mettee Herbert Allen 1:33.60
1995 Caress 4 Robbie Davis H. Allen Jerkens Harbor View Farm 1:34.35
1994 Dominant Prospect 4 Jorge Chavez Gary Sciacca Charles A. Coronia 1:32.69
1993 Fourstardave 8 Richard Migliore Leo O'Brien Richard M. Bomze 1:33.02
1992 Scott the Great 6 Jean-Luc Samyn William Hebert August F. Russo 1:33.27
1991 Who's To Pay 5 Jerry Bailey MacKenzie Miller Rokeby Stable 1:33.40
1990 Scottish Monk 7 Angel Cordero Jr. Steven T. Jerkens Cedar Valle Stable 1:33.40
1989 Fourstardave 4 Jose Santos Leo O'Brien Richard M. Bomze 1:33.20
1988 Wanderkin 5 Jose Santos Richard O'Connell Poma Stable 1:35.60
1987 Double Feint 4 Jose Santos Leroy Jolley, Jr. Peter M. Brant 1:35.20
1986 Island Sun 4 Richard Migliore Patrick J. Kelly Live Oak Plantation Racing 2:02.40
1985 Mr. Chromacopy 4 Jean Cruguet Pancho Martin Harbor View Farm 1:42.40



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