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Tom Fool Handicap

Grade II race
Tom Fool Handicap
Location Belmont Park
Elmont, New York, United States
Inaugurated 1975
Race type Thoroughbred - Flat racing
Website NYRA
Race information
Distance 7 furlongs
Track Dirt, left-handed
Qualification Three-years-old & up
Weight Assigned
Purse $200,000

The Tom Fool Handicap is an American Thoroughbred horse race run annually in early July at Belmont Park in Elmont, New York. The race is a Grade II event open to horses age three and up who are willing to race the seven furlong (1,408 m) distance on dirt.

The race is named for U.S. Racing Hall of Fame inductee Tom Fool who was champion two-year-old of 1951 and U.S. Horse of the Year in 1953. He is one of four horses to win the New York Handicap Triple which consists of the Metropolitan Handicap, the Suburban Handicap and the Brooklyn Handicap.


Speed record:

  • 1:20.17 - Left Bank (2002)

Most wins:

  • 2 - Rise Jim (1981, 1982)
  • 2 - Groovy (1986, 1987)

Most wins by a jockey:

Most wins by a trainer:

Most wins by an owner:

  • 2 - William H. Grinold (1981, 1982)
  • 2 - Hobeau Farm (1975, 2005)








2009 Munnings 3 John Velazquez Todd Pletcher Tabor & partners/Magnier/Smith 1:21.08
2008 Lucky Island 4 Alan Garcia Kiaran McLaughlin Shadwell Racing 1:22.73
2007 High Finance 4 John Velazquez Richard Violette, Jr. West Point Stable 1:21.81
2006 Silver Train 4 Edgar Prado Rick Dutrow Four Roses Thoroughbreds 1:21.66
2005 Smokume 4 Chantal Sutherland H. Allen Jerkens Hobeau Farm 1:21.92
2004 Ghostzapper 4 Javier Castellano Robert J. Frankel Stronach Stables 1:20.42
2003 Aldebaran 5 Jerry Bailey Robert J. Frankel Flaxman Stable 1:22.54
2002 Left Bank 5 John Velazquez Todd A. Pletcher Michael B. Tabor 1:20.17
2001 Exchange Rate 4 Jerry Bailey D. Wayne Lukas Padua Stables 1:21.24
2000 Trippi 3 Jerry Bailey Todd A. Pletcher Dogwood Stable 1:21.69
1999 Crafty Friend 6 Richard Migliore John C. Kimmel Ahmed bin Salman 1:20.62
1998 Banker's Gold 4 Jorge F. Chavez H. Allen Jerkens Georgia E. Hofmann 1:21.04
1997 Diligence 4 Jose A. Santos Nick Zito Kinsman Stable 1:22.40
1996 Kayrawan 4 Richard Migliore Kiaran McLaughlin Shadwell Racing 1:22.95
1995 Lite the Fuse 4 Julie Krone Richard Dutrow, Sr. Richard Dutrow, Sr. 1:21.72
1994 Virginia Rapids 4 Jean-Luc Samyn H. Allen Jerkens Middletown Stables 1:22.27
1993 Birdonthewire 4 Craig Perret Philip Serpe Robert Kaufman 1:20.93
1992 Rubiano 5 Julie Krone Flint S. Schulhofer Centennial Farm 1:21.70
1991 Mr. Nasty 4 Angel Cordero, Jr. Guadalupe Preciado Hidden Lane Farm 1:21.60
1990 Quick Call 6 Jorge F. Chavez Sidney Watters, Jr. Lynda B. Stokes 1:21.57
1989 Sewickley 4 Randy Romero Flint S. Schulhofer Robert S. Evans 1:24.00
1988 King's Swan 8 Angel Cordero, Jr. Richard Dutrow, Sr. Alvin Akman 1:22.40
1987 Groovy 4 Angel Cordero, Jr. Jose A. Martin Lone Star Stable 1:22.40
1986 Groovy 3 Jose A. Santos Jose A. Martin John A. Ballis 1:21.60
1985 Track Barron 4 Angel Cordero, Jr. Leroy Jolley Peter M. Brant 1:22.00
1984 Believe The Queen 4 Jorge Velasquez H. Allen Jerkens Bohemia Stable 1:22.40
1983 Deputy Minister 4 Don MacBeth Reynaldo Nobles Robert E. Brennan 1:22.20
1982 Rise Jim 6 Angel Cordero, Jr. Joseph O'Shea William H. Grinold 1:23.80
1981 Rise Jim 5 Angel Cordero, Jr. Joseph O'Shea William H. Grinold 1:21.20
1980 Plugged Nickle 3 Jeffrey Fell Thomas J. Kelly John M. Schiff 1:22.20
1979 Cox's Ridge 5 Eddie Maple Joseph B. Cantey Loblolly Stable 1:22.20
1978 J. O. Tobin 4 Jeffrey Fell Laz Barrera George A. Pope, Jr. 1:20.80
1977 Mexican General 4 Craig Perret J. Bowes Bond Mrs. A. H. Lowenthal 1:22.00
1976 El Pitirre 4 Angel Cordero, Jr. Laz Barrera Enrique Ubarri 1:24.40
1975 Kinsman Hope 5 John Ruane H. Allen Jerkens Hobeau Farm 1:21.40



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