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Westchester Handicap

The Westchester Handicap is a one mile thoroughbred horse race at Belmont Park on Long Island, New York. It is run in early May for horses three years old and up. It is a Grade III race with a purse of $100,000 added.

Originally called the Yorktown Handicap, it was first run at the old Empire City Race Track in 1918. For 1921 it was called the Victory Handicap, but it was again called the Yorktown Handicap until 1939. In 1940 it was given its current name in honor of Westchester County, New York. It was held at the Jamaica Racetrack from 1943 to 1959.

There was no race run in 1932, 1933, nor from 1954 to 1958.

In 2003, Najran equaled the track-record time set by Dr. Fager in 1968.

Past winners

  • 2008 - Divine Park (Grassphopper placed, Sightseeing came in third.)
  • 2007 - Utopia
  • 2006 - Sir Greely
  • 2005 - Gygistar
  • 2004 - Gygistar (Saarland placed.)
  • 2003 - Najran (Saarland placed.)
  • 2002 - Free of Love
  • 2000 - Yankee Victor
  • 1999 - Mr. Sinatra
  • 1998 - Wagon Limit
  • 1997 - Pacific Fleet
  • 1996 - Valid Wager
  • 1992 - Rubiano
  • 1991 - Rubiano
  • 1990 - Once Wild
  • 1989 - Lord of the Night
  • 1988 - Faster Than Sound
  • 1987 - Kings Swan (hugely popular in New York, raced until the age of 10)
  • 1986 - Garthorn
  • 1985 - Verbartic
  • 1984 - Jacques Tip
  • 1983 - Singh Tu
  • 1982 - John Casey
  • 1981 - Dunhams Gift
  • 1980 - Nice Catch
  • 1979 - Vencedor
  • 1978 - Pumpkin Moonshine
  • 1977 - Cinteelo
  • 1976 - Double Edge Sword
  • 1975 - Step Nicely
  • 1973 - North Sea
  • 1971 - Never Bow
  • 1970 - Dewan

  • 1969 - Iron Ruler
  • 1968 - R. Thomas
  • 1967 - Advocator
  • 1966 - R. Thomas
  • 1965 - Tibaldo
  • 1964 - Rocky Link
  • 1963 - Sunrise County
  • 1962 - Globemaster
  • 1961 - Mail Order
  • 1960 - Vendetta
  • 1959 - Mystic
  • 1958 - No Race
  • 1957 - No Race
  • 1956 - No Race
  • 1955 - No Race
  • 1954 - No Race
  • 1953 - Cold Command (Crafty Admiral placed.)
  • 1951 - Bryan G
  • 1950 - Palestinian
  • 1949 - Three Rings
  • 1948 - Better Self (sire of blue hen mares: Lady Be Good and Aspidistra)
  • 1946 - Assault (Lucky Draw placed.)
  • 1944 - Seven Hearts (Stymie came in third.)
  • 1943 - Slide Rule
  • 1942 - Riverland (Alsab came in third.)
  • 1941 - Gramps
  • 1940 - Mioland (Champion Handicap Horse of 1941)
  • 1939 - Third Degree
  • 1938 - Great Union
  • 1937 - Thorson
  • 1936 - Thorson
  • 1935 - Good Harvest
  • 1934 - King Saxon
  • 1933 - No Race
  • 1932 - No Race
  • 1930 - Questionnaire
  • 1929 - Genie
  • 1928 - Arcturus
  • 1927 - Light Carbine
  • 1926 - Cloudland
  • 1921 - Yellow Hand
  • 1919 - Star Master
  • 1918 - George Smith








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