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Wilson Stakes

Discontinued horse race
Wilson Handicap
Location Jamaica Racetrack
Jamaica, Queens, New York, United States
Inaugurated 1930
Race type Thoroughbred - Flat racing
Race information
Distance 6 furlong sprint
Track Dirt, left-handed
Qualification Three-years-old & up
Weight Assigned

The Wilson Stakes/Handicap was an American Thoroughbred horse race run for twenty-nine years between 1930 and 1958. Inaugurated at the Saratoga Race Course in Saratoga Springs, New York, it was named In honor of the late Richard Thornton Wilson, Jr., a prominent Thoroughbred owner and president of Saratoga Race Course.

Inaugurated as the Wilson Plate at a distance of one mile (8 furlongs), the first running in 1930 was won by Battleship Gray, a son of the legendary Man o' War. In July 1954, the race was shifted to the Jamaica Racetrack in Jamaica, New York as part of three weeks of racing that was called the "Saratoga-at-Jamaica" race meeting. Renamed the Wilson Handicap and raced as a six furlong sprint, the event remained at the Jamaica track through 1958 and was then canceled due to the closure of the Jamaica facility on August 1, 1959.

Eight winners of the Wilson Stakes have been inducted in the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame.


  • 1958 - Nahodah
  • 1957 - Jovial Jove
  • 1956 - Ambergris
  • 1955 - Mr. Turf
  • 1954 - First Glance
  • 1951 - Hall Of Fame
  • 1949 - Manyunk
  • 1942 - Apache
  • 1941 - Parasang
  • 1937 - Esposa
  • 1934 - Observant
  • 1931 - Blind Bowboy
  • 1930 - Battleship Gray



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