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Withers Stakes

Grade III race
Withers Stakes
Location Aqueduct Racetrack
Queens, New York Flag of the United States
Inaugurated 1874
Race type Thoroughbred - Flat racing
Website Aqueduct Ractrack
Race information
Distance 1 mile (8 furlongs)
Track Dirt, left-handed
Qualification Three-year-olds
Weight Assigned
Purse $150,000

The Withers Stakes is an American Thoroughbred horse race for three-year-olds willing to compete one mile on the dirt. Held at Aqueduct Racetrack every year at the end of April (one week before the Kentucky Derby), it is a Grade III event, and offers a purse of $150,000. While it was once a prep for the Kentucky Derby, today horses never run back so quickly and it has declined in prestige and importance. In 1956, the Withers Stakes was contested at a mile and a sixteenth.

The Withers was named for David Durham Withers (1821-1892), an important owner/breeder who won this race in 1890 with his colt, King Eric.

The inaugural run of the Withers Stakes occurred in 1874 at Jerome Park Racetrack. It was raced there through 1889 after which it was hosted by the Morris Park Racecourse from 1890 through 1904, then Jamaica Racetrack in 1956, and at Belmont Park from 1984 through 1996. The Withers was not run in 1911 and 1912 due to a New York State legislated ban on parimutuel betting.



Speed record:

  • 1:32.40 - Williamstown (1993)

Most wins by a jockey:

Most wins by a trainer:

Most wins by an owner:

Winners since 1899






2010 Afleet Again Abel Mariano Robert Reid Jr. Chuck Zacney 1:34.05
2009 Mr. Fantasy Richard Migliore Kiaran McLaughlin West Point T'breds et al 1:34.91
2008 Harlem Rocker Eibar Coa Todd Pletcher Adena Racing Venture II 1:34.50
2007 Divine Park Alan Garcia Kiaran McLaughlin James J. Barry 1:34.65
2006 Bernardini Javier Castellano Tom Albertrani Darley Stable 1:35.07
2005 Scrappy T Norberto Arroyo, Jr. W. Robert Bailes Marshall E. Dowell 1:35.60
2004 Medallist Jorge Chavez H. Allen Jerkens Robert N. Clay 1:34.40
2003 Spite the Devil Luis Chavez H. Allen Jerkens Hardwicke Stable 1:35.80
2002 Fast Decision Jose Santos Christophe Clement Peter Karches 1:36.40
2001 Richly Blended Rick Wilson Ben W. Perkins, Jr. Raymond Dweck 1:35.60
2000 Big E E Heberto Castillo, Jr. James A. Jerkens Hollow Farms 1:35.60
1999 Successful Appeal Jose Espinoza John C. Kimmel Starview Stable 1:35.00
1998 Dice Dancer Jorge Chavez H. Allen Jerkens Hobeau Farm 1:34.40
1997 Statesmanship Herb McCauley Christophe Clement Harris/Susan/Karches 1:35.20
1996 Appealing Skier Rick Wilson Ben W. Perkins, Sr. New Farm 1:35.00
1995 Blu Tusmani Jose Santos Christophe Clement Sidney L. Port 1:35.00
1994 Twining Jose Santos Scotty Schulhofer Sheikh Mohammed 1:34.60
1993 Williamstown Craig Perret Peter M. Vestal Peter S. Willmott 1:32.40
1992 Dixie Brass Julio Pezua Dennis J. Brida Michael Watral 1:33.60
1991 Subordinated Debt Julie Krone David Monaci Leslie R. Grimm 1:34.00
1990 Housebuster Craig Perret Warren A. Croll, Jr. Robert P. Levy 1:34.80
1989 Fire Maker Jerry Bailey William Badgett Jr. Arthur I. Appleton 1:36.40
1988 Once Wild Pat Day John J. Lenzini, Jr. Gary Marano 1:35.20
1987 Gone West Eddie Maple Woody Stephens Hickory Tree Stable 1:36.40
1986 Clear Choice Jorge Velasquez D. Wayne Lukas Eugene V. Klein 1:35.60
1985 El Basco Jacinto Vasquez Woodrow Sedlacek Jacques Wimpfheimer 1:36.60
1984 Play On Jean-Luc Samyn William H. Turner, Jr. Welcome Farm 1:36.40
1983 Country Pine Jerry D. Bailey Lou Rondinello Daniel M. Galbreath 1:35.60
1982 Aloma's Ruler Jack Kaenel John J. Lenzini, Jr. Nathan Scherr 1:35.40
1981 Spirited Boy Angel Cordero, Jr. Joseph Nash Harry Speier 1:36.80
1980 Colonel Moran Jorge Velasquez Thomas J. Kelly Townsend B. Martin 1:34.40
1979 Czaravich Jean Cruguet William H. Turner, Jr. William L. Reynolds 1:35.60
1978 Junction Mickey Solomone Patrick J. Kelly Live Oak Racing 1:36.80
1977 Iron Constitution Jorge Velasquez Thomas F. Root, Sr. Harry T. Mangurian, Jr. 1:37.00
1976 Sonkisser Braulio Baeza Stephen A. DiMauro Harold Snyder 1:35.00
1975 Sarsar Bill Shoemaker David A. Whiteley William Haggin Perry nf
1974 Accipiter Angel Santiago Pancho Martin Sigmund Sommer 1:36.40
1973 Linda's Chief Braulio Baeza Al Scotti Aaron U. Jones 1:34.60
1972 Key to the Mint Braulio Baeza J. Elliott Burch Rokeby Stable 1:34.80
1971 Bold Reasoning Jacinto Vasquez Nick Gonzales Kosgrove Stable 1:35.80
1970 Hagley Ron Turcotte Woods Garth Hickory Tree Stable 1:34.80
1969 Ack Ack Manuel Ycaza Woody Stephens Cain Hoy Stable 1:34.80
1968 Call Me Prince William Boland Max Hirsch Adele L. Rand 1:35.20
1967 Dr. Fager Braulio Baeza John A. Nerud Tartan Stable 1:33.80
1966 Indulto John L. Rotz Max Hirsch Jane Greer 1:35.00
1965 Flag Raiser Bobby Ussery Hirsch Jacobs Isidor Bieber 1:34.20
1964 Mr. Brick Bobby Ussery James E. Picou Roy Sturgis 1:35.60
1963 Get Around Braulio Baeza Ivan H. Parke Maine Chance Farm 1:36.60
1962 Jaipur Bill Shoemaker Bert Mulholland George D. Widener, Jr. 1:35.60
1961 Hitting Away Hedley Woodhouse James Fitzsimmons Ogden Phipps 1:35.20
1960 John William Hedley Woodhouse Bernie Fields Merrick Stable 1:35.40
1959 Intentionally Manuel Ycaza Edward Kelly, Sr. Brookfield Farm 1:35.60
1958 Sir Robby Eric Guerin Harris Brown John S. Kroese 1:36.20
1957 Clem Conn McCreary William W. Stephens Adele L. Rand 1:36.80
1956 Oh Johnny Hedley Woodhouse Norman McLeod Mrs. Wallace Gilroy 1:45.20
1955 Traffic Judge Eddie Arcaro Woody Stephens Clifford Mooers 1:36.00
1954 Jet Action Jose Contreras Edward A. Neloy Maine Chance Farm 1:36.00
1953 Native Dancer Eric Guerin William C. Winfrey Alfred G. Vanderbilt II 1:36.20
1952 Armageddon Raymond York Moody Jolley Cain Hoy Stable 1:37.00
1951 Battlefield Eddie Arcaro Bert Mulholland George D. Widener, Jr. 1:35.80
1950 Hill Prince Eddie Arcaro Casey Hayes Christopher Chenery 1:35.80
1949 Olympia Eddie Arcaro Ivan H. Parke Fred W. Hooper 1:36.80
1948 Vulcan's Forge Douglas Dodson Sylvester Veitch C. V. Whitney 1:37.40
1947 Faultless Douglas Dodson Horace A. Jones Calumet Farm 1:38.20
1946 Hampden Eddie Arcaro Richard E. Handlen Foxcatcher Farm 1:36.00
1945 Polynesian Wayne D. Wright Morris H. Dixon Gertrude T. Widener 1:39.80
1944 Who Goes There Johnny Longden Bert Mulholland George D. Widener, Jr. 1:38.00
1943 Count Fleet Johnny Longden Donald G. Cameron Fannie Hertz 1:36.00
1942 Alsab Basil James Sarge Swenke Albert Sabath 1:36.20
1941 King Cole John Gilbert James Fitzsimmons Ogden Phipps 1:38.20
1940 Corydon Eddie Arcaro John M. Gaver, Sr. Greentree Stable 1:37.20
1939 Johnstown James Stout James Fitzsimmons Belair Stud 1:35.80
1938 Menow Charles Kurtsinger Duval A. Headley Hal Price Headley 1:37.40
1937 Flying Scot John Gilbert James W. Healy John Hay Whitney 1:37.40
1936 White Cockade Eddie Litzenberger James Fitzsimmons Ogden Phipps 1:37.20
1935 Rosemont Wayne D. Wright Richard E. Handlen Foxcatcher Farms 1:36.60
1934 Singing Wood Robert Jones James W. Healy Liz Whitney 1:37.80
1933 The Darb Alfred Robertson Thomas J. Healey C. V. Whitney 1:39.00
1932 Boatswain Alfred Robertson Preston M. Burch Walter M. Jeffords 1:39.80
1931 Jamestown Linus McAtee A. Jack Joyner George D. Widener, Jr. 1:36.60
1930 Whichone Raymond Workman Thomas J. Healey Harry Payne Whitney 1:38.20
1929 Blue Larkspur Mack Garner Herbert J. Thompson Edward R. Bradley 1:36.00
1928 Victorian Raymond Workman James G. Rowe, Sr. Harry Payne Whitney 1:39.00
1927 Chance Shot Earl Sande Pete Coyne Joseph E. Widener 1:39.80
1926 Haste Earl Sande G. Hamilton Keene Joseph E. Widener 1:37.60
1925 American Flag Albert Johnson Gwyn R. Tompkins Glen Riddle Farm 1:38.20
1924 Bracadale Earl Sande Sam Hildreth Rancocas Stable 1:39.00
1923 Zev Earl Sande David J. Leary Rancocas Stable 1:37.40
1922 Snob II Clarence Kummer William Garth Joshua S. Cosden 1:35.80
1921 Leonardo II Andy Schuttinger Kimball Patterson Xalapa Farm 1:37.40
1920 Man o' War Clarence Kummer Louis Feustel Glen Riddle Farm 1:35.80
1919 Sir Barton Johnny Loftus H. Guy Bedwell J. K. L. Ross 1:38.80
1918 Motor Cop Edward Taplin William B. Jennings A. K. Macomber 1:39.60
1917 Hourless Jimmy Butwell Sam Hildreth August Belmont, Jr. 1:39.00
1916 Spur Johnny Loftus John H. McCormack James Butler 1:38.40
1915 The Finn George Byrne Edward W. Heffner Henry C. Hallenbeck 1:39.40
1914 Charlestonian Charles Burlingame Edward R. Garrison J. W. Messeroy 1:39.80
1913 Rock View James H. Butwell Sam Hildreth August Belmont, Jr. 1:39.40
1910 The Turk Matt McGee Richard O. Miller William S. Fanshawe 1:40.00
1909 Hilarious James H. Butwell James Fitzsimmons James R. Keene 1:41.20
1908 Colin Joe Notter James Fitzsimmons James R. Keene 1:41.00
1907 Frank Gill Joe Notter John I. Smith Jack L. McGinnis 1:40.00
1906 Accountant Jack Martin Robert Tucker W. Harry Brown 1:38.80
1905 Blandy W. Davis A. Jack Joyner August Belmont, Jr. 1:44.60
1904 Delhi George Odom James G. Rowe, Sr. James R. Keene 1:40.00
1903 Shorthose W. Haack W. Fred Presgrave Goughacres Stable 1:41.00
1902 Compute Willie Shaw R. W. Walden A. H. Morris/D. H. Morris 1:42.00
1901 The Parader F. Landry Thomas J. Healey Richard T. Wilson, Jr. 1:42.50
1900 Kilmarnock Nash Turner John W. Rogers William C. Whitney 1:41.25
1899 Jean Bereaud Richard Clawson Sam Hildreth Sydney Paget 1:42.25

* † In 1969, Gleaming Light finished first, but was disqualified and set back to fifth.

Earlier winners

  • 1898 - The Huguenot
  • 1897 - Octagon
  • 1896 - Handspring
  • 1895 - Lucania
  • 1893 - Dr. Rice
  • 1892 - Tammany
  • 1891 - Picknicker
  • 1890 - King Eric
  • 1889 - Diabolo
  • 1888 - Sir Dixon
  • 1886 - Biggonet
  • 1885 - Tyrant
  • 1884 - Panique
  • 1883 - George Kinney
  • 1882 - Forester
  • 1881 - Crickmore
  • 1880 - Ferncliffe
  • 1879 - Dan Sparling
  • 1877 - Bombast
  • 1876 - Fiddlesticks
  • 1874 - Dublin



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