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Woodward Stakes

Grade I race
Woodward Stakes
Location Saratoga Race Course
Saratoga Springs, New York, United States
Inaugurated 1954
Race type Thoroughbred - Flat racing
Website Saratoga Race Course
Race information
Distance 1⅛ miles (9 furlongs)
Track Dirt, left-handed
Qualification Three-year-olds and up
Weight Weight-For-Age
Purse $750,000

The Woodward Stakes is an American Grade I stakes race and is one of the premier races for older thoroughbred horses in the United States. Named for prominent racehorse owner, William Woodward, Sr., it is run at 1⅛ miles (1811 m) on the dirt for a purse of $750,000.

The Woodward was run as a handicap in 1954, 1955, and in 1976 and 1977. From 1957 through 1975 it was a weight-for-age event, and was run as an allowance stakes from 1977 through 1987. The race returned to being a handicap event in 1988, 1989, and 1990 then reverted to a weight-for-age race in 1991.

Originally run at Aqueduct Racetrack and most recently at Belmont Park, the Woodward was moved to Saratoga Race Course for its 53rd running in 2006. All three racetracks are operated by the New York Racing Association.

This race is to honor the memory of Belair Stud's William Woodward, Sr., a dedicated horseman, who was chairman of the Jockey Club from 1930 to 1950.

In 2009 Rachel Alexandra became the first female to win the Woodward facing older males for the first time. Only one other 3-year-old filly had ever run in the Woodward: Summer Guest in 1972. She finished second to Key to the Mint before being disqualified and placed third.

Since its inception, the Woodward Stakes has been run at a variety of distances:

  • 1 mile - 1954
  • 1⅛ miles - 1955, 1976–1977, 1981–1987, 1990 to present
  • 1¼ miles - 1956-1971, 1978–1980, 1988–1989
  • 1½ miles - 1972-1975



Speed record:

  • 1:45.80 for 1⅛ miles - Forego (1976) and Dispersal (1990)
  • 1:59.40 for 1¼ miles - Alysheba (1988)

Most wins:

  • 4 - Forego (1974, 1975, 1976, 1977)
  • 3 - Kelso (1961, 1962, 1963)

Most wins by an owner:

Most wins by a jockey:

Most wins by a trainer:

Wins by a filly or mare:

Winners of the Woodward Stakes







2009 Rachel Alexandra 3 Calvin Borel Steve Asmussen Stonestreet Stables/H. McCormick 1:48.29
2008 Curlin 4 Robby Albarado Steve Asmussen Stonestreet Stables 1:49.34
2007 Lawyer Ron 4 John Velazquez Todd Pletcher Hines Racing LLC 1:48.60
2006 Premium Tap 4 Kent Desormeaux John C. Kimmel Kline, Alevizos, Whelihan 1:50.65
2005 Saint Liam 5 Jerry D. Bailey Richard E. Dutrow, Jr. William K. Warren, Jr. 1:49.07
2004 Ghostzapper 4 Javier Castellano Robert J. Frankel Stronach Stables 1:46.20
2003 Mineshaft 4 Robby Albarado Neil J. Howard Farish, Elkins, Webber 1:46.20
2002 Lido Palace 5 Jorge F. Chavez Robert J. Frankel Amerman Racing Stable 1:47.60
2001 Lido Palace 4 Jerry D. Bailey Robert J. Frankel John W. Amerman 1:47.40
2000 Lemon Drop Kid 4 Edgar Prado Scotty Schulhofer Jeanne G. Vance 1:50.40
1999 River Keen 7 Chris Antley Bob Baffert Hugo Reynolds 1:46.80
1998 Skip Away 5 Jerry D. Bailey Sonny Hine Carolyn H. Hine 1:47.80
1997 Formal Gold 4 Kent Desormeaux William W. Perry John D. Murphy 1:47.40
1996 Cigar 6 Jerry D. Bailey William I. Mott Allen E. Paulson 1:47.00
1995 Cigar 5 Jerry D. Bailey William I. Mott Allen E. Paulson 1:47.00
1994 Holy Bull 3 Mike E. Smith Warren A. Croll, Jr. Warren A. Croll, Jr. 1:46.80
1993 Bertrando 4 Gary Stevens Robert J. Frankel Edward Nahem / 505 Farms 1:47.00
1992 Sultry Song 4 Jerry D. Bailey Patrick J. Kelly Live Oak Plantation Racing 1:47.00
1991 In Excess 4 Gary Stevens Bruce L. Jackson Jack J. Munari 1:46.20
1990 Dispersal 4 Chris Antley Grover G. Delp Tom Meyerhoff 1:45.80
1989 Easy Goer 3 Pat Day Shug McGaughey Ogden Phipps 2:01.00
1988 Alysheba 4 Chris McCarron Jack Van Berg Dorothy Scharbauer 1:59.40
1987 Polish Navy 3 Randy Romero Shug McGaughey Ogden Phipps 1:47.00
1986 Precisionist 5 Chris McCarron Ross Fenstermaker Fred W. Hooper 1:46.00
1985 Track Barron 4 Angel Cordero, Jr. LeRoy Jolley Peter M. Brant 1:46.60
1984 Slew o'Gold 4 Angel Cordero, Jr. John O. Hertler Equusequity Stable 1:47.80
1983 Slew o'Gold 3 Angel Cordero, Jr. Sidney Watters, Jr. Equusequity Stable 1:46.60
1982 Island Whirl 4 Angel Cordero, Jr. D. Wayne Lukas Elcee-H Stable 1:46.80
1981 Pleasant Colony 3 Angel Cordero, Jr. John P. Campo Buckland Farm 1:47.20
1980 Spectacular Bid 4 Bill Shoemaker Grover G. Delp Hawksworth Farm 2:02.40
1979 Affirmed 4 Laffit Pincay, Jr. Lazaro S. Barrera Harbor View Farm 2:01.60
1978 Seattle Slew 4 Angel Cordero, Jr. Douglas Peterson Tayhill Stable 2:00.00
1977 Forego 7 Bill Shoemaker Frank Y. Whiteley, Jr. Lazy F Ranch 1:48.00
1976 Forego 6 Bill Shoemaker Frank Y. Whiteley, Jr. Lazy F Ranch 1:45.80
1975 Forego 5 Heliodoro Gustines Sherrill W. Ward Lazy F Ranch 2:27.20
1974 Forego 4 Heliodoro Gustines Sherrill W. Ward Lazy F Ranch 2:27.40
1973 Prove Out 4 Jorge Velasquez H. Allen Jerkens Hobeau Farm 2:25.80
1972 Key To The Mint † 3 Braulio Baeza J. Elliott Burch Rokeby Stable 2:28.40
1971 West Coast Scout 3 John L. Rotz Mervin Marks Oxford Stable 2:00.40
1970 Personality 3 Eddie Belmonte John W. Jacobs Ethel D. Jacobs 2:01.80
1969 Arts and Letters 3 Braulio Baeza J. Elliott Burch Rokeby Stable 2:01.00
1968 Mr. Right 5 Heliodoro Gustines Evan S. Jackson Cheray Duchin 2:03.00
1967 Damascus 3 Bill Shoemaker Frank Y. Whiteley, Jr. Edith W. Bancroft 2:00.60
1966 Buckpasser 3 Braulio Baeza Edward A. Neloy Ogden Phipps 2:02.80
1965 Roman Brother 4 Braulio Baeza Burley Parke Harbor View Farm 2:01.80
1964 Gun Bow 4 Walter Blum Edward A. Neloy Gedney Farm 2:02.40
1963 Kelso 6 Ismael Valenzuela Carl Hanford Bohemia Stable 2:00.80
1962 Kelso 5 Ismael Valenzuela Carl Hanford Bohemia Stable 2:03.20
1961 Kelso 4 Eddie Arcaro Carl Hanford Bohemia Stable 2:00.00
1960 Sword Dancer 4 Eddie Arcaro J. Elliott Burch Brookmeade Stable 2:01.20
1959 Sword Dancer 3 Eddie Arcaro J. Elliott Burch Brookmeade Stable 2:04.40
1958 Clem 4 Bill Shoemaker William W. Stephens Adele L. Rand 2:01.00
1957 Dedicate 5 Bill Hartack G. Carey Winfrey Jan Burke 2:01.00
1956 Mister Gus 5 Ismael Valenzuela Charlie Whittingham Gustave Ring 2:03.00
1955 Traffic Judge 3 Eddie Arcaro James W. Maloney Clifford Mooers 1:48.20
1954 Pet Bully 6 Bill Hartack Tommy Kelly Ada L. Rice 1:35.60
  • A ‡ designates that this is a filly or mare that won the race.

Cougar II finished first, but was disqualified and placed third.

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