Champagne Stakes

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Champagne Stakes

Champagne Stakes Race Facts

  • Location: Belmont Park, Elmont, NY
  • Inaugural Race: 1867
  • Distance: 1 mile (8 furlongs)
  • Track Type: Left-handed, Dirt
  • Age Qualifications: Two Year Olds
  • 2021 Purse: $500,000
  • 2021 Race Date: Saturday, October 2nd

2021 Champagne Stakes Race Results

3Jack ChristopherJose L. Ortiz / Chad C. Brown$5.40 / $3.40 / $2.70
6CommandperformanceTyler Gaffalione / Todd A. Pletcher$7.10 / $3.10
1WitIrad Ortiz, Jr. / Todd A. Pletcher$2.60
2My PranksterLuis Saez / Todd A. Pletcher
6GuniteRicardo Santana, Jr. / Steven M. Asmussen
4KavodCharles Roberts / James K. Chapman

Exotic Payoffs:

  • $1 Exacta (3-6) Paid: $22.70
  • $0.50 Trifecta (3-6-1) Paid: $31.50
  • $0.10 Superfecta (3-6-1-2) Paid: $13.30

Watch the 2021 Champagne Stakes

Champagne Stakes and Kentucky Derby Winners

There have been instances in which a Champagne Stakes winner has gone onto win the Kentucky Derby the following year:

  • Seattle Slew: 1976 Champagne Stakes, 1977 Triple Crown
  • Count Fleet: 1942 Champagne Stakes, 1943 Triple Crown
  • Riva Ridge: 1971 Champagne Stakes, 1972 Kentucky Derby
  • Foolish Pleasure: 1974 Champagne Stakes, 1975 Kentucky Derby
  • Spectacular Bid: 1978 Champagne Stakes, 1979 Kentucky Derby

Champagne Stakes Winners and Breeders’ Cup Winners

There have been five instances in which the Champagne Stakes winner went on to win the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile in the same year:

  • Fly So Free (1990)
  • Timber Country (1994)
  • War Pass (2007)
  • Uncle Mo (2010)
  • Shanghai Bobby (2012)

Champagne Stakes Records

  • The biggest margin of victory at the Champagne Stakes is 9 3/4 lengths.
  • The record for fastest time at the Champagne Stakes at its current 1-mile distance is 1:34.20. Two horses hold the Champagne Stakes speed record: Seattle Slew (1976) and Devil’s Bag (1983).
  • The record for most Champagne Stakes wins by a jockey is five, set by Braulio Baeza (1964, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1975).
  • The record for most Champagne Stakes wins by a trainer is six, set by Todd Pletcher (2004, 2006, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014).
  • The record for most Champagne Stakes wins by an owner is five, set by Calumet Farm (1933, 1936, 1944, 1949, 1977).

Champagne Stakes Race History

Inaugurated in 1867, the Champagne Stakes is a grade one level horserace for two-year-olds (open to both fillies and colts), and is considered the oldest race in the United States of its kind. It is held annually in October at Belmont Park in Elmont, New York (since 1905) and is contested at a distance of 1 mile (8 furlongs) on a dirt surface, left-handed track. Even though the Champagne Stakes welcomes both colts and fillies, it’s mainly colts who participate—fillies compete in the Frizette Stakes.

The Champagne Stakes is part of both the Breeders’ Cup Challenge series and the “Road to the Kentucky Derby” prep race circuit. The winner of the Champagne Stakes earns an automatic berth into the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile and also earns 10 “Road to the Kentucky Derby” qualifying points.

Champagne Stakes Past Winners

YearWinnerJockey / TrainerTime
2021Jack ChristopherJose L. Ortiz / Chad C. Brown01:37.3
2020Jackie's WarriorJoel Rosario / Steven M. Asmussen01:35.4
2019Tiz the LawManny Franco / Barclay Tagg01:35.4
2018ComplexityJosé L. Ortiz / Chad C. Brown01:34.6
2017Firenze FireIrad Ortiz Jr. / Jason Servis01:35.9
2016Practical JokeJoel Rosario / Chad C. Brown01:34.7
2015GreenpointcrusaderJoe Bravo / Dominick Schettino01:36.2
2014DaredevilJavier Castellano / Todd Pletcher01:36.6
2013HavanaIrad Ortiz Jr. / Todd Pletcher01:35.8
2012Shanghai BobbyRosie Napravnik / Todd Pletcher01:35.5
2011Union RagsJavier Castellano / Michael Matz01:35.5
2010Uncle MoJohn Velazquez / Todd Pletcher01:34.5
2009HomeboykrisEdgar Prado / Richard E. Dutrow Jr.01:35.1
2008Vineyard HavenEdgar Prado / Robert J. Frankel01:36.1
2007War PassCornelio Velásquez / Nicholas P. Zito01:36.1
2006Scat DaddyJohn R. Velazquez / Todd A. Pletcher01:37.0
2005First SamuraiJerry D. Bailey / Frank L. Brothers01:36.3
2004Proud AccoladeJohn R. Velazquez / Todd A. Pletcher01:42.3
2003BirdstoneJerry D. Bailey / Nicholas P. Zito01:44.1
2002ToccetJorge Chavez / John F. Scanlan01:44.5
2001OfficerVictor Espinoza / Bob Baffert01:43.4
2000A P ValentineJorge Chavez / Nicholas P. Zito01:41.5
1999Greenwood LakeJean-Luc Samyn / Nicholas P. Zito01:43.7
1998The Groom Is RedCorey Nakatani / Nicholas P. Zito01:42.9
1997Grand SlamGary Stevens / D. Wayne Lukas01:40.6
1996OrdwayJohn R. Velazquez / David G. Donk01:42.1
1995Maria's MonRobbie Davis / Richard Schosberg01:42.4
1994Timber CountryPat Day / D. Wayne Lukas01:44.0
1993DehereChris McCarron / Reynaldo H. Nobles01:35.9
1992Sea HeroJerry D. Bailey / MacKenzie Miller01:34.8
1991Tri To WatchÁngel Cordero Jr. / Carl Domino01:36.6
1990Fly So FreeJosé A. Santos / Flint S. Schulhofer01:35.6
1989AdjudicatingJacinto Vásquez / C.R. McGaughey III01:37.6
1988Easy GoerPat Day / C.R. McGaughey III01:34.8
1987Forty NinerEddie Maple / Woody Stephens01:36.8
1986Polish NavyRandy Romero / C.R. McGaughey III01:35.2
1985MogamboÁngel Cordero Jr. / LeRoy Jolley01:37.2
1984For Certain DocMarcel Zuniga / Thomas DeBonis01:49.2
1983Devil's BagEddie Maple / Woody Stephens01:34.2
1982CopelanJerry D. Bailey / Mitchell Griffin01:37.8
1981Timely WriterJeffrey Fell / Dominic Imprescia01:36.4
1980Lord AvieJorge Velásquez / Daniel Perlsweig01:37.2
1979Joanie's ChiefRuben Hernandez / Eugene Jacobs01:38.2
1978Spectacular BidJorge Velásquez / Grover G. Delp01:34.8
1977AlydarJorge Velásquez / John M. Veitch01:36.8
1976Seattle SlewJean Cruguet / William H. Turner Jr.01:34.4
1975Honest PleasureBraulio Baeza / LeRoy Jolley01:36.4
1974Foolish PleasureJacinto Vásquez / LeRoy Jolley01:36.0
1973ProtagonistAngel Santiago / John P. Campo01:36.0
1973Holding PatternMichael Miceli / Jerome Sarner Sr.01:36.0
1972Stop The Music *John L. Rotz / John M. Gaver Sr.01:35.0
1971Riva RidgeRon Turcotte / Lucien Laurin01:36.4
1970Limit To Reason *Jorge Velásquez / Thomas J. Kelly01:35.4
1969Silent ScreenJohn L. Rotz / J. Bowes Bond01:37.2
1968Top KnightManuel Ycaza / Raymond Metcalf01:35.2
1967VitriolicBraulio Baeza / Edward A. Neloy01:34.6
1966SuccessorBraulio Baeza / Edward A. Neloy01:35.0
1965BuckpasserBraulio Baeza / William C. Winfrey01:36.4
1964Bold LadBraulio Baeza / William C. Winfrey01:36.4
1963Roman BrotherJohn L. Rotz / Burley Parke01:38.0
1962Never BendManuel Ycaza / Woody Stephens01:35.8
1961Donut KingManuel Ycaza / Ron McAnally01:36.0
1960Roving MinstrelHenry Moreno / Burley Parke01:35.6
1959WarfareIsmael Valenzuela / Hack Ross01:35.2
1958First LandingEddie Arcaro / Casey Hayes01:39.4
1957Jewel's RewardBill Shoemaker / Ivan H. Parke01:37.4
1955Beau FondEddie Arcaro / Daverne Emery01:36.4
1954Flying FuryHenry Moreno / Loyd Gentry Jr.01:37.8
1953FishermanHedley Woodhouse / Sylvester Veitch01:38.6
1952LaffangoNick Shuk / Merritt A. Buxton01:38.0
1951ArmageddonBill Shoemaker / Moody Jolley01:38.2
1950Uncle MiltieHedley Woodhouse / Andrew C. Colando01:36.6
1949TheorySteve Brooks / Horace A. Jones01:37.0
1948CapotTed Atkinson / John M. Gaver Sr.01:37.2
1947Vulcan's ForgeArnold Kirkland / Sylvester Veitch01:36.6
1946DonorJob Dean Jessop / Preston M. Burch01:37.4