Vosburgh Stakes

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Vosburgh Stakes Race Facts

  • Location: Belmont Park, Elmont, NY
  • Inaugural Race: 1940
  • Distance: 3/4ths of a mile (6 furlongs)
  • Track Type: Left-handed, Dirt
  • Age Qualifications: Three Year Olds and up
  • 2021 Purse: $250,000
  • 2021 Race Date: Saturday, October 9th

2021 Vosburgh Stakes Race Results

POSTHORSEJOCKEY / TRAINERWIN / PLACE
5Following SeaJoel Rosario / Todd A. Pletcher$7.00 / $3.10
4Firenze FireIrad Ortiz, Jr. / Kelly J. Breen$2.50
3Baby YodaLuis Saez / William I. Mott
2Good Effort (IRE)Wayne Lordan / Ismail Mohammed

Exotic Payoffs:

  • $1.00 Exacta (5-4) Paid: $6.80

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Vosburgh Stakes Race History

The Vosburgh Stakes is a Grade I race run each year at Belmont Park in New York. The race was named in honor of Walter S. Vosburgh, the famed turf historian and official handicapper for The Jockey Club in the early 19th century. From its inauguration in 1940 to 2002, it was run at seven furlongs but in 2003 it was run at 6 1/2 furlongs for just that year only. Starting in 2004, the race has been contested at 6 furlongs.

Notable past winners include Hall of Fame inductee Bold Ruler (1957), who would go on to win the Preakness that year as part of a U.S. 3-Year-Old Champion Male and American Horse of the Year winning season and Affectionately (1964), another Hall of Fame inductee ranked one of the top 100 racehorses of the 20th Century.

Dr. Fager won the race back to back in 1967 and 1968, with his second win coming as part of what is regarded as one of the single greatest racing seasons of all time. In that year, Dr. Fager became the only horse to hold four American titles at once (Champion Sprint Horse, Male Turf Horse, Older Male Horse and Horse of the Year). Other important past winners include Forego (1974), My Juliet (1976), Groovy (1987), Housebuster (1991), Langfuhr (1996), and Artax (1999).

Currently there are four horses tied for most wins: Joe, Schenck, Dr. Fager, Sewickley, and Private Zone. All four horses have two wins each. In 1990, jockey Angel Cordero Jr. picked up his sixth career win at the the Vosburgh Stakes, a record that still stands today.

Winning the race earns an automatic bid to race in the Breeders’ Cup Sprint as part of the Breeders’ Cup “Win and You’re In” Challenge Series.

Vosburgh Stakes Past Winners

YearWinnerJockey / TrainerDistance / Time
2021Following SeaJoel Rosario / Todd A. Pletcher6 F / 1:09.20
2020Firenze FireJose Lezcano / Kelly J. Breen6 F / 1:09.74
2019Imperial HintJavier Castellano / Luis Carvajal Jr.6 F / 1:08.35
2018Imperial HintJavier Castellano / Luis Carvajal Jr.6 F / 1:08.27
2017TakafulJosé Ortiz / Kiaran McLaughlin6 F / 1:09.69
2016JokingManuel Franco / Charlton Baker6 F / 1:09.18
2015Rock FallJavier Castellano / Todd A. Pletcher6 F / 1:08.70
2014Private ZoneMartin Pedroza / Alfredo Velazquez6 F / 1.08:95
2013Private ZoneMartin Pedroza / Doug O'Neill6 F / 1:08.02
2012The Lumber GuyJohn Velazquez / Michael Hushion6 F / 1:09.72
2011Giant RyanCornelio Velásquez / Bisnath Parbhoo6 F / 1:09.10
2010GirolamoAlan Garcia / Saeed bin Suroor6 F / 1:09.41
2009Kodiak KowboyShaun Bridgmohan / Steven M. Asmussen6 F / 1:10.08
2008Black SeventeenClinton Potts / Brian Koriner6 F / 1:09.77
2007Fabulous StrikeRamon A. Dominguez / Todd M. Beattie6 F / 1:09.22
2006Henny HughesJohn R. Velazquez / Kiaran McLaughlin6 F / 1:08.13
2005Taste of ParadiseGarrett Gomez / Gary Mandella6 F / 1:08.82
2004Pico CentralVictor Espinoza / Paulo Lobo6 F / 1:09.74
2003GhostzapperJavier Castellano / Robert J. Frankel6 1/2 F / 1:14.72
2002BonapawGerard Melancon / Norman Miller III7 F / 1:22.34
2001Left BankJohn R. Velazquez / Todd A. Pletcher7 F / 1:20.73
2000TrippiJerry D. Bailey / Todd A. Pletcher7 F / 1:21.66
1999ArtaxJorge F. Chavez / Louis Albertrani7 F / 1:21.60
1998Affirmed SuccessJorge F. Chavez / Richard Schosberg7 F / 1:21.99
1997Victor CooleyJorge F. Chavez / Mark Frostad7 F / 1:22.00
1996LangfuhrJorge F. Chavez / Mike Keogh7 F / 1:21.20
1995Not SurprisingRobbie Davis / Judson Van Worp7 F / 1:22.48
1994HarlanJerry D. Bailey / D. Wayne Lukas7 F / 1:21.82
1993BirdonthewireMike E. Smith / Philip M. Serpe7 F / 1:22.28
1992RubianoJulie Krone / Flint S. Schulhofer7 F / 1:22.80
1991HousebusterCraig Perret / Warren A. Croll Jr.7 F / 1:21.85
1990SewickleyÁngel Cordero Jr. / Flint S. Schulhofer7 F / 1:21.00
1989SewickleyRandy Romero / Flint S. Schulhofer7 F / 1:23.00
1988MiningRandy Romero / C. R. McGaughey III7 F / 1:22.40
1987GroovyÁngel Cordero Jr. / Jose A. Martin7 F / 1:22.60
1986King's SwanJosé A. Santos / Richard E. Dutrow Sr.7 F / 1:21.80
1985Another ReefNick Santagata / Jack Ludwig7 F / 1:21.80
1984Track BarronÁngel Cordero Jr. / LeRoy Jolley7 F / 1:22.00
1983A PhenomenonÁngel Cordero Jr. / Angel Penna Jr.7 F / 1:21.00
1982Engine OneRuben Hernandez / Sylvester Veitch7 F / 1:23.80
1981Guilty ConscienceCash Asmussen / Hubert Hine7 F / 1:22.00
1980Plugged NickleCash Asmussen / Thomas J. Kelly7 F / 1:21.40
1979General AssemblyJacinto Vásquez / LeRoy Jolley7 F / 1:21.00
1978Dr. PatchesÁngel Cordero Jr. / John A. Nerud7 F / 1:21.00
1977AffiliateCraig Perret / Lazaro S. Barrera7 F / 1:21.00
1976My JulietAnthony Black / Eugene Euster7 F / 1:21.80
1975No BiasAngel Santiago / Harold Hodosh7 F / 1:22.80
1974ForegoHeliodoro Gustines / Sherrill W. Ward7 F / 1:21.60
1973AljaminÁngel Cordero Jr. / Lazaro S. Barrera7 F / 1:21.20
1972Triple BendLaffit Pincay Jr. / William J. Hirsch7 F / 1:22.00
1971Duck DanceJohn Ruane / H. Allen Jerkens7 F / 1:21.20
1970Best TurnLarry Adams / Reggie Cornell7 F / 1:21.40
1969Ta WeeJohn L. Rotz / Flint S. Schulhofer7 F / 1:21.60
1968Dr. FagerBraulio Baeza / John A. Nerud7 F / 1:20.20
1967Dr. FagerBraulio Baeza / John A. Nerud7 F / 1:21.60
1966Gallant RomeoKenneth Knapp / Willard Proctor7 F / 1:22.80
1965R. ThomasLarry Adams / Dave Erb7 F / 1:23.00
1964AffectionatelyHoward Grant / Hirsch Jacobs7 F / 1:22.00
1963OrnamentoBraulio Baeza / James P. Conway7 F / 1:23.80
1962CommendTerry Bove / H. Allen Jerkens7 F / 1:22.20
1961GyroBraulio Baeza / John Lipari7 F / 1:23.20
1960Mail OrderEldon Nelson / Larry H. Thompson7 F / 1:22.60
1959Rick CityRobert L. Stevenson / Joe Carroll7 F / 1:22.80
1958Tick TockBill Shoemaker / Edward A. Christmas7 F / 1:23.00
1957Bold RulerEddie Arcaro / James E. Fitzsimmons7 F / 1:21.40
1956Summer TanEric Guerin / Sherrill W. Ward7 F / 1:23.60
1955Nance's LadHedley Woodhouse / Hilton Dabson7 F / 1:24.00
1954Joe JonesConn McCreary / Hirsch Jacobs7 F / 1:23.80
1953Indian LandTed Atkinson / Bill Winfrey7 F / 1:23.60
1952Parading LadyJames N. Hardinbrook / John B. Theall7 F / 1:23.80
1951War King *Conn McCreary / Preston M. Burch7 F / 1:23.20
1950Tea MakerJack Robertson / J. Dallet Byers7 F / 1:23.00
1949Loser WeeperEric Guerin / Bill Winfrey7 F / 1:23.00
1948ColosalOvie Scurlock / Ivan H. Parke7 F / 1:23.80
1947With PleasureJack Westrope / Thomas P. Fleming7 F / 1:23.80
1946CoincidenceTed Atkinson / John M. Gaver Sr.7 F / 1:23.80
1945BuzfuzTommy Luther / Joseph B. Rosen7 F / 1:23.20
1944Cassis (Dead Heat)Ted Atkinson / Preston M. Burch7 F / 1:23.40
1944Paperboy (Dead Heat)Warren Mehrtens / Jimmy Coleman7 F / 1:23.40
1943Wait A BitCharles Givens / Matthew P. Brady7 F / 1:23.20
1942ParasangDon Meade / Edward L. Snyder7 F / 1:23.00
1941Joe SchenckWendell Eads / Ross O. Higdon7 F / 1:24.20
1940Joe SchenckRobert Vedder / Ross O. Higdon7 F / 1:23.20