Vosburgh Stakes

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Vosburgh Stakes Race Facts

  • Location: Belmont Park, Elmont, NY
  • Inaugural Race: 1940
  • Distance: 7/8ths of a mile (7 furlongs)
  • Track Type: Left-handed, Dirt
  • Age Qualifications: Three Year Olds and up
  • 2023 Purse: $250,000
  • 2023 Race Date: Sunday, October 1st

2023 Vosburgh Stakes Race Results

POST
HORSE
JOCKEY / TRAINER
WIN / PLACE / SHOW
6
Cody's Wish
Junior Alvarado / William I. Mott
$2.30 / $2.10 / $2.10
4
Accretive
Irad Ortiz, Jr. / Chad C. Brown
$2.50 / $2.20
1
Great Navigator
Jairo Rendon / Eddie Owens, Jr
$2.90
3
Sheriff Bianco
Jose L. Ortiz / Linda Rice
5
High Oak
Katie Davis / William I. Mott
2
Cowan
J. D. Acosta / Raymond E. Ginter, Jr.

Exotic Payoffs:

  • $1.00 Exacta (46-4) Paid: $2.70
  • $0.50 Trifecta (6-4-1) Paid: $4.40
  • $0.10 Superfecta (6-4-1-3) Paid: $1.50

Watch the 2023 Vosburgh Stakes

Vosburgh Stakes Race History

The Vosburgh Stakes is a Grade II 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 was contested at 6 furlongs, but ultimately reverted back to 7 furlongs in 2022.

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 five horses tied for most wins: Joe Schenck, Dr. Fager, Sewickley, Private Zone, and Imperial Hunt. All five 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

Year
Winner
Jockey / Trainer
Distance / Time
2023
Cody's Wish
Junior Alvarado / William I. Mott
7 F / 1:23.98
2022
Elite Power
Jose Lezcano / William I. Mott
7 F / 1:23.98
2021
Following Sea
Joel Rosario / Todd A. Pletcher
6 F / 1:09.20
2020
Firenze Fire
Jose Lezcano / Kelly J. Breen
6 F / 1:09.74
2019
Imperial Hint
Javier Castellano / Luis Carvajal Jr.
6 F / 1:08.35
2018
Imperial Hint
Javier Castellano / Luis Carvajal Jr.
6 F / 1:08.27
2017
Takaful
José Ortiz / Kiaran McLaughlin
6 F / 1:09.69
2016
Joking
Manuel Franco / Charlton Baker
6 F / 1:09.18
2015
Rock Fall
Javier Castellano / Todd A. Pletcher
6 F / 1:08.70
2014
Private Zone
Martin Pedroza / Alfredo Velazquez
6 F / 1.08:95