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Champagne Stakes

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Well priced contender Firenze Fire won the 2017 Champagne Stakes at odds of 11-1 (10-1 morning line) at Belmont Park. Accompanying his $24 win payout, were second choice Good Magic and 7-1 value Enticed (also 10-1 morning line). The top three earned points of 10-4-2 toward the Kentucky Derby.

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 and Kentucky Derby Winners

There have been zero instances in which the Champagne Stakes winner went on to win the Kentucky Derby in the same year. However, there have been instances in which a Champagne Stakes winner has gone onto win the Kentucky Derby in other years:

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 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 1:32.20. 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 Past Winners

Date Horse
10/7/2017 Firenze Fire
10/8/2016 Practical Joke
10/3/2015 Greenpointcrusader
10/4/2014 Daredevil
10/5/2013 Havana
10/6/2012 Shanghai Bobby
10/8/2011 Union Rags
10/9/2010 Uncle Mo
10/10/2009 Homeboykris
10/4/2008 Vineyard Haven
10/6/2007 War Pass
10/14/2006 Scat Daddy
10/8/2005 First Samurai
10/9/2004 Proud Accolade
10/4/2003 Birdstone
10/5/2002 Toccet
10/6/2001 Officer
10/14/2000 A P Valentine
10/9/1999 Greenwood Lake
10/10/1998 The Groom Is Red
10/18/1997 Grand Slam
10/5/1996 Ordway
10/7/1995 Maria's Mon
10/8/1994 Timber Country
10/16/1993 Dehere
10/10/1992 Sea Hero
10/12/1991 Tri to Watch
10/6/1990 Fly So Free
10/14/1989 Adjudicating
10/15/1988 Easy Goer
10/17/1987 Forty Niner
10/18/1986 Polish Navy
10/19/1985 Mogambo
10/27/1984 For Certain Doc
10/15/1983 Devil's Bag
10/9/1982 Copelan
10/10/1981 Timely Writer
10/12/1980 Lord Avie
10/14/1979 Joanie's Chief
10/8/1978 Spectacular Bid
10/15/1977 Alydar
10/16/1976 Seattle Slew


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