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Gotham Stakes

Gotham Stakes Race History

The Gotham Stakes is one of the prep races for the Wood Memorial and is also part of The Road to the Kentucky Derby. It is restricted to three-year-olds.

Initially inaugurated at the Jamaica Racetrack located in Queens in 1953, the Gotham Stakes was eventually moved to Aqueduct Racetrack in 1960. It has remained there to this day and has become one of the marquee races

The original and current distance of the Gotham Stakes is 1 1/16th miles. However, when the race moved to Aqueduct in 1960, organizers reset the distance to 1 mile. The distance of the Gotham Stakes has been run at 1 mile during four different eras from 1960-1976, in 1978, 1980-2002 and 2004-2005. It has also been run at 1 mile 70 yards in 1984 and 2003. Outside of those years the contest has covered a distance of 1 1/16th miles.

I Want Revenge established the speed record at 1 1/16th miles in 2009 when he was clocked at 1:42.65. The legendary Easy Goer set both the stakes and track record at 1 mile with a time of 1:32.40 in 1989.

Easy Goer would move on to finish second in the Kentucky Derby, after success in the Gotham Stakes. Similarly, horses to have won both include Dr. Fager (1967) and Secretariat (1973). Hall of Famer Native Dancer won the initial Gotham Stakes in 1953 and would go on to win the Preakness and Belmont Stakes later that year.

The Gotham Stakes was run in two divisions in 1953, 1974, 1975 and 1983 so the race has two winners from each of those years. The 1992 renewal also produced dual winners, but this was due to a dead heat between Lure and Devil His Due.

A total of five jockeys currently share the record for most wins in the Gotham Stakes with three apiece. This includes Mike Smith, Richard Migliore, Jacinto Vasquez, Angel Cordero Jr., and Jorge Velasquez. Claud mcGuaghey III is the standalone trainer with the most wins in this race with three victories generated in 1989, 1992 and 2005.

The Gotham Stakes is worth a purse of $400,000 and is currently holds a rating of Grade-III.
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Gotham Stakes Betting

The Gotham Stakes (G3) is a 1 mile race for 3-year-olds held in Queens, New York at Aqueduct Racetrack. The race in early March is part of the Championship Series on the Road to the Kentucky Derby with the top four finishers earning qualifying points (50-20-10-4) and the winner securing a spot in the starting gate for the Kentucky Derby. In 2017, the purse was reduced from $400,000 to $300,000. The Gotham had been contested at 1 1/16 miles since 2006, and reverted back to a 1 mile race in 2018 after previously run at 1 mile for nearly 40 years.

The inaugural race was in 1953, and the fastest 1 mile time was set by Easy Goer (1:32.40) in 1989 when he smashed the record set previously in 1973 by Secretariat. Easy Goer went off at 1-20 odds in the Gotham, and then went on to win the Wood Memorial at Aqueduct on his way to 2nd place finishes in both the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes. Easy Goer then won five consecutive Grade 1 races – the Belmont Stakes, Whitney Handicap, Travers, Woodward Handicap and Jockey Club Gold Cup. The Hall of Fame son of Alydar, Easy Goer finished 2nd in the 1989 Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) as part of a Hall of Fame career as one of the greatest winners of the Gotham Stakes. Native Dancer (1953), Secretariat (1973) and Lure (1992) are some other Hall of Fame race horses that won the Gotham. 

The Gotham is the final local prep for the 1 1/8 mile Wood Memorial held in April. In analyzing the field for the Gotham, some of the runners will have competed in the 1 1/8 Withers a month prior at Aqueduct. However, with runners reverting back to a 1 mile race in the Gotham, a better race to handicap may be the 1 mile Jerome Stakes held at Aqueduct in January.

Follow the trainers, comments, track bias and horses working well as you prepare to handicap and bet the Gotham Stakes. The weather won’t be as cold as earlier Derby preps at Aqueduct, but the surface and condition needs to be evaluated knowing that the 2015 Gotham was held over a muddy track.

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Gotham Stakes Past Winners

Year (Race No.)Winner (Sex)Time (Cond.-Beyer)Gross Purse-Gr.
Dis.-Track (Starters)Owner(s)Odds (Margin)Winner’s Share
2016-March 5 (9th)Shagaf* (c)1:45.90 (fast-87)$400,000-Gr. III
1 1/16 Miles-Aqu (7)Shadwell Stable1.25-1 (1 ¼ lengths)$240,000—64
2015-March 7 (9th)El Kabeir* (c)1:45.56 (muddy-89)$400,000-Gr. III
1 1/16 Miles-Aqu (10)Zayat Stables LLC1.30-1 (2 ¾ lengths)$240,000—63
2014-March 1 (9th)Samraat* (c)1:44.44 (fast-96)$500,000-Gr. III
1 1/16 Miles-Aqu (9)My Meadowview Farm2.20-1 (neck)$300,000—62
2013-March 2 (10th)Vyjack (g)1:44.09 (fast-93)$400,000-Gr. III
1 1/16 Miles-Aqu (11)Pick Six Racing2.35-1 (2 ¼ lengths)$240,000—61
2012-March 3 (10th)Hansen* (c)1:43.84 (good-95)$400,000-Gr. III
1 1/16 Miles-Aqu (13)Dr. Kendall Hansen & Harvey Diamond0.80-1 (3 lengths)$240,000—60
2011-March 5 (10th)Stay Thirsty* (c)1:44.78 (fast-89)$250,000-Gr. III
1 1/16 Miles-Aqu (7)Repole Stable0.90-1 (3 ¼ lengths)$150,000—59
2010-March 6 (10th)Awesome Act* (r)1:43.85 (fast-98)$250,000-Gr. III
1 1/16 Miles-Aqu (10)Mrs. Susan Roy & Vinery Stables2.85-1 (1 ¼ lengths)$150,000—58
2009-March 7 (9th)+I Want Revenge (c)1:42.65 (fast-113)$250,000-Gr. III
1 1/16 Miles-Aqu (9)David Joseph Lanzman3.15-1 (8 ½ lengths)$150,000—57
2008-March 8 (9th)Visionaire (c)1:44.60 (fast-98)$250,000-Gr. III
1 1/16 Miles-Aqu (9)Team Valor International & Vision Racing LLC4.50-1 (nose)$150,000—56
2007-March 10 (8th)Cowtown Cat (c)1:44.75 (fast-88)$200,000-Gr. III
1 1/16 Miles-Aqu (9)WinStar Farm & Gulf Coast Farms2.35-1 (2 ½ lengths)$120,000—55
2006-March 18 (9th)Like Now (g)1:43.17 (fast-105)$200,000-Gr. III
1 1/16 Miles-Aqu (10)John Dillon36.25-1 (neck)$120,000—54
2005-March 19 (9th)Survivalist (c)1:35.61 (fast-92)$150,000-Gr. III
1 Mile-Aqu (9)Phipps Stable3.45-1 (3/4 length)$90,000—53
2004-March 20 (7th)Saratoga County (c)1:35.53 (good-96)$200,000-Gr. III
1 Mile-Aqu (8)Evelyn Pollard4.70-1 (2 ¼ lengths)$120,000—52
2003-March 16 (9th)Alysweep (c)1:40.60 (fast-103)$200,000-Gr. III
1 Mile 70Y-Aqu (9)Mark Doneson & Michael Dubb9.50-1 (4 ¼ lengths)$120,000—51
2002-March 17 (9th)Mayakovsky (c)*1:34.90 (fast-102)$200,000-Gr. III
1 Mile-Aqu (7)Michael Tabor0.75-1 (3 ¾ lengths)$120,000—50
2001-March 18 (9th)Richly Blended (c)1:35.14 (fast-101)$200,000-Gr. III
1 Mile-Aqu (8)Raymond Dweck3.40-1 (5 ¼ lengths)$120,000—49
2000-March 19 (9th)Red Bullet* (c)1:34.27 (fast-100)$200,000-Gr. III
1 Mile-Aqu (9)Stronach Stables1.05-1 (1/2 length)$120,000—48
1999-March 21 (9th)Badge (c)1:34.72 (fast-104)$150,000-Gr. III
1 Mile-Aqu (11)Southbelle Stable11.80-1 (7 ½ lengths)$90,000—47
1998-March 21 (8th)Wasatch (c)1:36.56 (sloppy-97)$150,000-Gr. III
1 Mile-Aqu (10)Frank Calabrese7.30-1 (2 ¼ lengths)$90,000—46
1997-March 29 (8th)Smokin Mel (c)1:34.38 (fast-101)$200,000-Gr. II
1 Mile-Aqu (11)Sidney Port15.60-1 (1/2 length)$120,000—45
1996-March 30 (8th)Romano Gucci (g)1:34.40 (muddy-103)$201,200-Gr. II
1 Mile-Aqu (10)Herbert Kushner4.30-1 (1/2 length)$120,000—44
1995-March 25 (8th)+Talkin Man (c)1:36.82 (fast-110)$250,000-Gr. II
1 Mile-Aqu (11)Kinghaven Farms7.20-1 (7 lengths)$150,000—43
1994-March 26 (7th)+Irgun* (c)1:36.27 (fast-105)$250,000-Gr. III
1 Mile-Aqu (12)Marianne Chase1.70-1 (6 lengths)$150,000—42
1993-April 3 (9th)As Indicated (g)1:36.24 (good-100)$200,000-Gr. II
1 Mile-Aqu (8)Heatherwood Farm3.80-1 (neck)$120,000—41
1992-April 4 (8th)DH-Lure* (c)1:35.63 (fast-100)$250,000-Gr. II
1 Mile-Aqu (8)Claiborne Farm0.60-1 (4 ½ lengths)$102,500—40
 +DH-Devil His Due (c)10.90-1$102,500
Lion Crest Stable
1991-April 6 (8th)Kyle’s Our Man (c)1:34.69 (fast)$250,000-Gr. II
1 Mile-Aqu (8)Darby Dan Farm3.20-1 (4 lengths)$150,000—39
1990-April 7 (8th)+Thirty Six Red (c)1:33.80 (good)$250,000-Gr. II
1 Mile-Aqu (10)B. Giles Brophy32.50-1 (1 ¼ lengths)$182,400—38
1989-April 8 (7th)+Easy Goer* (c)1:32.40 (fast)$250,000-Gr. II
1 Mile-Aqu (5)Ogden Phipps0.05-1 (13 lengths)$168,300—37
1988-April 9 (7th)+Private Terms (c)1:34.80 (fast)$250,000-Gr. II
1 Mile-Aqu (8)Locust Hill Farm10.50-1 (3/4 length)$181,500—36
1987-April 4 (8th)Gone West (c)1:34.60 (sloppy)$250,000-Gr. II
1 Mile-Aqu (9)Hickory Tree Farm3.30-1 (1 length)$190,200—35
1986-April 5 (8th)Mogambo (c)1:34.60 (fast)$250,000-Gr. II
1 Mile-Aqu (9)Peter Brant3.80-1 (3/4 length)$187,200—34
1985-April 6 (8th)+Eternal Prince (c)1:34.40 (fast)$150,000-Gr. II
1 Mile-Aqu (7)Brian J. Hurst Jr.18.40-1 (5 lengths)$120,840—33
1984-April 7 (8th)Bear Hunt (c)1:40.40 (fast)$150,000-Gr. II
1 Mile 70Y-Aqu (5)Taylor Purchase Farm4.20-1 (4 ¾ lengths)$109,440—32
1983-April 2 (7th-Div. 1)Assault Landing* (c)1:35.80 (fast)$75,000-Gr. II
1 Mile-Aqu (9)Locust Hill Farm1.60-1 (2 ¾ lengths)$50,895—31
1983-April 2 (8th-Div. 2)Chas Conerly (c)1:36.60 (fast)$75,000-Gr. II
1 Mile-Aqu (6)Daniel Lavezzo Jr.3.70-1 (3 ¾ lengths)$50,535—31
1982-April 3 (8th)+Air Forbes Won (c)1:35.60 (good)$75,000-Gr. II
1 Mile-Aqu (8)Edward Anchel2.50-1 (3 ¼ lengths)$50,760—30
1981-April 5 (8th)Proud Appeal (c)1:33.60 (fast)$75,000-Gr. II
1 Mile-Aqu (6)Malcolm Winfield1.90-1 (nose)$50,040—29
1980-April 5 (8th)Colonel Moran* (c)1:37.00 (good)$75,000-Gr. II
1 Mile-Aqu (12)Townsend Martin0.90-1 (nose)$53,370—28
Year (Race No.)Winner (Sex)Time (Cond.-Beyer)Gross Purse-Gr.
Dis.-Track (Starters)Owner(s)Odds (Margin)Winner’s Share
1979-April 7 (8th)General Assembly (c)1:43.60 (fast)$75,000-Gr. II
1 1/16 Miles-Jam (8)Bertram Firestone4.00-1 (3 lengths)$49,680—27
1978-April 8 (8th)Slap Jack (c)1:38.60 (fast)$50,000-Gr. II
1 Mile-Aqu (9)Jerry Frankel5.80-1 (1 length)$33,210—26
1977-April 9 (8th)Cormorant* (c)1:43.60 (fast)$50,000-Gr. II
1 1/16 Miles-Jam (9)Charles Berry Jr.1.10-1 (2 ¼ lengths)$32,850—25
1976-April 3 (8th)Zen* (c)1:35.60 (fast)$50,000-Gr. II
1 Mile-Aqu (10)Pen Y Bryn Farm0.60-1 (head)$34,740—24
1975 April 5 (7th-Div. 1)Laramie Trail (c)01:38.0Gr. II
1 Mile-AquJoseph M. Roebling $27,180—23
1975 April 5 (8th-Div. 2)Singh (c)01:37.0Gr. II
1 Mile-AquCynthia Phipps $27,630—23
1974-April 6 (7th-Div. 1)Stonewalk (c)01:36.0Gr. II
1 Mile-AquTimberland Stable $27,570—22
1974-April 6 (8th-Div. 2)+Rube the Great (c)01:35.2Gr. II
1 Mile-AquSigmund Sommer $27,420—22
1973-April 7 (7th)H3D-Secretariat (c)01:33.4Gr. II
1 Mile-AquMeadow Stable $33,330—21
    
1972-April 8 (7th)Freetex (c)01:36.4$36,750—20
1 Mile-AquMiddletown Stable
1971-April 3 (7th)+Good Behaving (c)01:36.0$34,080—19
1 Mile-AquNeil Hellman
1970-April 4 (7th)Native Royalty (c)01:36.2$37,765—18
1 Mile-AquHappy Valley Farm
1969-April 5 (7th)+Dike (c)01:34.8 
1 Mile-AquClaiborne Farm $37,700—17
1968-April 13 (7th)Verbatim (c)01:34.0$39,000—16
1 Mile-AquElmendorf
1967-April 15 (7th)Dr. Fager (c)01:35.2 
1 Mile-AquTartan Stable $37,570—15
    
1966-April 16 (7th)Stupendous (c)01:34.6$38,480—14
1 Mile-AquWheatley Stable
1965-April 3 (7th)+Flag Raiser (c)01:36.6$37,310—13
1 Mile-AquIsidor Bieber
1964Mr. Moonlight (c)01:37.2$37,895—12
1 Mile-AquMrs. Magruder Dent
1963Debbysman (c)01:34.6$37,375—11
1 Mile-AquGustave Ring
19623-Jaipur (c)01:37.0 
1 Mile-AquGeorge Widener $38,025—10
    
1961Ambiopoise (c)01:35.8$37,895—9
1 Mile-AquRobert Lehman
1960John William (c)01:36.4$18,257—8
1 Mile-AquMerrick Stable
1959Atoll (c)01:43.0$18,290—7
1 1/16 Miles-JamElkcam Stable
1958Oh Johnny (5h)01:45.6$18,257—6
1 1/16 Miles-JamMrs. W. Gilroy
1957Mister Jive (c)01:45.6$21,400—5
1 1/16 Miles-JamJ. L. Appelbaum
1956Career Boy (c)01:45.6$20,200—4
1 1/16 Miles-JamC. V. Whitney
1955Go Lightly (c)01:46.6$21,250—3
1 1/16 Miles-JamRoslyn Farm
1954Fisherman (c)01:46.2$27,150—2
1 1/16 Miles-JamC. V. Whitney
1953 (Div. 1)+H3-Native Dancer (c)01:44.2 
1 1/16 Miles-JamAlfred Vanderbilt $24,500—1
    
1953 (Div. 2)Laffango (c)01:44.0$24,500—1
1 1/16 Miles-JamTrio Stable