Cowdin Stakes

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The Cowdin Stakes was an American Thoroughbred horse race held annually at Aqueduct Racetrack and at Belmont Park. First run in 1923 as the Junior Champion Stakes, it was renamed the Cowdin Stakes in 1941 to honor to John Cheever Cowdin, former president of Aqueduct Racetrack.

The race was for two-year-old horses and run over a distance of one mile prior to 1935, and in both 1984 and 1995; at six and a half furlongs from 1935 to 1957, and from 1997 to 2005. The race was split into two divisions in 1963, 1973, and 1976.

The Cowdin Stakes was held at:

  • Belmont Park: 1956–1958, 1960–1962, 1968–1990, 1998–2005
  • Aqueduct Racetrack: 1923–1956, 1959, 1962–1967, 1991–1997

At its peak, the Cowdin Stakes was one of the important East Coast races for two-year-olds, a number of which would earn the Eclipse Award for Outstanding 2-Year-Old Male Horse.

The New York Racing Association (NYRA) eliminated the Cowdin Stakes after its 2005 running.

Winners of the Cowdin Stakes

2005 He's Got Grit Jerry Bailey Steve Asmussen Curtis C. Green
2004 Flamenco Jerry Bailey Todd Pletcher Peachtree Stable
2003 Smokume Shannon Uske H. Allen Jerkens Hobeau Farm
2002 Boston Bull John Velazquez Todd Pletcher Dogwood Stable
2001 Sunray Spirit Eibar Coa Eoin G. Harty Godolphin Stable
2000 Fistfite Richard Migliore William Badgett, Jr. Peter Callahan
1999 Twilight Time Mike Luzzi Linda Rice Char Mari Stable
1998 Successful Appeal Richard Migliore John C. Kimmel Starview Stable
1997 Coronado's Quest Mike E. Smith C. R. McGaughey III Stuart S. Janney III
1996 Just A Cat Joe Bravo James T. Ryerson Noreen Carpenito
1995 Gator Dancer Eddie Maple Pat Kelly Fox Ridge Farm
1994 Old Tascosa Carlos Lopez, Sr. Walter C. Reese Noreen Carpenito
1993 You And I Craig Perret Stanley M. Hough Triumviri Stable
1992 Wallenda Herb McCauley Frank A. Alexander Dogwood Stable
1991 Salt Lake Mike E. Smith D. Wayne Lukas William T. Young
1990 Scan Jerry Bailey Flint S. Schulhofer William Haggin Perry
1989 Adjudicating Jacinto Vasquez C. R. McGaughey III Ogden Mills Phipps
1988 Easy Goer Pat Day C. R. McGaughey III Ogden Phipps
1987 Tejano Jacinto Vasquez D. Wayne Lukas Lloyd R. French, Jr.
1986 Polish Navy Randy Romero C. R. McGaughey III Ogden Phipps
1985 Ketoh Jorge Velasquez D. Wayne Lukas Helen C. Alexander
1984 Chief's Crown Don MacBeth Roger Laurin Star Crown Stable
1983 Devil's Bag Eddie Maple Woody Stephens Hickory Tree Stable
1982 What's Dat Eddie Maple Woody Stephens Hickory Tree Stable
1981 Native Raja Chris McCarron Joseph R. Nash Grandview Stables
1980 Lord Avie Jorge Velasquez Daniel Perlsweig David Simon
1979 Rockhill Native John Oldham Herbert K. Stevens Harry A. Oak
1978 Tim The Tiger Jeffrey Fell John M. Veitch Calumet Farm
1977 Quadratic Jorge Velasquez Woody Stephens August Belmont IV
1976 Sail To Rome Jeffrey Fell Woody Stephens Lucille Stephens
1976 For The Moment Eddie Maple LeRoy Jolley Gerald Robins
1975 Honest Pleasure Jorge Velasquez LeRoy Jolley Bertram R. Firestone
1974 Foolish Pleasure Jacinto Vasquez LeRoy Jolley John L. Greer
1973 Protagonist Angel Santiago John P. Campo Elmendorf Farm
1973 Lord Rebeau Heliodoro Gustines William Hightower Paul Cresci
1972 Step Nicely Angel Cordero, Jr. H. Allen Jerkens Hobeau Farm
1971 Loquacious Don Jorge Velasquez John W. Jacobs Nelson Bunker Hunt
1970 Hoist The Flag Jean Cruguet Sidney Watters, Jr. Jane Forbes Clark
1969 Silent Screen John L. Rotz J. Bowes Bond Elberon Farm
1968 King Emperor Braulio Baeza Edward A. Neloy Wheatley Stable
1967 Iron Ruler Laffit Pincay, Jr. Edward Yowell October House Farm
1966 Dr. Fager Bill Shoemaker John A. Nerud Tartan Stable
1965 Advocator Eldon Nelson Clyde Troutt Ada L. Rice
1964 Tom Rolfe Ron Turcotte Frank Whiteley, Jr. Powhatan Stable
1963 Chieftain Bill Hartack Frank Whiteley, Jr. Powhatan Stable
1963 Dunfee Ray Broussard Not found Dorothy Rigney
1962 Never Bend Manuel Ycaza Woody Stephens Cain Hoy Stable
1961 Jaipur Eddie Arcaro Bert Mulholland George D. Widener, Jr.
1960 Carry Back Bill Hartack Jack A. Price Katherine Price
1959 Warfare Ismael Valenzuela Hack Ross Bellehurst Stable
1958 Crafty Skipper Bobby Ussery Lucien Laurin Charfran Stable
1957 Jewel's Reward Bill Hartack Ivan H. Parke Maine Chance Farm
1956 Mister Jive Hedley Woodhouse G. M. Carter John L. Applebaum
1955 Noorsaga* Eric Guerin Sherrill W. Ward Mrs. C. Ulrick Bay
1954 Summer Tan Eric Guerin Sherrill W. Ward Dorothy B. Firestone
1953 Fisherman Hedley Woodhouse Sylvester Veitch C. V. Whitney
1952 Invigorator Dave Gorman N. R. McLeod Saxon Stable
1951 Eternal Moon Conn McCreary Daverne Emery Emerald Hill Stable
1950 Away Away Ovie Scurlock Woody Stephens Woodvale Farm
1949 Hill Prince Eddie Arcaro Casey Hayes Christopher Chenery
1948 Algasir Ted Atkinson Not found Mrs. F. Ambrose Clark
1947 My Request Eddie Arcaro James P. Conway Ben F. Whitaker
1946 Cosmic Bomb Ruperto Donoso Willie Booth William G. Helis, Sr.
1945 Knockdown Douglas Dodson James W. Smith Maine Chance Farm
1944 Best Effort Ted Atkinson Not found Claud C. Tanner
1943 Alorter John Deering John H. Skirvin Alwin C. Ernst
1942 Slide Rule Conn McCreary Cecil Wilhelm William E. Boeing
1941 Requested Jack Westrope J. H. McCoole Ben F. Whitaker
1940 King Cole James Stout James E. Fitzsimmons Ogden Phipps
1939 Merry Knight Ronald Nash James E. Fitzsimmons Wheatley Stable
1938 El Chico Nick Wall Matthew Peter Brady William Ziegler, Jr.
1937 Can't Wait Lester Balaski J. T. Taylor Myron Selznick
1936 Pompoon Harry Richards Cyrus F. Clarke Jerome H. Louchheim
1935 Ned Reigh Raymond Workman Henry McDaniel Willis Sharpe Kilmer
1934 Sailor Beware Raymond Workman William Brennan Greentree Stable
1933 First Minstrel Silvio Coucci William Brennan Greentree Stable
1932 Repaid Pete Walls Not found Quincy Stable
1931 Faireno Tom Malley James E. Fitzsimmons Belair Stud
1930 Twenty Grand Charley Kurtsinger James G. Rowe, Jr. Greentree Stable
1929 Gallant Fox John Maiben James E. Fitzsimmons Belair Stud
1928 Petkins Harold Thurber Not found Marshall Field III
1927 Nixie P. Goodwin Not found Wheatley Stable
1926 Bonnie Maginn Danny McAuliffe James E. Fitzsimmons Belair Stud
1925 Mars Harry Richards Robert A. Smith Walter Jeffords, Sr.
1924 Star Lore Clyde Ponce Not found William Ziegler, Jr.
1923 Mr. Mutt Harold Thurber Albert Gordon Bud Fisher
  • In 1955, Busher Fantasy finished first, but was disqualified.