Lamplighter Stakes

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Lamplighter Stakes
Non-graded stakes race
Location Monmouth Park Racetrack
Oceanport, New Jersey, United States
Inaugurated 1946
Race type Thoroughbred - Flat racing
Website www.monmouthpark
Race information
Distance 1 116 miles (8.5 furlongs)
Surface Turf
Track Left-handed
Qualification Three-years-old
Weight Assigned
Purse $65,000

The Lamplighter Stakes is an American Thoroughbred horse race run annually during the last week of May at Monmouth Park Racetrack in Oceanport, New Jersey. Open to three-year-old horses, it is contested on turf over a distance of ​1 116 miles (8.5 furlongs).

Inaugurated in 1946 as the Lamplighter Handicap, the race was named to honor Lamplighter, the 1893 American Co-Champion Older Male Horse owned by proment horseman Pierre Lorillard IV who had been an co-owner of the Monmouth Park Association's racetrack.

Since inception, the race has been contested at various distances on both dirt and turf:

  • 1 116 miles on dirt : 1946-1970, 1972, 1974, 1984,1987
  • 1 18 miles on turf : 1971
  • 1 116 miles on turf : 1973, 1975–1983, 1985–1986, 1988–2004, 2007–present
  • 1 mile on turf : 2005, 2006

On July 1, 1978 the legendary U.S. Racing Hall of Fame inductee, John Henry, made his turf stakes debut with a third-place finish in the second division of the Lamplighter.


Speed record:

  • 1:40.52 - Lendell Ray (2000)

Most wins by an owner:

Most wins by a jockey:

Most wins by a trainer:


2011 Crimson China Alan Garcia H. Graham Motion Team Valor International 1:40.73
2010 Thunder Brew Carlos Marquez, Jr. Anthony Pecoraro Roman Hill Farm 1:40.54
2009 Sleepless Knight Joe Bravo Kelly J. Breen George and Lori Hall 1:41.39
2008 El Sultry Sun Eddie Castro John C. Kimmel Live Oak Racing 1:41.01
2007 Top Cross Chris DeCarlo Todd A. Pletcher Wertheimer et Frere 1:41.15
2006 Smart Enough Joe Bravo John R. S. Fisher Erdenheim Farm 1:33.75
2005 Network Javier Castellano Edwin T. Broome Edwin T. Broome 1:35.96
2004 Gotaghostofachance Stewart Elliot Edward T. Allard Phillip J. Torsney 1:40.82
2003 Stroll Jerry D. Bailey William I. Mott Claiborne Farm 1:40.09
2002 Entitlement Pat Day John K. Hennig Brereton C. Jones 1:45.07
2001 First Spear Joe Bravo Todd A. Pletcher Peachtree Stable 1:41.94
2000 Lendell Ray Aaron Gryder William I. Mott Dave Eigel/Kenneth Glass 1:40.52
1999 Phi Beta Doc Ramon Dominguez Robert Leonard R. Leonard/Dennis Foster 1:45.00
1998 Soldier Field Rick Wilson Linda L. Rice David Sepler 1:43.20
1997 Statesmanship Herb McCauley Christophe Clement Peter F. Karches 1:42.00
1996 Allied Forces Richard Migliore Kiaran McLaughlin Ahmed Al Tayer 1:42.00
1995 Claudius Herb McCauley William I. Mott Darley Racing 1:41.00
1994 Mr. Impatience Chuck C. Lopez Dennis J. Manning Southview Farm 1:42.20
1993 Namaqualand Mike E. Smith William I. Mott Sheikh Mohammed 1:43.00
1992 Smilin and Dancin Richard Migliore Stephen L. DiMauro Flanna Stable 1:41.20
1991 Futurist Rick Wilson John R. S. Fisher Richard L. Gelb 1:41.40
1990 Groscar Rick Wilson Robert E. Reid, Jr. S. M. Baer 1:41.20
1989 Expensive Decision Jean-Luc Samyn Stanley Shapoff E. L. Shapoff 1:41.20
1988 Mi Selecto Craig Perret Eduardo Azpurua Wilfredo Agusti 1:42.40
1987 Clever Secret Craig Perret D. Wayne Lukas Eugene V. Klein 1:42.40
1986 One Magic Moment Craig Perret Joseph Pierce, Jr. Richard D. Irwin 1:44.40
1985 Crazy Life Chris Antley Ronnie Warren S. & T. Adams 1:44.00
1984 Light Spirits Chris Antley Charles Hadry Locust Hill Farm 1:44.40
1983 Tough Mickey Jean-Luc Samyn Philip G. Johnson M. Napolitano 1:42.60
1982 Majesty's Prince William Nemeti Joseph B. Cantey John D. Marsh 1:49.80
1981 McCann David Ashcroft Frank A. Alexander Dogwood Stable 1:45.00
1980 Ghazwan Ramon Encinas Roger Wojtowiez Buckram Oak Farm 1:45.80
1980 Harvest Hero Jean Cruguet Guy J. Lyon Universal Thoroughbred 1:46.20
1979 Quiet Crossing Don MacBeth Doug Peterson Tay Hill Stable 1:47.00
1978 North Course Don MacBeth Charles Sanborn Helmore Farm 1:43.40
1978 Prince Misko Mike Miceli Anthony Arcodia Miami Lakes Ranch 1:43.20
1977 Qui Native Don MacBeth Charles Sanborn S. Beller 1:41.40
1976 Modred Craig Perret Willard C. Freeman Mrs. Paul L. Hexter 1:42.00
1976 Chati Don Brumfield James W. Murphy Hickory Tree Stable 1:43.60
1975 Embassy Row Craig Perret Lawrence W. Jennings Dan Williams 1:47.20
1974 Key to the Gun Don MacBeth J. Bowes Bond Nydrie Stable 1:43.80
1974 Don't Be Late Jim Joe Imparato Dewey Smith Audley Farm Stable 1:44.60
1973 Bold Nix Carlos Barrera Frank J. McManus Raymond M. Curtis 1:44.60
1972 Floor Show Michael Hole Ira Hanford Mill River Stable 1:44.20
1971 Gleaming Eddie Maple Reggie Cornell Calumet Farm 1:49.20
1970 Well Mannered Frank Verardi Anthony Basile Bwamazon Farm 1:44.40
1970 Jaradara Eddie Maple Lawrence W. Jennings A-Dee Farm 1:44.00
1969 Al Hattab Ray Broussard Warren A. Croll, Jr. Pelican Stable 1:42.00
1968 Jig Time Jesse Davidson MacKenzie Miller Cragwood Stables 1:45.80
1967 Air Rights Eddie Belmonte Pancho Martin Sigmund Sommer 1:45.20
1966 Jolly Jet Nick Shuk Frank Y. Whiteley, Jr. Powhatan Stable 1:44.00
1965 Eurasian Johnny Sellers Bert Mulholland George D. Widener, Jr. 1:43.20
1964 Knightly Manner Howard Grant James W. Maloney William Haggin Perry 1:42.40
1963 Raritan Valley Paul Kallai Joe Kulina Glenelg Stable 1:43.60
1962 Green Ticket Eric Guerin William W. Stephens Adele L. Rand 1:43.40
1961 Beau Prince Steve Brooks Horace A. Jones Calumet Farm 1:43.40
1960 Irish Lancer Chris Rogers Norman McLeod Pebblebrook Farm 1:44.60
1959 Atoll Bill Hartack Ray Metcalf Elkcam Stable 1:45.00
1958 Plion Bill Hartack Tom Jolley Edward Potter, Jr. 1:44.80
1957 Pro-Brandy Howard Grant Deverne Emery Carolyn K. Stable 1:44.20
1957 Stratmat Richard Lawless L. H. Silver Modan Stable 1:43.20
1956 Greek Spy Eric Guerin Sherrill W. Ward C. Ulrick Bay 1:41.20
1955 Star Rover Walter Blum Edward Anspach Mrs. Irving Gushen 1:43.80
1954 Artismo Dave Gorman Robert L. Dotter James Cox Brady, Jr. 1:43.80
1953 Landlocked James Stout Robert L. Dotter James Cox Brady, Jr. 1:45.80
1952 Flaunt Keith Stuart H. W. Williams Arnold Skjeveland 1:46.60
1951 Uncle Miltie Dave Gorman Andrew C. Colando Joseph J. Colando 1:46.00
1950 Lights Up George Hettinger Jack Creevy George D. Widener, Jr. 1:45.20
1949 Colonel Mike Basil James Eugene Jacobs Eugene Jacobs 1:47.20
1948 First Nighter Dave Gorman William J. Hirsch S. A. Mason II 1:44.80
1947 Lighthouse Tommy Malley Edward Feakes Woodland Farm 1:44.20
1946 Lookout Dice Nick Jemas G. Lewis Lookout Stock 1:45.20