Round Table Stakes

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The Round Table Stakes was an American Thoroughbred horse race run annually at Arlington Park racetrack in Arlington Heights, Illinois. A non-graded stakes race open to three-year-old horses, it was last contested on Polytrack synthetic dirt over a distance of one and one-eighth miles.

Inaugurated in 1961, it was named for the 1958 American Horse of the Year and U.S. Racing Hall of Fame inductee, Round Table. From inception through 1968, it was a handicap race for horses age three and older.

The Round Table Stakes was raced on turf in 1961-1972, 1974–1987, and 1989-1993. Notable past winners include John Henry in 1978 who set a race record when he won by twelve lengths.

In its last running in 2007, the colt Pavarotti set a track record in winning the 2007 edition of the Round Table Stakes. The race was slated to be run in 2008 but was placed on hiatus and dropped from the 2009 schedule.

Winners since 1976

2007 Pavarotti Rene Douglas Todd Pletcher Magnier/Tabor/Smith 1:49.75
2006 Casino Evil Francisco Torres Michael Tomlinson Haps Stable 1:50.12
2005 Devilment Carlos Marquez, Jr. Michael Stidham Pin Oak Stable 1:47.73
2004 Cryptograph Don Pettinger Donnie Von Hemel Pin Oak Stable 1:51.53
2003 Wiggins Eusebio Razo, Jr. Anthony Granitz W. Pacella et al. 1:50.47
2002 Cowboy Stuff Pat Valenzuela D. K. Von Hemel S. Bates/D. Von Hemel 1:48.98
2001 Discreet Hero Shane Laviolette Al Stall, Jr. B. Wayne Hughes 1:49.72
2000 Fan The Flame Eddie Martin, Jr. Randy Morse M. Langford 1:50.08
1997 Rojo Dinero Mark Guidry Kelly Von Hemel S. Caldwell 1:51.90
1996 Slew O' Mink Don Pettinger Donnie Von Hemel Bad Boy Racing Ltd. 1:51.51
1995 Kingdom City Craig Perret W. Elliott Walden J. Sullivan & J. Wieczorek 1:50.38
1994 Danville Larry Melancon William G. Huffman Top of the Key Stable 1:51.07
1993 Snake Eyes Wigberto Ramos Steve Morguelan M. Isenstein 1:49.80
1992 World Class Splash Garrett Gomez P. Noel Hickey R. Trebat 1:47.40
1991 Fraise Robbie Davis Richard J. Lundy Madeleine A. Paulson 1:56.25
1990 Super Fan Shane Sellers Steven C. Penrod Hermitage Farm 2:02.40
1989 Ebros Jorge Velasquez Richard J. Lundy Allen E. Paulson 1:58.40
1988 Blue Finn Dave Penna James E. Day Sam-Son Farm 1:56.40
1986 Marvin's Policy Sandy Hawley Darrell Vienna David Milch 1:49.20
1985 Montagnet Don Brumfield Dennis Ebert J. H. Plemmons 1:56.40
1984 Tall Grass Walker Earlie Fires H. M. "Pete" Wylie K. C. Plattner 1:53.40
1983 Jack Slade Don Brumfield Dave Kassen A. Adams 1:49.60
1983 Susie's Table Gerland Gallitano R. Frank Oriental Stable 1:49.80
1982 Lucence Pat Day Steve Penrod Claiborne Farm 1:52.80
1981 Waterway Drive Jerry Bailey R. Frank Eric Frank 1:56.80
1980 The Messenger Pat Day Oscar Dishman, Jr. A. Donaldson 1:58.00
1979 Rossi Gold Ron Hirdes Ray Lawrence, Jr. Frank McMahon 1:53.60
1978 John Henry Jose Amy Robert Donato Dotsam Stable 1:45.80
1977 True Colors Ed Delahoussaye Willard C. Freeman R. C. Billips 1:44.80
1976 Effervescing Rudy Turcotte John W. Russell Ogden Phipps 1:44.60