Man o' War Stakes

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Man o' War Stakes
Grade I race
Location Belmont Park
Elmont, New York, United States
Inaugurated1959 (as Man o' War Handicap at Aqueduct Racetrack)
Race type ThoroughbredFlat racing
Website NYRA
Race information
Distance1+38 miles
SurfaceTurf
TrackLeft-handed
QualificationFour-year-olds and older
Weight124 lbs with allowances
Purse$700,000 (since 2018)

The Man o' War Stakes is a Grade I American thoroughbred horse race for horses aged four-years-old and older run over a distance of one and three-eighth miles on the turf scheduled annually in early May at Belmont Park in Elmont, New York. The current purse is $700,000.

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History

The event is named in honor of U.S. Racing Hall of Fame Champion Man o' War who was selected as No. 1 in the Blood-Horse magazine List of the Top 100 U.S. Racehorses of the 20th Century. [1]

The inaugural running of the event was on 24 October 1959 at the newly reopened Aqueduct Racetrack as the Man o' War Handicap over a distance of 1+12 miles. [2] The event attracted 23 entrants thus enabling NYRA to run the event as two split divisions with a record total purse of $225,100. [3] The event attracted some of the finest long distance turf horses including British bred Tudor Era who was first past the post in the 1958 Washington D.C. International at Laurel but was disqualified. Tudor Era would win the Second Division of the event as the favorite defeating Marlow Road by 3 lengths with Anisado in third place in a time of 2:41 flat. [3] In 1960 the event was held at Belmont Park [4] with the 37-1 Harmonizing defeating Bald Eagle and the 1959 U.S. Horse of the Year Sword Dancer. Bald Eagle would go on and win the Washington D.C. International and would be crowded U.S. Champion Older Male Horse.

The event was moved back Aqueduct in 1961 at a longer distance of one and five-eighths miles with handicap conditions. [5] NYRA by scheduling the event in October established New York as a logical and natural place for international and top US turf runners to prepare for the Washington D.C. International which was considered as the forerunner to the Breeders' Cup Turf and the championship long distance turf race. The 1962 renewal of the event as the Man o' War Stakes at Belmont Park was run with Weight for Age conditions. The winner, 20-1 longshot Beau Purple who set a track record of 2:28.60 for the 1+12 miles in defeating a group of highly talented entrants, including 1961 U.S. Horse of the Year and last winner of the Jockey Club Gold Cup Kelso in second, former English based The Axe II in third, who would win this event the following year, Wise Ship in fourth, who won this event in 1961 and the 1961 Kentucky Derby winner Carry Back who finished fifth. Other starters included 1962 Belmont Stakes winner Jaipur, T.V. Lark, Honey Dear, Guadalcanal and the 1960 winner of this event Harmonizing. [6]

The event was held at Aqueduct from 1963 to 1967 while Belmont Park was under reconstruction. [7] On return to Belmont Park in 1968 a host of champions would win the event. In 1969 the South African bred Champion Three-year-old Hawaii would win the event and would be crowned U.S. Champion Turf Horse. The following year, in 1970 Fort Marcy would finally win the event after four tries including twice second (1967, 1968) and third to Hawaii in 1969. In 1970 Fort Marcy also won the Washington D.C. International for the second time and was crowned U.S. Horse of the Year. The 1971 winner Run the Gantlet was also victorious in the Washington D.C. International and was crowned U.S. Champion Turf Horse. In 1972 the event was won by the six year old mare Typecast and she would be crowned U.S. Champion Older Female Horse.

In 1973 the first year the classification system was enacted, the event was set with Grade I status. [8] The 1973 winner was the U.S. Triple Crown Champion, Secretariat. Secretariat was to have his first start on the grass and nine days after he was beaten in the Grade 1 Woodward Stakes over 1+12 miles. Nonetheless, Secretariat would win the event by 5 lengths as the 1/2 odds-on favorite setting a new track record of 2:2445. [9] Secretariat would be awarded U.S. Champion Turf Horse and U.S. Horse of the Year.

In 1974 the event was won by the French based mare Dahlia who had earlier campaigned in England and France. [10] Dahlia would win the Canadian International Stakes in her next start and would be crowned U.S. Champion Turf Horse.

In 1977 NYRA introduced the Turf Classic over the same distance of 1+12 miles that was held in November. [11] The scheduling of the Man o' War Stakes would be affected in that NYRA would try and space out the time between the dates that the events were held in the fall. In 1978 the distance of the event was decreased by one furlong to the current distance of 1+38 miles. [8] The event that year was won by the French bred Waya and would win the Turf Classic two weeks later. In 1979 Bowl Game was able complete the treble in capturing the Man o' War Stakes, Turf Classic and Washington D.C. International. Such a feat earned Bowl Game U.S. Champion Turf Horse honors for 1979.

With the introduction of the Breeders' Cup in 1984 with the Breeders' Cup Turf the Man o' War Stakes become a major preparatory event in the early fall.

Irish bred Theatrical won the event in October 1987 at Aqueduct after also winning the Turf Classic which was scheduled earlier in September and then went on to also win the Breeders' Cup Turf at Hollywood Park. Theatrical was crowned U.S. Champion Turf Horse for 1987. Other fine horses to have completed the Man o' War-Turf Classic double include 1988 winner Sunshine Forever, 1989 winner Yankee Affair and 1991 winner Solar Splendor who set a new stakes record of 2:12:01 as a 24-1 longshot on the inner turf track. [12] Solar Splendor would repeat winning the event the following year on the main turf track this time setting a new course record of 2:12.45. [13] In 1999 Val's Prince also completed the NYRA Turf double but failed to spark in the Breeders' Cup Turf finishing eleventh.

The 2005 winner Better Talk Now won the event setting a new stakes record in 2:11.65. [5] Better Talk Now had won the Breeders' Cup Turf in 2004 at Lone Star Park.

In 2008 the Man o' War was moved from Belmont's fall schedule into its summer schedule, replacing the Bowling Green Handicap in an attempt to more fairly represent turf competition. Also that year the conditions of the event were changed from Weight for Age to stakes with allowances. [14]

In 2014 the event was scheduled in May and the conditions of the event were changed so that three-year-olds would not be allowed to enter. [15]

In 2017 the event was won by the five-year-old Irish bred mare Zhukova who started as the 9/10 odds-on favorite and set a new stakes winning margin by 6 lengths over Taghleeb in a small field of five starters in a time of 2:25.31 on a yielding track in rainy weather. [16] Zhukova was the fifth mare to have had won the event after Dotted Line (1959), Typecast (1973), Dahlia (1974) and Waya (1978).

In 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States, NYRA did not schedule the event in their updated and shortened spring-summer meeting. [17]

Records

Time record:

Margins:

Most wins:

Most wins by an owner:

Most wins by a jockey:

Most wins by a trainer:

Winners

YearWinnerAgeJockeyTrainerOwnerDistanceTimePurseGradeRef
At Belmont Park Man o' War Stakes
2021Channel Cat5 John R. Velazquez Jack Sisterson Calumet Farm 1+38 miles2:13.34$700,000I [18]
2020Race not held
2019Channel Maker5 Joel Rosario William I. Mott Wachtel Stable, Gary Barber, R. A. Hill Stable & Reeves Thoroughbred Racing1+38 miles2:12.43$700,000I [19]
2018Hi Happy (ARG) 5 Luis Saez Todd A. Pletcher Haras La Providencia1+38 miles2:14.79$700,000I [20]
2017ƒ Zhukova (IRE) 5 John R. Velazquez Dermot K. Weld John D. Murrell1+38 miles2:25.31$392,000I [16]
2016Wake Forest (GER) 6 John R. Velazquez Chad C. Brown Michael Dubb, Sheep Pond Partners & Bethlehem Stables1+38 miles2:12.94$400,000I [21]
2015Twilight Eclipse6 Javier Castellano Thomas Albertrani West Point Thoroughbreds1+38 miles2:14.44$400,000I [22]
2014Imagining6 Joel Rosario Claude R. McGaughey III Phipps Stable 1+38 miles2:17.22$400,000I [15]
2013Boisterous6 John R. Velazquez Claude R. McGaughey III Phipps Stable 1+38 miles2:14.11$600,000I [23]
2012Point of Entry4 Jose Lezcano Claude R. McGaughey III Phipps Stable 1+38 miles2:13.87$600,000I [24]
2011 Cape Blanco (IRE) 4 Jamie P. Spencer Aidan P. O'Brien Derrick Smith, Mrs. John Magnier, Michael Tabor & Mrs. Fitriani Hay1+38 miles2:14.06$600,000I [25]
2010 Gio Ponti 5 Ramon A. Dominguez Christophe Clement Castleton Lyons 1+38 miles2:16.20$600,000I [26]
2009 Gio Ponti 4 Ramon A. Dominguez Christophe Clement Castleton Lyons 1+38 miles2:12.56$500,000I [27]
2008 Red Rocks (IRE) 5 Javier Castellano Brian J. Meehan J. Paul Reddam 1+38 miles2:12.60$500,000I [14]
2007Doctor Dino (FR) 5Olivier PeslierRichard D. GibsonJavier Martinez Salmean1+38 miles2:12.26$500,000I [28]
2006 Cacique (IRE) 5 Edgar S. Prado Robert J. Frankel Juddmonte Farms 1+38 miles2:15.68$500,000I [29]
2005§ Better Talk Now 6 Ramon A. Dominguez H. Graham Motion Bushwood Stables1+38 miles2:11.65$500,000I [30]
2004Magistretti4 Edgar S. Prado Patrick L. Biancone Michael B. Tabor 1+38 miles2:14.65$500,000I [31]
2003Lunar Sovereign4 Richard Migliore Kiaran P. McLaughlin Darley Racing 1+38 miles2:17.99$500,000I [32]
2002With Anticipation7 Pat Day Jonathan E. Sheppard Augustin Stable 1+38 miles2:15.05$500,000I [33]
2001With Anticipation6 Pat Day Jonathan E. Sheppard Augustin Stable 1+38 miles2:15.11$500,000I [34]
2000 Fantastic Light 4 Jerry D. Bailey Saeed bin Suroor Godolphin Racing 1+38 miles2:17.44$500,000I [35]
1999Val's Prince7 Jorge F. Chavez H. James Bond Robin Martin & Steve Weiner1+38 miles2:16.69$500,000I [36]
1998 Daylami (IRE) 4 Jerry D. Bailey Saeed bin Suroor Godolphin Racing 1+38 miles2:13.18$400,000I [37]
1997Influent6 Jerry D. Bailey Howard M. Tesher Turfnpaddock Farm1+38 miles2:11.69$400,000I [38]
1996Diplomatic Jet4 Jorge F. Chavez James E. Picou Fred W. Hooper 1+38 miles2:14.20$400,000I [39]
1995Millkom (GB) 6 Gary L. Stevens Jean-Claude Rouget Gary A. Tanaka 1+38 miles2:12.80$400,000I [40]
1994Royal Mountain Inn5 Julie Krone Barclay Tagg Steadfast Stable1+38 miles2:11.75$400,000I [41]
1993 Star of Cozzene 5 Jose A. Santos Mark A. Hennig Team Valor 1+38 miles2:23.14$400,000I [42]
1992Solar Splendor5 Herb McCauley Patrick J. KellyLive Oak Plantation1+38 miles2:12.45$400,000I [13]
1991Solar Splendor4 Herb McCauley Patrick J. KellyLive Oak Plantation1+38 miles2:12.01$400,000I [12]
1990Defensive Play3 Pat Eddery Guy Harwood Juddmonte Farms 1+38 miles2:17.80$473,600I [43]
1989 Yankee Affair 7 Jose A. Santos Henry L. Carroll Ju Ju Gen Stable1+38 miles2:20.80$470,400I [44]
1988 Sunshine Forever 3 Ángel Cordero Jr. John M. Veitch Darby Dan Farm 1+38 miles2:14.40$596,000I [45]
At Aqueduct
1987 Theatrical (IRE) 5 Pat Day William I. Mott Bertram R. Firestone 1+38 miles2:15.40$585,000I [46]
At Belmont Park
1986Dance of Life3 Pat Day MacKenzie Miller Rokeby Stable 1+38 miles2:14.40$290,000I [47]
1985 Win 5 Richard Migliore Sally A. Bailie Frederick Ephraim1+38 miles2:15.40$306,000I [48]
1984 Majesty's Prince 5 Vincent Bracciale Jr. Joseph B. Cantey John D. Marsh1+38 miles2:14.60$312,000I [49]
1983 Majesty's Prince 4 Eddie Maple Joseph B. CanteyJohn D. Marsh1+38 miles2:23.60$294,500I [50]
1982Naskra's Breeze5 Jean-Luc Samyn Philip G. Johnson Broadmoor Stable1+38 miles2:13.00$173,000I [51]
1981Galaxy Libra (IRE) 5 Bill Shoemaker Charles E. Whittingham Louis R. Rowan 1+38 miles2:14.80$165,300I [52]
1980French Colonial5 Jacinto Vasquez David A. Whiteley Lazy F Ranch 1+38 miles2:15.40$140,100I [53]
1979 Bowl Game 5 Jorge Velásquez John M. Gaver Jr. Greentree Stable 1+38 miles2:19.00$137,375I [54]
1978ƒ Waya (FR) 4 Ángel Cordero Jr. Angel Penna Sr. Daniel Wildenstein 1+38 miles2:16.20$132,875I [55]
1977Majestic Light4 Sandy Hawley John W. Russell Ogden Mills Phipps 1+12 miles2:27.60$113,100I [56]
1976 Effervescing 3 Ángel Cordero Jr. John W. Russell Ogden Phipps 1+12 miles2:31.20$112,500I [57]
1975Snow Knight (GB) 4 Jorge Velásquez MacKenzie Miller Windfields Farm 1+12 miles2:29.20$114,000I [58]
1974ƒ Dahlia 4 Ron Turcotte Maurice Zilber Nelson Bunker Hunt 1+12 miles2:26.60$119,500I [10]
1973 Secretariat 3 Ron Turcotte Lucien Laurin Meadow Stable 1+12 miles2:24.80$113,600I [9]
1972ƒ Typecast 6 Ángel Cordero Jr. A. Thomas Doyle Westerly Stud Farms 1+12 miles2:31.80$117,300 [59]
1971 Run the Gantlet 3 Robert Woodhouse J. Elliott Burch Rokeby Stable 1+12 miles2:33.20$112,000 [60]
1970 Fort Marcy 6 Jorge Velásquez J. Elliott Burch Rokeby Stable 1+12 miles2:33.80$116,100 [61]
1969 Hawaii (SAF) 5 Jorge Velásquez MacKenzie Miller Cragwood Stables 1+12 miles2:27.20$113,300 [62]
1968Czar Alexander (GB) 3 Jorge Velásquez Angel Penna Sr. Gustave Ring1+12 miles2:30.80$116,200 [63]
At Aqueduct
1967Ruffled Feathers3 David Hidalgo John A. Nerud Tartan Stable 1+58 miles2:42.80$116,100 [64]
1966 Assagai 3 Larry Adams MacKenzie Miller Cragwood Stable 1+58 miles2:44.60$112,100 [65]
1965 Hill Rise 4 Manuel Ycaza William B. Finnegan El Peco Ranch1+58 miles2:42.60$112,700 [66]
1964Turbo Jet II (IRE) 4 Howard Grant Frank A. Bonsal Barclay Stable 1+58 miles2:42.80$111,800 [67]
1963The Axe II5 John L. Rotz John M. Gaver, Sr. Greentree Stable 1+58 miles2:45.60$113,700 [68]
At Belmont Park
1962 Beau Purple 5 William Boland H. Allen Jerkens Hobeau Farm 1+12 miles2:28.60$114,800 [6]
At Aqueduct Man o' War Handicap
1961Wise Ship4 Heliodoro Gustines Jacob ByerMilton J. Ritzenberg1+58 miles2:50.40$100,000 [69]
At Belmont Park Man o' War Stakes
1960Harmonizing6 John Ruane Everett W. KingSadie L. King1+12 miles2:33.20$110,200 [4]
At Aqueduct Man o' War Handicap
1959ƒ Dotted Line6 William Boland Max Hirsch King Ranch 1+12 miles2:40.80$112,050Division 1 [2]
Tudor Era (GB) 6 Bill Hartack Arnold N. Winick Minnie G. Herff 2:41.00$113,050Division 2 [3]

Notes:
§ Ran as an entry
ƒ Filly or Mare
† In the 1975 running of the event One On The Aisle was first past the post but was disqualified for interference in the straight and was placed second. Snow Knight was declared the official winner of the event.

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