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Garden City Handicap

Race Name Grade Track
Garden City Handicap 1 Belmont Park Garden City Handicap

Garden City Handicap

The Garden City Handicap is a flat Grade 1 turf race for three-year-old thoroughbred fillies. It is run very year in September at well-known Belmont Park racecourse in Long Island, New York, and is part of the prestigious Breeders' Cup National Stakes Program.

Run over a distance of 1 1/8 miles, the $250,000 Garden City Handicap - also widely known as the Garden City Stakes - is a precursor race for both the Breeders' Cup Distaff and the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf races which are run annually in October.

Since its inception in 1979, race organizers have changed the distance of the Garden City Handicap on a few occasions. For instance, in 1979, 1984, 1994, 1995 and 1996 the race was run over a distance of 1 1/16 miles while in 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983 and 1985 to 1993 it was run over 1 mile.

The Garden City Handicap has showcased some talented fillies over the decades including 2007 winner Alexander Tango, who unfortunately died in a freak accident in October last year. The filly got spooked and severely injured herself against a paddock fence at her stables in Lexington, Kentucky.

Over the years some of America's best jockey's have ridden in the Garden City Handicap including Jose Santos, John Velazquez, Garrett Gomez, Jorge Velasquez, and Shaun Bridgmohan, who rode Alexander Tango home in first place last year.

Now retired, United States thoroughbred horse racing Hall of Famer Jose Santos won the Garden City Handicap a record four times in 1989, 1990, 1991 and 2004.

Garden City Handicap - Past Winners

2003 Indy Five Hundred
2004 Lucifer's Stone
2005 Luas Line
2006 Magnificent Song
2007 Alexander Tango

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