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Gotham Stakes

Race Name Grade Track  
Gotham Stakes 3 Aqueduct Racetrack Gotham Stakes


Gotham Stakes

The Gotham Stakes is run in early March each year at Aqueduct Racetrack in Queens, New York, and is a Gr 3 event contested over 1 1/16 miles on dirt by three-year-old thoroughbreds. It currently offers a purse of $250,000 and was named not after the 'fictional' city from Batman comic books, but after New York City itself, which in years gone by was often called Gotham City.

Inaugurated in 1953, the Gotham Stakes was then run at the now defunct Jamaica Racetrack. In 1960 it was moved to its current location (Aqueduct Racetrack) where it has been contested ever since, although over various distances. For instance, In 1984 and 2003 it was run over 1 mile 70 yards, and in between until now it has been run over 1 1/6 miles.

The Gotham Stakes is an official prep race for the Kentucky Derby in May. As such, the Gotham Stakes has yielded more than its fair share of Kentucky Derby hopefuls and winners, the most famous of which is Secretariat, who famously won the U.S. Triple Crown in 1973.

The fastest the time over 1 1/16 miles is 1:43.00 set by Atoll in 1959. The fastest time over 1 mile is 1:32.40 set by Easy Goer in 1989. Jockeys Jorge Velasquez, Angel Cordero, Jr, Jacinto Vasquez, Richard Migliore and Mike E. Smith have each won the Gotham Stakes three times.

Trainer Claude R. McGaughey III has won the race a record three times - in 1989, 1992 and 2005.


Gotham Stakes - Past Winners

2004 Saratoga County
2005 Survivalist
2006 Like Now
2007 Cowtown Cat
2008 Visionaire


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