The Withers Stakes is a Gr 3 American horserace that is
contested at the end of April each year by three-year-old
thoroughbreds over 1 mile on dirt at New York's famous Aqueduct
Racetrack. It has a $150,000 purse and once a Kentucky Derby prep
race, today it is too close to the Derby to be effective.
Inaugurated in 1874, the Withers Stakes is one of the most
historical horse races in the United States. It was named after an
important race horse owner and breeder, David Durham Withers, who
lived from 1821 to 1892. Withers won this race in 1890 with his
thoroughbred, King Eric.
The first running of the Withers Stakes was at the now defunct
Jerome Park Racetrack, in what is now the Bronx. From 1890 to 1904
the race was contested at the also now defunct Morris Park
Racecourse, before it was moved to yet another well-known racing
venue in the vicinity of New York.
From 1984 until 1996 the Withers Stakes was hosted by Belmont
Racecourse at Elmont, New York, and from 1997 until now it has been
raced at Aqueduct Racetrack, in the New York City borough of Queens.
Over the years, it has hosted many top-class horses, riders and
These includes Williamstown, who in 1993 completed the Withers
Stakes in a record-breaking time of 1:32.40 with Craig Perret
aboard. Fellow jockey Eddie Arcaro has won the race a record six
times, while trainer James E. Fitzsimmons also has six victories to