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Withers Stakes

Race Name Grade Track
Withers Stakes 3 Aqueduct Racetrack Withers Stakes

Withers Stakes

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 trainers.

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 his name.

Withers Stakes - Past Winners

2004 Medallist
2005 Scrappy T
2006 Bernardini
2007 Divine Park
2008 Harlem Rocker

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