Withers Stakes

  • Location: Aqueduct Racetrack, Jamaica, NY
  • Inaugural Race: 2001
  • Distance: 1 1/8 miles
  • Track Type: Left-handed, Dirt
  • Age Qualifications: Three-year-olds
  • Status: Grade 3
  • 2020 Purse: $250,000
  • 2020 Race Date: Saturday, February 1st


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Run at Aqueduct Racecourse in New York, the Withers Stakes traditionally runs in February as an early year member of the Road to the Kentucky Derby. The race provides a point spread of 10-4-2-1 to the top finishing four horses.


2020 Withers Stakes Entries and Results

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3
Max Player
Dylan Davis
Linda Rice
$12.80
$5.30
$3.60
5
Shotski
Luis Saez
Jeremiah O'Dwyer
$3.50
$2.60
8
Portos
Jose Lezcano
Todd Pletcher
$2.60
2
Monday Morning Qb
Jorge Vargas, Jr.
Robert Reid, Jr.
4
New Commission
Abner Adorno
Diane Day
6
Prince of Pharoahs
Kendrick Carmouche
Linda Rice
1
Mr. Shortandsimple
Reylu Gutierrez
Rudy Rodriguez
7
Vanzzy
Junior Alvarado
Pino Michael

 

Exotic Payoffs:

  • $2 Exacta (3-5)  $22.30
  • $2 Trifecta (3-5-8)  $35.25
  • $2 Superfecta (3-5-8-2)  $21.90

Watch the 2020 Withers Stakes

 


History of the Withers Stakes

Once a centerpiece of the season for 3-year-olds, the Withers Stakes has been won by some of the greats of the U.S. turf, among them Sir Barton, Man o’ War, Alsab, Count Fleet, Polynesian, Hill Prince, Native Dancer, Dr. Fager, and Ack Ack.

Since 2012 it has been held in late January or early February, and it is now an integral part of Aqueduct’s Road to the Kentucky Derby. The first four horses to finish earn points, split on a 10-4-2-1 basis.

Many horses that run in the first Aqueduct 3-year-old race on the Derby trail, the Jerome Stakes, return for the Withers. Last year El Areeb became the first horse to win both races since the Road to the Kentucky Derby began.

Previous Winners of the Withers

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2020
Max Player
Dylan Davis
Linda Rice
George E. Hall
2019
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Junior Alvarado
Danny Gargan
R. A. Hill Stable, Reeves Thoroughbred Racing, Lynch, Hugh and Corms Racing Stable
2018
Avery Island
Joe Bravo
Kiaran P. McLaughlin
Godolphin LLC
2017
El Areeb
Trevor McCarthy
Cathal A. Lynch
MMG Stables, LLC
2016
Sunny Ridge
Manuel Franco
Jason Servis
Dennis A. Drazin
2015
Far From Over
Manuel Franco
Todd Pletcher
Black Rock Thoroughbreds
2014
Samraat
Jose L. Ortiz
Richard A. Violette, Jr.
My Meadowview Farm
2013
Revolutionary
Javier Castellano
Todd Pletcher
WinStar Farm
2012
Alpha
Ramon A. Dominguez
Kiaran McLaughlin
Godolphin Racing
2011
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