Manhattan Handicap: Race History & Records

  • Location: Belmont Park
  • Inaugural Race: 1887
  • Distance: 1 & 1/4 miles (10 furlongs)
  • Track Type: Left-Handed Turf
  • Age Qualifications: Four-year-olds & up
  • 2015 Purse: $1 million
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A Brief History of the Manhattan Handicap

Established in 1887 at the now defunct Morris Park Racetrack, the Manhattan Handicap (sometimes referred to as the Manhattan Stakes) is a Grade I race open to older horses ages 4 years and up. Records have shown that over its 128-year history, the Manhattan Handicap has been run at a variety of lengths before settling at its current distance of 1-¼ miles. Between 1898 and 1908, the race was run at its shortest distance of ¾ of a mile (6 furlongs). At its longest, the race was run at 1-5/8th miles (13 furlongs) for 4 years, once in 1959 and between 1965 and 1967.

Notable entries and winners of the Manhattan Handicap include The Finn (1915 3-Year Old Champ and 1916 winner), Stymie (1946 winner and 1975 Hall of Fame inductee), and Round Table (1959 winner, 1972 Hall of Fame inductee, and ranked 17th in the Top 100 Racehorses of the 20th Century).




Manhattan Handicap – Race Records

Scroll over any box below to view the historical records of the Manhattan Handicap:

Speed record

1:57.79
Paradise Creek - 1994

Most Wins by a Jockey

5
Jerry D. Bailey (1986, 1999, 2000, 2003, 2005)

Most Wins by a Trainer

5
James Row, Sr. (1887, 1890, 1914, 1926, 1928)

Most Wins by an Owner

4
3 Tied: Harry Payne Whitney (1907, 1908, 1926, 1928), Townsend B. Martin (1940, 1942, 1943, 1945) & Greentree Stable (1944, 1950, 1962, 1972)





Historical Results for the Manhattan Handicap

Some of the racings most prominent horses and figures have been crowned winners at the Manhattan Handicap. In the table below you will find a full record of the winning race entries and results, including the horse, jockey, owner, trainer, and time.

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Year
Winner
Jockey
Trainer
Owner
Time
2014
Real Solution
Javier Castellano
Chad C. Brown
Ken & Sarah Ramsey
01:59.3
2013
Point of Entry
John Velazquez
Claude R. McGaughey III
Phipps Stable
02:02.6
2012
Desert Blanc
Ramon Dominguez
Chad Brown
Swift, Vintage, Bradley Thoroughbreds/Mackie Racing
01:59.7
2011
Mission Approved
Jose Espinoza
Naipaul Chatterpaul
Naipaul Chatterpaul
02:06.3
2010
Winchester
Cornelio Velasquez
Christophe Clement
Bertram & Diana Firestone
01:59.5
2009
Gio Ponti
Garrett Gomez
Christophe Clement
Castleton Lyons
02:02.9
2008
Dancing Forever
Rene Douglas
C. R. McGaughey III
Phipps Stable
01:59.6
2007
Better Talk Now
Ramon A. Dominguez
H. Graham Motion
Bushwood Stable
02:02.4
2006
Cacique
Edgar Prado
Robert J. Frankel
Juddmonte Farms
02:04.1
2005
Good Reward
Jerry D. Bailey
C. R. McGaughey III
Phipps Stable
02:00.7