Gotham Stakes

The Gotham Stakes: A Storied Race in the Heart of New York

The Gotham Stakes is the final local prep to the Wood Memorial Stakes and an official prep race for the Kentucky Derby. A number of Derby winners have competed in this race including U.S. Triple Crown winner, Secretariat. Held annually at Aqueduct Racetrack in Queens, New York, the Gotham Stakes is more than just a race; it's a celebration of equine athleticism and passion.

Of course, Gotham is another name for New York City and the city in which Aqueduct Racetrack is located.

The Gotham Stakes was run at Jamaica race track at 1 1/16 miles prior to 1960, and in 1977 and 1979. From 1960-78, 1980-83, 1985-2002, and 2004-05, it was run at one miles. Race horse, "Easy Goer," established the stakes and track record of 1:32 2/5 in 1989.

Gotham Stakes Race Information

Location: Aqueduct Racetrack - Queens, New York, United States
Inaugurated: 1953
Race type: Thoroughbred - Flat racing
Website: Aqueduct Racetrack
Distance: 11/16 miles (8.5 furlongs)
Track: Dirt, left-handed
Qualification: Three-year-olds
Weight: Assigned
Purse: $500,000 (2014)
Grade: III

Gotham Stakes: A Race That Captures the Essence of New York

Aqueduct Racetrack, the proud host of the Gotham Stakes, stands as a testament to New York's deep connection with horse racing. This historic venue, often buzzing with excitement, has witnessed numerous thrilling moments that have become etched in the hearts of racing enthusiasts.

A Springboard to Glory: The Road to the Kentucky Derby

The Gotham Stakes holds a special significance as a key preparatory race for the Kentucky Derby. It offers valuable insights into the contenders' form and readiness, shaping the narrative leading up to the "Run for the Roses."

The Gotham Stakes Experience: More Than Just a Race

Attending the Gotham Stakes is an experience in itself. It's a celebration of the sport's rich heritage, a gathering of the finest horses, jockeys, trainers, and enthusiasts. From the anticipation at the starting gates to the exhilarating rush at the finish line, the Gotham Stakes encapsulates the spirit of horse racing.

The Challenge: A Test of Speed and Strategy

Spanning a distance of 8.5 furlongs, approximately 1 and 1/16 miles, the Gotham Stakes presents a unique blend of speed and endurance, making it a critical stepping stone for 3-year-old thoroughbreds on their journey to the Kentucky Derby.

Gotham Stakes Memorable Moments and Racing Legends

The Gotham Stakes has been the stage for many of racing's most memorable moments. From the heart-stopping finishes to the emergence of future champions, each year adds a new chapter to its rich history. Legends like Secretariat and Native Dancer have graced this track, leaving behind stories of their prowess and spirit.

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How can I bet on the Gotham Stakes?

To bet on the Gotham Stakes at BUSR, you need to create an account, deposit funds, and then navigate to the horse racing section. Here, you can find the Gotham Stakes listed among the available races. Choose your race, select your bet type, and place your wager.

What types of bets can I place on the Gotham Stakes?

BUSR offers a variety of bet types for the Gotham Stakes, including Win, Place, Show, Exacta, Trifecta, and Superfecta. Each bet type has different rules and potential payouts.

How soon are the winnings credited to my account?

Winnings are typically credited to your BUSR account shortly after the official results of the Gotham Stakes are announced. The time may vary slightly depending on the event and any review processes.

How can I learn more about the horses and jockeys in the Gotham Stakes?

Us Racing often provides detailed information about the horses and jockeys participating in major races, including the Gotham Stakes. You can find statistics, race history, and other relevant data in the racing section.

Gotham Stakes Past Winners

Year Winner Jockey Trainer Owner Time
2023 Raise Cain Jose Lezcano Ben Colebrook Andrew Warren & Rania Warren 1:38.09
2022 Jose Lezcano Steven M. Asmussen Ricky Courville Blue Lion Thoroughbreds 1:39.28
2021 Weyburn Trevor McCarthy Jimmy Jerkens Chiefswood Stables Limited 1:38.70
2020 Mischevious Alex Kendrick Carmouche John Servis Cash Is King LLC & LC Racing LLC 1:38.80
2019 Haikal Rajiv Maragh Kiaran McLaughlin Shadwell Racing 1:35.63
2018 Enticed Junior Alvarado Kiaran McLaughlin Godolphin Racing, LLC 1:38.24
2017 J Boys Echo Robby Albarado Dale L. Romans Albaugh Family Stables LLC 1:46.34

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