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Secretariat Stakes

The Secretariat Stakes is a Grade 1 flat horse race in the United States for three-year-old thoroughbreds. It is run over a distance of 1¼ miles (approximately 2,000 metres). Held annually in mid August, it is the brother of both the Arlington Million and the Beverly D. Stakes and is raced on the same day and on the same turf course at Arlington Park, Arlington Heights, Illinois.

The race was created in 1974 from the "Arlington Invitational" which had been run only in the previous year in order to showcase U.S. Triple Crown winner Secretariat to Chicago racing fans. Secretariat won the race with My Gallant and Our Native running second and third respectively. Both of these horses had lost to the Champion in the Triple Crown series.

The distance of the 1974 inaugural race was 1¹/16 miles (1,700 metres). It was run over 1⅛ miles (1,800 metres) in 1975/76 and extended to 1½ miles (2,400 metres) from 1978 to 1984, before settling at its present 1¼ mile distance. In 1977 the race was run on dirt and in 1985 it was held at Hawthorne Race Course. There was no race run in 1988, 1998 and 1999.

In 2005 it was included in the Grand Slam of Grass, which offered a substantial bonus to the winner of this race, the Colonial Turf Cup, the Virginia Derby and the Breeders' Cup Turf.

Records

Time record: (at current distance of 1¼ miles)

Most wins by an owner:

Most wins by a jockey:

Most wins by a trainer:

Winners of the Secretariat Stakes

Year
Winner
Jockey
Trainer
Owner
Time
2008 Winchester Rene Douglas Dermot Weld Bertram & Diana Firestone 2:01.76
2007 Shamdinan Julien Leparoux Doug O'Neill Triple B Farms et al 2:04.02
2006 Showing Up Cornelio Velasquez Barclay Tagg Lael Stables 2:00.09
2005 Gun Salute Cornelio Velasquez William I. Mott Brant Laue 2:03.79
2004 Kitten's Joy Jerry D. Bailey Dale Romans Ken & Sarah Ramsey 1:59.65
2003 Kicken Kris Javier Castellano Michael R. Matz Brushwood Stable 2:02.53
2002 Chiselling Kent Desormeaux Robert J. Frankel Juddmonte Farms 2:04.16
2001 Startac Alex Solis Simon Bray Allen Paulson Trust 2:04.91
2000 Ciro Michael Kinane Aidan O'Brien Michael Tabor 2:01.64
1998 no race 1998-99
1997 Honor Glide Garrett Gomez James E. Day Robert Schaedle 2:02.74
1996 Marlin Shane Sellers D. Wayne Lukas Michael Tabor 2:01.09
1995 Hawk Attack Pat Day Elliott Walden Cavalier Stable 2:00.17
1994 Vaudeville Gary Stevens Fordell Fierce Ron Crockett 2:01.00
1993 Awad John Velazquez David Donk Ryehill Farm 2:08.60
1992 Ghazi Robbie Davis Del W. Carroll Hassan Shoaib II 2:01.18
1991 Jackie Wackie Pat Day Dominic Imprescia, Jr. C. Rocca & G. DeMarinis 2:01.27
1990 Super Abound Randy Romero Carl Nafzger Genter Stable 2:01.60
1989 Hawkster Pat Valenzuela Ron McAnally M/M J. Shelton Meredith 2:04.00
1988 no race
1987 Stately Don Jacinto Vasquez Leroy Jolley Bradley M. Shannon 2:04.60
1986 Southjet Jose A. Santos Angel Penna, Sr. Dogwood Stable 2:02.00
1985 Derby Wish Randy Romero William I. Mott John A. Franks 2:01.00
1984 Vision Gregg McCarron Woody Stephens Cherry Valley Farm 2:38.40
1983 Fortnightly Pat Day Anthony Basile Bwamazon Farm 2:32.40
1982 Half Iced Don MacBeth Stanley Hough Bertram R. Firestone 2:31.00
1981 Sing Sing Mike Venezia Victor J. Nickerson Sugartown Stable 2:53.20
1980 Spruce Needles Julio C. Espinoza William E. Adams Golden Chance Farm 2:40.80
1979 Golden Act Sandy Hawley Loren Rettele Oldknow & Phipps 2:32.80
1978 Mac Diarmida Jean Cruguet Scotty Schulhofer Jerome M. Torsney 2:29.80
1977 Text Marco Casteneda Vincent Clyne Elmendorf Farm 1:42.00
1976 Joachim Sam Maple Jack Van Berg Pratt-Van Berg 1:50.80
1975 Intrepid Hero Angel Cordero Jr. John W. Russell Ogden M. Phipps 1:49.80
1974 Glossary Angel L. Santiago Victor J. Nickerson Elmendorf Farm 1:42.80

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