Vosburgh Invitational Stakes
The Vosburgh Stakes is an American thoroughbred horse race held annually at Belmont Park in Elmont, New York. Run at the end of September/early October, it is open to horses three-years-old and up of either gender. A Grade I sprint race, it is raced at a distance of six furlongs and is a major prep to the Breeders' Cup Sprint.
First run in 1940, the Vosburgh Stakes is named in honor of Walter S. Vosburgh, a turf historian who was the official handicapper for The Jockey Club and various other racing associations from 1894 to 1934. The inaugural race, as well as the second running, was won by Herbert M. Woolf's colt Joe Schenck, named for the vaudeville star, Joseph Thuma Schenck.
The race was run at Aqueduct Race Track in 1959, 1961 to 1974, 1976, 1977, 1979, 1983, 1985, and 1986. It was raced over a distance of seven furlongs from inception until 2003 when it was run at 6.5 furlongs for that year only. Since 2004 it has been run at its current distance of six furlongs. Prior to 1979, it was called the Vosburgh Handicap. Until 1958 it was open to all ages.
Belmont Park Graded Stakes Races
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