- Location: Belmont Park, Elmont NY
- Inaugural Race: 1867
- Distance: 1 mile
- Track Type: Left-handed, Dirt
- Age Qualifications: Two-year-olds
- 2017 Purse: $500,000
- 2017 Race Date: Saturday, October 7th
Recent Champagne Stakes News
2017 Champagne Stakes Entries and Results
I. Ortiz Jr.
Full of Run
Blame It On Honey
- $2 Exacta (12-6) Paid: $170.00
- $1 Trifecta (12-6-4) Paid: $794.00
- $1 Superfecta (12-6-4-1) Paid: $4,916.00
- $2 Daily Double (6/12) Paid: $199.00
- $2 Pick 3 (2/6/12) Paid: $501.00
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The History of the Champagne StakesFirst held in 1867, the Champagne Stakes moved to Belmont Park in 1905. After it was increased in distance from a sprint to one mile in 1940, it became arguably the most important juvenile race in North America until the advent of the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile in 1984.
Today it’s a Breeders’ Cup Challenge “win and you’re in” prep for the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile. Five horses have completed the double: Fly So Free, Timber Country, War Pass, Uncle Mo, and Shanghai Bobby.
It is also part of the Road to the Kentucky Derby series. The first four horses across the line earn points on the table on a 10-4-2-1 basis.
Several winners of the Champagne Stakes have gone on to win Classics; they include Ben Brush, Plaudit, Colin, Grey Lag, Bubbling Over, Mate, Alsab, Count Fleet, Capot, Riva Ridge, Foolish Pleasure, Seattle Slew, Spectacular Bid, Sea Hero, Timber Country, Birdstone, and Union Rags.
However, there have been some notable defeats. The Champagne Stakes was one of just two races in which Alydar finished ahead of Affirmed. Secretariat won the race in 1972 but was disqualified and placed second due to interference, while the same fate happened to 1970 to Hoist the Flag – an outstanding horse whose jockey Jean Cruguet rated as better than his Triple Crown winner Seattle Slew, but who was injured prior to the 1971 Classics.