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1984 - 1996:   Withers held at Belmont Park
1890 - 1904:   Withers held at Morris Park Racecourse
1874 - 1889:   Withers held at Jerome Park Racetrack
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What the Nation is saying about the Withers ...

Samraat is undoubtedly the most skillful three year old in New York at this point. Can he parlay his Withers win into a Kentucky Derby victory?Read More
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  • travel_vic · owner blindness is in epic proprtions come the K Derby · 10 days ago ·
  • travel_vic · interesting history about the Oaks and Derby. from Wiki: The Derby originated at a celebration following the first running of the Oaks Stakes in 1779. A new race was planned, and it was decided that it should be named after either the host of the party, the 12th Earl of Derby, or one of his guests, Sir Charles Bunbury. According to legend the decision was made by the toss of a coin, but it is probable that Bunbury, the Steward of the Jockey Club, deferred to his host. The inaugural running of the Derby was held on Thursday 4 May 1780. It was won by Diomed, a colt owned by Sir Charles Bunbury, who collected prize money of £1,065 15s. The first four runnings were contested over 1 mile, but this was amended to the current distance of 1½ miles in 1784. · 10 days ago ·
Wood Memorial Preview as Samraat and Uncle Sigh look to become first NY-bred to win Kentucky Derby since 2003.Read More
Relive another great week of racing as seen through the eyes of Zipse at the Track.Read More
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  • Sullivan · I had Bingo in his victory and soon after said he was a one hit wonder. Last night I went on coalescing and checked this horse out. He has talent. Sheriffs will just have to hope that Blueskiesnrainbows and Mucho Macho Man both go out there. Originally, Yerry said that Blue skies would miss the big cap. Now he is entering him on a speed favoring track after a hard race he is sure to be fit from and he looks like the lone speed.... I think I'm playing Blueskies to win, assuming he is entered. · 45 days ago ·
  • marylandgq · I think it was appropriate that a great claim (Ribo Bobo) won a race named for another great claim (Caixa Eletronica). · 45 days ago ·
Doug Salvatore looks back 100 years to the career of Old Rosebud, the 1914 Kentucky Derby WinnerRead More
Going into this weekend’s action on the Kentucky Derby Trail I was not too keyed up about either race. The Withers only had a six horse field and the Sam F. Davis field seemed to have a lot to prove. Well, despite these perceived shortcomings, both definitely provided some very exciting racing and r...Read More
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  • Floridaf · Vinceremos is not going to be one that can hit the lead and pull away. Any winning move he makes is going to have to be a last second one unless than can train him past his tendency to idle on the lead. · 72 days ago ·
  • Sullivan · He does NOT need a Borel! · 72 days ago ·
Here is all of the latest news for New York's Kentucky Derby Contenders.Read More
  • zatt · It's going to take me a while to digest all this great information ... great work, Matt! · 74 days ago ·
  • marylandgq · Great recap on dozens of contenders Matt... short and to the point! I look forward to Mosler and Tonalist next starts. · 74 days ago ·
HRN ROAD TO THE DERBY CONTESTANTS: Picks for the Withers are still needed from kaitlinefree1, SSilence86, Mary Z., jmac500, shores, UnionRagsRules, illhaveanothertc, BenHank1, AmbitiousD, marylandgq, Horsefan90, coyne.kaylor, Sully, henry, and TripleBStudios. They must be submitted using this form > https://sites.google.com/site/hrnderby/rankings
Samraat became a serious Derby Contender when he remained unbeaten in the Withers.Read More
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  • AndyScoggin · Tom, I was there and in the paddock for all the stakes. I saw your horse got scratched. Samraat got a 95 in his previous start, the romp in the Damon Runyan. · 75 days ago ·
  • tmallios1 · Thanks Andy,the scratch did not sit well. Samraat looks like he is going to be a good one. Yesterday he showed a dimension that he can at least take a hold and sit off someone and still have run in the stretch. Very important trait. · 75 days ago ·
NY-breds are Morning Line9-5 favorite and 9-5 second choice in the Withers Stakes. Are they that much better than the other four in this Derby prep?Read More
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  • Floridaf · Classic Giacnroll and Scotland are both logical plays in my eyes, as both are dropping in from the G2 Jerome. I really like the NY Breds (Hey, jack!), but at their ML prices, I'll pass. · 76 days ago ·
  • marylandgq · Selections at LAUREL PARK updated to reflect Early Scratches. GL today! · 76 days ago ·
going with Classic Giacnroll
anyone else having problems submitting their picks for the withers on the HRN Road to the Kentucky Derby website?
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  • Sullivan · Just fixed it, the issue was that I had the form for the previous stakes, the Holy Bull, up, and then closed that form from further submissions. All is in working order now at (https://sites.google.com/site/hrnderby/submit-your-picks) · 78 days ago ·
  • Mary Z. · I think these things are all horrible, at least so far, BUT, the 2 is way better on dirt than on turf, and can only improve, slow thing. The 6 may always need 3 months off, and I know people tend to not like Parx, but it can run, and the 4Giac etc should be itm. I'm wondering if the 5 will burn itself out. Still thinking about this. Seriously, passel of hounds at first or second glance. · 78 days ago ·
Aqueduct Racetrack will continue its stakes series for 3-year-olds on Saturday, February 1 when it hosts the Grade 3, $250,000 Withers. The Withers will be contested at 1 1/16 miles on the inner track and will be joined by the Grade 3, $150,000 Toboggan, $100,000 Busher, and $100,000 Correction.Read More
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  • travel_vic · Talking about a HORSE and I GET DOWN ON MY KNEES from time to time and thank one and all that I escaped from the South (Georgia to be exact) before I soaked up any of that corn pone racist closed minded Bible thumping mentality · 80 days ago ·
  • travel_vic · a sperm and ova fuse in the same biological way in Turkey as they do in Australia, the genes recombine, cross over, re-mix and develop and individual both above and below the equator at any longitude or latitude as HORSE do not have specialized social structure that differs that much. The same thing with abiliity. Babe Ruth would still be babe Ruth if he were German, Cuban or South African · 80 days ago ·
It looks like this is setting up to be another really interesting prep race. It is a short field, but one that could set up several different ways. I feel that Uncle Sigh is the safe horse in here - and one that I can back. Scotland, Honorable Judge, and Classic Giacnroll will fill out my top four, but I am not sure how to place them.
Warmer temperatures and a break in a very busy schedule allowed me to get to Aqueduct on Sunday to get my 2014 NYRA calendar. Read More
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  • travel_vic · Trying for the Belmont again but this time will definitely have a seat! Monsoon rains last out made it challenging, especially in getting back to the hotel and not knowing the city that well. Loads of fun however. ALMOST as good as Saratoga..but the company was superior · 87 days ago ·
  • Mary Z. · You definitely need to look ahead to the warm Spring, Matt. You guys have been in a new Ice Age up there this winter. Will you be at The Belmont again? Maybe Clearly Now will run in the True North. Only sad part of last year's trip was when he lost the Woody Stephens. That and the departure for the desert. P.S., TBG may have a Belmont runner! · 87 days ago ·
Who are the Kentucky Derby Contenders from New York? Check out Matt Shifman's first list of the top contenders...Read More
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  • tmallios1 · Capper how did W.S. gain on them.At the top of the stretch he was even with Cairo and a half length behind Honor Code. They all ran even in the stretch. The horse that might of secretly run a big race ,was Pletchers Intense Holiday. He was about 7 lengths off of that WALK-Athon up front. He made a big move on the turn,almost caught up to them at the sixteenth pole.If you look carefully,Wicked Strong came out and interfered with him. Personally the top 3 were not impressive at all.The dissapointing horse was Honor Code,based on the closing kick he showed his first 2 races. I would of thought he'd run away and hide going so slow thru the middle part of the race. · 121 days ago ·
  • marylandgq · I'm glad to see a Pioneerof the Nile offspring (Cairo Prince) as a Derby contender. Even though POTN runners has been solid on turf, ya gotta think tehy'll take to the CD dirt as their daddy did in his first time on natural dirt. Great list Matt. · 109 days ago ·
Well-bred and heroic, Revolutionary lived up to his name in the Withers Stakes. Will his pedigree and dogged determination carry him to the winners' circle of the Kentucky Derby?Read More
As a blogger for Horse Racing Nation I feel an obligation to come up with new and interesting ways to look at racing. In preparation for the 2013 Derby I did my research and wrote a couple of articles that ended up being on the mark.Read More
These two Derby contenders have met before - and soon will again!Read More
Revolutionary was not the most impressive winner yesterday; Animal Kingdom and Dreaming of Julia saw to that. He hasn’t beaten the most impressive horses out there; the unheralded duo of Escapefromreality and Mylute were the second place finishers in his two stakes wins. He is not even the most high...Read More
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  • kedez2012 · I really like him, and that surprises me. I had actually favored Orb for a while, but I found myself talking about Revolutionary to a friend yesterday, and I realized just how high I am on him. I like that he does tend to get himself into trouble, but he also knows how to get out of it. Love those Lane's End breeds. · 381 days ago ·
  • cab2536 · Old man Farish knows a thing or two about breeding nice, champion horses. · 381 days ago ·
No matter the reason behind the disqualification, I have yet to meet a person who believed the decision to be a fair one. Finding people who say taking down Dr. Fager that day was a travesty, however, proved much easier to come by. To this day, I cannot think of a more universally disliked disqualif...Read More
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  • Buckpasser · Dark Mirage's competitors weren't garbage. There was Miss Ribot, Gay Matilda, Syrian Sea, Guest Room etc. · 405 days ago ·
  • airedale2008 · Steward Keene Daingerfield didn’t like John Nerud and hated Manny Ycaza for his aggressive riding. After the race, Nerud was quoted as saying the decision was prejudiced. He was called in to the steward’s office to explain his comment. When told there was a rumor going around that he said the Garden State stewards were prejudiced, Nerud said, “That ain’t no rumor. That’s what I said.” As far as I’m concerned, the blemish is on the Garden State stewards record, not the Good Doctor’s. · 404 days ago ·

Race Results & Past Performances

View DetailsView Video02/01/14Aqu91 1/16 mD03 MWithers -G3SamraatUncle SighScotland1:46.31
View DetailsView Video02/02/13Aqu91 1/16 mD03 MWithers -G3RevolutionaryEscapefromrealitySiete De Oros1:44.32
View DetailsView Video02/04/12Aqu91 1/16 mD03 MWithers -G3AlphaSpeightscityTiger Walk1:44.23
View DetailsView Video04/24/10Aqu91 mileD03 MWithers -G3Afleet AgainIbboyeeSpangled Star1:34.05
View DetailsView Video04/25/09Aqu91 mileD03 MWithers -G3Mr. FantasyThis Ones for PhilGone Astray1:34.91
View DetailsView Video04/26/08Aqu31 mileD03 MWithers -G3Harlem RockerJ Be KDouble Or Nothing1:34.50
View Details04/28/07Aqu81 mileD03 MWithers -G3Divine ParkC P WestFrosty Secret1:34.65
View DetailsView Video04/29/06Aqu31 mileD03 MWithers -G3BernardiniDoc CheneyLuxembourg1:35.07
View Details04/30/05Aqu81 mileD03 MWithers -G3Scrappy TPark Avenue BallWar Plan1:35.74
View Details05/01/04Aqu81 mileD03 MWithers -G3MedallistForest DangerTwo Down Automatic1:34.49
View Details05/03/03Aqu91 mileD03 MWithers -G3Spite The DevilAlysweepStanislavsky0:00.00
View Details05/04/02Aqu91 mileD03 MWithers -G3Fast DecisionShah JehanListen Here1:36.41
View Details05/05/01Aqu91 mileD03 MWithers -G3Richly BlendedLe Grande DanseurTelescam1:35.66
View Details05/06/00Aqu91 mileD03 MWithers -G3Big E EPrecise EndPort Herman1:35.69
View Details05/03/94Bel81 mileD03 MWithers -G2TwiningAble BuckPresently1:34.75
View Details05/08/91Bel81 mileD03 MWithers -G2Subordinated DebtScan Kyle's Our Man1:34.03
View Details05/24/75Aqu81 mileD03 FWithers -G2SarsarLaramie TrailRamahorn1:34.60
View Details05/30/73Bel71 mileD03 MWithers -G2Linda's ChiefStop The MusicForego1:34.80
View Details05/10/69Aqu71 mileD03 MWithers Ack AckGleaming LightTyrant1:34.40
View Details05/13/67Aqu71 mileD02 MWithers Dr. FagerTumigaReason To Hail1:33.80
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