The Cigar Mile Rankings

The Cigar Mile Rankings
Photo: Eclipse Sportswire - Sue Kawczynski

With one of the more interesting looking Cigar Mile fields just a few days away, I decided to have a little fun with the prestigious, late-season race at Aqueduct. In 24 editions, there have been 23 winners (Congaree won it twice), of the Grade 1 race. Today, I took on the unenviable task of ranking all the winners, 1 through 23. To absolutely no one's surprise, the incomparable Cigar sits in the #1 spot. Remember this race was originally called the NYRA Mile, until the winner of the sixth edition went on to conquer the world. My basis for ranking the rest of them was on their overall racing career and a blending of excellence and accomplishments. Have fun and please let me know where you think I may have gone astray, and also where you think this year's winner will fit in...

1. Cigar 33-19-4-5

2. Forty Niner 19-11-5-0

3. Congaree 25-12-4-0

4. Left Bank 24-14-2-0

5. Rubiano 28-13-6-1

6. Dispersal 22-12-3-2

7. Discreet Cat 9-6-0-2

8. Affirmed Success 42-17-10-6

9. El Corredor 10-7-1-0

10. Kodiak Kowboy 23-11-4-3

11. To Honor and Serve 17-8-1-3

12. Quiet American 12-4-3-1

13. Sir Bear 71-19-12-14

14. Lion Tamer 20-8-3-2

15. Ibero 34-10-7-4 

16. Stay Thirsty 17-5-5-1

17. Gold Fever 18-7-4-1

18. Jersey Town 21-6-8-3

19. Purge 15-6-1-2

20. Tale of Ekati 12-5-1-0

21. Flying Chevron 12-5-1-1

22. Daaher 9-4-0-2

23. Devious Course 32-6-6-5


Meet Brian Zipse

Brian has been a passionate fan of horse racing his entire life. Taken to the races at a very young age, he has been lucky enough to see all the greats in person from Secretariat, Forego, and Ruffian through Rachel Alexandra, Zenyatta, American Pharoah and Justify. Before coming to the Nation, Brian displayed his love for the sport through the development of his horse racing website, which quickly became one of the most popular blogs in the game. His new racing partnership venture, Derby Day Racing, invites more fans to experience the thrill of racehorse ownership.

The Editor of Horse Racing Nation from 2010-2017, Brian authored a daily column as Zipse at the Track, created the popular racing show, HorseCenter and added his editorial flare to the overall content of the website. Now a Senior Writer for HRN, Brian continues to contribute his thoughts on racing, as well as hosting HorseCenter. A big supporter of thoroughbred aftercare, he serves as the President of The Exceller Fund.

Brian's work has also been published on several leading industry sites. He has consulted for leading contest site Derby Wars, is both a Hall of Fame and NTRA poll voter, and is a Vox Populi committee member. 

A horse owner and graduate of DePaul University, Brian lives just outside of Louisville with his wife Candice and daughter Kendra.

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