Ten Things You Should Know: Woodward Stakes

1) The Woodward Stakes is a Grade 1 race for horses 3-years-old and up at Saratoga Race Course in Saratoga Springs, New York. It is currently run at a distance of 1 1/8 miles on the dirt.

2) A traditional September stakes race in New York, it was run for the first time at Belmont in 1954. It moved to Aqueduct during the renovation of Belmont for most of the 1960s. It returned to Belmont in 1968 and remained there until it relocated to its present location at Saratoga in 2006.

3) The race is named for William Woodward, who was chairman of The Jockey Club from 1930 to 1950. As the head of Belair Stud, an historic Maryland breeding and racing operation, Woodward won over 600 races. Woodward’s Belair bred and owned a number of champions including two American Triple Crown winners: Gallant Fox (1930) and Omaha (1935).

4) The Woodward is a race that seen a fair share of monumental upsets, the most well-known of which is Prove Out’s victory over Secretariat in 1973. Other future Hall of Famers were also beaten by lesser lights in the Woodward, including Nashua (1956), Gallant Man and Bold Ruler (1957), Kelso (1964), Damascus (1968), and Tiznow (2001).

5) The 1967 Woodward Stakes is considered among the best races of the 20th century with the showdown between Damascus, Buckpasser, and Dr. Fager. Damascus and Dr. Fager were both 3-year-olds and Buckpasser, the 1966 Horse of the Year, was a year older. Damascus won by 10 lengths and would win the 1967 Horse of the Year. Dr. Fager would win the same award in 1968.

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