Thoroughbred Racing Fan Association, Inc.
WHAT HORSE HAS WON THE WOODWARD STAKES THE MOST TIMES?
The Woodward Stakes over its 65-year history has been run at multiple distances ranging from one mile in 1954, the year of its inception, to 12 furlongs from 1972 to 1975. This year it is run at 9 furlongs. Some great horses have won the Woodward multiple times. Those winning it twice are: Sword Dancer (59,60), Slew o’ Gold (83,84), Cigar (95,96) and Lido Palace (01,02). Kelso won the Woodward Stakes three times (61,62,63). However, the record holder for the most wins of the Woodward Stakes is Forego (74,75,76,77). Only two fillies have won this prestigious race--- Rachel Alexandra in 2009 and Havre de Grace in 2011. Two trainers hold the record for the most wins with four: Robert Frankel and J. Elliott Burch. However, this year three trainers who currently won the Woodward Stakes three times have a chance to tie the record. They are: Pletcher with three entries ( Patch, Tapwrit and Rally Cry), Mott with one (Yoshida) and Asmussen with one (Hence).