Stop Two on the New York Derby Trail – the G3 Withers

Here are a couple of paragraphs from my recent article at

Saturday’s grade three Withers Stakes marks the second stop on the 2012 New York Derby Trail.  This year in New York there is $250,000 more of the Derby qualifying graded money available and the sequence of the races has been changed.

The Withers Stakes is named for David Dunham Withers, who was a businessman who made a fortune in the South prior to the Civil War.  He moved to the North where he owned and bred thoroughbreds from his 800 acre Brookdale Farm in Lincroft, NJ.  He was one of the founders of Jerome Park, an original member of the Jockey Club, and an owner of Monmouth Park.  The Withers was first run at old Jerome Park in 1874.  He actually won his namesake race in 1890, with his horse, King Eric.

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Matt Shifman, the man behind AndyScoggin, is a featured blogger covering NYRA and Monmouth Park for "Racing at the Jersey Shore" covers the racing scene at Monmouth Park and "A New York State of Racing" will discuss NYRA. Matt votes for the Top 10 Thoroughbreds in the NTRA Polls at www.NTRA/polls.
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