1917: The Coaching Club American Oaks, a new filly classic

CCAO ad (TB Record, Vol. 85 No. 3, 1917.01.20)

The Thoroughbred Record (Vol. 85, No. 3), 01/20/1917

“The Westchester Racing Association is issuing blanks for a new serial stake which will undoubtedly prove one of the classics of America. The race is for three-year-old mares. In 1917, it will be run at the spring meeting of the Westchester Racing Association as a handicap; $3,000 guaranteed cash value, 1 ⅛ miles; in 1918 at this Association as a handicap, $4,000 guaranteed cash value, one and one-quarter miles, and 1919 at the spring meeting as a condition race, guaranteed cash value $5,000, one mile and three furlongs, and this last race will be known as “The Coaching Club American Oaks.”

These races will all close with the Secretary of the Westchester Racing Association on February 5, 1917. The 1917 race being for then three-year-olds; the 1918 race for then two-year-olds, and the 1919 race for then yearlings. To these races the Coaching Club of America will add the historical old Singleton Cup, to become the property of the owner winning the race three times, not necessarily consecutively, and will also add to each race a silver trophy to become the property of the winning owner of that year.

The Singleton Cup is a trophy donated in 1820 by the South Carolina Jockey Club, to be raced for over its Washington Course at Charleston, South Carolina, “to be liable for challenge hereafter, and must be won by the same gentleman three consecutive years or remain unchallenged during that period, before his property in it is complete.” This race was at two mile heats, weight-for-age, and was won by Colonel Singleton’s “Sally Taylor,” which was bred by Col. Singleton, and was by his famous horse “Kosciusko,” which had as a four-year-old won this race at three mile heats in 1819.

Such races as the above for mares is a thing very much needed at the present time on the American turf, as the question of elimination for breeding purposes is a much vexed one, and this race will eventually be known as “The Oaks” and the owner of the winner can point to the victories of the matron in such races with the same pride that the Englishman does to the winner of their female classic –their Oaks.” (The Thoroughbred Record (Vol. 85, No. 1), 01/06/1917)

1917 (as the Coaching Club Handicap): Won by Wistful (she would also win it again in 1949)

CCAO 1917 chart (DRF 1917.06.17)

Daily Racing Form, 06/17/1917

1918 (as the Coaching Club Handicap): Won by Rose D’Or

CCAO 1918 chart (DRF 1918.06.16)

Daily Racing Form, 06/16/1918

1919 (as the Coaching Club American Oaks): Won by Polka Dot

CCAO 1919 chart (DRF 1919.06.08)

Daily Racing Form, 06/08/1919


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