A June 5, 1870, New York Times recap of the event detailed how Nellie James and Kingfisher jumped to the head of the pack out of the gates, with Midday in third. As the horses roared past the judges table, Brown pushed Kingfisher into the lead, with Midday overtaking Nellie James, Doneraile in third, Stamps in fourth, Foster in fifth, and Nellie James and El Dorado bringing up the rear.
Past the base of the hill and as the horses came back into view toward the final stretch, it became clear that Kingfisher was going to take the crown, as Brown had the horse in front of the pack by two lengths.
Midday still maintained second place, with Foster on his heels and Nellie James by the latter’s side. Foster attempted to work his way out of the tie with Nellie James and make a late push for second place, but Midday made a maneuver to prevent Foster from overtaking his position as runner-up and even forced the colt to pull up.
The order wouldn’t last for long, as Foster made another attempt to take over second place and was successful the second time around. With Midday in the rearview mirror, Foster set his sights on Kingfisher, who only beat the former by a half-length in 2:59 1/2.