Charles Whittingham Memorial Handicap
|Location||Hollywood Park Racetrack
Inglewood, California, United States
|Race type||Thoroughbred - Flat racing|
|Distance||1¼ miles (10 furlongs)|
|Qualification||Three-year-olds & Up|
The Charles Whittingham Memorial Handicap is an American Thoroughbred horse race run annually during the second week of June at Hollywood Park Racetrack in Inglewood, California. Open to horses age three and older, it is contested on turf at a distance of one mile and a quarter (10 furlongs).
A Grade II event, it is run at a distance of 1¼ miles and currently carries a purse of $300,000.
Inaugurated in 1969, it was run at a distance of a mile and a half (12 furlongs) until 1987.
Until 1999, the race was named the Hollywood Invitational Turf Handicap, often just referred to as the Hollywood Invitational Handicap. The race was renamed in honor of the U.S. Racing Hall of Fame trainer Charlie Whittingham (1913-1999) who saddled many memorable winners at Hollywood Park and whose seven victories in the Hollywood Invitational Turf Handicap race is the most for any trainer.
Time record: (at current distance of 1¼ miles)
- 1:57.75 - Bien Bien (1993) (new course record)
Most wins by an owner:
- 3 - Dotsam Stable (1980, 1981, 1984)
Most wins by a jockey:
- 4 - Bill Shoemaker (1970, 1971, 1976, 1978)
- 4 - Laffit Pincay, Jr. (1973, 1981, 1982, 1983)
- 4 - Chris McCarron (1984, 1987, 1993, 2001)
- 4 - Gary Stevens (1991, 1992, 1994, 2003)
- 4 - Alex Solis (1997, 1999, 2005, 2007)
Most wins by a trainer:
- 7 - Charles Whittingham (1970, 1971, 1976, 1978, 1982, 1983, 1987)