Oak Tree Derby

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Oak Tree Derby
Grade II race
Location Santa Anita Park
Arcadia, California, United States
Inaugurated 1969
Race type Thoroughbred - Flat racing
Website Oak Tree Racing Association
Race information
Distance 1 18 miles (9 furlongs)
Surface Turf
Track Left-handed
Qualification Three-year-olds
Weight Assigned
Purse $150,000

The Oak Tree Derby is a race for thoroughbred horses run at Santa Anita Park during the Oak Tree Racing Association meet each year. The Grade IIT event is open to three-year-old horses willing to race 1 18 miles on the turf and offers a purse of $150,000.

The Oak Tree Derby was inaugurated in 1969 as the Volante Handicap, and was named for Lucky Baldwin's 1885 American Derby winner, Volante, who was rode to the finish line by jockey Isaac Burns Murphy.

In 1997 the Volante Handicap was renamed the Oak Tree Derby. It was run on the undercard of the Saturday Breeders' Cup card in 2008 and 2009.

Records[edit]

Time record:

  • 1:44.48 - The Usual Q.T. (2009)

Most wins by an owner:

Most wins by a jockey:

Most wins by a trainer:

Winners of the Oak Tree Derby[edit]

Year
Winner
Jockey
Trainer
Owner
Time
2011 Ultimate Eagle Martin Pedroza Michael Pender B. J. Wright 1:47.03
2010‡ Fantastic Pick (GB) Corey Nakatani James Lloyd Jim Ford, Robert Maycock & Ken Smole 1:48.51
2009 The Usual Q.T. Victor Espinoza James M. Cassidy Don van Racing, Inc., et al. 1:44.48
2008 Muny David Flores Mike Puype Brewer Racing Stable, et al. 1:47.69
2007 Daytona (IRE) Mike Smith Dan L. Hendricks Davenport, Lenner, Ravich, Murray 1:46.40
2006 Dark Islander (IRE) Jose Valdivia, Jr. John Hills Donald M. Kerr 1:46.21
2005 Aragorn (IRE) Patrick Valenzuela Neil D. Drysdale Ballygallon Stud Ltd. 1:46.48
2004 Greek Sun Edgar Prado Robert J. Frankel Peter G. Angelos 1:48.08
2003 Devious Boy (GB) Julie Krone Kathy Walsh James R. Vreeland 1:48.92
2002 Johar Alex Solis Richard E. Mandella The Thoroughbred Corp. 1:46.00
2001 No Slip (FR) Kent Desormeaux Robert J. Frankel Amerman Racing Stables LLC 1:46.56
2000 Sign of Hope (GB) Alex Solis Neil D. Drysdale Relatively Stable 1:47.71
1999 Mula Gula Gary Stevens Jerry Hollendorfer Steven J. Gula 1:46.67
1998 Ladies Din Gary Stevens Julio Canani Lanni, Schiappa & Sloan 1:50.24
1997 Lasting Approval Alex Solis Diane L. Perkins Wimborne Farm 1:50.84
1996 Odyle Chris McCarron J. Paco Gonzalez Brimacombe, McCaffery & Toffan 1:46.83
1995 Helmsman Chris McCarron Wallace Dollase Horizon Stable, Jarvis & Taber 1:48.98
1994 Run Softly Laffit Pincay, Jr. Robert J. Frankel Juddmonte Farms 1:49.96
1993 Eastern Memories Jerry D. Bailey Mark A. Hennig Team Valor, Amerman & Stibor 1:48.00
1992 Blacksburg Alex Solis D. Wayne Lukas Overbrook Farm 1:48.00
1991 General Meeting Kent Desormeaux David Hofmans Golden Eagle Farm 1:46.78
1990 In Excess Gary Stevens Bruce L. Jackson Jack J. Munari 1:46.60
1989 Seven Rivers Robbie Davis Charles Whittingham Enemy Stable & Mandysland Farm 1:45.80
1988 Coax Me Clyde Patrick Valenzuela Barry Knight Vistas Stables 1:48.40
1987 The Medic Sandy Hawley Gary F. Jones Dr. Edward Giammarino 1:47.80
1986 Air Display Gary Stevens Darrell Vienna Apple, Forgnone, Levy, et al. 1:48.00
1985 Justoneoftheboys Alex Solis Ronald McAnally Cohen & Recachina 1:47.60
1984 Tights Chris McCarron Laz Barrera Mill House Stable 1:46.60
1983 Mamaison Chris McCarron Richard E. Mandella Bretzfield & Oliver 1:49.80
1982 Lamerok Laffit Pincay, Jr. Leroy Jolley Peter M. Brant 1:46.20
1981† Seafood Marco Castaneda Ronald McAnally Elmendorf Farm 1:49.00
1981† Waterway Drive Jerry Bailey Robin Frank Eric Frank 1:49.00
1980 Pocketful in Vail Fernando Toro Jerry M. Fanning Kahn, Morcus & Rosburg 1:47.80
1979 Hyannis Port Bill Shoemaker Charles Whittingham Bell Bloodstock Co. & C. Whittingham 1:47.60
1978 Wayside Station Laffit Pincay, Jr. John H. Adams El Peco Ranch 1:47.80
1977 Kulak Bill Shoemaker Charles Whittingham Bradley, C. Whittingham & Wynne, Jr. 1:46.80
1976 Today 'n Tomorrow Laffit Pincay, Jr. Roger E. Clapp Connie M. Ring 1:46.80
1975 Messenger of Song Jerry Lambert Gordon C. Campbell Bernard J. Ridder 1:46.80
1974 Within Hail Bill Shoemaker Charles Whittingham Bwamazon Farm 1:48.40
1973 NO RACE
1972 Bicker Glen Brogan Robert Wingfield Green Thumb Farm Stable 1:48.20
1971 Vegas Vic Howard Grant Randy Sechrest Fritz-Sechrest 1:48.20
1970 Mickey McGuire Bill Shoemaker Paul K. Parker Vanguard Stable-Madden 1:47.40
1969 Tell Bill Shoemaker Charles Whittingham Elizabeth A. Keck 1:46.80
‡ In 2010 run at Hollywood Park.
† In 1981, Seafood and Waterway Drive finished in a dead heat for the win.

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