Pimlico Special

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Pimlico Special
Grade III race
Location Pimlico Race Course, Maryland
Baltimore, Maryland, United States
Inaugurated 1937
Race type Thoroughbred - Flat racing
Website www.pimlico.com
Race information
Distance 1³/16 miles (9.5 furlongs)
Track Dirt, left-handed
Qualification 3-years-old & Up
Weight Assigned
Purse $300,000

The Pimlico Special is an American thoroughbred horse race held at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Maryland in mid May. It is raced on dirt over a distance of 1³/16 miles (9.5 furlongs). The race is currently open to horses age three and older and offers a purse of $300,000.

The Pimlico Special was first run in 1937 and was won by that year's U.S. Triple Crown winner War Admiral who went on to be voted the American Horse of the Year. In 1938, the Pimlico Special was host to one of American racing's historic moments when Seabiscuit defeated War Admiral in a much anticipated match race. That race was covered by almost every major newspaper, magazine and radio station of the time.[1]

Discontinued after 1958, the race was revived as a handicap event in 1988 and made a graded stakes race one year later in 1989. The race was not eligible for grading in 2011 because it had not been run the previous two years.[2]

Eighteen Pimlico Special winners have gone on to win a Championship for Horse of the Year or an Eclipse Award as the best horse in their divisions. The latest was Invasor in 2006; others include Mineshaft, Real Quiet, Skip Away, Cigar, Criminal Type, Blushing John, Tom Fool, Capot, Citation, Assault, Armed, Twilight Tear, Whirlaway, Market Wise, Challedon, Seabiscuit and War Admiral.[3]

The Pimlico track record for 1³/16 miles is held by Farma Way who ran the distance in 1:52 2/5 while capturing the 1991 Pimlico Special.

Records[edit]

Speed record:

  • 1:52.40 - Farma Way (1991) (at current distance of 1³/16 miles)

Most wins by a horse:

Most wins by a jockey:

Most wins by a trainer:

Most wins by an owner:

Winners of the Pimlico Special since 1937[edit]

Year
Winner
Age
Jockey
Trainer
Owner
Distance
Time
Purse
Grade
2014 Revoltionary 4 Mike E. Smith Todd Pletcher WinStar Farm 1³/16 1:55.99 $300,000 III
2013 Last Gunfighter 4 Javier Castellano Chad Brown John D. Gunther 1³/16 1:58.50 $300,000 III
2012 Alternation 4 Luis Quinonez Donnie Von Hemel Pin Oak Stable 1³/16 1:57.60 $300,000 III
2011 No Race - No Race No Race No Race 1³/16 no race no race
2010 No Race - No Race No Race No Race 1³/16 no race no race I
2009 No Race - No Race No Race No Race 1³/16 no race no race I
2008 Student Council 6 Shaun Bridgmohan Steve Asmussen Millennium Farms 1³/16 1:54.87 $250,000 I
2007 No Race - No Race No Race No Race 1³/16 no race no race I
2006 Invasor 4 Ramon Dominguez Kiaran McLaughlin Shadwell Stable 1³/16 1:54.40 $500,000 I
2005 Eddington 4 Eibar Coa Mark A. Hennig Willmott Stables 1³/16 1:58.05 $500,000 I
2004 Southern Image 4 Victor Espinoza Michael Machowsky Blahut Stables 1³/16 1:55.89 $600,000 I
2003 Mineshaft 4 Robby Albarado Neil J. Howard Farish/Webber/Elkins 1³/16 1:56.16 $600,000 I
2002 No Race - No Race No Race No Race 1³/16 no race no race I
2001 Include 4 Jerry Bailey Bud Delp Brereton C. Jones 1³/16 1:55.61 $750,000 I
2000 Golden Missile 5 Kent Desormeaux Joe Orseno Frank Stronach 1³/16 1:54.65 $750,000 I
1999 Real Quiet 4 Gary Stevens Bob Baffert Michael E. Pegram 1³/16 1:54.31 $750,000 I
1998 Skip Away 5 Jerry Bailey Sonny Hine Carolyn Hine 1³/16 1:54.20 $750,000 I
1997 Gentlemen 5 Gary Stevens Richard Mandella Randall Dee Hubbard 1³/16 1:53.03 $600,000 I
1996 Star Standard 4 Pat Day Nick Zito Condren/Cornacchia 1³/16 1:54.40 $600,000 I
1995 Cigar 5 Jerry Bailey William I. Mott Allen E. Paulson 1³/16 1:53.60 $600,000 I
1994 As Indicated 4 Robbie Davis Richard Schosberg Heatherwood Farm 1³/16 1:55.00 $600,000 I
1993 Devil His Due 4 Herb McCauley H. Allen Jerkens Edith LiButti 1³/16 1:55.40 $600,000 I
1992 Strike the Gold 4 Craig Perret Nick Zito BCC Stable 1³/16 1:54.80 $700,000 I
1991 Farma Way 4 Gary Stevens D. Wayne Lukas Quarter B Farm 1³/16 1:52.40 $750,000 I
1990 Criminal Type 5 José Santos D. Wayne Lukas Calumet/J. K. Arnemann 1³/16 1:53.00 $1,000,000 I
1989 Blushing John 4 Angel Cordero, Jr. Richard J. Lundy Allen E. Paulson 1³/16 1:53.20 $700,000 II
1988 Bet Twice 4 Craig Perret Warren A. Croll, Jr. Blanche P. Levy 1³/16 1:54.20 $710,000
1959- 1987 No Races - No Races No Races No Races 1³/16 no races no races
1958 Vertex 4 Sam Boulmetis, Sr. Joseph F. Piarulli J. J. Brunetti/F. A. Piarulli 1³/16 2:00.60 $60,000
1957 Promised Land 3 Bill Hartack Hirsch Jacobs Ethel D. Jacobs 1³/16 1:57.40 $60,000
1956 Summer Tan 4 Dave Erb Sherrill W. Ward Mrs. J. W. Galbreath 1³/16 1:56.60 $60,000
1955 Sailor II 3 Hedley Woodhouse Preston M. Burch Isabel Dodge Sloane 1³/16 1:57.60 $66,500
1954 Helioscope 3 Sam Boulmetis, Sr. Howard Hausner William G. Helis, Jr. 1³/16 1:59.00 $60,000
1953 Tom Fool 4 Ted Atkinson John M. Gaver, Sr. Greentree Stable 1³/16 1:55.80 $50,000
1952 General Staff 4 Glen Lasswell Jimmy McGee Larry S. MacPhail 1³/16 1:57.40 $41,500
1951 Bryan G. 4 Ovie Scurlock Casey Hayes Meadow Stable 1³/16 1:57.40 $41,500
1950 One Hitter 4 Ted Atkinson John M. Gaver, Sr. Greentree Stable 1³/16 1:58.60 $25,000
1949 Capot 4 Ted Atkinson John M. Gaver, Sr. Greentree Stable 1³/16 1:56.80 $25,000
1948 Citation 3 Eddie Arcaro Horace A. Jones Calumet Farm 1³/16 1:59.80 $25,000
1947 Fervent 3 Albert Snider Ben A. Jones Calumet Farm 1³/16 1:58.40 $41,500
1946 Assault 3 Eddie Arcaro Max Hirsch King Ranch 1³/16 1:57.00 $41,500
1945 Armed 4 Douglas Dodson Ben A. Jones Calumet Farm 1³/16 1:58.80 $41,500
1944 Twilight Tear 3 Douglas Dodson Ben A. Jones Calumet Farm 1³/16 1:56.60 $41,500
1943 Shut Out 4 Eddie Arcaro John M. Gaver, Sr. Greentree Stable 1³/16 2:00.20 $41,500
1942 Whirlaway 4 George Woolf Ben A. Jones Calumet Farm 1³/16 2:00.40 $16,500
1941 Market Wise 3 Wendell Eads George W. Carroll Louis Tufano 1³/16 1:58.80 $16,500
1940 Challedon 4 George Woolf Don Cameron Branncastle Farm 1³/16 2:03.20 $16,500
1939 Challedon 3 Eddie Arcaro Louis J. Schaefer Branncastle Farm 1³/16 1:59.00 $16,500
1938 Seabiscuit 5 George Woolf Tom Smith Charles S. Howard 1³/16 1:56.60 $25,000
1937 War Admiral 3 Charley Kurtsinger George Conway Glen Riddle Farm 1³/16 1:58.80 $10,000
  • For 3-yr-olds in 1937 and 1954.
  • Walkovers in 1942 and 1948.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ 2007 Maryland Jockey Club Media Guide, page 47-52 on March 3, 2007.
  2. ^ Blood Horse: 2011 Graded Stakes: 13 Fewer Than '10
  3. ^ 2007 Maryland Jockey Club Media Guide, page 47-52 on March 3, 2007.