Santa Margarita Invitational Handicap

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Santa Margarita Invitational Handicap
Grade I race
Location Santa Anita Park
Arcadia, California, United States
Inaugurated 1935
Race type Thoroughbred - Flat racing
Website Santa Anita Park
Race information
Distance 1 18 miles (9 furlongs)
Surface Dirt
Track Left-handed
Qualification Fillies and Mares, four years old & up
Weight Assigned
Purse $350,000 (2014)

The Santa Margarita Invitational Handicapis an American Grade I Thoroughbred horse race run annually in early March at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, California. An invitation race for fillies and mares age four and older, it is contested on dirt over a distance of one and one-eighths miles.

Inaugurated in 1935, the race was open to all horses age three and older until 1938 when it was restricted to filles and mares.

Since inception, the Santa Margarita Handicap has been raced at various distances:

  • 7 furlongs : 1935-1936
  • 6 furlongs : 1937
  • 8.5 furlongs (1 116 miles) 1938-1941, 1945–1948, 1953-1954.
  • 9 furlongs (1 18 miles) : 1949-1952, 1955 present

There was no race from 1942 through 1944 as a result of World War II.

The Santa Margarita Handicap was run in two divisions in 1964. The first time it was run as an invitational event was in 1968.

Records[edit]

Speed record: (at current distance of 1 18 miles)

Most wins:

  • 2 - Our Betters (1956, 1957)
  • 2 - Curious Clover (1964, 1965)
  • 2 - Tizna - (1974, 1975)
  • 2 - Bayakoa (1989, 1990)
  • 2 - Paseana (1992, 1994)

Most wins by a jockey:

Most wins by a trainer:

Most wins by an owner:

Winners of the Santa Margarita Invitational Handicap since 1935[edit]

Year
Winner
Age
Jockey
Trainer
Owner
Time
2014 Let Faith Arise 4 Corey Nakatani Jerry Hollendorfer Tommy Town Thoroughbreds 1:48.70
2013 Joyful Victory 5 Rosie Napravnik J. Larry Jones Fox Hill Farms 1:49.53
2012 Include Me Out 4 Joe Talamo Ron Ellis Jay Em Ess Stable 1:47.62
2011 Miss Match (ARG) 6 Garrett Gomez Neil Drysdale Matthew Cloros 1:47.33
2010 Zenyatta 6 Mike E. Smith John Shirreffs Jerry & Ann Moss 1:48.20
2009 Life Is Sweet 4 Garrett Gomez John Shirreffs Pam & Martin Wygod 1:48.71
2008 Nashoba's Key 5 Joe Talamo Carla Gaines Warren B. Williamson 1:48.82
2007 Balance 4 Victor Espinoza David Hofmans Amerman Racing 1:49.25
2006 Healthy Addiction 5 Jon Court John W. Sadler Pamela C. Ziebarth 1:48.18
2005 Tarlow 4 Pat Valenzuela John Shirreffs Ann & Jerry Moss 1:49.41
2004 Adoration 5 Mike E. Smith David Hofmans Amerman Racing 1:48.86
2003 Starrer 5 Pat Valenzuela John Shirreffs George Krikorian 1:48.20
2002 Azeri 4 Mike E. Smith Laura de Seroux Allen E. Paulson Trust 1:49.01
2001 Lazy Slusan 6 David Flores John K. Dolan Dolan & Longo 1:48.59
2000 Riboletta 5 Corey Nakatani Eduardo Inda Aaron & Marie Jones 1:50.40
1999 Manistique 4 Gary Stevens John Shirreffs 505 Farms 1:48.31
1998 Toda Una Dama 5 Goncalino Almeida Ron McAnally Janis R. Whitham 1:48.87
1997 Jewel Princess 5 Corey Nakatani Wallace Dollase Stephen & Stephen / TTC 1:49.30
1996 Twice The Vice 5 Chris McCarron Ronald W. Ellis Pam & Martin Wygod 1:49.53
1995 Queens Court Queen 6 Corey Nakatani Ron McAnally Alex G. Campbell, Jr. 1:48.81
1994 Paseana (ARG) 7 Chris McCarron Ron McAnally Sidney H. Craig 1:49.12
1993 Southern Truce 5 Corey Nakatani Roger Stein Regal Rose Stable 1:49.46
1992 Paseana (ARG) 5 Chris McCarron Ron McAnally Sidney H. Craig 1:47.48
1991 Little Brianne 6 Julio A. Garcia Jack Van Berg Robert Alick 1:48.40
1990 Bayakoa (ARG) 6 Chris McCarron Ron McAnally M/M Frank Whitham 1:48.40
1989 Bayakoa (ARG) 5 Laffit Pincay, Jr. Ron McAnally M/M Frank Whitham 1:48.40
1988 Flying Julia 5 Frank Olivares Donn Luby James Marino 1:50.40
1987 North Sider 5 Angel Cordero, Jr. D. Wayne Lukas Lukas/Paul Paternostro 1:48.80
1986 Lady's Secret 4 Jorge Velasquez D. Wayne Lukas M/M Eugene Klein 1:47.00
1985 Lovlier Linda 5 Chris McCarron Willard L. Proctor William R. Hawn 1:48.00
1984 Adored 4 Fernando Toro Laz Barrera Ethel D. Jacobs 1:48.60
1983 Marimbula 5 Sandy Hawley Michael Whittingham Oak Cliff Stable 1:48.20
1982 Ack's Secret 6 Laffit Pincay, Jr. Michael Whittingham Oak Cliff Stable 1:47.60
1981 Princess Karenda 4 Laffit Pincay, Jr. Gene Cleveland Farish & Jones 1:47.20
1980 Glorious Song 4 Chris McCarron Gerry Belanger N.B. Hunt / F. Stronach 1:48.40
1979 Sanedtki 5 Bill Shoemaker Charlie Whittingham Serge Fradkoff 1:47.80
1978 Taisez Vous 4 Don Pierce Robert L. Wheeler Vernon D. & Ann Eachus 1:49.00
1977 Lucie Manet 4 Darrel McHargue Jaime Villagomez Valpredo & Valpredo 1:48.40
1976 Fascinating Girl 4 Fernando Toro Tommy Doyle Golden Eagle Farm 1:49.40
1975 Tizna 6 Don Pierce Henry Moreno Nile Financial Corp. 1:48.60
1974 Tizna 5 Fernando Toro Henry Moreno Nile Financial Corp. 1:50.80
1973 Susan's Girl 4 Laffit Pincay, Jr. John W. Russell Fred W. Hooper 1:47.80
1972 Turkish Trousers 4 Bill Shoemaker Charlie Whittingham Mrs. Howard B. Keck 1:47.80
1971 Manta 5 Laffit Pincay, Jr. Farrell W. Jones Elmendorf 1:48.80
1970 Gallant Bloom 4 John L. Rotz William J. Hirsch King Ranch 1:50.60
1969 Princessnesian 5 Don Pierce James W. Maloney William Haggin Perry 1:53.00
1968 Gamely 4 Manuel Ycaza James W. Maloney William Haggin Perry 1:49.00
1967 Miss Moona 4 Laffit Pincay, Jr. Steve Ippolito Jacnot Stable 1:50.20
1966 Straight Deal II 4 Bill Shoemaker Hirsch Jacobs Ethel D. Jacobs 1:48.60
1965 Curious Clover 5 Kenneth Church Clyde Turk Louis R. Rowan 1:49.60
1964 Curious Clover 4 Kenneth Church Clyde Turk Louis R. Rowan 1:48.80
1964 Batteur 4 Manuel Ycaza James W. Maloney William Haggin Perry 1:49.00
1963 Pixie Erin 4 Peter Moreno Joseph S. Dunn Howard B. Keck 1:54.20
1962 Queen America 6 George Taniguchi Clyde Turk Beaty & Dorney 1:49.40
1961 Sister Antoine 4 William Harmatz Hirsch Jacobs Ethel D. Jacobs 1:49.60
1960 Silver Spoon 4 Eddie Arcaro Robert L. Wheeler C. V. Whitney 1:48.80
1959 Bug Brush 4 Angel Valenzuela Robert L. Wheeler C. V. Whitney 1:48.20
1958 Born Rich 5 Manuel Ycaza Carl A. Roles Poltex Stable 1:50.60
1957 Our Betters 5 Johnny Longden William Molter C. H. Jones & Sons 1:49.00
1956 Our Betters 4 Eddie Arcaro William Molter C. H. Jones & Sons 1:49.20
1955 Blue Butterfly 6 Johnny Longden Vance Longden Alberta Ranches, Ltd. 1:48.60
1954 Cerise Reine 4 Bill Shoemaker Noble Threewitt Ada L. Rice 1:47.00
1953 Spanish Cream 5 Eric Guerin Allen Drumheller H. W. Collins Stable 1:44.80
1952 Bed O' Roses 5 Bill Shoemaker William C. Winfrey Alfred G. Vanderbilt II 1:51.40
1951 Special Touch 4 Bill Shoemaker Allen Drumheller James N. Crofton 1:48.60
1950 Two Lea 4 Steve Brooks Horace A. Jones Calumet Farm 1:52.80
1949 Lurline B. 4 Walter Litzenberg Darrell Cannon Elobee Farm 1:53.00
1948 Miss Doreen 6 Johnny Longden Hurst Philpot Charles S. Howard 1:46.00
1947 Monsoon 5 Ralph Neves Lydell T. Ruff C. V. Whitney 1:43.00
1946 Canina 5 Johnny Longden Bob R. Roberts Aaron Hirschberg 1:43.40
1945 Busher 3 Johnny Longden George M. Odom Louis B. Mayer 1:43.00
1941 Omelet 5 Jack Westrope George Adams Vegas Stock Farm 1:47.20
1940 Fairy Chant 3 Douglas Dodson Richard E. Handlen William duPont, Jr. 1:46.80
1939 Flying Lee 4 Sam Renick Duval A. Headley Hal Price Headley 1:47.20
1938 Primulus 5 Lester Balaski Thomas C. Griffin Frank Smith 1:49.00
1937 Stand Pat 6 Willie Saunders Frank Gilpin Edward F. Seagram 1:13.00
1936 Singing Wood 5 Robert Jones William J. Norton Liz Whitney 1:23.00
1935 Ted Clark 5 Clyde Turk Charles A. Marone C. N. Mooney 1:26.40

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