Ack Ack Handicap (Churchill Downs)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Ack Ack Handicap
Grade III race
Location Churchill Downs
Louisville, Kentucky, United States
Inaugurated 1991
Race type Thoroughbred - Flat racing
Website www.churchilldowns.com
Race information
Distance 1 mile (8 furlongs)
Surface Dirt
Track left-handed
Qualification Three-years-old & up
Weight Assigned
Purse US$100,000 (2015)

The Ack Ack Handicap is a Grade III race for Thoroughbred horses run annually during the first week of November at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky. Open to horses aged three and up, it is contested at a distance of 8 furlongs (one mile) on the dirt.

Since inception in 1991, the Ack Ack Handicap has been contested at three different distances:

  • 8 furlongs : 1991, 2006–2009, 2012
  • 7.5 furlongs : 1994-2005
  • 8.5 furlongs : 2010, 2011 (Breeders' Cup)

The race is named for the great Ack Ack, inducted into the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame in 1986 and the Horse of the Year in 1971, as well as ranking number 44 in the Blood-Horse magazine List of the Top 100 U.S. Racehorses of the 20th Century.

Records[edit]

Speed record
  • 1:33.78 - Pants on Fire (2013) (at current distance of 8 furlongs)
  • 1:27.15 - Cappuchino (2003) (at previous distance of 7.5 furlongs)
Most wins
  • No horse has won this race more than once.
Most wins by a jockey
Most wins by a trainer
Most wins by an owner

Winners of the Ack Ack Handicap since 1991[edit]

Year
Winner
Age
Jockey
Trainer
Owner
Distance
(Miles)
Time
Purse
Grade
2016 Tom's Ready 3 Brian Joseph Hernandez, Jr. Dallas Stewart G M B Racing 1 mile 1:34.86 $100,000 III
2015 Tapiture 4 Ricardo Santana, Jr. Steven M. Asmussen Winchell Thoroughbreds 1 mile 1:35.39 $100,000 III
2014 Bradester 4 Corey Lanerie Eddie Kenneally Joseph W. Sutton 1 mile 1:34.54 $107,300 III
2013 Pants on Fire 5 Paco Lopez Kelly J. Breen Lori & George Hall 1 mile 1:33.78 $100,000 III
2012 Neck 'n Neck 3 Brian Hernandez, Jr. Ian R. Wilkes A. Stevens Miles, Jr. 1 mile 1:36.38 $100,000 III
2011 Mister Mardi Gras 3 Julien Leparoux Chris M. Block Lothenbach Stables 1 116 mile 1:45.68 $65,000 III
2010 Apart 3 Garrett Gomez Albert M. Stall, Jr. Adele B. Dilschneider 1 116 mile 1:43.79 $100,000 III
2009 Demarcation 5 Jesus Castanon Paul J. McGee Amerman Racing Stables 1 mile 1:36.15 $111,000 III
2008 Magna Graduate 6 Shaun Bridgmohan Steve Asmussen Elizabeth H. Alexander 1 mile 1:36:06 $180,000 III
2007 Istan 5 Kent Desormeaux William I. Mott Darpat SL Stables et al. 1 mile 1:34.08 $350,000 III
2006 Its No Joke 4 Robby Albarado Rebecca Maker Stanley E. Fulton 1 mile 1:34.77 $400,000 III
2005 Straight Line 3 Shaun Bridgmohan Harvey L. Vanier Nancy Vanier & Cartwright T'breds 7.5 fur. 1:28.34 $200,000 III
2004 Sir Cherokee 4 Calvin Borel Michael A. Tomlinson Domino Stud 7.5 fur. 1:29.48 $275,000 III
2003 Cappuchino 4 Jon Court Jerry Hollendorfer H. Litt, G. Todaro, J. Hollendorfer 7.5 fur. 1:27.15 $275,000 III
2002 Twilight Road 5 Pat Day Paul J. McGee Donamire Farm 7.5 fur. 1:29.39 $200,000 III
2001 Illusioned 3 Pat Day William I. Mott Kinsman/Team Valor/Heiligbrodt 7.5 fur. 1:28.63 $200,000 III
2000 Chindi 6 Tim Doocy Steve Hobby Cres Ran LLC 7.5 fur. 1:29.30 $200,000 III
1999 Littlebitlively 5 Calvin Borel Bobby C. Barnett John A. Franks 7.5 fur. 1:28.97 $200,000 III
1998 Distorted Humor 5 Calvin Borel W. Elliott Walden R. Reineman/Prestonwood Farm 7.5 fur. 1:29.61 $200,000 III
1997 Cat's Career 4 Willie Martinez Lynn S. Whiting Golden Eagle Farm 7.5 fur. 1:32.06 $200,000 III
1996 Western Trader 5 Calvin Borel Bobby C. Barnett John A. Franks 7.5 fur. 1:29.84 $200,000
1995 Mystery Storm 3 Carlos Gonzalez Larry Robideaux, Jr. David Beard 7.5 fur. 1:29.10 $200,000
1994 Lost Pan 4 Donna Barton D. Wayne Lukas Overbrook Farm 7.5 fur. 1:30.27 $140,000
1993 No Race - No Race No Race No Race no race 0:00.00 no race
1992 No Race - No Race No Race No Race no race 0:00.00 no race
1991 Seven Spades 4 Danny Cox C. Neil Huffman Duane Clark 1 mile 1:37.60 $100,000

References[edit]