Affirmed Stakes (LATC)

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This article is about the thoroughbred horse race held at Santa Anita Park. For the former Florida Stallion Stakes thoroughbred horse race with similar name at Calder Race Course, see Affirmed Stakes (FS).
Affirmed Stakes
Grade III race

Santa Anita Park
Arcadia, California, USA

relocated from the now closed Hollywood Park Racetrack
Inglewood, California, United States
Inaugurated 1979
Race type Thoroughbred - Flat racing
Race information
Distance 1 116 miles (8.5 furlongs)
Surface Dirt
Track left-handed
Qualification Three-year-olds
Weight Assigned
Purse $100,000

The Affirmed Stakes (formerly the Affirmed Handicap) is an American Thoroughbred horse race administered by the Los Angeles Turf Club and run annually at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, California. Raced in late-June or early-July, the Grade III event is open to three-year-old horses and is contested on dirt over a distance of 1 116 miles (8.5 furlongs).

Inaugurated in 1979 as the Silver Screen Handicap, in 1993 the race was renamed to honor the 1978 U.S. Triple Crown champion, Affirmed. The race was also called the Affirmed Handicap.

The event was originally held at Hollywood Park Racetrack but after the track was closed in 2013 the race was moved to Santa Anita Park.

Since inception, the race has been contested at various distances:

  • 1 18 miles : 1979-1984, 1987–1994
  • 1 mile : 1985-1986
  • 1 116 miles : 1995–present


Speed record: (at current distance of 1 116 miles)

  • 1:40.83 - General Challenge (1999)

Most wins by a jockey:

Most wins by a trainer:


2016 Dalmore Kent Desormeaux J. Keith Desormeaux Big Chief Racing et al. 1:40.84
2015 Gimme Da Lute Martin Garcia Bob Baffert Watson/Pegram/Weitman 1:41.40
2014 Can the Man Martin Garcia Bob Baffert Kaleem Shah 1:44.27
2013 Tiz a Minister Corey Nakatani Paul Aguirre SAY Racing 1:45.79
2012 Nonios Martin A. Pedroza Jerry Hollendorfer Green B. Smith, Jr. 1:42.99
2011 Coil Martin Garcia Bob Baffert Mike Pegram/Watson/Weitman 1:42.88
2010 Golden Itiz Tyler Baze Ron Ellis Jay Em Ess Stable 1:42.84
2009 Grazen Rafael Bejarano Mike R. Mitchell Nicholas B. Alexander 1:41.40
2008 Two Step Salsa Martin Pedroza Julio C. Canani Everest Stables 1:41.57
2007 Desert Code Richard Migliore David Hofmans Tarabilla Farms 1:44.21
2006 Point Determined Victor Espinoza Bob Baffert Bob & Beverly Lewis 1:42.55
2005 Indian Ocean Jon Court Jay M. Robbins Mercedes Stable 1:42.53
2004 Boomzeeboom Victor Espinoza Vladimir Cerin John Karubian/ Alan Landsburg 1:42.11
2003 Eye of the Tiger Alex Solis Jerry Hollendorfer John D. Gunther 1:42.30
2002 Came Home Chris McCarron J. Paco Gonzalez Toffan & McCaffery et al. 1:41.99
2001 Until Sundown Gary Stevens Laura de Seroux San Gabriel Investmenrs et al. 1:43.10
2000 Tiznow Victor Espinoza Jay M. Robbins M. Cooper/C. Straub-Rubens 1:42.35
1999 General Challenge David Flores Bob Baffert Golden Eagle Farm 1:40.83
1998 Old Trieste Chris McCarron Mike Puype Gary Bisantz 1:41.80
1997 Deputy Commander Corey Nakatani Wallace Dollase Horizon stable, et al. 1:42.80
1996 Hesabull Eddie Delahoussaye Mike Chambers Ron Judy 1:43.20
1995 Mr. Purple Corey Nakatani Ron McAnally Alex Campbell, Jr. 1:42.20
1994 R Friar Tuck Jerry Bailey Ian Jory S. David Plummer 1:49.00
1993 Codified Gary Stevens David Hofmans Not found 1:48.80
1992 Natural Nine Laffit Pincay, Jr. Lewis Cenicola John Elardi 1:49.40
1991 Compelling Sound Gary Stevens Charlie Whittingham Jerry Moss 1:47.80
1990 Stalwart Charger Laffit Pincay, Jr. Pico Perdomo Sidney & Dorothy Factor 1:48.40
1989 Raise a Stanza Corey Black Jay M. Robbins Jack Kent Cooke 1:48.40
1988 Iz a Saros Aaron Gryder Joe Manzi not found 1:49.00
1987 Candi's Gold Gary Stevens Edwin J. Gregson David J. & Elizabeth P. Whelan 1:47.60
1986 Melair Pat Valenzuela John W. Sadler Marianne Millard & Bea Rous 1:32.80
1985 Pancho Villa Laffit Pincay, Jr. D. Wayne Lukas D. Wayne Lukas & L. R. French, Jr. 1:33.80
1984 Tights Laffit Pincay, Jr. Laz Barrera Mill House 1:48.60
1983 My Habitony Donald Pierce Art Lerille Olga J. Pejsa 1:48.60
1982 Journey at Sea Chris McCarron Ross Fenstermaker Fred W. Hooper 1:46.80
1981 Stancharry Pat Valenzuela Melvin F. Stute Cole, Freeman & Gold 1:51.00
1980 Score Twenty Four Darrel McHargue James Jordan Score Stable & Fred Purner, Jr. 1:48.20
1979 Valdez Laffit Pincay, Jr. Laz Barrera Aaron & Marie Jones 1:47.40