American Handicap

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American Stakes
Grade III race
Location Santa Anita Park
Arcadia, California, USA
(moved from the shuttered Hollywood Park Racetrack
Inglewood, California, United States)
Inaugurated 1938
Race type Thoroughbred - Flat racing
Website Santa Anita Park
Race information
Distance 1 18 miles (9 furlongs) until 2010, now 8 furlongs
Surface Turf
Track Left-handed
Qualification Three-year-olds & up
Weight Assigned
Purse $100,000

The American Stakes, previously the American Handicap, is an American Thoroughbred horse race. It is now held at Santa Anita Park in the middle of May. It is open to horses, age three and up, willing to race one mile on the turf. A Grade III event, it currently carries a purse of $100,000.

It was originally run near the end of June at Hollywood Park Racetrack in Inglewood, California until that track was closed in 2013. In 2011, the distance was shortened to one mile from nine furlongs.

South African import Colorado King equalled the then-current world record for 1 18 miles in winning the 1964 edition.

Records[edit]

Speed record:

  • 1:45.60 Clever Song (1987) (for one mile)
  • 1:32.95 Obviously (IRE) (2013) at present distance

Winners since 1999[edit]

Year
Winner
Age
Jockey
Trainer
Owner
Time
2015 Bal a Bali (BRZ) 5 Flavien Prat Richard E. Mandella Fox Hill Farms/Sienna Farms 1:35.69
2014 Obviously (IRE) 6 Joe Talamo Phil D'Amato Fanticola/Scardino 1:33.39
2013 Obviously (IRE) 5 Julien Leparoux Neil D. Drysdale Pandora Stud 1:32.95
2012 Wilkinson 4 Martin A. Pedroza Jeff Mullins Edward K. Gaylord II 1:33.37
2011 Ryehill Dreamer 5 Joe Talamo Julio Canani Marsha Naify 1:33.55
2010 Global Hunter 7 Joel Rosario A C Avila L-Bo Racing/Pyle 1:48
2009 Monterey Jazz 5 Tyler Baze Craig Dollase A&R Stables/Class Racing Stable 1:46.11
2008 Whatsthescript 4 Isaias Enriquez John W. Sadler Tommy Town Thb. LLC 1:46.34
2007 Out of Control 4 Michael Baze Robert J. Frankel Stud TNT 1:46.89
2006 The Tin Man 8 Victor Espinoza Richard Mandella Aury & Ralph E. Todd 1:46.24
2005 Whilly 4 Felipe Martinez Doug F. O'Neill Triple B Farms 1:46.30
2004 Bayamo 5 David Flores Julio C. Canani Prestonwood Farm 1:46.60
2003 Candy Ride 4 Gary Stevens Ron McAnally Sidney & Jenny Craig 1:46.20
2002 The Tin Man 4 Mike E. Smith Richard Mandella Aury & Ralph E. Todd 1:46.82
2001 Takarian 6 Garrett Gomez C. Beau Greely Columbine Stable et al. 1:48.19
2000 Dark Moondancer 5 Chris McCarron Ron McAnally Charles Cella 1:46.74
1999 Takarian 4 Garrett Gomez C. Beau Greely Columbine Stable et al. 1:47.37

Earlier winners[edit]

  • 1998 - Magellan
  • 1997 - El Angelo
  • 1996 - Labeeb
  • 1995 - Silver Wizard
  • 1994 - Blue Traveller
  • 1993 - Toussaud
  • 1992 - Man From Eldorado
  • 1991 - Tight Spot
  • 1990 - Classic Fame
  • 1989 - Mister Wonderful
  • 1988 - Skip Out Front
  • 1987 - Clever Song
  • 1986 - Al Mamoon
  • 1985 - Tsunami Slew
  • 1984 - Bel Bolide
  • 1983 - John Henry
  • 1982 - Spence Bay
  • 1981 - Bold Tropic
  • 1980 - Bold Tropic
  • 1979 - Smoggy
  • 1978 - Effervescing
  • 1977 - Hunza Dancer
  • 1976 - King Pellinore
  • 1975 - Montmartre
  • 1974 - Plunk
  • 1973 - Kentuckian
  • 1972 - Buzkashi
  • 1971 - Ack Ack
  • 1970 - Fiddle Isle
  • 1969 - Poleax
  • 1968 - Pink Pigeon
  • 1967 - Pretense
  • 1966 - Travel Orb
  • 1965 - Native Diver
  • 1964 - Colorado King
  • 1963 - Dr. Kacy
  • 1962 - Prove It
  • 1961 - Prince Blessed
  • 1960 - Prize Host
  • 1959 - Hillsdale
  • 1958 - How Now
  • 1957 - Find
  • 1956 - Swaps
  • 1955 - Alidon
  • 1954 - Rejected
  • 1953 - Royal Serenade
  • 1952 - Admiral Drake
  • 1951 - Citation
  • 1950 - Noor
  • 1949 - Double Jay
  • 1948 - Stepfather
  • 1947 - Burning Dream
  • 1946 - Quick Reward
  • 1945 - Bull Reigh
  • 1944 - Paperboy
  • 1943 - No race
  • 1942 - No race
  • 1941 - Mioland
  • 1940 - Viscounty
  • 1939 - Kayak II
  • 1938 - Ligaroti

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