Red Carpet Handicap

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Red Carpet Handicap (formerly known as the Beverly Hills Handicap)
Grade III race
Location Del Mar Racetrack
relocated from the now closed Hollywood Park Racetrack
Inglewood, California, United States
Inaugurated 1968
Race type Thoroughbred - Flat racing
Website [1]
Race information
Distance 1 38 miles
Surface Turf
Track Left-handed
Qualification Fillies & Mares, 3-years-old & up
Weight Assigned
Purse $100,000

The Red Carpet Handicap (known until 2013 as the Beverly Hills Handicap) is an American Thoroughbred horse race held annually (as of 2014) during Del Mar racetrack's fall meet which has been created to accommodate the overflow of established races from closing of Hollywood Park. The Grade II is run over a distance of 1 38 miles on turf, and is open to fillies and mares three years of age and older.

A Grade I race since 1988, in 2003 The American Graded Stakes Committee of the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association amended its status to a Grade II event. Beginning in 2010 it is now a Grade IIIT.

Of note, is that Hall of Fame jockey Bill Shoemaker, who retired from riding in 1990, earned his first Grade I win as a trainer in the 1991 edition of the Beverly Hills Handicap with the filly, Alcando.

Since the inaugural running in 1968, the Beverly Hills Handicap has been contested at various distances:

  • 1 38 miles : 1968-1975, 2014-2015
  • 1 18 miles : 1976-1985, 1987-1995
  • 1 14 miles : 1986, 1996-2011

Records[edit]

Speed record: (at distance of 1 14 miles)

Most wins:

  • 2 - La Zanzara (1974, 1975)
  • 2 - Swingtime (1977, 1978)
  • 2 - Flawlessly (1992, 1993)
  • 2 - Astra (2001, 2002)
  • 2 - Black Mamba (NZ) (2008, 2009)

Most wins by a jockey:

Most wins by a trainer:

Winners[edit]

Year
Winner
Age
Jockey
Trainer
Owner
Time
2016 Nuovo Record (JPN) 5 Yasunari Iwata Makoto Saito Reiko Hara 2:15.56
2015 Rusty Slipper 5 Silvestre de Sousa H. Graham Motion RMJ Stables 2:15.34
2014 Three Hearts 4 Joe Talamo Neil Drysdale Team Valor International 2:15.54
2013 NO RACE
2012 Capital Plan 4 Joel Rosario Jerry Hollendorfer Hollendorfer/Dedomenico/Pickens 2:04.21
2011 Malibu Pier 4 Brice Blanc Carla Gaines Spendthrift Farm 2:01.01
2010 Turning Top 4 Brice Blanc Simon Callaghan Michael Tabor 2:01.69
2009 Black Mamba 6 Garrett Gomez John W. Sadler Doubledown Stable 1:59.72
2008 Black Mamba 5 Garrett Gomez John W. Sadler Double Down Stables 2:01.25
2007 Citronnade 4 David Flores Robert J. Frankel Frank Stronach 2:01.47
2006 Memorette 4 Victor Espinoza Bill Currin Betty Currin 2:00.16
2005 Megahertz 6 Alex Solis Robert J. Frankel Michael Bello 2:01.78
2004 Light Jig 4 Alex Solis Robert J. Frankel Khalid Abdullah 2:01.52
2003 Voodoo Dancer 5 Corey Nakatani Christophe Clement Green Hills Farm 2:00.80
2002 Astra 6 Kent Desormeaux Laura de Seroux Allen E. Paulson 1:58.56
2001 Astra 5 Kent Desormeaux Simon Bray Allen E. Paulson 1:59.61
2000 Happyanunoit 5 Brice Blanc Robert J. Frankel John & Jerry Amerman 1:59.32
1999 Virginie 5 Laffit Pincay, Jr. Richard Mandella Rio Claro Thoroughbreds 2:00.21
1998 Squeak 4 Gary Stevens Ben D. Cecil Gary A. Tanaka 2:01.56
1997 Windsharp 6 Corey Nakatani Wallace Dollase R&M Stephen/Thbd Corp 2:00.60
1996 Different 4 Chris McCarron Ron McAnally Sidney H. Craig 2:00.74
1995 Alpride 4 Chris McCarron Ron McAnally Jenny Craig 1:46.67
1994 Corrazona 4 Gary Stevens Richard Mandella La Presle Farm 1:47.40
1993 Flawlessly 5 Chris McCarron Charlie Whittingham Harbor View Farm 1:47.00
1992 Flawlessly 4 Chris McCarron Charlie Whittingham Harbor View Farm 1:47.13
1991 Alcando 5 Jesse J. Garcia Bill Shoemaker N. Cowan & A. Speelman 1:46.50
1990 Beautiful Melody * 4 Kent Desormeaux Richard Mandella Golden Eagle Farm 1:47.00
1990 Reluctant Guest * 4 Robbie Davis Richard Mandella Robert S. Folsom 1:47.00
1989 Claire Marine 4 Chris McCarron Charlie Whittingham S. L. Port & Whittingham 1:47.20
1988 Fitzwilliam Place 4 Aaron Gryder Charlie Whittingham Bruce McNall 1:47.20
1987 Auspiciante 6 Pat Valenzuela Ron McAnally Jack Kent Cooke 1:46.20
1986 Estrapade 6 Fernando Toro Charlie Whittingham Allen E. Paulson 1:59.00
1985 Johnica 4 Gary Stevens Bruce Headley Golden Eagle Farm 1:48.20
1984 Royal Heroine 4 Fernando Toro John Gosden Robert Sangster 1:47.20
1983 Absentia 4 Fernando Toro John Gosden Robert Sangster & Sucher 1:49.00
1982 Sangue 4 Bill Shoemaker Henry Moreno R. C. Parks 1:47.40
1981 Track Robbery 5 Pat Valenzuela Robert L. Wheeler Summa Stable 1:46.80
1980 Country Queen 5 Laffit Pincay, Jr. RandyWinick Blum, Sarant & Winick 1:47.00
1979 Giggling Girl 5 Chris McCarron Edwin J. Gregson Mrs. Montgomery Fisher 1:47.60
1978 Swingtime 6 Fernando Toro Charlie Whittingham M. J. Bradley/Whittingham 1:48.40
1977 Swingtime 5 Fernando Toro Charlie Whittingham M. J. Bradley/Whittingham 1:48.40
1976 Bastonera 5 Laffit Pincay, Jr. Henry Moreno Ann K. Elmore 1:50.20
1975 La Zanzara 5 Don Pierce Charlie Whittingham Aaron U. Jones 2:14.80
1974 La Zanzara 4 Don Pierce Charlie Whittingham Aaron U. Jones 2:14.20
1973 Le Cle 4 Bill Shoemaker Charlie Whittingham Howard B. Keck 2:14.80
1972 Hill Circus 4 Bill Shoemaker John H. Adams El Peco Ranch 2:13.20
1971 Manta 5 Laffit Pincay, Jr. Farrell W. Jones Elmendorf 2:12.20
1970 Pattee Canyon 5 Bill Shoemaker Stanley M. Reiser Barbara Hunter 2:13.00
1969 Miss Ribot 4 Don Pierce Frank E. Childs P. L. & C. T. Grissom 2:16.40
1968 Pink Pigeon 4 Wayne Harris Paul K. Parker Preston Madden 2:15.00
*In 1990 there was a DH for first place.