Cotillion Handicap

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Grade I race
Cotillion Handicap
Location Parx Racing and Casino
Bensalem, Pennsylvania, United States
Inaugurated 1969
Race type Thoroughbred - Flat racing
Website Parx Racing
Race information
Distance 11/16 miles (8.5 furlongs)
Track Dirt, left-handed
Qualification Three-year-old fillies
Weight Assigned
Purse $1,000,000

The F. Eugene Dixon, Jr. Cotillion Handicap is an American Thoroughbred horse race held annually at Parx Racing and Casino in Bensalem, Pennsylvania. Since 2010, it has been raced on the first Saturday in October as a prelude to the annual Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships. Prior to this change in date, it was held in September or October, usually a week or two before the Breeders' Cup; the new date annually attempts to draw a stronger field. The race is open to three-year-old filles, willing to race one and one-sixteenth miles (eight and a half furlongs) on the dirt. The Grade II event carries a purse of $500,000, and was given its current name following the 2006 death of Fitz Eugene Dixon, Jr. of the prominent Widener family of Philadelphia who have been major figures in Thoroughbred racing since the early part of the 20th Century.

The Cotillion has been upgraded to a Grade I event.

This race, which was inaugurated in 1969 at Liberty Bell Park in Northeast Philadelphia before thoroughbred racing moved to the then-Keystone Park (later known as Philadelphia Park) in nearby Bensalem in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, has produced five Eclipse Award winners. One of them is the multiple winner Susan's Girl who won this race in 1972. Starting in 2009, a "Ladies Day at the Races" is held, featuring several races featuring female jockeys.

Records[edit]

Speed record:

Most wins by a jockey:

Most wins by a trainer:

Most wins by an owner:

  • No owner has won this race more than once.

Winners[edit]

Year
Winner
Jockey
Trainer
Owner
Time
2013 Close Hatches Mike E. Smith William I. Mott Juddmonte Farms 1:44.03
2012 My Miss Aurelia Corey Nakatani Steven Asmussen Stonestreet Stables/Bolton 1:44.54
2011 Plum Pretty Rafael Bejarano Bob Baffert Peach Tree Stable 1:41.19
2010 Havre de Grace Jeremy Rose Anthony W. Dutrow Fox Hill Farms Inc. 1:40.93
2009 Careless Jewel Robert Landry Josie Carroll Donver Stables 1:41.40
2008 Seattle Smooth Jose Lezcano Anthony W. Dutrow Mercedes Stable 1:42.58
2007 Bear Now Jerry Baird Reade Baker Bear Stables 1:41.21
2006 India Joe Bravo Todd Pletcher Lyon Stables 1:43.26
2005 Nothing But Fun Richard Migliore Mike Hushion Barry K. Schwartz 1:46.64
2004 Ashado Eibar Coa Todd Pletcher Jack Wolf et al. 1:41.68
2003 Fast Cookie Nick Santagata William I. Mott Stonerside Stable 1:45.83
2002 Smok'n Frolic Jose Velez, Jr. Todd Pletcher Dogwood Stable 1:44.27
2001 Mystic Lady Eibar Coa Mark Hennig Lee Lewis 1:43.86
2000 Jostle Mike E. Smith John Servis Fox Hill Farms 1:42.54
1999 Skipping Around Mike McCarthy Robert W. Camac Arthur I. Appleton 1:43.45
1998 Lu Ravi Willie Martinez Carl Bowman Fujita Yoshio 1:43.55
1997 Snit Robert Colton Barclay Tagg William M. Backer 1:43.91
1996 Double Dee's Filiberto Leon James W. Ferraro Tri Bone Stable 1:44.69
1995 Clear Mandate Jose C. Ferrer George R. Arnold G. Watts Humphrey 1:42.87
1994 Sovereign Kitty Herb McCauley Richard Schosberg Heatherwood Farm 1:43.52
1993 Jacody Tommy Turner L. William Donovan Minranshe Nanbri Stable 1:43.22
1992 Star Minister Andrea Seefeldt Richard W. Small Robert E. Meyerhoff 1:44.06
1991
NO RACE
1990 Valay Maid Lazaro Saumell Carlos Garcia Mrs. Frank Wright 1:43.80
1989 Sharp Dance Kelly Castaneda P. Clifton Francis Ogden 1:45.80
1988 Aquaba Jean Cruguet Scotty Schulhofer King Ranch 1:44.40
1987 Silent Turn Randy Romero Angel Penna, Sr. Dennis Diaz 1:42.80
1986 Toes Knows Danny Wright James P. Simpson James P. Simpson 1:42.80
1985 Koluctoo's Jill Herb McCauley Robert Levine Robert Levine 1:42.80
1984 Squan Song Ruben Hernandez Carlos Garcia Due Process Stable 1:42.80
1984 Dowery Vince Bracciale, Jr. Frank A. Alexander D. L. Brooks
1983 Quixotic Lady Chris McCarron Woody Stephens Ross Valley Farm 1:42.80
1982 Lady Eleanor Craig Perret Bruce N. Levine Brandy Hills Farm 1:45.00
1981 Truly Bound Ronnie Franklin Bud Delp Windfields Farm 1:42.80
1980 Sugar and Spice Georges Martens John M. Veitch Calumet Farm 1:45.00
1979 Alada Jeffrey Fell R. G. Van Wert Meadow Stable 1:43.80
1978 Queen Lib Don MacBeth Harry Wells Raritan Stable 1:43.20
1977 Suede Shoe Tony Black Frank Whiteley, Jr. Peter M. Brant 1:42.60
1976 Revidere Jacinto Vasquez David A. Whiteley W. Haggin Perry 1:44.00
1975 My Juliet Don Brumfield Leland G. Ripley George Weasel, Jr. 1:43.60
1974 Honky Star Darrel McHargue David R. Vance Dan Lasater 1:44.00
1973 Lilac Hill Don MacBeth Tom Harraway Mc Erlanger 1:43.60
1972 Susan's Girl Victor Tejada John W. Russell Fred W. Hooper 1:44.20
1971 Alma North Frank Lovato Frank Zitto East Acres Stable 1:43.60
1970 Office Queen John L. Rotz Budd Lepman Stephen A. Calder 1:44.00
1969 Shuvee Jesse Davidson Willard C. Freeman Anne Minor Stone 1:43.20

† In 1987, Sacahuista won the race but was disqualified for interference and set back to second.

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