Donn Handicap

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Donn Handicap
Grade I race (discontinued)
Location Gulfstream Park
Hallandale Beach, Florida, USA
Inaugurated 1959
Last run 2016
Race type Thoroughbred - Flat racing
Website www.gulfstreampark.com
Race information
Distance 1 18 miles (9 furlongs)
Surface Dirt
Track left-handed
Qualification Four-year-olds and up
Weight Handicap
Purse $500,000

The Donn Handicap is a former American Thoroughbred horse race run annually in late January/early February at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach, Florida. The race is named after the Donn family, who for many years owned and operated the racetrack. It was open to horses four years old and up, raced on dirt over a distance of one and one-eighth miles.

Three horses have won the race twice. Inaugurated at a distance of a mile and a half, the only horse to ever win the race twice at that distance was One-Eyed-King who did it back-to-back in 1959 and 1960. At its present distance of one and one-eighth miles, Pistols and Roses won it back-to-back in 1993 and 1994 as did the U.S. Racing Hall of Fame inductee Cigar for the two ensuing years.

A total of three horses that have won the Donn Handicap went on to be named either the Eclipse Award for American Horse of the Year or American Champion Older Male Horse that year: Saint Liam, Skip Away and Cigar. In addition, reigning Horse of the Year Invasor won the Donn in 2007 prior to taking the Dubai World Cup.

From 2017, the Donn Handicap is replaced on the Gulfstream racing calendar by the new $12 million Pegasus World Cup race.[1]

Records[edit]

Speed record: (at current distance of 1 18 miles)

  • 1 18 miles - 1:46.40 - Jumping Hill (1979)

Most wins by a horse:

Most wins by a trainer:

Most wins by a jockey:

Most wins by an owner:

Winners of the Donn Handicap since 1972[edit]

Year
Winner
Age
Jockey
Trainer
Owner
Distance
(Miles)
Time Purse
Grade
2016 Mshawish 6 John Velazquez Todd A. Pletcher Al Shaqab Racing 1-1/8 1:47.89 $500,000 I
2015 Constitution 5 Javier Castellano Todd A. Pletcher Twin Creeks Racing Stables 1-1/8 1:49.51 $500,000 I
2014 Lea 5 Joel Rosario William I. Mott Claiborne Farm and Dilschneider, Adele B. 1-1/8 1:46.86 $500,000 I
2013 Graydar 4 Edgar Prado Todd A. Pletcher Twin Creeks Racing Stable 1-1/8 1:48.25 $500,000 I
2012 Hymn Book 6 John Velazquez Shug McGaughey Stuart S. Janney, III 1-1/8 1:49.16 $500,000 I
2011 Giant Oak 5 Shaun Bridgmohan Chris M. Block Virginia H. Tarra Trust 1-1/8 1:48.23 $500,000 I
2010 Quality Road 4 John Velazquez Todd A. Pletcher Edward P. Evans 1-1/8 1:47.49 $500,000 I
2009 Albertus Maximus 5 Alan Garcia Kiaran McLaughlin Shadwell Stable 1-1/8 1:50.96 $500,000 I
2008 Spring At Last 4 Eibar Coa Doug O'Neill Reddam / WinStar 1-1/8 1:48.35 $500,000 I
2007 Invasor 4 Fernando Jara Kiaran McLaughlin Shadwell Racing 1-1/8 1:48.43 $500,000 I
2006 Brass Hat 5 Willie Martinez William B. Bradley Fred F. Bradley 1-1/8 1:47.79 $500,000 I
2005 Saint Liam 5 Edgar Prado Richard E. Dutrow, Jr. William & Suzanne Warren 1-1/8 1:48.43 $500,000 I
2004 Medaglia d'Oro 5 Jerry D. Bailey Robert J. Frankel Edmund A. Gann 1-1/8 1:47.68 $500,000 I
2003 Harlan's Holiday 4 John R. Velazquez Todd A. Pletcher Starlight Stable LLC 1-1/8 1:49.17 $500,000 I
2002 Mongoose 4 Edgar Prado H. James Bond Gary & Mary West 1-1/8 1:49.63 $500,000 I
2001 Captain Steve 4 Jerry D. Bailey Bob Baffert Michael E. Pegram 1-1/8 1:48.95 $500,000 I
2000 Stephen Got Even 4 Shane Sellers Nick Zito Stephen & Tomisue Hilbert 1-1/8 1:48.50 $500,000 I
1999 Puerto Madero 5 Kent Desormeaux Richard Mandella Haras Santa Olga 1-1/8 1:48.34 $500,000 I
1998 Skip Away 5 Jerry D. Bailey Sonny Hine Carolyn Hine 1-1/8 1:50.17 $300,000 I
1997 Formal Gold 4 Joe Bravo William W. Perry John D. Murphy 1-1/8 1:47.49 $300,000 I
1996 Cigar 6 Jerry D. Bailey William I. Mott Allen E. Paulson 1-1/8 1:49.12 $300,000 I
1995 Cigar 5 Jerry D. Bailey William I. Mott Allen E. Paulson 1-1/8 1:49.68 $300,000 I
1994 Pistols and Roses 5 Heberto Castillo, Jr. George Gianos Willis Family Stables 1-1/8 1:50.67 $300,000 I
1993 Pistols and Roses 4 Heberto Castillo, Jr. George Gianos Willis Family Stables 1-1/8 1:50.10 $400,000 I
1992 Sea Cadet 4 Alex Solis Ron McAnally Verne H. Winchell 1-1/8 1:48.17 $500,000 I
1991 Jolie's Halo 4 Robin Platts Happy Alter Arthur I. Appleton 1-1/8 1:47.50 $500,000 I
1990 Primal 5 Earlie Fires Jimmy Bracken Tartan Stable 1-1/8 1:50.00 $200,000 I
1989 Cryptoclearance 5 Jose A. Santos Scotty Schulhofer Philip Teinowitz 1-1/8 1:48.80 $200,000 I
1988 Jade Hunter 4 Jerry D. Bailey Richard J. Lundy Summa Stable/Paulson 1-1/8 1:48.80 $200,000 I
1987 Little Bold John 5 Mike A. Gonzalez John Robb Hidden Hill Farm et al. 1-1/8 1:48.80 $200,000 II
1986 Creme Fraiche 4 Eddie Maple Woody Stephens Brushwood Stable 1-1/8 1:51.20 $125,000 II
1985 Mo Exception 4 Robert Breen Ken Masters Kenneth Kleier 1-1/8 1:48.60 $125,000 II
1984 Play Fellow 4 Pat Day Harvey L. Vanier Vanier/Lauer/Victor 1-1/8 1:49.00 $100,000 II
1983 Deputy Minister 4 Don MacBeth Reynaldo H. Nobles Due Process Stable et al. 1-1/8 1:48.60 $100,000 II
1982 Joanie's Chief 5 Jean-Luc Samyn Gene Jacobs M/M Peter Barbarino 1-1/8 1:49.00 $100,000 II
1981 Hurry Up Blue 4 Carlos Lopez Reynaldo H. Nobles Due Process Stable 1-1/8 1:49.00 $100,000 II
1980 Lot O' Gold 4 Don Brumfield Smiley Adams Frederick E. Lehmann 1-1/8 1:48.80 $90,000 II
1979 Jumping Hill 7 Jeffrey Fell Horatio Luro El Peco Ranch 1-1/8 1:46.40 $90,000 II
1978 Man's Man 4 Robert Woodhouse Thomas W. Kelley Glenn S. Bromagen 1-1/16 1:42.20 $100,000 II
1977 Legion 7 Larry Saumell G. F. Jabalee Ralph E. Chapman 1-1/8 1:48.80 $60,000 II
1976 Foolish Pleasure 4 Braulio Baeza LeRoy Jolley John L. Greer 7 fur. 1:21.40 $60,000 II
1975 Proud And Bold 5 Gene St. Leon John Zarthar Bob Van Worp, Sr. 1-1/8 1:48.00 $60,000 II
1974 Forego 4 Heliodoro Gustines Frank Y. Whiteley, Jr. Lazy F Ranch 1-1/8 1:48.60 $60,000 III
1973 Triumphant 4 Braulio Baeza Joe Bollero Russell L. Reineman 1-1/8 1:47.80 $60,000 III
1972 Going Straight 4 Braulio Baeza Elwood McCann Donamire Farm 1-1/8 1:51.20 $60,000

Earlier winners[edit]

  • 1971 - Judgable
  • 1970 - Twogundan
  • 1969 - Funny Fellow
  • 1968 - Favorable Turn
  • 1967 - Francuis U
  • 1966 - Tronado
  • 1965 - Gun Bow
  • 1964 - Cedar Key
  • 1963 - Tutankhamen
  • 1962 - Jay Fox
  • 1961 - General Arthur
  • 1960 - One-Eyed-King
  • 1959 - One-Eyed-King

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Graded Stakes (2017)". Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association. 2017. Retrieved 30 January 2017.