Hilltop Stakes

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Hilltop Stakes
Ungraded Stakes race
Location Pimlico Race Course, Maryland
Baltimore, Maryland, United States
Inaugurated 1973
Race type Thoroughbred - Flat racing
Website www.pimlico.com
Race information
Distance 1 116 miles (9 furlongs)
Surface Turf
Track Left-handed
Qualification Three-year-old fillies
Weight Assigned
Purse $100,000

The Hilltop Stakes is an American Thoroughbred horse race run annually at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Maryland. Open to three-year-old fillies, it is contested over a distance of one mile on turf.[1]

The Hilltop Stakes was run on the second Saturday of May each year exactly one week prior to the Preakness Stakes. (In 2015 it was run on Friday, May 15th, the day before the Preakness.) The race is named in honor of the nickname for Pimlico Race Course. The nickname "Old Hilltop" was given to the venerable track in Baltimore, Maryland because of a large hill in the infield that was very prominent and gave race goers a 360" bird's-eye view of the entire track. In 1938 the hill top was leveled so that movie cameras and patrons in the grandstand could see the race on the backside of the track while the horses were racing.

The race was run on the main track on a dirt surface prior to 1988. It was also run on the main track in 1995 and 2003 due to a yielding turf and poor weather. In 1997, Francine Villeneuve became the first female jockey to win the race.

Records[edit]

Speed record:

  • 1 116 miles - 1:41.40 - Captive Miss (1992)
  • 1 mile - 1:36.20 - Another Paddock (1988)

Most wins by a jockey:

Winners of the Hilltop Stakes since 1966[edit]

Year
Winner
Age
Jockey
Trainer
Owner
Distance
(Miles)
Time
Purse
Grd
2016 Gone Away 3 Florent Geroux Michael Matz Augustin Stable 1-1/16 1:41.68 $100,000
2015 Miss Temple City 3 John R. Velazquez H. Graham Motion Sagamore Farm/Club Racing 1-1/16 1:41.94 $100,000
2014 Our Epiphany 3 Grant Whitacre D Kobiskie PTK LLC 1-1/16 1:48.07 $100,000
2013 Emotional Kitten 3 Joel Rosario Wesley Ward Kenneth Ramsey 1-1/16 1:41.98 $100,000
2012 Coup 3 John Velazquez H. Graham Motion Augustin Stable 1-1/16 1:42.71 $100,000
2011 Excited 3 John Velazquez Todd A. Pletcher Michael B. Tabor 1-1/16 1:49.48 $75,000
2010 Joharmony 3 Javier Castellano Leigh Delacour Gary L. Chervenell 1-1/16 1:44.17 $70,000
2009 Blind Date 3 Jeremy Rose Hamilton A. Smith William M. Backer 1-1/16 1:42.89 $60,000
2008 Hartigan 3 Luis Garcia Richard W. Small Robert Meyerhoff 1-1/16 1:46.24 $60,000
2007 Street Sounds 3 Ramon Dominguez Michael R. Matz Hidden Creek Farm 1 mile 1:36.60 $80,000
2006 Ebony Rose 3 Chris Decarlo Todd A. Pletcher Gene Mello 1-1/16 1:49.60 $85,000
2005 My Typhoon 3 Jerry Bailey William I. Mott Peter Vegso 1-1/16 1:44.20 $75,000
2004 Western Ransom 3 Ryan Fogelsonger Michael Dickinson Dr. John A. Chandler 1-1/16 1:43.20 $50,000
2003 City Fire 3 Jeremy Rose Mark Shuman Michael Gill 1-1/16 1:44.20 $50,000
2002 Ntombi 3 Mario Pino Michael Dickinson Dr. John A. Chandler 1-1/16 1:42.20 $50,000
2001 Guillotine 3 Mark Johnston Hamilton A. Smith Janis Gerace 1-1/16 1:45.00 $75,000
2000 Azireprice 3 Sidney Lejeune, Jr. Thomas Amoss On Target Racing Stable 1-1/16 1:43.20 $50,000
1999 Polish Miss 3 Mario Pino Bruce C. Jackson Mary Kernan 1-1/16 1:44.80 $50,000
1998 Proud Owner 3 Darci Rice Richard W. Small Thomas Bowman & R. Small 1-1/16 1:43.00 $57,000
1997 Cozy Blues 3 Fran Villeneuve James E. Baker Adam Wachtel 1-1/16 1:44.00 $75,000
1997 Earth to Jackie 3 Robert Colton J. William Boniface Jacquelyn Schipke 1-1/16 1:44.00 $75,000
1996 Silent Greeting 3 Larry Reynolds H. Graham Motion Joe L. Allbritton 1-1/16 1:46.40 $58,000
1995 Jhenais Jewel 3 Raphael Verderosa Josephine Owens Mrs. Jack Jeweler 1-1/16 1:45.60 $58,000
1994 Irish Forever 3 Jorge Chavez J. William Boniface Roger Schipke 1-1/16 1:43.60 $57,000
1993 Open Toe 3 Mike Luzzi James W. Murphy Pomerosa Farms 1-1/16 1:42.40 $57,000
1992 Captive Miss 3 Joe Bravo Philip M. Serpe Live Oak Stud 1-1/16 1:41.40 $60,000
1991 Grab the Green 3 Edgar Prado Barclay Tagg Samuel H. Rogers Jr. 1-1/16 1:44.60 $58,000
1990 Valay Maid 3 Marco Castaneda Carlos A. Garcia C. Oliver Goldsmith 1-1/16 1:42.60 $58,000
1989 Seraglio 3 Greg McCarron Richard W. Small Robert E. Meyerhoff 1-1/16 1:48.80 $68,500
1988 Another Paddock 3 Nick Santagata George Pagano George Steinbrenner 1 mile 1:36.20 $60,000
1987 Artic Cloud 3 Mario Pino William T. Fitzgibbons 1-1/16 1:44.40 $50,000
1986 Country Recital 3 Vincent Bracciale 1-1/16 1:46.00 $36,500
1985 A Joyful Spray 3 Philip Grove John A. Manfuso 1-1/16 1:43.60 $36,500
1984 Squan Song 3 Fernando Hernandez Carlos A. Garcia Mrs. Peter F. Green 1-1/16 1:44.60 $36,500
1983 Final Chapter 3 Danny Wright Richard W. Small 1-1/16 1:45.40 $36,500
1982 Martie's Double 3 Rudy Turcotte 1-1/16 1:43.60 $36,500
1981 Anti Phil 3 Danny Wright Anthony E. Verdi 1-1/16 1:46.40 $36,500
1980 Weber City Miss 3 Vincent Bracciale 1-1/16 1:45.00 $36,500
1979 Heavy Sugar 3 Mark Drury 1-1/16 1:45.20 $36,500
1978 Caesar's Wish 3 Greg McCarron Richard W. Small Sally M. Gibson 1-1/16 1:45.00 $35,000
1977 Enthused 3 Chris McCarron 1-1/16 1:45.40 $28,000
1976 Dance My Love 3 George Cusimano 1-1/16 1:46.40 $30,700
1975 Quick Selection 3 George Cusimano 1-1/16 1:45.00 $36,000
1974 Four Bells 3 Greg McCarron 1-1/16 1:43.20 $30,500
1973 Maybe Crafty 3 Eldon Nelson 1-1/16 1:46.60 $30,000

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ 2007 Maryland Jockey Club Media Guide, page 44 on March 3, 2007.