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Ack Ack Handicap

Grade III race
Ack Ack Handicap
Location Churchill Downs
Louisville, Kentucky, United States
Inaugurated 1991
Race type Thoroughbred - Flat racing
Website www.churchilldowns.com
Race information
Distance 1 mile (8 furlongs)
Track Dirt, left-handed
Qualification Three-years-old & up
Weight Assigned
Purse US$100,000

The Ack Ack Handicap is a Grade III race for Thoroughbred horses run annually during the first week of November at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky. Open to horses aged three and up, it is contested at a distance of 8 furlongs (one mile) on the dirt.

Since inception in 1991, the Ack Ack Handicap has been contested at two different distances:

  • 8 furlongs : 1991, 2006-present
  • 7.5 furlongs : 1994-2005

There is another Ack Ack Handicap Grade III held at Hollywood Park at 7½ furlongs.

The race is named for the great Ack Ack, inducted into the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame in 1986 and the Horse of the Year in 1971, as well as ranking number 44 in the Blood-Horse magazine List of the Top 100 U.S. Racehorses of the 20th Century.

Records

Speed record:

  • 1:34.08 - Istan (2007) (at current distance of 8 furlongs)
  • 1:27.15 - Cappuchino (2003) (at previous distance of 7.5 furlongs)

Most wins:

  • No horse has won this race more than once.

Most wins by a jockey:

Most wins by a trainer:

  • 2 - Bobby C. Barnett (1996, 1999)
  • 2 - Paul J. McGee (2002, 2009)

Most wins by an owner:

  • 2 - John A. Franks (1996, 1999)

Winners

Year

Winner

Age

Jockey

Trainer

Owner

Distance
(Miles)

Time

Purse

Grade

2009

Demarcation

5

Jesus Castanon Paul J. McGee Amerman Racing Stables

1 mile

1:36.15

$111,000

III

2008

Magna Graduate

6

Shaun Bridgmohan Steve Asmussen Elizabeth H. Alexander

1 mile

1:36:06

$180,000

III

2007

Istan

5

Kent Desormeaux William I. Mott Darpat SL Stables et al

1 mile

1:34.08

$350,000

III

2006

Its No Joke

4

Robby Albarado Rebecca Maker Stanley E. Fulton

1 mile

1:34.77

III

2005

Straight Line

3

Shaun Bridgmohan Harvey L. Vanier Nancy Vanier & Cartwright T'breds

7.5 fur.

1:28.34

III

2004

Sir Cherokee

4

Calvin Borel Michael A. Tomlinson Domino Stud

7.5 fur.

1:29.48

III

2003

Cappuchino

4

John Cort Jerry Hollendorfer H. Litt, G. Todaro, J. Hollendorfer

7.5 fur.

1:27.15

III

2002

Twilight Road

5

Pat Day Paul J. McGee Donamire Farm

7.5 fur.

1:29.39

III

2001

Illusioned

3

Pat Day William I. Mott Kinsman/Team Valor/Heiligbrodt

7.5 fur.

1:28.63

III

2000

Chindi

6

Tim Doocy Steve Hobby Cres Ran LLC

7.5 fur.

1:29.30

III

1999

Littlebitlively

5

Calvin Borel Bobby C. Barnett John A. Franks

7.5 fur.

1:28.97

III

1998

Distorted Humor

5

Calvin Borel W. Elliot Walden R. Reineman/Prestonwood Farm

7.5 fur.

1:29.61

III

1997

Cat's Career

4

Willie Martinez Lynn S. Whiting Golden Eagle Farm

7.5 fur.

1:32.06

III

1996

Western Trader

5

Calvin Borel Bobby C. Barnett John A. Franks

7.5 fur.

1:29.84

1995

Mystery Storm

3

Carlos Gonzalez Larry Robideaux, Jr. David Beard

7.5 fur.

1:29.10

1994

Lost Pan

4

Donna Barton D. Wayne Lukas Overbrook Farm

7.5 fur.

1:30.27

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