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Agua Caliente Handicap

The Agua Caliente Handicap is a defunct thoroughbred horse race that was once the premier event at Agua Caliente Racetrack in Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico, and the richest race in North America. The race has been won by many champions, including Round Table, Gallant Sir, who won it twice and in record time, Phar Lap and Seabiscuit.

Known also as the Coffroth Handicap, in the 1930s the event offered a $100,000 purse which drew some of the top horses in the United States and was the race in which Phar Lap made his North American debut.

Gallant Sir won the Agua Caliente Handicap two years in a row, the first as a four-year-old in 1933 when he broke the Agua Caliente track record set by Phar Lap the previous year.

After the 1934 racing season, the government of Mexico outlawed gambling until 1938 by which time the track had already been replaced by the new Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, California, United States, as the choice of owners to run their horses


  • 1939 - 1957: no race
  • 1935 - 1937: no race
  • 1931 - Mike Hall
  • 1929 - Golden Prince
  • 1928 - Crystal Pennant
  • 1927 - Sir Harry
  • 1926 - Carlaris
  • 1925 - Atherstone
  • 1924 - Runstar
  • 1923 - Rebuke
  • 1922 - Mulciber
  • 1921 - Be Frank
  • 1918 - 1920: no race
  • 1917 - Sasin



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