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Beverly Hills Handicap

Grade III race
Beverly Hills Handicap
Location Hollywood Park Racetrack
Inglewood, California, USA
Inaugurated 1968
Race type Thoroughbred - Flat racing
Website Hollywoodpark.com
Race information
Distance 1¼ miles
Track Turf, left-handed
Qualification Fillies & Mares, 3-years-old & up
Weight Assigned
Purse $150,000

The Beverly Hills Handicap is an American Thoroughbred horse race held annually in June at Hollywood Park Racetrack in Inglewood, California. The Grade II run over a distance of 1 ¼ miles on turf, is open to fillies and mares three years of age and older.

A Grade I race since 1988, in 2003 The American Graded Stakes Committee of the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association amended its status to a Grade II event. Beginning in 2010 it is now a Grade IIIT.

Of note, is that Hall of Fame jockey Bill Shoemaker, who retired from riding in 1990, earned his first Grade I win as a trainer in the 1991 edition of the Beverly Hills Handicap with the filly, Alcando.

Since the inaugural running in 1968, the Beverly Hills Handicap has been contested at various distances:

  • 1⅜ miles : 1968-1975
  • 1⅛ miles : 1976-1985, 1987-1995
  • 1¼ miles : 1986, 1996-present

Records

Speed record: (at current distance of 1¼ miles)

  • 1:58.56 - Astra (2002)

Most wins:

  • 2 - La Zanzara (1974, 1975)
  • 2 - Swingtime (1977, 1978)
  • 2 - Astra (2001, 2002)
  • 2 - Black Mamba (2008, 2009)

Most wins by a jockey:

Most wins by a trainer:

Winners

Year

Winner

Age

Jockey

Trainer

Owner

Time
2010 Turning Top 4 Brice Blanc Simon Callaghan Michael Tabor 2:01.69
2009 Black Mamba 6 Garrett Gomez John W. Sadler Doubledown Stable 1:59.72
2008 Black Mamba 5 Garrett Gomez John W. Sadler Double Down Stables 2:01.25
2007 Citronnade 4 David Flores Robert J. Frankel Frank Stronach 2:01.47
2006 Memorette 4 Victor Espinoza Bill Currin Betty Currin 2:00.16
2005 Megahertz 6 Alex Solis Robert J. Frankel Michael Bello 2:01.78
2004 Light Jig 4 Alex Solis Robert J. Frankel Khalid Abdullah 2:01.52
2003 Voodoo Dancer 5 Corey Nakatani Christophe Clement Green Hills Farm 2:00.80
2002 Astra 6 Kent Desormeaux Laura de Seroux Allen E. Paulson 1:58.56
2001 Astra 5 Kent Desormeaux Simon Bray Allen E. Paulson 1:59.61
2000 Happyanunoit 5 Brice Blanc Robert J. Frankel John & Jerry Amerman 1:59.32
1999 Virginie 5 Laffit Pincay, Jr. Richard Mandella Rio Claro Thoroughbreds 2:00.21
1998 Squeak 4 Gary Stevens Ben D. Cecil Gary A. Tanaka 2:01.56
1997 Windsharp 6 Corey Nakatani Wallace Dollase R&M Stephen/Thbd Corp 2:00.60
1996 Different 4 Chris McCarron Ron McAnally Sidney H. Craig 2:00.74
1995 Alpride 4 Chris McCarron Ron McAnally Jenny Craig 1:46.67
1994 Corrazona 4 Gary Stevens Richard Mandella La Presle Farm 1:47.40
1993 Flawlessly 5 Chris McCarron Charlie Whittingham Harbor View Farm 1:47.00
1992 Flawlessly 4 Chris McCarron Charlie Whittingham Harbor View Farm 1:47.13
1991 Alcando 5 Jesse J. Garcia Bill Shoemaker N. Cowan & A. Speelman 1:46.50
1990 Beautiful Melody * 4 Kent Desormeaux Richard Mandella Golden Eagle Farm 1:47.00
1990 Reluctant Guest * 4 Robbie Davis Richard Mandella Robert S. Folsom 1:47.00
1989 Claire Marine 4 Chris McCarron Charlie Whittingham S. L. Port & Whittingham 1:47.20
1988 Fitzwilliam Place 4 Aaron Gryder Charlie Whittingham Bruce McNall 1:47.20
1987 Auspiciante 6 Pat Valenzuela Ron McAnally Jack Kent Cooke 1:46.20
1986 Estrapade 6 Fernando Toro Charlie Whittingham Allen E. Paulson 1:59.00
1985 Johnica 4 Gary Stevens Bruce Headley Golden Eagle Farm 1:48.20
1984 Royal Heroine 4 Fernando Toro John Gosden Robert Sangster 1:47.20
1983 Absentia 4 Fernando Toro Not found Robert Sangster et al. 1:49.00
1982 Sangue 4 Bill Shoemaker Henry Moreno R. C. Parks 1:47.40
1981 Track Robbery 5 Pat Valenzuela Robert L. Wheeler Summa Stable 1:46.80
1980 Country Queen 5 Laffit Pincay, Jr. RandyWinick Blum, Sarant & Winick 1:47.00
1979 Giggling Girl 5 Chris McCarron Edwin J. Gregson Not found 1:47.60
1978 Swingtime 6 Fernando Toro Charlie Whittingham M. J. Bradley/Whittingham 1:48.40
1977 Swingtime 5 Fernando Toro Charlie Whittingham M. J. Bradley/Whittingham 1:48.40
1976 Bastonera 5 Laffit Pincay, Jr. Henry Moreno Ann K. Elmore 1:50.20
1975 La Zanzara 5 Don Pierce Charlie Whittingham Aaron U. Jones 2:14.80
1974 La Zanzara 4 Don Pierce Charlie Whittingham Aaron U. Jones 2:14.20
1973 Le Cle 4 Bill Shoemaker Charlie Whittingham Howard B. Keck 2:14.80
1972 Hill Circus 4 Bill Shoemaker John H. Adams El Peco Ranch 2:13.20
1971 Manta 5 Laffit Pincay, Jr. Farrell W. Jones Elmendorf 2:12.20
1970 Pattee Canyon 5 Bill Shoemaker Stanley M. Reiser Barbara Hunter 2:13.00
1969 Miss Ribot 4 Don Pierce Frank E. Childs P. L. & C. T. Grissom 2:16.40
1968 Pink Pigeon 4 Wayne Harris Paul K. Parker Preston Madden 2:15.00

*In 1990 there was a DH for first place.



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