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California Derby

The California Derby is a race for Thoroughbred horses held early in the year at Golden Gate Fields. An ungraded stakes, it's open to three-year-olds willing to race one and one-sixteenth miles on the dirt. The Derby offers a purse of $100,000.

Northern California's first major test for horses hoping to run for the Triple Crown, the California Derby is also the main local prep race for the $200,000 El Camino Real Derby also run at Golden Gate.

The California Derby has been run since 1873. At that time it was set at twelve furlongs or a mile and a half and was won by Camilla Urso. Mollie McCarty won the 1876 edition and in 1909, African-American jockey James Lee won the race aboard High Private. Joe Madden, who ran second in the California Derby, won the 1909 Belmont Stakes.

Winners of the California Derby since 1998

Year

Winner

Jockey

Trainer

Owner

Time
2010 Ranger Heartley Julio Garcia John W. Sadler David Alpert/Herb Alpert 1:45.40
2009 Chocolate Candy Russell Baze Jerry Hollendorfer Craig Family Trust 1:43.98
2008 Yankee Bravo Alex Solis Patrick Gallagher Harlequin Ranches et al. 1:44.57
2007 Bwana Bull David Lopez Jerry Hollendorfer Mark De Domenico et al. 1:44.70
2006 Cause to Believe Russell Baze Jerry Hollendorfer P. Redekop/Peter Abruzzo 1:41.07
2005 Buzzards Bay Mark Guidry Jeff Mullins Fog City Stable
2004 Trieste's Honor Russell Baze Mike Puype Cobra Farm 1:47.95
2003 Mr. Technique Roberto Gonzalez Jeff Bonde James Vreeland 1:47.65
2002 Tracemark Jason Lumpkins Craid Dollase Edward T. McGrath 1:47.93
2001 Takin It Deep Jose Arriaga Gil Matos M. A. Douzas 1:49.25
2000 Bet On Red Ron Warren, Jr. Brent Sumja James Egide/Barry Thiriot 1:48.00
1999 Red Skys Russell Baze Jeff Bonde M/M Barton D. Heller nf
1998 Prime Meridian

Winners before 1998

  • 1997 - I'm a Jewel
  • 1996 - Pike Place Dancer
  • 1995 - Fine N Majestic
  • 1994 - Screaming Don
  • 1993 - Denmars Dream (California 3-year-old of the year)
  • 1992 - Treekster
  • 1991 - Green Alligator
  • 1990 - Stalwart Charger
  • 1989 - Endow
  • 1988 - All Thee Power
  • 1987 - Simply Majestic
  • 1986 - Vernon Castle
  • 1985 - Hajjis Treasure
  • 1984 - Distant Ryder
  • 1983 - Paris Prince
  • 1982 - Rockwall
  • 1981 - Always a Cinch
  • 1980 - Jaklin Klugman (1980 California Horse of the Year)
  • 1979 - Beau's Eagle
  • 1978 - Noble Bronze
  • 1977 - Cuzwuzwrong
  • 1976 - Telly's Pop
  • 1975 - Diabolo
  • 1974 - Agitate
  • 1973 - Linda's Chief
  • 1971 - Unconscious
  • 1970 - George Lewis
  • 1969 - Jay Ray
  • 1968 - Proper Proof
  • 1967 - Reason to Hail
  • 1966 - Tragniew
  • 1965 - Perfect Sky
  • 1964 - Real Good Deal
  • 1963 - On My Honor
  • 1962 - Doc Jocoy
  • 1961 - Mr Consistency
  • 1960 - Noble Noor
  • 1959 - Finnegan
  • 1958 - Nice Guy
  • 1957 - NOT RUN
  • 1956 - No Regrets
  • 1949 to 1953 - NOT RUN
  • 1948 - May Reward
  • 1947 - NOT RUN
  • 1946 - War Spun
  • 1945 - NOT RUN
  • 1944 - Jade Boy
  • 1942 & 1943 - NOT RUN
  • 1941 - Pirate
  • 1939 & 1940 - NOT RUN
  • 1938 - Grim Reaper
  • 1937 - Rockwood
  • 1936 - Lloyd Pan
  • 1935 - Toro Flight
  • 1923 - Victoire
  • 1910 - Turrets
  • 1908 - Meelick
  • 1907 - Temaceo
  • 1906 - Good Luck
  • 1905 - Dr Leggo
  • 1904 - Bombardier
  • 1903 - Claude
  • 1901 - Joe Frey
  • 1900 - NOT RUN
  • 1898 - Traverser
  • 1897 -Scarborough
  • 1890 - Muta
  • 1889 - Hotspur
  • 1888 - Peel
  • 1887 - Jim Duffy
  • 1886 - May Blossom
  • 1885 - Ned Cook
  • 1884 - Phillip S
  • 1883 - Augusta E
  • 1882 - Duke of Monday
  • 1881 - Jim Douglas
  • 1880 - Sally Black
  • 1879 - Sister Anne
  • 1878 - Mark L
  • 1877 - Lena Dunbar
  • 1875 - Bradley
  • 1874 - NOT RUN
  • 1873 - Camilla Urso

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