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Californian Stakes

Grade II race
Californian Stakes
Location Hollywood Park Racetrack
Inglewood, California, United States
Inaugurated 1954
Race type Thoroughbred - Flat racing
Website www.hollywoodpark.com
Race information
Distance 1⅛ miles (9 furlongs)
Track Dirt, left-handed
Qualification Three-years-old & up
Weight Assigned
Purse $250,000

The Californian Stakes is an American Thoroughbred horse race run annually during the second week of June at Hollywood Park Racetrack in Inglewood, California. The Grade II event is open to horses age three and up willing to race one and one-eighth miles (9 furlongs) on the dirt. This race serves as a key prep to the Hollywood Gold Cup.

Inaugurated in 1954, winner Imbros set a new track record of 1:41.00 which also equaled the then world record for a mile and sixteenth on dirt.

Since inception the race has been contested at three different distances:

  • 11/16 miles (8.5 furlongs) : 1954-1979
  • 1⅛ miles (9 furlongs)1980-1984, 1987–present
  • 1 mile (8 furlongs) : 1985-1986


Speed record: (at current distance of 1⅛ miles )

  • 1:47.06 - Heatseeker (new stakes and track record)

Most wins:

Most wins by a jockey:

Most wins by a trainer:

Most wins by an owner:

  • 3 - Mary Jones Bradley (1971, 1972, 1985)








2010 Rail Trip 5 Rafael Bejarano Ron Ellis Jay Em Ess Stable 1:48.49
2009 Informed 5 Tyler Baze Douglas F. O'Neill W.C. Racing, et al. 1:48.37
2008 Heatseeker 5 Rafael Bejarano Jerry Hollendorfer William de Burgh 1:47.06
2007 Buzzards Bay 5 Jose Valdivia, Jr. Ronald W. Ellis Gary Broad 1:49.72
2006 Dixie Meister 4 David Flores Julio C. Canani Gary A. Tanaka 1:49.53
2005 Lava Man 4 Pat Valenzuela Douglas F. O'Neill STD racing & Jason Wood 1:47.83
2004 Even the Score 4 David Flores Vladimir Cerin Rosendo G. Parra 1:47.64
2003 Kudos 6 Alex Solis Richard Mandella Ann & Jerry Moss 1:47.91
2002 Milwaukee Brew 5 Kent Desormeaux Robert J. Frankel Stronach stable 1:48.06
2001 Skimming 5 Garrett Gomez Robert J. Frankel Juddmonte Farms 1:48.12
2000 Big Ten 5 Alex Solis Richard Mandella Stud Old Dog Stable 1:49.22
1999 Old Trieste 4 Chris McCarron Mike Puype Gary Biszantz 1:46.55
1998 Mud Route 5 Chris McCarron Ron McAnally Janis R. Whitham 1:48.15
1997 River Keen 5 Kent Desormeaux Robert B. Hess, Jr. Hugo Reynolds 1:47.38
1996 Tinners Way 6 Eddie Delahoussaye Robert J. Frankel Prince Khalid Abdullah 1:46.60
1995 Concern 4 Mike E. Smith Richard W. Small Robert E. Meyerhoff 1:47.74
1994 The Wicked North 5 Kent Desormeaux David Bernstein Phil & Sophie Hersh Trust 1:46.68
1993 Latin American 5 Gary L. Stevens Robert Marshall Robert Marshall 1:46.92
1992 Another Review 4 Kent Desormeaux Chris Speckert Thomas Mellon Evans 1:48.11
1991 Roanoke 4 Eddie Delahoussaye Neil D. Drysdale Nedlaw Stable 1:48.30
1990 Sunday Silence 4 Pat Valenzuela Charlie Whittingham Hancock/Whittingham/Gaillard 1:48.00
1989 Sabona 7 Chris McCarron Neil D. Drysdale Sir Ernest Harrison/Audrey Reed 1:46.80
1988 Cutlass Reality 6 Chris McCarron Craig A. Lewis H. Crash/J. Hankoff 1:47.60
1987 Judge Angelucci 4 Gary Baze Charlie Whittingham Olin B. Gentry 1:48.20
1986 Precisionist 5 Chris McCarron L. Ross Fenstermaker Fred W. Hooper 1:33.60
1985 Greinton 4 Laffit Pincay, Jr. Charlie Whittingham M. J. Bradley/C. Whittingham/H. Wynne 1:32.60
1984 Desert Wine 4 Eddie Delahoussaye Jerry M. Fanning Dan J. Agnew/Fred Sahadi 1:47.60
1983 The Wonder 5 Bill Shoemaker Charlie Whittingham Alain du Breil 1:48.40
1982 Erins Isle 4 Laffit Pincay, Jr. Charlie Whittingham Brian Sweeney 1:48.00
1981 Eleven Stitches 4 Sandy Hawley Donn Luby Morey & Claudia Mirkin 1:48.40
1980 Spectacular Bid 4 Bill Shoemaker Bud Delp Hawksworth Farm 1:45.80
1979 Affirmed 4 Laffit Pincay, Jr. Laz Barrera Harbor View Farm 1:41.20
1978 J.O. Tobin 4 Steve Cauthen Laz Barrera George A. Pope Jr. 1:41.00
1977 Crystal Water 4 Laffit Pincay, Jr. Roger Clapp Connie M. Ring 1:41.00
1976 Ancient Title 6 Sandy Hawley Keith L. Stucki, Sr. Kirkland Stable 1:41.20
1975 Ancient Title 5 Laffit Pincay, Jr. Keith L. Stucki, Sr. Kirkland Stable 1:40.20
1974 Quack 5 Donald Pierce Charlie Whittingham Bwamazon Farm 1:40.20
1973 Quack 4 Donald Pierce Charlie Whittingham Bwamazon Farm 1:41.40
1972 Cougar II 6 Bill Shoemaker Charlie Whittingham Mary F. Jones 1:39.20
1971 Cougar II 5 Bill Shoemaker Charlie Whittingham Mary F. Jones 1:41.20
1970 Baffle 5 Jerry Lambert Johnny Longden Frank M. McMahon 1:40.20
1969 Nodouble 4 Eddie Belmonte J. Bert Sonnier Gene Goff 1:40.40
1968 Dr. Fager 4 Braulio Baeza John A. Nerud William L. McKnight 1:40.80
1967 Biggs 7 William Harmatz Farrell W. Jones E. F. Gould 1:41.60
1966 Travel Orb 4 William Harmatz Leonard Dorfman Floyd Hughes 1:41.80
1965 Viking Spirit 5 Kenneth Church James I. Nazworthy Thomas E. Brittingham III 1:40.80
1964 Mustard Plaster 5 Jack Leonard William A. Peterson Mrs. Fraser Morrison 1:41.60
1963 Winonly 6 Jack Leonard Julius E. Tinsley Fred W. Hooper 1:41.80
1962 Cadiz 6 William Harmatz Robert L. Wheeler Vicgray Farm 1:41.60
1961 First Balcony 4 Edward Burns Melvin F. Stute M/M. Robert O. Schulze 1:40.40
1960 Fleet Nasrullah 5 Johnny Longden James I. Nazworthy M/M. Ellwood B. Johnston 1:40.60
1959 Hillsdale 4 Tommy Barrow Martin L. Fallon, Jr. Clarence Whitted Smith 1:40.80
1958 Seaneen 4 Johnny Longden William B. Finnegan Neil S. McCarthy 1:41.00
1957 Social Climber 4 Bill Shoemaker Charlie Whittingham Llangollen Farm 1:40.40
1956 Porterhouse 5 Ismael Valenzuela Charlie Whittingham Llangollen Farm 1:40.80
1955 Swaps 3 David Erb Mesh Tenney Rex C. Ellsworth 1:40.40
1954 Imbros 4 Johnny Longden William Molter Andrew J. Crevolin 1:41.00



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