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Canadian Turf Handicap

Grade III race
Canadian Turf Handicap
Location Gulfstream Park
Hallandale Beach, Florida, United States
Inaugurated 1967
Race type Thoroughbred - Flat racing
Website www.gulfstreampark.com
Race information
Distance 11/16 miles (8.5 furlongs)
Track Grass, left-handed
Qualification Four-year-olds and up
Weight Handicap
Purse $100,000

The Canadian Turf Handicap is an American Thoroughbred horse race held annually in February at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach, Florida. The Grade III race is open to horses four-year-old and up and is run at a distance of 11/16 miles on turf.

The inaugural race was run on March 18, 1967 and was named to honor the many Canadian racing fans who vacation or reside in the state of Florida during the winter months and who in 1967 were celebrating the Canadian Centennial.

The 1990 Canadian Triple Crown champion and Horse of the Year, Izvestia, wintered in Florida and made his 1991 racing debut with a win in this race.

In 2002 and 2004, the race was run on dirt and was downgraded to a listed race until 2007 when it was restored to its Grade III status.

In 2005, Old Forester set a new Gulfstream Park turf course record for 1 1/16 miles in winning the Canadian Turf Handicap in a time of 1:38.20.

In 2009, the race was raced at a distance of one mile. It was run in two divisions in 1968, 1973, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1983, 1985, 1986, 1987.

Winners since 2000

Year

Winner

Age

Jockey

Trainer

Owner

Time
2010 Courageous Cat 4 Garrett Gomez William I. Mott Pam & Martin Wygod 1:31.58
2009 Twilight Meteor 5 John Velazquez Todd Pletcher Peachtree Stable 1:34.31
2008 Host 8 John Velazquez Tom Albertrani Eugene Melnyk 1:39.85
2007 Giant Wrecker 5 Javier Castellano Mark A. Hennig Edward P. Evans 1:39.70
2006 English Channel 4 John R. Velazquez Todd A. Pletcher James T. Scatuorchio 1:39.13
2005 Old Forester 4 Eibar Coa William I. Mott Live Oak Plantation Racing 1:38.20
2004 Newfoundland 4 John R. Velazquez Todd A. Pletcher Sumaya Us Stable 1:44.90
2003 Political Attack 4 Mark Guidry Michael Matz Fitz Eugene Dixon, Jr. 1:40.43
2002 North East Bound 6 Jose Velez, Jr. William W. Perry Julian Demarco/Richard Disano 1:44.01
2001 Inexplicable 6 Jose Santos Christophe Clement Lucy Young-Boutin 1:39.43
2000 Shamrock City 5 Edgar Prado Mohammed Moubarak Buckram Oak Farm 1:47.15

Earlier winners

  • 1999 - Federal Trial
  • 1997 - Devils Cup
  • 1996 - The Vid
  • 1995 - The Vid
  • 1993 - Stagecraft
  • 1992 - Buckhar
  • 1990 - Youmadeyour point
  • 1989 - Equalize
  • 1988 - Equalize
  • 1987 - Racing Star
  • 1987 - New Colony
  • 1986 - Amerilad
  • 1985 - Nepal
  • 1985 - Solidified
  • 1984 - Ayman
  • 1983 - Data Swap
  • 1983 - Super Sunrise
  • 1982 - Robsphere
  • 1981 - Foretake
  • 1980 - Morning Frolic
  • 1979 - Roan Star
  • 1979 - Noble Dancer
  • 1978 - Practitioner
  • 1978 - Court Open
  • 1977 - Gravelines
  • 1977 - Gay Jitterbug
  • 1976 - Greg Lewis
  • 1975 - Sir Jason
  • 1974 - Baccalaureate
  • 1973 - Windtex
  • 1973 - Life Cycle
  • 1972 - Speedy Zephyr
  • 1971 - Brokers Tip II
  • 1970 - Jungle Cove
  • 1969 - Go Marching
  • 1968 - Flit-To
  • 1968 - War Censor
  • 1967 - Chinatowner


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