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Charles Whittingham Memorial Handicap

Grade I race
Charles Whittingham Handicap
Location Hollywood Park Racetrack
Inglewood, California, United States
Inaugurated 1969
Race type Thoroughbred - Flat racing
Website www.hollywoodpark.com/
Race information
Distance 1¼ miles (10 furlongs)
Track Grass, left-handed
Qualification Three-year-olds & Up
Weight Assigned
Purse $300,000

The Charles Whittingham Memorial Handicap is an American Thoroughbred horse race run annually during the second week of June at Hollywood Park Racetrack in Inglewood, California. Open to horses age three and older, it is contested on turf at a distance of one mile and a quarter (10 furlongs).

A Grade I event, it is run at a distance of 1¼ miles and currently carries a purse of $300,000.

Inaugurated in 1969, it was run at a distance of a mile and a half (12 furlongs) until 1987.

Until 1999, the race was named the Hollywood Invitational Turf Handicap, often just referred to as the Hollywood Invitational Handicap. The race was renamed in honor of the legendary U.S. Racing Hall of Fame trainer Charlie Whittingham (1913-1999) who saddled many memorable winners at Hollywood Park and whose seven victories in the Hollywood Invitational Turf Handicap race is the most for any trainer.


Time record: (at current distance of 1¼ miles)

  • 1:57.75 - Bien Bien (1993) (new course record)

Most wins:

Most wins by an owner:

Most wins by a jockey:

Most wins by a trainer:








2010 Acclamation 4 C. S. Reyes Donald Warren E.W. and Judy Johnston 1:59.45
2009 Midships 4 Victor Espinoza Robert J. Frankel Juddmonte Farms 2:00.51
2008 Artiste Royal 7 David Flores Neil D. Drysdale David & Jill Heerensperger 1:59.99
2007 After Market 4 Alex Solis John Shirreffs Pam & Martin Wygod 1:58.77
2006 Lava Man 5 Corey Nakatani Douglas F. O'Neill STD Racing/Jason Wood 2:00.29
2005 Sweet Return 5 Alex Solis Ron McAnally Red Oak Stable 2:01.35
2004 Sabiango 6 Tyler Baze Bob Baffert Monty Roberts 2:01.52
2003 Storming Home 5 Gary Stevens Neil D. Drysdale Sheikh Maktoum 2:00.66
2002 Denon 4 Garrett Gomez Robert J. Frankel Edmund A. Gann 2:01.47
2001 Bienamado 5 Chris McCarron J. Paco Gonzalez Caffery/Toffan/Sangster 1:59.34
2000 White Heart 5 Kent Desormeaux Neil D. Drysdale Sheikh Mohammed 2:00.83
1999 River Bay 6 Alex Solis Robert J. Frankel Chalhoub Stable 2:00.66
1998 Storm Trooper 5 Kent Desormeaux Henry Cecil Prince Fahd Salman 2:03.05
1997 Rainbow Dancer 6 Alex Solis Jenine Sahadi Evergreen Farms 2:00.09
1996 Sandpit 7 Corey Nakatani Richard Mandella Sierra Thoroughbreds 1:59.40
1995 Earl of Barking 5 Goncalino Almeida Richard L. Cross Henry E. Pabst 1:59.78
1994 Grand Flotilla 7 Gary Stevens Jenine Sahadi Mike Sloan 1:59.26
1993 Bien Bien 4 Chris McCarron J. Paco Gonzalez Caffery & Toffan 1:57.75
1992 Quest for Fame 5 Gary Stevens Robert J. Frankel Juddmonte Farms 1:58.99
1991 Exbourne 5 Gary Stevens Robert J. Frankel Juddmonte Farms 2:00.10
1990 Steinlen 7 Jose A. Santos D. Wayne Lukas Wildenstein Stables 2:03.00
1989 Great Communicator 6 Ray Sibille Thad Ackel Class Act Stable 1:59.40
1988 Political Ambition 4 Ed Delahoussaye Neil D. Drysdale Clover Racing Stable et al. 1:58.60
1987 Rivlia 5 Chris McCarron Charles Whittingham Narvick International 2:24.20
1986 Flying Pidgeon 5 Santiago Soto Luis Olivares C. Daparma/Flying "M" Acres 2:27.00
1985 Both Ends Burning 5 Ed Delahoussaye Neil D. Drysdale Burdett-Coutts & Nelson 2:25.00
1984 John Henry 9 Chris McCarron Ron McAnally Dotsam Stable 2:25.00
1983 Erins Isle 5 Laffit Pincay, Jr. Charles Whittingham Brian Sweeney 2:25.80
1982 Exploded 5 Laffit Pincay, Jr. Charles Whittingham Bradley/Chandler/Whittingham 2:25.20
1981 John Henry 6 Laffit Pincay, Jr. Ron McAnally Dotsam Stable 2:27.80
1980 John Henry 5 Darrel McHargue Ron McAnally Dotsam Stable 2:25.40
1979 Johnny's Image 4 Sandy Hawley Robert J. Frankel Edmund A. Gann & Meryl Ann Tanz 2:25.20
1978 Exceller 5 Bill Shoemaker Charles Whittingham Nelson Bunker Hunt 2:25.80
1977 Vigors 4 Darrel McHargue Larry J. Sterling William R. Hawn 2:26.80
1976 Dahlia 6 Bill Shoemaker Charles Whittingham Nelson Bunker Hunt 2:26.80
1975 Barclay Joy 5 Tony Diaz Tommy Doyle Barclay Stable 2:27.00
1974 Court Ruling 4 William Mahorney W. Preston King Milton Polinger 2:27.60
1973 Life Cycle 4 Laffit Pincay, Jr. Robert J. Frankel Peter E. Blum 2:25.60
1972 Typecast 6 Jerry Lambert Tommy Doyle Fletcher R. Jones 2:25.80
1971 Cougar II 5 Bill Shoemaker Charles Whittingham Mary F. Jones 2:26.40
1970 Fiddle Isle 5 Bill Shoemaker Charles Whittingham Howard B. Keck 2:25.60
1969 Fort Marcy 5 Manuel Ycaza J. Elliott Burch Rokeby Stables 2:27.20



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