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Cornhusker Handicap

Grade II race
Cornhusker Handicap
Location Prairie Meadows
Altoona, Iowa Flag of the United States
Inaugurated 1966
Race type Thoroughbred - Flat racing
Website www.prairiemeadows.com
Race information
Distance 1⅛ miles (9 furlongs)
Track Dirt, left-handed
Qualification Three-year-olds and up
Weight Handicap
Purse $300,000

The Cornhusker Handicap is an American Grade II thoroughbred horse race held annually at the end of June at Prairie Meadows racetrack in Altoona, Iowa. The race is open to horses age three years and older and currently offers a purse of $300,000. Raced at a distance of 1⅛ miles on the dirt, prior to 1974 it was run at 11/16 miles.

Inaugurated in 1966, the Cornhusker Handicap was originally run at the Ak-Sar-Ben Racetrack in Omaha, Nebraska which closed in 1995. The first edition was won by Royal Gunner who was ridden by Bill Hartack.

Julie Krone was the first female jockey to compete in the Cornhusker Handicap and the first female jockey to win it when she captured the 1988 edition aboard Palace March.

Records

Time record: (at current distance of 1⅛ miles)

Most wins:

  • 2 - Vale of Tears (1968, 1969) and Joey Bob, (1972, 1973)

Most wins by a jockey:

  • 4 - L. J. Durousseau (1967, 1968, 1969, 1970)

Winners of the Cornhusker Breeders' Cup Handicap since 1988

Year

Winner

Age

Jockey

Trainer

Owner

Time

2010 Shadowbdancing 5 Eddie Razo Terrel Gore Robert & Nancy Bartels 1:48.24
2009 Jonesboro 7 Clifton Berry Randy Morse Michael Langford 1:48.01
2008 Wayzata Bay 6 Israel Ocampo Judi Hicklin World Thoroughbreds Racing 1:48.47
2007 Dry Martini 4 Elvis Trujillo Barclay Tagg Carol & George Nyren 1:48.41
2006 Siphon City 4 Elvis Trujillo Daniel C. Hurtak Ray J. Larkin 1:47.76
2005 Lord of the Game 4 Eusebio Razo, Jr. Tommy Tomillo William Slevin 1:49.94
2004 Roses in May 4 Mark Guidry Dale L. Romans Ken & Sarah Ramsey 1:46.63
2003 Tenpins 5 Robby Albarado Donald Winfree Joseph V. Vitello 1:48.39
2002 Mr John 4 Mark Guidry Elliott Walden Thomas F. Van Meter, Jr. 1:47.97
2001 Euchre 5 Garrett K. Gomez Robert J. Frankel Stronach Stables 1:47.72
2000 Sir Bear 7 Eibar Coa Ralph Ziadie Barbara Smollin 1:48.49
1999 Nite Dreamer 4 Robby Albarado Niall O'Callaghan Henry E. Pabst 1:48.85
1998 Beboppin Baby 5 Jesse Campbell Joe Kasperski, Jr. Lawrence Karp 1:46.62
1997 Semoran 4 David Flores Bob Baffert Donald Dizney/James English 1:48.47
1996 no race
1995 Powerful Punch 6 Curt Bourque Harvey L. Vanier Russell L. Reineman 1:49.80
1994 Zeeruler 6 Robert N. Lester Donnie Von Hemel John A. Franks 1:50.20
1993 Link 5 Ronald Ardoin Tom Amoss Stewart Madison 1:50.40
1992 Irish Swap 5 Bruce Poyadou Joseph E. Broussard Randall Hendricks 1:47.80
1991 Black Tie Affair 5 Pat Day Ernie T. Poulos Jeff Sullivan 1:48.60
1990 Dispersal 4 Jorge Velasquez Bud Delp Tom Meyerhoff 1:50.00
1989 Blue Buckaroo 6 Shane Sellers Harvey L. Vanier Russell L. Reineman 1:49.40
1988 Palace March 4 Julie Krone William I. Mott Bertram R. Firestone 1:49.00

Earlier winners

  • 1998 - Beboppin Baby
  • 1997 - Semoran
  • 1995 - Powerful Punch
  • 1994 - Zeeruler
  • 1993 - Link
  • 1992 - Irish Swap
  • 1990 - Dispersal
  • 1989 - Blue Buckaroo
  • 1988 - Palace March
  • 1987 - Bolshoi Boy
  • 1986 - Gourami
  • 1984 - Timeless Native
  • 1983 - Win Stat
  • 1982 - Recusant
  • 1981 - Summer Advocate
  • 1980 - Hold Your Tricks
  • 1979 - Star de Naskra
  • 1978 - True Statement
  • 1977 - Private Thoughts
  • 1976 - Dragset
  • 1975 - Stonewalk
  • 1973 - Joey Bob
  • 1972 - Joey Bob
  • 1971 - Action Getter
  • 1970 - Blazing Silk
  • 1969 - Vale of Tears
  • 1968 - Vale of Tears*
  • 1968 - Ninfalo*
  • 1967 - Single Needle
  • 1966 - Royal Gunner


* The Cornhusker Handicap was divided into two divisions in 1968.



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