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Del Mar Mile Handicap

Grade II race
Del Mar Mile Handicap
Location Del Mar Racetrack
Del Mar, California, United States
Inaugurated 1987
Race type Thoroughbred - Flat racing
Website Del Mar Thoroughbred Club
Race information
Distance 1 mile (8 furlongs)
Track Grass, left-handed
Qualification Three-year-olds & up
Weight Assigned
Purse $400,000

The Del Mar Mile Handicap is an American Thoroughbred horse race run annually at the end of August at Del Mar Racetrack in Del Mar, California. The Grade II event is open to horses age three and up willing to race one mile on the turf. As part of the Breeders' Cup Challenge series, the winner automatically qualifies for a birth in the Breeders' Cup Mile. [1]

Inaugurated in 1987, the Del Mar Mile Handicap was contested on dirt from 1987 through 2004.


Speed record:

  • 1:32.21 - Three Valleys (2005) (on turf)
  • 1:33.40 - On The Line (1989) (on dirt)

Most wins:

  • 2 - El Corredor (2000, 2001)

Most wins by an owner:

  • 2 - Hal J. Earnhardt (2000, 2001)

Most wins by a jockey:

Most wins by a trainer:








2009 Ferneley 5 Joel Rosario Ben Cecil Silver Springs Stud Farm 1:31.11
2008 Whatsthescript 4 Garrett Gomez John W. Sadler Tommy Town Thoroughbreds 1:32.40
2007 Crossing The Line 5 Garrett Gomez John W. Sadler Doubledown Stable & Mike MacQuoid 1:32.59
2006 Aragorn 4 Corey Nakatani Neil D. Drysdale Ballygallon Stud 1:32.68
2005 Three Valleys 4 Pat Valenzuela Robert J. Frankel Juddmonte Farms 1:32.21
2004 Supah Blitz 4 Victor Espinoza Douglas F. O'Neill Kagele Bros. & Mark Lieb 1:35.14
2003 Joey Franco 4 Pat Valenzuela Darrell Vienna Jerry Frankel 1:35.70
2002 Congaree 4 Mike E. Smith Bob Baffert Stonerside Stable 1:36.34
2001 El Corredor 4 Victor Espinoza Bob Baffert Hal J. Earnhardt 1:35.24
2000 El Corredor 3 Victor Espinoza Bob Baffert Hal J. Earnhardt 1:35.05
1999 Hollycombe 5 Gary Stevens J. Paco Gonzalez John Toffan 1:35.46
1998 Old Trieste 3 Chris McCarron Mike Puype Cobra Farm Inc. 1:35.35
1997 Benchmark 6 Eddie Delahoussaye Ronald W. Ellis Pam & Martin Wygod 1:35.57
1996 Dramatic Gold 5 Kent Desormeaux David Hofmans Golden Eagle Farm 1:34.78
1995 Alphabet Soup 4 Chris McCarron David Hofmans Ridder Thoroughbred Stable 1:34.33
1994 Lykatill Hil 4 Eddie Delahoussaye Art Sherman William J. Zellerbach 1:34.01
1993 Region 4 Corey Nakatani Richard E. Mandella Claiborne Farm 1:34.98
1992 Reign Road 4 David Flores Jay M. Robbins Jack Kent Cooke 1:35.29
1991 Twilight Agenda 5 Kent Desormeaux D. Wayne Lukas Moyglare Stud Farm 1:34.00
1990 Stalwart Charger 3 Roberto Gonzalez Pico Perdomo Sidney B. Factor 1:34.60
1989 On The Line 5 Laffit Pincay, Jr. D. Wayne Lukas Eugene V. Klein 1:33.40
1988 Precisionist 7 Chris McCarron John W. Russell Fred W. Hooper 1:34.60
1987 Good Command 4 Chris McCarron Gary Jones Prestonwood Farm 1:34.80



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