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Del Mar Derby

Grade II race
Del Mar Derby
Location Del Mar Racetrack
Del Mar, California, United States
Inaugurated 1945
Race type Thoroughbred - Flat racing
Website www.dmtc.com
Race information
Distance 1⅛ miles (9 furlongs)
Track Grass, left-handed
Qualification Three-year-olds
Weight Assigned
Purse $350,000

The Del Mar Derby is an American thoroughbred horse race run annually during the first week of September at Del Mar Racetrack in Del Mar, California. A Grade II race open to three-year-old horses, it is contested on turf over a distance of one and one-eighth miles (9 furlongs).

Inaugurated in 1945 as the Quigley Memorial Handicap at a distance of 1 1/16 miles on dirt, it was renamed in 1948, modified to its present distance in 1950, and moved to turf in 1970. It was raced in two divisions in 1963 and again in 1970.

In 1968 there was a dead heat for the win.


Speed record: (on turf at 1⅛ miles)

  • 1:45.85 - Willow O Wisp (2005)

Most wins by an owner:

  • 3 - Howard B. Keck (1960, 1962, 1966)

Most wins by a jockey:

Most wins by a trainer:







2009 Rendezvous Joel Rosario Jerry Hollendorfer Hollendorfer/G. Todaro et al. 1:46.88
2008 Madeo Mike E. Smith John Shirreffs Ann & Jerry Moss 1:46.68
2007 Medici Code Martin Pedroza Darrell Vienna Herrick Racing 1:47.10
2006 Get Funky Jose Valdivia, Jr. John W. Sadler Keith Abrahams 1:46.39
2005 Willow O Wisp Garrett Gomez Vladimir Cerin Robert A. Alexander 1:45.85
2004 Blackdoun Corey Nakatani Julio C. Canani Naify & Woodside Farms 1:46.75
2003 Fairly Ransom Alex Solis Ron McAnally Arnold Zetcher 1:46.45
2002 Insperado Corey Nakatani Robert J. Frankel 3 Plus U Stable 1:47.49
2001 Romanceishope Chris McCarron Jenine Sahadi S. Hatake & S. Nishimura 1:47.93
2000 Walkslikeaduck Eddie Delahoussaye Patrick Gallagher D. Bienstock/C. Winner et al. 1:46.66
1999 Val Royal Corey Nakatani Julio C. Canani David Milch 1:48.40
1998 Ladies Din Kent Desormeaux Julio C. Canani Lanni-Schiappa-Sloan 1:48.40
1997 Anet Gary L. Stevens Bob Baffert Donald Dizney 1:48.40
1996 Rainbow Blues Corey Nakatani Charles Whittingham Frankfurt Stable 1:50.00
1995 Da Hoss Rene Douglas Michael W. Dickinson Prestonwood Farm et al. 1:48.00
1994 Ocean Crest Laffit Pincay, Jr. Frank L. Brothers Lazy Lane Farms Inc. 1:48.60
1993 Guide Kent Desormeaux Robert B. Hess, Jr. Jeremys Stable et al. 1:49.60
1992 Daros Eddie Delahoussaye Michael Puhich Al & Sandee Kirkwood 1:48.80
1991 Eternity Star Frank Alvarado Robert J. Frankel Peter Wall 1:49.20
1990 Tight Spot † Laffit Pincay, Jr. Ron McAnally Anderson, VHW St., et al. 1:49.60
1989 Hawkster Pat Valenzuela Ron McAnally Shelly Meredith 1:48.00
1988 Silver Circus Russell Baze Julio C. Canani Joseph M. Scardino 1:49.00
1987 Deputy Governor Eddie Delahoussaye Neil D. Drysdale Universal Stable 1:48.40
1986 Vernon Castle Eddie Delahoussaye John Sullivan Allen E. Paulson (Lessee) 1:48.40
1985 First Norman Gary L. Stevens Albert Barrera Laz Barrera/Norman Silverman 1:48.00
1984 Tsunami Slew Eddie Delahoussaye Edwin J. Gregson Royal Lines (Lessee) 1:48.00
1983 Tanks Brigade Rafael Meza Joe Manzi Lee, Manzi & Ozer 1:49.00
1982 Give Me Strength Laffit Pincay, Jr. Luis Barrera Happy Valley Farm 1:49.00
1981 Juan Barrera Fernando Toro Greg Gilchrist Harris Farms, Inc. 1:49.00
1980 Exploded Laffit Pincay, Jr. Charles Whittingham M.J. Bradley/Whittingham/Wynne 1:49.60
1979 Relaunch Laffit Pincay, Jr. John H. Adams Glen Hill Farm 1:48.80
1978 Misrepresentation Donald Pierce Gordon C. Campbell Bernard J. Ridder 1:49.60
1977 Text Darrel McHargue Vincent Clyne Elmendorf 1:49.40
1976 Montespan Darrel McHargue John H. Adams El Peco Ranch 1:48.40
1975 Larrikin Donald Pierce Farrell W. Jones Joseph Morjoseph 1:48.80
1974 Lightning Mandate Alvaro Pineda Farrell W. Jones Jones, McLeod & Mabee, et al. 1:50.00
1973 Right Honorable Jerry Lambert Willard L. Proctor Glen Hill Farm 1:49.20
1972 Bicker Glen Brogan Robert E. Wingfield Green Thumb Farm Stable 1:49.00
1971 Regal Case Howard Grant Robert L. Wheeler Flag Is Up Farm 1:49.00
1970 War Heim Fernando Toro Dale Landers Hazel E. Huffman 1:49.20
1970 Mayhedo Jerry Lambert Jay Saladin Edward C. Flynn 1:49.20
1969 Orbit Ruler Fernando Alvarez Robert K. Mitchell SBL Stable 1:47.40
1968 Prince Hemp Jerry Lambert Lydell T. Ruff Herbert L. Pratt 1:46.60
1968 Glory Hallelujah Raul Caballero Wally Dunn Flying M. Stable 1:46.60
1967 Charlie Boots Alvaro Pineda Willie H. Wyndle Mrs. Harry Hart 1:47.40
1966 Drin Donald Pierce Charles Whittingham Howard B. Keck 1:47.40
1965 Hasty Trip Bobby Jennings Richard Chew M/M/ R. L. Cooper 1:47.60
1964 Pop's Harmony George Taniguchi Buddy Leavitt Shapiro & Leavitt 1:48.60
1963 Big Raff Rudy Campas John H. Adams Ralph Lowe 1:48.00
1963 Olympiad King Johnny Longden Jack M. Phillips Connie M. Ring 1:47.80
1962 Bayou Bourg Pete Moreno Joseph S. Dunn Howard B. Keck 1:48.20
1961 Speak John Pete Moreno Farrell W. Jones Elmendorf 1:48.00
1960 Nagea Alex Maese Joseph S. Dunn Howard B. Keck 1:47.60
1959 Mr. Eiffel George Taniguchi Dale Landers Verne Winchell 1:47.60
1958 The Shoe Alex Maese Mesh Tenney Rex C. Ellsworth 1:48.60
1957 Mystic Eye William Skuse T. Scholfield O Enterprises 1:48.20
1956 Bounty Bay John R. Adams William J. Hirsch Raoul Walsh 1:48.00
1955 Hi Pardner Willie Harmatz Wally Dunn Joe W. Brown 1:49.00
1954 Musselshell Bill Shoemaker Jim Sinnott Jim Sinnott 1:48.80
1953 Apple Valley Bill Pearson Red McDaniel Mrs. A. W. Ryan 1:49.40
1952 Southarlington Robert Summers J. Thomas Taylor J. Ross Clark III 1:48.80
1951 Grantor Bill Shoemaker Harry L. Daniels William Goetz 1:48.60
1950 Great Circle Ralph Neves Warren Stute Yolo Stable 1:48.40
1949 Bolero Jack Westrope Frank E. Childs Abraham Hirschberg 1:42.00
1948 Frankly Gene Pederson Buster Millerick Frank Frankel 1:42.80
1947 Wheatfield Melvin Peterson Ross Brinson Zack T. Addington 1:43.80
1946 Terry Bargello William Swigart Bob R. Roberts Ranchita Alvera 1:44.40
1945 Timber Slide Scotty Craigmyle W. Robertson Mill B Stable 1:48.80

* † In 1990, Tight Spot finished first, but was disqualified and set back to tenth place. That ruling was contested and later was overturned by the California Horse Racing Board and his victory reinstated.



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