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Donn Handicap

Grade I race
Donn Handicap
Location Gulfstream Park
Hallandale Beach, Florida, USA
Inaugurated 1959
Race type Thoroughbred - Flat racing
Website www.gulfstreampark.com
Race information
Distance 1⅛ miles (9 furlongs)
Track Dirt, left-handed
Qualification Four-year-olds and up
Weight Handicap
Purse $500,000

The Donn Handicap is an American Thoroughbred horse race run annually in late January/early February at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach, Florida.

The race is named after the Donn family, who for many years owned and operated the racetrack.

The Donn Handicap is a Grade I race open to horses four years old and up. It is raced on dirt over a distance of one and one-eighth miles and currently offers a $500,000 purse. Recently the race has become the premier prep race in North America for the Dubai World Cup.

Three horses have won the race twice. Inaugurated at a distance of a mile and a half, the only horse to ever win the race twice at that distance was One-Eyed-King who did it back-to-back in 1959 and 1960. At its present distance of one and one-eighth miles, Pistols and Roses won it back-to-back in 1993 and 1994 as did the U.S. Racing Hall of Fame inductee Cigar for the two ensuing years.

A total of three horses that have won the Donn Handicap went on to be named either the Eclipse Award for American Horse of the Year or American Champion Older Male Horse that year: Saint Liam, Skip Away and Cigar. In addition, reigning Horse of the Year Invasor won the Donn in 2007 prior to taking the Dubai World Cup.

Contents

Records

Speed record: (at current distance of 1⅛ miles)

  • 1-1/8 miles - 1:46.40 - Jumping Hill (1979)

Most wins by a horse:

  • 2 - One-Eyed-King (1959 & 1960)

Most wins by a trainer:

  • 2 - George Gianos (1993 & 1994)

Most wins by a jockey:

Most wins by an owner:

Winners of the Donn Handicap since 1972

Year

Winner

Age

Jockey

Trainer

Owner

Distance
(Miles)

Time

Purse

Grade

2010

Quality Road

4

John Velazquez Todd A. Pletcher Edward P. Evans

1-1/8

1:47.49

$500,000

I

2009

Albertus Maximus

5

Alan Garcia Kiaran McLaughlin Shadwell Stable

1-1/8

1:50.96

$500,000

I

2008

Spring At Last

4

Eibar Coa Doug O'Neill Reddam / WinStar

1-1/8

1:48.35

$500,000

I

2007

Invasor

4

Fernando Jara Kiaran McLaughlin Shadwell Racing

1-1/8

1:48.43

$500,000

I

2006

Brass Hat

5

Willie Martinez William B. Bradley Fred F. Bradley

1-1/8

1:47.79

$500,000

I

2005

Saint Liam

5

Edgar Prado Richard Dutrow, Jr. William & Suzanne Warren

1-1/8

1:48.43

$500,000

I

2004

Medaglia d'Oro

5

Jerry D. Bailey Robert J. Frankel Edmund A. Gann

1-1/8

1:47.68

$500,000

I

2003

Harlan's Holiday

4

John R. Velazquez Todd A. Pletcher Starlight Stable LLC

1-1/8

1:49.17

$500,000

I

2002

Mongoose

4

Edgar Prado H. James Bond Gary & Mary West

1-1/8

1:49.63

$500,000

I

2001

Captain Steve

4

Jerry D. Bailey Bob Baffert Michael E. Pegram

1-1/8

1:48.95

$500,000

I

2000

Stephen Got Even

4

Shane Sellers Nick Zito Stephen & Tomisue Hilbert

1-1/8

1:48.50

$500,000

I

1999

Puerto Madero

5

Kent Desormeaux Richard Mandella Haras Santa Olga

1-1/8

1:48.34

$500,000

I

1998

Skip Away

5

Jerry D. Bailey Sonny Hine Carolyn Hine

1-1/8

1:50.17

$300,000

I

1997

Formal Gold

4

Joe Bravo William W. Perry John D. Murphy

1-1/8

1:47.49

$300,000

I

1996

Cigar

6

Jerry D. Bailey William I. Mott Allen E. Paulson

1-1/8

1:49.12

$300,000

I

1995

Cigar

5

Jerry D. Bailey William I. Mott Allen E. Paulson

1-1/8

1:49.68

$300,000

I

1994

Pistols and Roses

5

Heberto Castillo, Jr. George Gianos Willis Family Stables

1-1/8

1:50.67

$300,000

I

1993

Pistols and Roses

4

Heberto Castillo, Jr. George Gianos Willis Family Stables

1-1/8

1:50.10

$400,000

I

1992

Sea Cadet

4

Alex Solis Ron McAnally Verne H. Winchell

1-1/8

1:48.17

$500,000

I

1991

Jolie's Halo

4

Robin Platts Happy Alter Arthur I. Appleton

1-1/8

1:47.50

$500,000

I

1990

Primal

5

Earlie Fires Jimmy Bracken Tartan Farm

1-1/8

1:50.00

$200,000

I

1989

Cryptoclearance

5

Jose A. Santos Scotty Schulhofer Philip Teinowitz

1-1/8

1:48.80

$200,000

I

1988

Jade Hunter

4

Jerry D. Bailey Richard J. Lundy Summa Stable/Paulson

1-1/8

1:48.80

$200,000

I

1987

Little Bold John

5

Mike A. Gonzalez John Robb Hidden Hill Farm et al.

1-1/8

1:48.80

$200,000

I

1986

Creme Fraiche

4

Eddie Maple Woody Stephens Brushwood Stable

1-1/8

1:51.20

$125,000

II

1985

Mo Exception

4

Robert Breen Ken Masters Kenneth Kleier

1-1/8

1:48.60

$125,000

II

1984

Play Fellow

4

Pat Day Harvey L. Vanier Vanier/Lauer/Victor

1-1/8

1:49.00

$100,000

II

1983

Deputy Minister

4

Don MacBeth Reynaldo H. Nobles Due Process Stable et al

1-1/8

1:48.60

$100,000

II

1982

Joanie's Chief

5

Jean-Luc Samyn Gene Jacobs M/M Peter Barbarino

1-1/8

1:49.00

$100,000

II

1981

Hurry Up Blue

4

Chuck C. Lopez Reynaldo H. Nobles Due Process Stable

1-1/8

1:49.00

$100,000

II

1980

Lot O' Gold

4

Don Brumfield Smiley Adams

1-1/8

1:48.80

$90,000

II

1979

Jumping Hill

7

Jeffrey Fell Horatio Luro El Peco Ranch

1-1/8

1:46.40

$90,000

II

1978

Man's Man

4

Robert Woodhouse Thomas W. Kelley

1-1/16

1:42.20

$100,000

II

1977

Legion

7

Larry Saumell G. F. Jabalee Ralph E. Chapman

1-1/8

1:48.80

$60,000

II

1976

Foolish Pleasure

4

Braulio Baeza LeRoy Jolley John L. Greer

7 fur.

1:21.40

$60,000

II

1975

Proud And Bold

5

Gene St. Leon John Zarthar Bob Van Worp, Sr.

1-1/8

1:48.00

$60,000

II

1974

Forego

4

Heliodoro Gustines Frank Y. Whiteley, Jr. Lazy F Ranch

1-1/8

1:48.60

$60,000

III

1973

Triumphant

4

Braulio Baeza Joe Bollero Russell L. Reineman

1-1/8

1:47.80

$60,000

III

1972

Going Straight

4

Braulio Baeza Elwood McCann Donamire Farm

1-1/8

1:51.20

$60,000

Earlier winners

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  • 1971 - Judgable
  • 1970 - Twogundan
  • 1969 - Funny Fellow
  • 1968 - Favorable Turn
  • 1967 - Francuis U
  • 1966 - Tronado
  • 1964 - Cedar Key
  • 1963 - Tutankhamen
  • 1962 - Jay Fox
  • 1961 - General Arthur
  • 1960 - One-Eyed-King
  • 1959 - One-Eyed-King


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References



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