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El Encino Stakes

Grade II race
El Encino Stakes
Location Santa Anita Park
Arcadia, California
Inaugurated 1954
Race type Thoroughbred - Flat racing
Website www.santaanita.com/
Race information
Distance 1/16 miles
Track Pro-Ride, left-handed
Qualification Four-year-old Fillies
Weight Assigned
Purse $150,000

The El Encino Stakes is an American Thoroughbred horse race run annually at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, California. Open to four-year-old fillies, it is raced over a distance of 1/16 miles (8.5 furlongs) on the synthetic Cushion Track surface. A Grade II event, it currently offers a purse of $150,000

Part of Santa Anita Park's La Cañada Series of races, the El Encino Stakes is open to newly turning/turned 4-year old fillies. Run at an increasing distance, the series begins with the Grade I La Brea Stakes at 7 furlongs at the end of December followed by the El Encino Stakes at 1 1/16 miles (8.5 furlongs) in mid January, then the G-II La Cañada Stakes at 1⅛ miles (9 furlongs) in mid February. Created in 1975, only three fillies have ever won the series: Taisez Vous (1978), Mitterand (1985), and Got Koko (2003). The Santa Anita Park counterpart series for male horses is the Strub Series.

Prior to 1976, the race was open to horses of either sex aged four and up.

The El Encino was inaugurated in 1954 as a handicap race on dirt at 1 1/16 miles. From 1955 through 1957 it was raced on turf at a distance of 1¼ miles after which it was suspended until 1968 when it returned as a 1 1/16 miles claiming stakes. There was no race in 1970 but returned the following year. In 1974 and 1975 it was modified to a distance 1⅛ miles before being changed in 1976 to its current 1 1/16 miles and restricted to four-year-old fillies.


Speed record: (at current distance of 1 1/16 miles)

Most wins by a jockey:

Most wins by a trainer:

Most wins by an owner:

  • 3 - Golden Eagle Farm (1976, 1983, 1998)

Winners of the El Encino Stakes







2010 Pretty Unusual 4 Chantal Sutherland Barry Abrams Auerbach/Goda/Klugman 1:43.72
2009 Life Is Sweet 4 Garrett K. Gomez John Shirreffs Pam & Martin Wygod 1: 41.30
2008 Zenyatta 4 David Flores John Shirreffs Ann & Jerry Moss 1:40.61
2007 Sugar Shake 4 David R. Flores Robert J. Frankel Stronach Stables 1:43.70
2006 Proposed 4 Pat Valenzuela John Shirreffs Pam & Martin Wygod 1:44.32
2005 Girl Warrior 4 Victor Espinoza Neil D. Drysdale Anthony Speelman 1:42.76
2004 Victory Encounter 4 Mike E. Smith John W. Sadler Tom Mankiewicz 1:42.52
2003 Got Koko 4 Alex Solis Bruce Headley Aase Headley/Paul Leung 1:42.25
2002 Affluent 4 Ed Delahoussaye Ron McAnally Janis R. Whitham 1:42.60
2001 Chilukki 4 Gary L. Stevens Bob Baffert Stonerside Stable 1:42.55
2000 Olympic Charmer 4 Chris McCarron Ron McAnally Deborah McAnally 1:42.71
1999 Manistique 4 Gary L. Stevens John Shirreffs 505 Farms 1:43.10
1998 Fleet Lady 4 Garrett K. Gomez Jerry Hollendorfer Golden Eagle Farm 1:43.04
1997 Belle's Flag 4 Corey Nakatani Darrell Vienna Ernest Auerbach 1:41.61
1996 Jewel Princess 4 Alex Solis Wallace Dollase R. J. & M. J. Stephen 1:41.94
1995 Klassy Kim 4 Kent Desormeaux Melvin F. Stute Bill M. Thomas 1:42.43
1994 Supah Gem 4 Corey Nakatani Wallace Dollase Perez & Stephen 1:41.33
1993 Pacific Squall 4 Chris McCarron J. Paco Gonzalez McCaffery & Toffan 1:45.67
1992 Exchange 4 Laffit Pincay, Jr. William Spawr Sidney H. Craig 1:43.32
1991 A Wild Ride 4 Chris McCarron D. Wayne Lukas Calumet Farm 1:42.40
1990 Akinemod 4 Gary L. Stevens Jerry M. Fanning El Rancho de Jaklin 1:41.20
1989 Goodbye Halo 4 Pat Day Charles Whittingham A. Campbell, Jr./Hancock III 1:41.80
1988 By Land By Sea 4 Fernando Toro Gary Jones Jayeff "B" Stable & Jones 1:41.60
1987 Seldom Seen Sue 4 Bill Shoemaker Gary Jones Drakos/Frederick/Howard 1:43.00
1986 Lady's Secret 4 Chris McCarron D. Wayne Lukas M/M Eugene V. Klein 1:41.80
1985 Mitterand 4 Ed Delahoussaye Randy Winick Silver Star Stable & Winick 1:42.00
1984 Lovlier Linda 4 Bill Shoemaker Willard L. Proctor William R. Hawn 1:42.00
1983 Beautiful Glass 4 Chris McCarron Gary Jones Golden Eagle Farm 1:41.20
1982 Edge 4 Cash Asmussen Willard L. Proctor William H. Perry 1:41.20
1981 Princess Karenda 4 Ed Delahoussaye Gene Cleveland Farish III & Jones 1:42.00
1980 It's In The Air 4 Laffit Pincay, Jr. Laz Barrera Harbor View Farm 1:41.20
1979 B. Thoughtful 4 Donald R. Pierce Robert L. Wheeler Mrs.Walter Haefner 1:41.60
1978 Taisez Vous 4 Donald R. Pierce Robert L. Wheeler Vernon D. & Ann Eachus 1:41.80
1977 Woodsome 4 Mark Sellers Stephen A. DiMauro Robert E. Sangster 1:42.20
1976 Fascinating Girl 4 Sandy Hawley A. Thomas Doyle Golden Eagle Farm 1:42.40
1975 Triggairo 6 Donald R. Pierce John Coffee Roy Rogers 1:49.40
1974 Wild World 5 Bill Shoemaker Robert J. Frankel Marion R. Frankel 1:49.80
1973 Class A 5 Dennis Tierney Farrell W. Jones Cossack Farm 1:44.60
1972 Thorn 4 Johnny Sellers Pancho Martin Sigmund Sommer 1:42.00
1971 Efa 5 Donald R. Pierce Gordon C. Campbell R. G. Shaw 1:41.80
1969 Gene's Dancer 4 Earlie Fires J. Bert Sonnier Verna Lea Farm 1:43.40
1968 Hill Shine 4 Alvaro Pineda William B. Finnegan El Peco Ranch 1:42.60
1957 Blue Volt 8 Bill Shoemaker Edward D. Cox Altandor Stable & Cox 2:07.40
1956 Free Stride 4 Rogelio Trejos C. R. West M/M Bert W. Martin 2:00.40
1955 Surgente 6 Rogelio Trejos G. M. Small Argentine Turf 2:04.00
1954 Dixie Lad 5 Eddie Arcaro Horace A. Jones Calumet Farm 1:43.40

*In 1998, I Ain't Bluffing won the race but was disqualified and set back to third.



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