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Geisha Handicap

Restricted State-bred Stakes race
Geisha Handicap
Location Pimlico Race Course,
Baltimore, Maryland Flag of the United States
OR
Laurel Park Racecourse,
Laurel, Maryland Flag of the United States
Inaugurated 1973
Race type Thoroughbred - Flat racing
Website Marylandthoroughbred.com
Race information
Distance 1-1/16 miles (8.5 furlongs)
Track Dirt, left-handed
Qualification Three-year-olds & up; fillies and mares
Purse $75,000

Geisha Stakes is an American Thoroughbred horse race held annually in April since 1973 primarily at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore or at Laurel Park Racecourse in Laurel. To be eligible for the Geisha Handicap, a horse must be bred in Maryland. Due to that restriction the race is classified as a non-graded or "listed" stakes race and is not eligible for grading by the American Graded Stakes Committee. [1]

The race was run at 1-1/16 miles for its first 30 years in existence from 1973-2003. The race was run on the turf one year in 1988.

In its 39th running in 2010, the race was named in honor of Alfred G. Vanderbilt's Geisha, a Maryland-bred daughter of Discovery and bred by John P. Grier. She was foaled at the famed Sagamore Farm in Glyndon, Maryland in 1943. She was bred to Preakness Stakes winner Polynesian and produced Native Dancer in 1950, one of the greatest race horses and sires of the 20th century.

Contents

Records

Speed record:

  • 1-1/16 miles (8.5 furlongs) : 1:42.20 - Any Spray (1984)
  • 1-1/8 miles (9 furlongs) : 1:51.40 - Prominade Girl (2004)

Most wins by an owner:

  • 4 - Stephen Quick (2004, 2007, 2008 & 2009)

Most wins by a jockey:

Most wins by a trainer:

  • 4 - Christopher W. Grove (2004, 2007, 2008 & 2009)

Winners of the Geisha Handicap since 1973

Year

Winner

Age

Jockey

Trainer

Owner

Distance
(Miles)

Time

Purse

Grade

2009

Princess Nyla

4

Julian Pimentel Christopher W. Grove Stephen Quick

1-1/16

1:45.43

$75,000

2008

Lexi Star

6

Jeremy Rose Christopher W. Grove Stephen Quick

1-1/16

1:43.76

$75,000

2007

Lexi Star

5

J. D. Acosta Christopher W. Grove Stephen Quick

1-1/8

1:53.40

$75,000

2006

Sassy Love

5

Luis Garcia Casey J. Randall Dr. Michael J. Harrison

1-1/8

1:54.00

$75,000

2005

Promenade Girl

3

E. Rodriguez Lawrence E. Murray Sondra D. Bender

1-1/8

1:51.40

$75,000

2004

Silmaril

3

Abel Castellano Jr. Christopher W. Grove Stephen E. Quick

1-1/8

1:53.80

$100,000

2003

Cruise Along

5

Abel Castellano Jr. Lawence E. Murray Sondra D. Bender

1-1/16

1:42.80

$100,000

2002

Shiny Sheet

4

Jeremy Rose Charles H. Hadry Mr. & Mrs. Henry T. Rathburn

1-1/16

1:44.40

$100,000

2001

Shine Again

4

Jean-Luc Samyn H. Allen Jerkins Bohemia Stable

1-1/16

1:43.60

$100,000

2000

Unbridled Lady

4

Mario Pino Robin L. Graham Alan S. Kline

1-1/16

1:44.80

$100,000

1999

Truth and Nobility

4

Steve Capanas Roger J. Seeger

1-1/16

1:43.60

$100,000

1998

Weather Vane

4

Mario Pino Richard W. Delp Par Four Racing Stable

1-1/16

1:43.80

$100,000

1997

Churchbell Chimes

6

Edgar S. Prado J. William Boniface Susan Y. Granville

1-1/16

1:42.80

$100,000

1996

Urbane

4

Jose Valdivia, Jr. Randy Bradshaw Siegel Family

1-1/16

1:44.00

$100,000

1995

Calipha

4

Kent Desormeaux Grover G. Delp Nancy Bayard

1-1/16

1:50.00

$100,000

1994

Stars Knockout

5

Richard Migliore Michael E. Hushion Liberation Farm

1-1/16

1:43.60

$100,000

1993

Green Darlin

4

Joe Bravo Lawrence E. Murray

1-1/16

1:43.80

$100,000

1992

Brilliant Brass

5

Edgar Prado Carlos A. Garcia

1-1/16

1:43.00

$100,000

1991

Capp the Power

4

Mike Luzzi Ronald Cartwright

1-1/16

1:43.60

$100,000

1990

Thirty Eight Go Go

5

Donnie A. Miller, Jr. King T. Leatherbury Janet Wayson

1-1/16

1:42.60

$100,000

1989

Thirty Eight Go Go

4

Kent Desormeaux King T. Leatherbury Janet Wayson

1-1/16

1:42.40

$100,000

1988

Thirty Eight Go Go

3

Donnie A. Miller, Jr. King T. Leatherbury Janet Wayson

1-1/16

1:43.20

$80,000

1987

Alden's Ambition

6

Jesse Davidson Jerry Robb

1-1/16

1:44.00

$60,000

1986

Owned by All

6

Vincent Bracciale, Jr. Baird C. Brittingham

1-1/16

1:44.80

$60,000

1985

Owned by All

5

Danny Wright Baird C. Brittingham

1-1/16

1:42.40

$60,000

1984

Any Spray

4

Dave Byrnes

1-1/16

1:42.20

$60,000

1983

Kattegat's Pride

4

Donnie A. Miller, Jr. Stephen E. Quick

1-1/16

1:45.40

$60,000

1982

Zvetlana

4

Leroy Moyers

1-1/16

1:45.00

$60,000

1981

Weber City Miss

4

Angel Cordero, Jr.

1-1/16

1:44.00

$60,000

1980

Jameela

4

William J. Passmore Richard W. Worthington

1-1/16

1:44.40

$60,000

1979

Pearl Necklace

5

Ruben Hernandez Reginald N. Webster

1-1/16

1:43.20

$60,000

1978

Lucky Penny

5

Ronald Ardoin

1-1/16

1:47.00

$35,000

1977

Gala Lil

5

George Cusimano Mrs. Gertude Leviton

1-1/16

1:42.60

$27,500

1976 #

Gala Lil

4

Leroy Moyers Mrs. Gertude Leviton

1-1/16

1:51.00

$100,000

1976 #

Crackerfax

5

William J. Passmore

1-1/16

1:44.00

$25,000

1975

Twixt

6

William J. Passmore

1-1/16

1:44.60

$35,000

1974

Twixt

5

William J. Passmore

1-1/16

1:45.00

$35,000

1973

Alma North

5

Ron Turcotte

1-1/16

1:42.80

$28,000

See also

References

  1. Maryland Million 2008, October 4, Laurel Park, Official Souvenir Guide for 23rd Running, page 4 and 5.




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