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Harry Henson Stakes

non-graded stakes race
Harry Henson Stakes
Location Hollywood Park Racetrack
Inglewood, California, United States
Inaugurated 1952
Race type Thoroughbred - Flat racing
Website www.hollywoodpark.com
Race information
Distance 6 furlong sprint
Track Grass, left-handed
Qualification Three-year-olds
Weight Assigned
Purse US$70,000

The Harry Henson Stakes is an American Thoroughbred horse race run annually during the third week of April as part of the opening day races of the spring/summer meet at Hollywood Park Racetrack in Inglewood, California. Open to three-year-old horses, it is a non-graded stakes raced on turf that has been contested at a distance of six furlongs since 2007. The race currently offers a purse of US$70,000.

Inaugurated in 1952 as the Debonair Stakes, it was renamed in 1991 to honor Harry Henson, a former jockey who was Hollywood Park's race caller from 1958 to 1982.

Past winners include Imbros in 1953, Kentucky Derby winner Determine in 1954, and a son of Imbros in 1962, the U.S. Racing Hall of Fame inductee, Native Diver.



Speed record: (at current distance of 6 furlongs.

  • 1:08.16 - Backbackbackgone (2009)

Recent winners






2009 Backbackbackgone Rafael Bejarano Peter Miller Gerson Racing et al 1:08.16
2008 Sky Cape Victor Espinoza Kristin Mulhall Visionary Racing/Steve Taub 1:08.49
2007 Hurry Home Warren Victor Espinoza Jesús Mendoza Christopher Drakos 1:08.60
2006 Corazondelcampeon Corey Nakatani David La Croix Scott P. Merrell 1:01.04
2005 Juliesugardaddy Alex Bisono Barry Abrams D. Adams, V. Johnson, H. Nakk 1:01.87


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