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Hilltop Stakes

Ungraded Stakes race
Hilltop Stakes
Location Pimlico Race Course,
Baltimore, Maryland, United States
Inaugurated 1973
Race type Thoroughbred - Flat racing
Website www.pimlico.com
Race information
Distance 1-1/16 miles (9 furlongs)
Track Grass, left-handed
Qualification Three-year-old fillies
Weight Assigned
Purse $60,000

The Hilltop Stakes is an American Thoroughbred horse race run annually at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Maryland. Open to three-year-old fillies, it is contested over a distance of one mile on turf.[1]

The Hilltop Stakes is run on the second Saturday of May each year exactly one week prior to the Preakness Stakes. The race is named in honor of the nickname for Pimlico Race Course. The nickname "Old Hilltop" was given to the venerable track in Baltimore, Maryland because of a large hill in the infield that was very prominent and gave race goers a 360" bird's-eye view of the entire track. In 1938 the hill top was leveled so that movie cameras and patrons in the grandstand could see the race on the backside of the track while the horses were racing.

The race was run on the main track on a dirt surface prior to 1988. It was also run on the main track in 1995 and 2003 due to a yielding turf and poor weather.

Contents

Records

Speed record:

  • 1-1/16 miles - 1:41.40 - Captive Miss (1992)
  • 1 mile - 1:36.20 - Another Paddock (1988)

Most wins by a jockey:

  • 3 - Greg McCarron (1974, 1978, 1989)

Winners of the Hilltop Stakes since 1966

Year

Winner

Age

Jockey

Trainer

Owner

Distance
(Miles)

Time

Purse

Grade

2010

Joharmony

3

Javier Castellano Leigh Delacour Gary L. Chervenell

1-1/16

1:44.17

$70,000

2009

Blind Date

3

Jeremy Rose Hamilton A. Smith William M. Backer

1-1/16

1:42.89

$60,000

2008

Hartigan

3

Luis Garcia Richard W. Small Robert Meyerhoff

1-1/16

1:46.24

$60,000

2007

Street Sounds

3

Ramon Dominguez Michael Matz Hidden Creek Farm

1 mile

1:36.60

$80,000

2006

Ebony Rose

3

Chris Decarlo Todd A. Pletcher Gene Mello

1-1/16

1:49.60

$85,000

2005

My Typhoon

3

Jerry Bailey William I. Mott Peter Vegso

1-1/16

1:44.20

$75,000

2004

Western Ransom

3

Ryan Fogelsonger Michael Dickinson Dr. John A. Chandler

1-1/16

1:43.20

$50,000

2003

City Fire

3

Jeremy Rose Mark Shuman Michael Gill

1-1/16

1:44.20

$50,000

2002

Ntombi

3

Mario Pino Michael Dickinson John Chandler

1-1/16

1:42.20

$50,000

2001

Guillotine

3

Mark Johnston Hamilton A. Smith Janis Gerace

1-1/16

1:45.00

$75,000

2000

Azireprice

3

Sidney Lejeune, Jr. Thomas Amoss On Target Racing Stable

1-1/16

1:43.20

$50,000

1999

Polish Miss

3

Mario Pino Bruce C. Jackson Mary Kernan

1-1/16

1:44.80

$50,000

1998

Proud Owner

3

Darci Rice Richard W. Small Dr Thomas Bowman & Richard Small

1-1/16

1:43.00

$57,000

1997

Cozy Blues

3

Francine Villeneuve James E. Baker Adam Wachtel

1-1/16

1:44.00

$75,000

1997

Earth to Jackie

3

Robert Colton J. William Boniface Jacquelyn Schipke

1-1/16

1:44.00

$75,000

1996

Silent Greeting

3

Larry Reynolds H. Graham Motion Joe L. Allbritton

1-1/16

1:46.40

$58,000

1995

Jhenais Jewel

3

Raphael Verderosa Josephine S. Owens Mrs. Jack Jeweler

1-1/16

1:45.60

$58,000

1994

Irish Forever

3

Jorge Chavez J. William Boniface Roger Schipke

1-1/16

1:43.60

$57,000

1993

Open Toe

3

Mike Luzzi James W. Murphy Pomerosa Farms

1-1/16

1:42.40

$57,000

1992

Captive Miss

3

Joe Bravo Philip M. Serpe Live Oak Stud

1-1/16

1:41.40

$60,000

1991

Grab the Green

3

Edgar Prado Barclay Tagg Samuel H. Rogers Jr.

1-1/16

1:44.60

$58,000

1990

Valay Maid

3

Marco Castaneda Carlos Garcia C. Oliver Goldsmith

1-1/16

1:42.60

$58,000

1989

Seraglio

3

Greg McCarron Richard Small Robert E. Meyerhoff

1-1/16

1:48.80

$68,500

1988

Another Paddock

3

Nick Santagata George Pagano George Steinbrenner

1 mile

1:36.20

$60,000

1987

Artic Cloud

3

Mario Pino William T. Fitzgibbons

1-1/16

1:44.40

$50,000

1986

Country Recital

3

Vincent Bracciale, Jr.

1-1/16

1:46.00

$36,500

1985

A Joyful Spray

3

Philip Grove John A. Manfuso

1-1/16

1:43.60

$36,500

1984

Squan Song

3

F. Hernandez Mrs. Peter F. Green

1-1/16

1:44.60

$36,500

1983

Final Chapter

3

Danny Wright

1-1/16

1:45.40

$36,500

1982

Martie's Double

3

Ron Turcotte

1-1/16

1:43.60

$36,500

1981

Anti Phil

3

Danny Wright A. E. Verdi

1-1/16

1:46.40

$36,500

1980

Weber City Miss

3

Vincent Bracciale, Jr.

1-1/16

1:45.00

$36,500

1979

Heavy Sugar

3

M. Drury

1-1/16

1:45.20

$36,500

1978

Caesar's Wish

3

Greg McCarron Sally M. Gibson

1-1/16

1:45.00

$35,000

1977

Enthused

3

Chris McCarron

1-1/16

1:45.40

$28,000

1976

Dance My Love

3

George Cusimano

1-1/16

1:46.40

$30,700

1975

Quick Selection

3

George Cusimano

1-1/16

1:45.00

$36,000

1974

Four Bells

3

Greg McCarron

1-1/16

1:43.20

$30,500

1973

Maybe Crafty

3

Eldon Nelson

1-1/16

1:46.60

$30,000

See also

References

  1. 2007 Maryland Jockey Club Media Guide, page 44 on March 3, 2007.



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