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Hollywood Derby

Grade I race
Hollywood Derby
Location Hollywood Park Racetrack
Inglewood, California Flag of the United States
Inaugurated 1938
Race type Thoroughbred - Flat racing
Website Hollywood Park Racetrack
Race information
Distance 1¼ miles (10 furlongs
Track Turf, left-handed
Qualification Three-year-olds
Weight 122 lbs. (allowances)
Purse $500,000

The Hollywood Derby is a Grade I American Thoroughbred horse race held annually in late November/early December at Hollywood Park Racetrack in Inglewood, California. The race is open to horses, age three willing to race a mile and a quarter on turf. It currently offers a purse of $500,000.

Inaugurated in 1938, the 2010 edition will mark the 69th running of the Hollywood Derby. It has been a Grade I event since 1973. There was no race from 1942 through 1944 as a result of World War II and it was not run in 2005 as a safety precaution after new grass had been planted on the turf course. It was contested in two divisions from 1981 through 1987.

Known as the Westerner Stakes from 1948-1958, the race was held at Santa Anita Park in 1949 after a fire destroyed the Hollywood Park grandstand and clubhouse.

Only three fillies have ever won the race: Busher (1945), Honeymoon (1946), A Gleam (1952).

Inaugurated at its current 1¼ miles, the Hollywood Derby has been contested at various distances on both dirt and turf:

  • 1⅛ miles on dirt : 1945, 1950, 1976-1980
  • 1⅛ miles on turf : 1981-2002
  • 1¼ miles on dirt : 1938-1941, 1946-1949, 1951-1972
  • 1¼ miles on turf : 2003 to present
  • 1½ miles on turf : 1973-1975

Contents

Records

Speed record:

  • 1:59.35 - Showing Up (2006) (at current distance of 1¼ miles on turf)
  • 1:45.82 - Super Quercus (1999) (at previous distance of 1⅛ miles on turf)

Most wins by a jockey:

Most wins by a trainer:

Winners of the Hollywood Derby since 1989

Year

Winner

Jockey

Trainer

Owner

Time
2009 The Usual Q.T. Victor Espinoza James Cassidy Van Kempen & partners 1:59.69
2008 Court Vision Ramon Dominguez William I. Mott IEAH Stables/WinStar Farm 2:01.43
2007 Daytona Mike E. Smith Dan Hendricks Davenport/Lenner/Ravich/Murray 1:59.75
2006 Showing Up Cornelio Velasquez Barclay Tagg Lael Stables 1:59.35
2004 Good Reward Jerry Bailey C. R. McGaughey III Ogden Phipps 2:01.53
2003 Sweet Return Julie Krone Ron McAnally Red Oak Stable 2:04.27
2002 Johar Alex Solis Richard Mandella The Thoroughbred Corp. 1:48.70
2001 Denon Chris McCarron Robert J. Frankel Flaxman Holdings 1:49.28
2000 Brahms Pat Day W. Elliott Walden Tom VanMeter II 1:46.73
1999 Super Quercus Alex Solis Robert J. Frankel 3 Plus U Stable 1:45.82
1998 Vergennes John Velazquez Steve Asmussen Gary A. Tanaka 1:49.44
1997 Subordination Jerry Bailey Gary Sciacca Jeff Ravitch/Seth Klarman 1:50.00
1996 Marlin Corey Nakatani D. Wayne Lukas Michael Tabor 1:46.08
1995 Labeeb Ed Delahoussaye Neil D. Drysdale Sheik Mohammed 1:46.42
1994 River Flyer Chris Antley David Hofmans Gary Folgner 1:47.48
1993 Explosive Red Corey Nakatani Daniel J. Vella Frank Stronach 1:46.88
1992 Paradise Creek Pat Day William I. Mott Bertram R. Firestone 1:47.36
1991 Eternity Star Ed Delahoussaye Robert J. Frankel Peter Wall 1:47.30
1991 Olympio Ed Delahoussaye Ron McAnally V.H.W. Stables 1:47.10
1990 Itsallgreektome Corey Nakatani Wallace Dollase Jhayare Stables 1:46.60
1989 Live The Dream Alex Solis Charlie Whittingham Bradley, Bradley, Chandler 1:47.00

* In 2001, Designed for Luck won but was disqualified for drifting out in the stretch and was set back to fifth.

Earlier winners

  • 1988 - Silver Circus
  • 1987 - Political Ambition
  • 1987 - Stately Don
  • 1986 - Thrill Show
  • 1986 - Spellbound
  • 1985 - Charming Duke
  • 1985 - Slew The Dragon
  • 1984 - Procida
  • 1984 - Foscarini
  • 1983 - Ginger Brink
  • 1982 - Racing Is Fun
  • 1981 - Silveyville
  • 1977 - Steve's Friend
  • 1976 - Crystal Water
  • 1975 - Intrepid Hero
  • 1974 - Agitate
  • 1973 - Amen
  • 1970 - Hanalei Bay
  • 1969 - Tell
  • 1968 - Poleax
  • 1967 - Tumble Wind
  • 1966 - Fleet Host
  • 1965 - Terry's Secret
  • 1964 - Real Good Deal
  • 1963 - Y Flash
  • 1962 - Drill Site
  • 1960 - Tempestuous
  • 1959 - Bagdad
  • 1958 - Strong Bay
  • 1956 - Count of Honor
  • 1954 - Fault Free
  • 1953 - Rejected
  • 1952 - A Gleam
  • 1951 - Grantor
  • 1950 - Valquest
  • 1949 - Pedigree
  • 1948 - Solidarity
  • 1947 - Yankee Valor
  • 1946 - Honeymoon
  • 1941 - Staretor
  • 1940 - Big Flash
  • 1939 - Shining One
  • 1938 - Specify


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