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Honeymoon Handicap

Grade II race
Honeymoon Handicap
Location Hollywood Park Racetrack
Inglewood, California, United States
Inaugurated 1952
Race type Thoroughbred - Flat racing
Website www.hollywoodpark.com
Race information
Distance 1⅛ miles (9 furlongs)
Track Grass, left-handed
Qualification Three-year-old fillies
Weight Assigned
Purse $175,000

The Honeymoon Handicap is an American Grade II Thoroughbred horse race run annually in the first week of June at Hollywood Park Racetrack in Inglewood, California. The race is open to three-year-old fillies, willing to race one and one-eighth miles on the turf. The Honeymoon is a major leading prep race for the Grade I American Oaks run during the first part of July.

Inaugurated in 1952 as the Sea Breeze Stakes, the name was changed to the Honeymoon Stakes in 1956 then the Honeymoon Handicap in 1975.

Since inception, the race has been contested at a variety of distances:

  • 1 mile : 1964
  • 1 1/16 miles : 1971-1995
  • 1⅛ miles : 1996-1999, 2002-present
  • 1¼ miles : 1952-1963, 1965-1970, 2001

Winners since 1997

Year

Winner

Jockey

Trainer

Owner

Time
2010 Evening Jewel Victor Espinoza James M. Cassidy Braly Family Trust 1:48.87
2009 Well Monied Joel Rosario Howard L. Zucker Carl T. Grether 1:48.35
2008 Misty Ocean Joel Rosario Jerry Hollendorfer Jim Plemmons 1:47.56
2007 Valbenny Alex Solis Paddy Gallagher A racing partnership 1:48.17
2006 Attima Victor Espinoza Julio C. Canani Fanticola/Scardino 1:47.36
2005 Three Degrees Gary Stevens Paddy Gallagher Harlequin Ranches et al 1:46.84
2004 Lovely Rafaela Victor Espinoza Paulo Lobo TNT Stud 1:49.96
2003 Quero Quero Tyler Baze Paulo Lobo Old Friends Inc. 1:49.34
2002 Megahertz Pat Valenzuela Robert J. Frankel Michael Bello 1:51.97
2001 Innit Chris McCarron Ron McAnally Richard Duchossois 2:01.28
2000 Clasy Cara Iggy Puglisi Douglas F. O'Neill D. Stathatos/J. Zamora 1:48.05
1999 Sweet Ludy Gary Stevens Jenine Sahadi Team Valor 1:48.05
1998 Country Garden Kent Desormeaux Walter Greenman Ed McGrath 1:48.74
1997 Famous Digger Brice Blanc Barry Abrams Let It Ride Stable 1:47.68

Earlier winners

  • 1996 - Antespend
  • 1995 - Auriette
  • 1994 - Work The Crowd
  • 1993 - Likeable Style
  • 1992 - Pacific Squall
  • 1991 - Masake
  • 1990 - Materco
  • 1989 - Hot Option
  • 1988 - Do So
  • 1987 - Pen Bal Lady
  • 1986 - An Empress
  • 1985 - Sharp Ascent
  • 1984 - Vagabond Gal
  • 1983 - Stage Door Canteen
  • 1982 - Castilla
  • 1981 - Amber Ever
  • 1980 - Lady Roberta
  • 1979 - Variety Queen
  • 1978 - Country Queen
  • 1977 - Joyous Ways
  • 1976 - Cascapedia
  • 1975 - Katonka
  • 1974 - Bedknob
  • 1973 - Meilleur
  • 1972 - Le Cle
  • 1970 - Street Dancer
  • 1969 - Marjorie's Theme
  • 1968 - Miss Ribot
  • 1967 - Spinning Around
  • 1966 - April Dawn
  • 1965 - Rullahline
  • 1964 - Gim Mah
  • 1963 - Molly O'Malley
  • 1962 - Refanute
  • 1961 - Bushel-N-Peck
  • 1960 - Solid Thought
  • 1959 - Cellyar
  • 1958 - Foreverett
  • 1957 - Great Pride
  • 1956 - Triple Jay
  • 1955 - Madam Jet
  • 1954 - Miz Clementine
  • 1953 - Fleet Khal
  • 1952 - Tonga


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