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Humana Distaff Handicap

Grade I race
Humana Distaff Handicap
Location Churchill Downs
Louisville, Kentucky, United States
Inaugurated 1987
Race type Thoroughbred - Flat racing
Website www.churchilldowns.com
Race information
Distance 7 furlongs
Track Dirt, left-handed
Qualification Filles & Mares, four-years-old & up
Weight Assigned
Purse US$300,000

The Humana Distaff Handicap is an American Thoroughbred horse race run annually on the first Saturday in May as part of Derby Day at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky. Open to filles and mares, age four and older, it is contested on dirt over a distance of 7 furlongs for a purse of $300,000.

A Grade I event inaugurated in 1987 as the Brown & Williamson Handicap, the race's name was changed in 1995 to the Humana Distaff. A Listed race until 1990 when it was given Grade III status, it was subsequently upgraded to a Grade II event in 1999 then to its present Grade I status in 2002.



Speed record:

  • 1:20.70 - Dream Supreme (2001)

Most wins:

  • No horse has won this race more than once.

Winners since 1995







2010 Mona de Momma 4 Joel Rosario John W. Sadler Michael Talla 1:22.73
2009 Informed Decision 4 Julien Leparoux Jonathan Sheppard Augustin Stable 1:23.69
2008 Intangaroo 4 Alonso Quinonez Gary Sherlock Tom Grether Farms 1:22.03
2007 Hystericalady 4 Rafael Bejarano Jerry Hollendorfer Rancho San Miguel et al. 1:21.87
2006 Pussycat Doll 4 Garrett Gomez Bob Baffert Michael E. Pegram 1:21.62
2005 My Trusty Cat 5 Jerry Bailey David R. Vance Carl Pollard 1:21.18
2004 Mayo on the Side 5 Pat Day Carl Nafzger Robert Lothenbach 1:22.78
2003 Sightseek 4 Jerry Bailey Robert J. Frankel Juddmonte Farms 1:22.12
2002 Celtic Melody † 4 Mark Guidry James A. Jerkens Vinery Stables 1:22.98
2001 Dream Supreme 4 Pat Day William I. Mott Kinsman Stable 1:20.70
2000 Ruby Surprise 5 Joseph Judice Robert E. Holthus James T. Hines, Jr. 1:21.25
1999 Zuppardo Ardo 5 Shane Sellers Bobby C. Barnett John A. Franks 1:23.40
1998 Colonial Minstrel 4 John Velazquez Mark A. Hennig Edward P. Evans 1:22.12
1997 Capote Belle 4 John Velazquez Daniel C. Peitz Lawana & Robert Low 1:22.38
1996 In Conference 4 Mike E. Smith C. R. McGaughey III Victor Webster 1:23.30
1995 Laura's Pistolette 4 Corey Nakatani Murray W. Johnson Jack Smith 1:22.24
  • In 2002, Gold Mover won the race but was disqualified to second after stewards ruled she had bumped and interfered with Celtic Melody near the eighth pole.

Earlier winners (Brown & Williamson Handicap)

  • 1994 - Roamin Rachel
  • 1993 - Court Hostess
  • 1992 - Ifyoucouldseemenow
  • 1991 - Illeria
  • 1990 - Medicine Woman
  • 1989 - Sunshine Always
  • 1988 - Le l'Argent
  • 1987 - Lazer Show

See also



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