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Locust Grove Handicap

Grade III race
Locust Grove Handicap
Location Churchill Downs
Louisville, Kentucky, United States
Inaugurated 1982
Race type Thoroughbred - Flat racing
Website www.churchilldowns.com
Race information
Distance 1⅛ miles (9 furlongs)
Track Grass, left-handed
Qualification Three-year-olds & Up
Weight Handicap
Purse $150,000

The Locust Grove Handicap is an American Grade III Thoroughbred horse race held annually at Churchill Downs in late June/early July at Louisville, Kentucky. Raced on turf at a distance of 1⅛ miles (9 furlongs), it is open to fillies and mares, three years of age and older.

In 1982 the race was run at a distance of one mile then the following year changed to 11/16 and was raced at that distance until 1990 when it was increased to its present 1⅛ miles.

In winning the 2003 running of the Locust Grove Handicap, Ipi Tombe became the first horse bred in Zimbabwe to ever win a race at Churchill Downs.



Time record: (at present distance of 1⅛ miles)

  • 1:46.75 - Shaconage (2004)

Most wins:

Winners of the Locust Grove Handicap since 1999







2010 Danzon 7 Alex O. Solis James E. Baker Alfred H. Nuckols, Jr 1:37.02
2009 Closeout 4 Robby Albarado Thomas F. Proctor Glen Hill Farm 1:38.38
2008 Genuine Devotion 4 Alan Garcia Kiaran McLaughlin James Barry 1:35.76
2007 Mauralakana 4 Julien Leparoux Patrick L. Biancone M Hassan, L. Lakin et al. 1:47.99
2006 Rich In Spirit 4 Mark Guidry Thomas F. Proctor Glen Hill Farm 1:50.00
2005 Delta Princess 6 Brice Blanc William I. Mott Saud bin Khaled 1:48.90
2004 Shaconage 4 Brice Blanc Mitch Shirota Andrena Van Doren 1:46.75
2003 Ipi Tombe 5 Pat Day W. Elliott Walden Team Valor et al. 1:47.70
2002 VooDoo Dancer 4 Jose A. Santos Christophe Clement Green Hills Farm 1:46.91
2001 Colstar 5 Jon Court Paul Fout Beverly R. Steinman 1:48.79
2000 Colstar 4 Alberto Delgado Paul Fout Beverly R. Steinman 1:47.44
1999 Shires Ende 4 Willie Martinez Richard R. Scherer Carolyn Friedberg 1:49.11

Earlier winners

  • 1998 - Colcon
  • 1997 - Romy
  • 1996 - Bail Out Becky
  • 1995 - Memories
  • 1994 - Life Is Delicious
  • 1993 - Lady Blessington
  • 1992 - Behaving Dancer
  • 1991 - Nice Serve
  • 1990 - Dibs
  • 1989 - Jungle Gold
  • 1988 - Chez Chez Chez
  • 1987 - Luckiest Girl
  • 1986 - Glorious View
  • 1985 - Sintra
  • 1984 - Heatherten
  • 1983 - Try Something New
  • 1982 - Excitable Lady



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