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Mervyn Leroy Handicap

Grade II race
Mervyn LeRoy Handicap
Location Hollywood Park Racetrack
Inglewood, California, United States
Inaugurated 1980
Race type Thoroughbred - Flat racing
Website www.hollywoodpark.com
Race information
Distance 11/16 miles (8.5 furlongs)
Track Dirt, left-handed
Qualification Three-years-old & up
Weight Assigned
Purse $150,000

The Mervyn LeRoy Handicap is an American Thoroughbred horse race run annually during the second week of May at Hollywood Park Racetrack in Inglewood, California. A Grade II event open to horses, age three and up, it is contested over a distance of one and one-sixteenth miles on Cushion Track synthetic dirt, the race

Named for the American film director, Mervyn LeRoy who was a racing enthusiast and one of the track's founders, the Mervyn LeRoy Handicap carries a purse of $150,000 and is a prep to the Hollywood Gold Cup.

Elevated to a Grade I event in 1988, it was downgraded to its present Grade II status in 1991.

Contents

Records

Speed record:

  • 1-1/16 mile - 1:40.20 - Ruhlmann (1989)

Most wins:

  • 2 - Surf Cat (2006, 2008)

Most wins by a jockey:

Most wins by a trainer:

Most wins by an owner:

  • 2 - Rosendo G. Parra (2003, 2004)
  • 2 - Aase Headley & Marsha Naify (2006, 2008)

Winners

Year

Winner

Age

Jockey

Trainer

Owner

Distance
(Miles)

Time

Grade

Purse

2010

Rail Trip

5

Rafael Bejarano Ron Ellis Jay Em Ess Stable

1-1/16

1:42.37

II

$150,000

2009

Ball Four

8

Joe Talamo Patrick Biancone Flying Zee Stable

1-1/16

1:41.58

II

$150,000

2008

Surf Cat

6

Alex Solis Bruce Headley Aase Headley & Marsha Naify

1-1/16

1:41.13

II

$150,000

2007

Molengao

6

Victor Espinoza Paulo Lobo Stud TNT

1-1/16

1:42.86

II

$150,000

2006

Surf Cat

4

Alex Solis Bruce Headley Aase Headley & Marsha Naify

1-1/16

1:40.65

II

$150,000

2005

Ace Blue

5

David Flores Paulo Lobo Eternamente Rio Stud

1-1/16

1:41.45

II

$150,000

2004

Even The Score

6

David Flores Vladimir Cerin Rosendo G. Parra

1-1/16

1:40.81

II

$150,000

2003

Total Impact

5

Mike E. Smith Vladimir Cerin Rosendo G. Parra

1-1/16

1:40.88

II

$150,000

2002

Sky Jack

6

Laffit Pincay, Jr. Douglas F. O'Neill Rene & Margie Lambert

1-1/16

1:41.36

II

$150,000

2001

Futural

5

Chris McCarron Craig Dollase Jess Miller & Jack Weitz

1-1/16

1:42.02

II

$150,000

2000

Out Of Mind

5

Eddie Delahoussaye Richard E. Mandella Sierra Thoroughbreds

1-1/16

1:41.82

II

$150,000

1999

Budroyale

6

Garrett Gomez Ted H. West Jeffrey Sengara

1-1/16

1:42.12

II

$150,000

1998

Wild Wonder

4

Eddie Delahoussaye Greg Gilchrist VHW Stables

1-1/16

1:40.92

II

$100,000

1997

Hesabull

4

Goncalino Almeida Mike Chambers Ron Judy

1-1/16

1:41.30

II

$100,000

1996

Siphon

5

David Flores Richard E. Mandella Linneo Eduardo de Paula Machado

1-1/16

1:40.44

II

$100,000

1995

Tossofthecoin

5

Corey Nakatani Ron McAnally Sidney Craig

1-1/16

1:40.70

II

$100,000

1994

Del Mar Dennis

4

Sal Gonzalez, Jr. J. Paco Gonzalez Trudy McCaffery & John Toffan

1-1/16

1:40.48

II

$155,000

1993

Marquetry

6

Kent Desormeaux Robert J. Frankel Morley Engelson & R. J. Frankel

1-1/8

1:49.10

II

$155,000

1992

Another Review

4

Kent Desormeaux Chris Speckert Thomas Mellon Evans

1-1/16

1:41.38

II

$150,000

1991

Louis Cyphre

5

Jose A. Santos Robert J. Frankel Edmund A. Gann

1-1/16

1:40.80

I

$185,000

1990

Super May

4

Robbie Davis Richard E. Mandella Jack Kent Cooke

1-1/16

1:40.80

I

$200,000

1989

Ruhlmann

4

Laffit Pincay, Jr. Charles E. Whittingham Jerry Moss

1-1/16

1:40.20

I

$200,000

1988

Judge Angelucci

5

Eddie Delahoussaye Charles E. Whittingham Olin B. Gentry

1-1/16

1:40.80

I

$200,000

1987

Zabaleta

4

Laffit Pincay, Jr. John Gosden Michael Riordan

1 mile

1:34.80

II

$200,000

1986

Skywalker

4

Laffit Pincay, Jr. Michael C. Whittingham Oak Cliff Stable

1 mile

1:34.80

II

$200,000

1985

Precisionist

4

Chris McCarron L. Ross Fenstermaker Fred W. Hooper

1 mile

1:32.80

II

$200,000

1984

Sari's Dreamer

5

Rafael Meza Melvin F. Stute Carl Grinstead & Ben Rochelle

1 mile

1:34.20

II

$160,000

1983

Fighting Fit

4

Bill Shoemaker Robert J. Frankel Jerry Moss

1 mile

1:35.80

II

$100,000

1982

Mehmet

4

Sandy Hawley Robert J. Frankel A. J. Chlad et al.

1 mile

1:34.60

II

$100,000

1981

Eleven Stitches

4

Sandy Hawley Donn Luby Morey & Claudia Mirkin

1 mile

1:36.40

$160,000

1980

Spectacular Bid

4

Bill Shoemaker Bud Delp Hawksworth Farm

1 mile

1:40.40

$200,000

See also

References



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