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Mint Julep Handicap

Grade III race
Mint Julep Handicap
Location Churchill Downs
Louisville, Kentucky, United States
Inaugurated 1992
Race type Thoroughbred - Flat racing
Website www.churchilldowns.com
Race information
Distance 1 1/16 miles (8.5 furlongs)
Track Grass, left-handed
Qualification Fillies and Mares, 3-year-olds & up
Weight Assigned
Purse $150,000

The Mint Julep Handicap is an American Thoroughbred horse race run annually at Churchill Downs racetrack in Louisville, Kentucky. Run in mid May, the Grade III event is open to fillies and mares age three and older. It is contested on Turf over a distance of one and one sixteenth miles (8.5 furlongs).

The race is named for the Mint Julep, a popular drink with racing fans at Churchill Downs, particularly seen on Kentucky Derby day. Sponsored by Early Times whiskey, the Mint Julep Handicap currently offers a purse of $150,000.


Speed record:

  • 1:40.70 - Quite A Bride (2007)

Most wins:

  • 2 - Megans Bluff (2001, 2002)

Most wins by an owner:

  • 2 - Bruce Barton/Alvin Haynes (1999, 2000)
  • 2 - James C. Routsong (2001, 2002)

Most wins by a jockey:

Most wins by a trainer:








2010 Hot Cha Cha 4 James Graham Philip A. Sims Nelson McMakin 1:43.27
2009 Acoma 4 Corey Lanerie David M. Carroll Helen Groves/Helen Alexander 1:43.10
2008 Dreaming of Anna 4 Garrett Gomez Wayne Catalano Frank C. Calabrese 1:42.77
2007 Quite A Bride 4 Robby Albarado William I. Mott Haras Santa Maria de Araras 1:40.70
2006 My Typhoon 4 Robby Albarado William I. Mott Live Oak Racing 1:41.55
2005 Delta Princess 6 Robby Albarado William I. Mott Saud bin Khaled 1:42.43
2004 Stay Forever 7 Eddie Castro Marty Wolfson Santa Cruz Ranch/Juan Rizo 1:42.66
2003 Kiss The Devil 5 Lonnie Meche David R. Vance Carl F. Pollard 1:41.73
2002 Megans Bluff 5 Craig Perret John Hennig James C. Routsong 1:42.87
2001 Megans Bluff 4 Craig Perret John Hennig James C. Routsong 1:42.88
2000 Pratella 5 Larry Melancon Burk Kessinger, Jr. Bruce Barton/Alvin Haynes 1:43.08
1999 Mingling Glances 5 Larry Melancon Burk Kessinger, Jr. B. Barton/A. Haynes/Turf Stable 1:42.59
1998 B. A. Valentine 5 Francisco Torres Dale L. Romans Alberta Butner 1:41.42
1997 Valor Lady † 5 Robby Albarado Mark A. Hennig Amerman Racing Stable 1:41.20
1996 Bail Out Becky 4 Craig Perret William I. Mott Ken & Sarah Ramsey 1:41.86
1995 Romy 4 J. L. Diaz Moises R. Yanez William L. Pacella et al. 1:42.69
1994 Words of War 5 Carlos Marquez, Jr. Joe Kasperski, Jr. Lawrence Karp 1:40.98
1993 Classic Reign 4 Fabio Arguello, Jr. not found not found 1:42.84
1992 Lady Shirl 5 P. A. Johnson Noel P. Hickey Irish Acres Farm 1:41.41

* † In 1997, Romy won but was disqualified for interference in the stretch and set back to fourth.



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