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Monrovia Handicap

Grade III race
Monrovia Handicap
Location Santa Anita Park
Arcadia, California,
United States
Inaugurated 1968
Race type Thoroughbred - Flat racing
Website Santa Anita Park
Race information
Distance 6.5 furlongs
Track Grass, left-handed
Qualification Four-years-old & up
Weight Assigned
Purse $100,000+

The Monrovia Handicap is an American Thoroughbred horse race run at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, California. Open to fillies and mares, four -year-olds and up, the six and one half furlong Grade III turf event is run on the downhill turf course. As a sprinter's race, it shares in importance with the Gr. III El Conejo Handicap for mainly males run at the same time.

Run either on the very end of the year or the very beginning of the year, the year of the race in this list of winners has been adjusted to refect an annual event year when in reality there were two races in the calendar year 1999 and none in 2006. When it is run in January, race horses officially become one year older regardless of their date of birth.

The Monrovia is named for the local city near the track.

The race was contested at a distance of seven furlongs in 1969 in run in two divisions in 1979. It was transferred to the dirt track in 1969, 1970, 1976, 1978, 1980, 1989, 1997, 2000, 2004 and 2005.


Speed record: (6.5 furlongs on turf)

  • 1:12.40 Kilijaro (1981)

Most wins:

  • 2 - Winter Solstice (1976, 1977)

Most wins by an owner:

  • 2 - William Haggin Perry (1969, 1979)
  • 2 - William de Burgh (1991, 2010)

Most wins by a jockey:

Most wins by a trainer:








2010 Tuscan Evening 5 Rafael Bejarano Jerry Hollendorfer William de Burgh 1:12.56
2009 Jibboom 5 Garrett Gomez Robert J. Frankel Juddmonte Farms 1:13.21
2008 Alexandra Rose 6 Rafael Bejarano Neil D. Drysdale Team Valor 1:12.86
2007 Society Hostess 5 Garrett Gomez Christophe Clement Moyglare Stud Farm 1:12.85
2006 Awesome Lady 4 Tyler Baze Gary Stute Cavanaugh & Stute 1:16.77
2005 Resplendency 3 Casey Fusilier Bob Baffert Robert & Beverly Lewis 1:15.34
2004 Icantgoforthat 4 Tyler Baze Steve Knapp Broberg & Knapp 1:13.07
2003 Lil Sister Stich 5 Laffit Pincay, Jr. Douglas F. O'Neill Howard, Kilgor, Koser, et al. 1:13.81
2002 Paga 4 Mike E. Smith Richard Mandella E. C. Allred & R. D. Hubbard 1:15.09
2001 Evening Promise 4 Kent Desormeaux Kathy Walsh Duggan & Vreeland 1:12.62
2000 Show Me The Stage 3 Kent Desormeaux Eric Guillot Cain, Guillot & LeBlanc 1:15.14
1999 Desert Lady 4 Corey Nakatani Wallace Dollase The Thoroughbred Corp. 1:14.59
1998 Madame Pandit 5 Eddie Delahoussaye Ron McAnally Janis R. Whitham 1:15.80
1997 Grab The Prize 5 Alex Solis Darrell Vienna Ernest Auerbach 1:16.89
1996 Klassy Kim 5 Goncalino Almeida Melvin F. Stute Bill M. Thomas 1:14.48
1995 Rabiadella 4 Pat Valenzuela Mike Orman Stonehenge Stables 1:14.92
1994 Mamselle Bebette 4 Corey Nakatani Jack Van Berg Big Train Farm 1:15.35
1993 Glen Kate 6 Corey Black Bill Shoemaker W. Gretzky & B. McNall 1:12.89
1992 Middlefork Rapids 4 Pat Valenzuela Terry Knight Dame Construction Co., Inc. 1:12.55
1991 Wedding Bouquet 4 Kent Desormeaux Gary Jones William de Burgh (Lessee) 1:13.80
1990 Down Again 6 Corey Black Richard L. Cross Larry Robinson & Summa Stable 1:13.00
1989 Daloma 5 Fernando Valenzuela Charles E. Whittingham Enemy Stables & Mandysland Farm 1:16.20
1988 Aberuschka 6 Gary Stevens Robert J. Frankel Ann & Jerry Moss 1:14.60
1987 Sari's Heroine 4 Pat Valenzuela Melvin F. Stute Grinstead & Rochelle 1:15.00
1986 Water Crystals 5 Gary Stevens Richard E. Mandella Bruce Steinberg 1:15.60
1985 Lina Cavalieri 5 Eddie Delahoussaye Robert J. Frankel Ann & Jerry Moss 1:14.00
1984 Tangent 4 Julio A. Garcia Wayne Murty Bacchus, Harrison, McGee, et al 1:14.60
1983 Matching 5 Ray Sibille Steve Morguelan Glencrest Farm & Morguelan 1:13.20
1982 Cat Girl 4 Chris McCarron Edwin J. Gregson Windblown Farm 1:14.60
1981 Kilijaro 5 Marco Castaneda Charles E. Whittingham Serge Fradkoff 1:12.40
1980 Fondre 5 Frank Olivares John W. Fulton Currin & Hawn 1:15.20
1979 Camarado 4 Bill Shoemaker Charles E. Whittingham Nelson Bunker Hunt 1:15.40
1979 Palmistry 4 Chris McCarron Willard L. Proctor William Haggin Perry 1:15.20
1978 Little Happiness 4 Laffit Pincay, Jr. Laz Barrera Harbor View Farm 1:16.00
1977 Winter Solstice 5 Mark Sellers Gordon C. Campbell Bernard J. Ridder 1:13.60
1976 Winter Solstice 4 Jerry Lambert Gordon C. Campbell Bernard J. Ridder 1:17.60
1975 Special Goddess † 4 Sandy Hawley Robert Smith Fred W. Hooper 1:13.80
1974 Viva La Vivi 4 Donald Pierce Harold Hodosh Alix Brotman & Malibu Stable 1:15.00
1973 Tizna 4 Fernando Toro Henry Moreno Regal Enterprises Inc. 1:13.80
1972 Mia Mood 4 Victor Tejada John W. Russell Fred W. Hooper 1:13.00
1971 Atomic Wings 4 Robby Kilborn James I. Nazworthy Sledge Stable 1:13.40
1970 Beautiful Dream 5 Jerry Lambert Joseph S. Dunn J. T. Jones 1:16.20
1969 Morgaise 4 Donald Pierce James W. Maloney William Haggin Perry 1:22.20
1968 Mellow Marsh 5 Mario Valenzuela Jay Saladin Edward C. Flynn 1:13.40
  • † In 1975, Viva La Vivi finished first but was disqualified to last.



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