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Palos Verdes Handicap

Grade II race
Palos Verdes Handicap
Location Santa Anita Park
Arcadia, California, United States
Inaugurated 1951
Race type Thoroughbred - Flat racing
Website www.santaanita.com
Race information
Distance 6 furlongs
Track Pro-Ride synthetic dirt, left-handed
Qualification Four-years-old & up
Weight Assigned
Purse $150,000

The Palos Verdes Handicap is an American Thoroughbred horse race run annually near the end of January at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, California. A Grade II event, it is open to horses age four and up, willing to race six furlongs on Pro-Ride synthetic dirt. It carries a purse of $150,000.

In 1971, the Palos Verdes Handicap was run in January and December. Prior to 1967 and for the January 1971 edition, the race was restricted to horses, age three and up. There was no race in 1969, 1970 and 1991.


Speed record:

  • 1:06.67 - In Summation (2008) (New track record)

Most wins:

Most wins by a jockey:

Most wins by a trainer:

Most wins by an owner:








2010 Kinsale King 5 Martin Garcia Carl O'Callaghan Super Horse Inc. 1:08.81
2009 Johnny Eves 5 Garrett Gomez Jay M. Robbins Mooncoin LLC 1:08.56
2008 In Summation 5 Rafael Bejarano Christophe Clement Waterford Stable 1:06.67
2007 Friendly Island 6 Garrett Gomez Michael W. McCarthy Anstu Stables 1:08.95
2006 Major Success 5 Tyler Baze Robert J. Frankel Edmund A. Gann 1:09.23
2005 Saint Afleet 4 Patrick Valenzuela Jeff Mullins Ronald C. Waranch 1:09.15
2004 Bluesthestandard 7 Mike E. Smith Ted H. West Jeffrey Sengara 1:08.13
2003 Avanzado 6 Tyler Baze Douglas F. O'Neill Cees Stable 1:07.85
2002 Snow Ridge 4 Mike E. Smith D. Wayne Lukas Overbrook Farm 1:07.70
2001 Men's Exclusive 8 Laffit Pincay, Jr. Wesley A. Ward H. Eugene Reed 1:08.33
2000 Kona Gold 6 Alex Solis Bruce Headley Headley, Molasky & Molasky 1:08.85
1999 Big Jag 6 Jose Valdivia, Jr. Tim Pinfield Julius H. Zolezzi 1:08.05
1998 Funontherun 4 Goncalino Almeida Melvin F. Stute David & Herb Alpert 1:08.93
1997 High Stakes Player 5 Corey Nakatani Bob Baffert Michael E. Pegram 1:08.44
1996 Lit de Justice 6 Eddie Delahoussaye Jenine Sahadi Evergreen Farm 1:08.88
1995 D'Hallevant 5 Corey Nakatani Ronald McAnally Haras Santa Maria de Araras 1:08.44
1994 Concept Win 4 Gary L. Stevens Willard L. Proctor Glen Hill Farm 1:07.71
1993 Music Merci 7 David Flores Armando Lage Royal T Stable & L. C. Pendleton 1:08.82
1992 Individualist 5 Laffit Pincay, Jr. David Hofmans Golden Eagle Farm 1:08.66
1991 no race
1990 Frost Free 5 Chris McCarron John W. Sadler Triple Dot Dash Stable/J. Vandervoort 1:08.60
1989 Sunny Blossom 4 Gary L. Stevens Edwin J. Gregson Bauer, Estrin, et al. 1:07.20
1988 On The Line 4 Gary L. Stevens D. Wayne Lukas Eugene V. Klein 1:07.60
1987 High Brite 3 Gary L. Stevens D. Wayne Lukas H. Joseph Allen 1:09.00
1986 Bedside Promise 4 Gary L. Stevens Robert L. Martin Jawl Brothers 1:08.40
1985 Phone Trick 3 Laffit Pincay, Jr. Richard E. Mandella De Angelis, Mandella & Wynne 1:08.00
1984 Debonaire Junior 3 Chris McCarron Noble Threewitt Jack D. Rogers 1:10.20
1983 Fighting Fit 4 Eddie Delahoussaye Robert J. Frankel Jerry Moss 1:09.00
1982 Chinook Pass 3 Laffit Pincay, Jr. Bud Klokstad Hi-Yu Stable 1:07.60
1981 I'm Smokin 5 Pat Valenzuela Thomas F. Proctor Albert Levinson 1:08.00
1980 To B. Or Not 4 Marco Castaneda Ronald W. Ellis Bohm Stables, Inc. 1:08.20
1979 Beau's Eagle 3 Sandy Hawley Larry Rose Relatively Stable 1:10.00
1978 Little Reb 3 Frank Olivares Jerry M. Fanning Fanning & Harrison 1:08.60
1977 Impressive Luck 4 Sandy Hawley Robert J. Frankel Albert Katz 1:10.40
1976 Maheras 3 Laffit Pincay, Jr. R. Lin Wheeler Cristofi & Bissias 1:08.60
1975 Messenger of Song 3 Jerry Lambert Gordon C. Campbell Bernard J. Ridder 1:08.60
1974 Ancient Title 4 Laffit Pincay, Jr. Keith L. Stucki, Sr. Ethel Kirkland 1:08.80
1973 Woodland Pines 4 Donald Pierce Cecil Jolly Verne Winchell 1:09.00
1972 Crusading 4 Fernando Toro Tom Pratt Dr. J. Temple 1:08.60
1971 King of Cricket 4 Howard Grant Noble Threewitt Corradini & Nuccio 1:11.00
1971 Jungle Savage 5 Jerry Lambert Johnny Longden Frank M. McMahon 1:08.60
1970 no race
1969 no race
1968 Rising Market 4 Laffit Pincay, Jr. Ted Saladin M/M. Bert W. Martin 1:10.40
1967 Kissin' George 4 Bill Shoemaker Buster Millerick DeCourcy Graham 1:09.20
1966 Pretense 3 Bill Shoemaker Charles E. Whittingham Llangollen Farm 1:09.20
1965 Native Diver 6 Jerry Lambert Buster Millerick M/M Louis K. Shapiro 1:09.00
1964 Native Diver 5 Jerry Lambert Buster Millerick M/M Louis K. Shapiro 1:10.20
1963 Cyrano 4 Manuel Ycaza William J. Hirsch Greentree Stable 1:08.40
1962 Crozier 4 Ismael Valenzuela Julius E. Tinsley, Jr. Fred W. Hooper 1:09.20
1961 Revel 5 Alex Maese C. E. "Buck" Logan Helen L. Kenaston 1:09.80
1960 Ole Fols 4 Bill Shoemaker William B. Finnegan Neil S. McCarthy 1:09.40
1959 Clandestine 4 Bill Shoemaker Charles E. Whittingham C. Z. Guest & Charles Wacker 1:09.20
1958 Golden Notes 4 Eddie Arcaro William J. Hirsch King Ranch 1:09.60
1957 Nashville 3 Bill Shoemaker Charles E. Whittingham Llangollen Farm 1:09.60
1956 Porterhouse 5 Eddie Arcaro Charles E. Whittingham Llangollen Farm 1:10.20
1955 History Book 5 Ralph Neves Buster Millerick M/M Barry J. Richards 1:10.80
1954 Imbros 4 Johnny Longden William Molter Andrew J. Crevolin 1:09.00
1953 Heliowise 5 Peter Moreno Edward A. Neloy Dormar Stable 1:09.40
1952 First Glance 5 Eric Guerin William C. Winfrey Alfred G. Vanderbilt II 1:10.20
1951 Northern Star 3 Ted Atkinson George T. Poole Greentree Stable 1:10.40



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