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Pennsylvania Derby

Grade II race
Pennsylvania Derby
Location Philadelphia Park Racetrack
Bensalem, Pennsylvania Flag of the United States
Inaugurated 1979
Race type Thoroughbred - Flat racing
Website Pennsylvania Derby
Race information
Distance 1⅛ miles (9 furlongs)
Track Dirt, left-handed
Qualification Three-year-olds
Weight 122 lbs. (55.3 kg)
Purse $1 million

The Pennsylvania Derby is a race for thoroughbred horses run at Philadelphia Park Racetrack each year. The track's premiere event is open to horses, age three, willing to race one and one-eighth miles (9 furlongs) on the dirt and as of 2007, offers a purse of $1 million. [1]

The Pennsylvania Derby began on Memorial Day in 1979 and achieved Graded status in 1981. Since 1990 the race has been held on Labor Day. In 2004, it was elevated to a Grade II event.

There was no Pennsylvania Derby run in 2006 while Philadelphia Park Racetrack underwent extensive renovations.


In 1991 Andrea Seefeldt became the first female jockey to win the Pennsylvania Derby and the following year Pam Shavelson became the first female trainer to win the race.

Time record:

  • 1:47:3/5 - The Stakes Record is held by both Western Playbody (1989), Rock and Roll (1998) and Timber Reserve in 2007. Western Playboy also won the Derby by the largest margin: 17 lengths.

Most wins by a jockey:

Most wins by a trainer:

Most wins by an owner:

  • 2 - Ryehill Farm (1979, 1988)
  • 2 - Robert E. Meyerhoff (1986, 1991)







2009 Gone Astray Eddie Castro Shug McGaughey Phipps Stable 1:48.27
2008 Anak Nakal Joe Bravo Nick Zito Four Roses Thoroughbreds 1:48.99
2007 Timber Reserve Javier Castellano John C. Kimmel Circle E Racing et al. 1:47.67
2005 Sun King Rafael Bejarano Nick Zito Tracy Farmer 1:49.43
2004 Love of Money Robby Albarado Richard E. Dutrow, Jr. Jay Em Ess Stable 1:48.42
2003 Grande Hombre Joe Bravo Dennis Manning Earle I. Mack 1:49.03
2002 Harlan's Holiday Edgar Prado Todd Pletcher Starlight Stables 1:51.10
2001 Macho Uno Gary L. Stevens Joe Orseno Stronach Stables 1:49.03
2000 Pine Dance Mike McCarthy Dermot K. Weld George Hofmeister 1:49.03
1999 Horse Guy Robert Colton Timothy F. Ritchey Goodfellas Stable 1:49.40
1998 Rock and Roll Herberto Castillo William I. Mott M. Paulson & J. Craig 1:47.69
1997 Frisk Me Now Edwin L. King, Jr. Robert J. Durso Carol R. Dender 1:48.14
1996 Devil's Honor Tony Black Walter C. Reese Noreen Carpenito 1:48.58
1995 Pineing Patty Larry Melancon Lynn S. Whiting W. Cal Partee 1:48.05
1994 Meadow Flight Joe Bravo James Ryerson Aliyuee Ben J Stables 1:49.08
1993 Wallenda Herb McCauley Frank A. Alexander Dogwood Stable 1:49.33
1992 Thelastcrusade Victor Molina Pam Shavelson Petrified Stable 1:49.47
1991 Valley Crossing Andrea Seefeldt Richard W. Small Robert E. Meyerhoff 1:50.00
1990 Summer Squall Pat Day Neil J. Howard Dogwood Stable 1:48.20
1989 Western Playboy Kerwin Clark Harvey L. Vanier N. A. Vanier/Script R Farm 1:47.60
1988 Cefis Larry Saumell Woody Stephens Ryehill Farm 1:49.60
1987 Afleet Gary Stahlbaum Phil England Taylor Made Farm 1:48.20
1986 Broad Brush Angel Cordero, Jr. Richard W. Small Robert E. Meyerhoff 1:50.80
1985 Skip Trial Jean-Luc Samyn Sonny Hine Zelda Cohen 1:50.20
1984 Morning Bob Greg McCarron Woody Stephens Brushwood Stable 1:49.40
1983 Dixieland Band William J. Passmore Charles Peoples Mary Sharp 1:49.40
1982 Spanish Drums Jacinto Vasquez Anthony Arcodia Anthony Drakas 1:49.00
1981 Summing George Martens Laz Barrera C. T. Wilson & L. Barrera 1:49.00
1980 Lively King Chris Baker L. Parker, Jr. Frank A. Bonsal, Jr. 1:48.80
1979 Smarten Sam Maple Woody Stephens Ryehill Farm 1:49.20


  1. Stakes Histories, The Original Racing Almanac 2009, page 284-285 on June 26, 2008.


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