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John C. Mabee Handicap

Grade I race
Grass Stakes
Location Del Mar Racetrack
Del Mar, California, United States
Inaugurated 1945
Race type Thoroughbred - Flat racing
Website www.dmtc.com
Race information
Distance 1⅛ miles (9 furlongs)
Track Grass, left-handed
Qualification Fillies & Mares, 3-years-old & up
Weight Assigned
Purse $400,000

The John C. Mabee Handicap is an American Thoroughbred horse race contested in early August at the Del Mar Racetrack in Del Mar, California. It is run on the turf for fillies and mares, age three or older, at a distance of one and one-eighth miles. A Grade I stakes since 1985, the John C. Mabee Handicap currently offers a purse of $400,000. Part of the Breeders' Cup Challenge series, the winner of the 2008 race automatically qualifies for the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf. [1]

The race is named in honor of John C. Mabee (1921-2002), a three-time winner of the Eclipse Award for Outstanding Breeder as owner of Golden Eagle Farm and someone the New York Times Company's subsidiary About.com calls "a California racing icon." [2] Through 2001 the race was known as the Ramona Handicap, in honor of Ramona, California where Mabee's breeding farm was located, and as the John C. Mabee Ramona Handicap in 2002.

It was first run in 1945 on dirt at a distance of one mile (8 furlongs), it was not contested again until 1959 when the distance was set at its current 1⅛ miles (9 furlongs). It was . It was run in two divisions in 1965, 1966, 1969 and was switched to the turf course in 1970.

In winning the 1971 race, Street Dancer set a new Del Mar course record then won again in 1972, breaking her own record.


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2009 Magical Fantasy 4 Alex Solis Paddy Gallagher Bienstock/Mandabach/Winner 1:47.17
2008 Black Mamba 5 Garrett Gomez John W. Sadler Double Down Stables, Inc. 1:47.11
2007 Precious Kitten 4 Rafael Bejarano Robert J. Frankel Ken & Sarah Ramsey 1:46.34
2006 Dancing Edie 4 Corey Nakatani Craig Dollase J. Paul Reddam et al. 1:48.26
2005 Amorama 4 Martin Pedroza Julio C. Canani Marsha Naify/Woodside Farm 1:48.01
2004 Musical Chimes 4 Kent Desormeaux Neil D. Drysdale Sheikh Maktoum 1:47.09
2003 Megahertz 3 Alex Solis Robert J. Frankel Michael Bello 1:49.09
2002 Affluent 4 Ed Delahoussaye Ron McAnally Janis R. Witham 1:48.37
2001 Janet 4 David Flores Darrell Vienna Red Baron's Barn 1:48.20
2000 Caffe Latte 4 Brice Blanc Bob Baffert Stonerside Stable 1:47.16
1999 Tuzla 5 David Flores Bob Baffert Stonerside Stable 1:47.66
1998 See You Soon 4 Corey Nakatani Robert J. Frankel Charles Kenis 1:47.43
1997 Escena 4 Pat Day William I. Mott Allen E. Paulson 1:49.80
1996 Matiara 4 Corey Nakatani Richard Mandella Alec Head 1:49.28
1995 Possibly Perfect 5 Corey Nakatani Robert J. Frankel Blue Vista Inc. 1:49.98
1994 Flawlessly 6 Chris McCarron Charlie Whittingham Harbor View Farm 1:48.25
1993 Flawlessly 5 Chris McCarron Charlie Whittingham Harbor View Farm 1:48.38
1992 Flawlessly 4 Chris McCarron Charlie Whittingham Harbor View Farm 1:50.00
1991 Campagnarde 4 Julio Garcia Charlie Whittingham Allen E. Paulson 1:49.41
1990 Double Wedge 5 Robbie Davis Robert J. Frankel Edmund A. Gann 1:49.00
1989 Brown Bess 7 Jack Kaenel Chuck Jenda Calbourne Farm 1:48.80
1988 Annoconnor 4 Corey Black John Gosden Carelaine Farm 1:48.40
1987 Short Sleeves 5 Ed Delahoussaye Darrell Vienna Round Meadow Fm. 1:50.20
1986 Auspiciante 5 Gary Stevens Ron McAnally Jack Kent Cooke 1:48.40
1985 Daily Busy 4 Bill Shoemaker Michael Whittingham Oak Cliff Stable 1:48.20
1984 Flag de Lune 4 Frank Olivares L. N. Anderson McMinimy/McMurtrie/Weber 1:48.40
1983 Sangue 5 Bill Shoemaker Henry Moreno R. C. Parks 1:48.80
1982 Honey Fox 4 Marco Castaneda Scotty Schulhofer Jerome M. Torsney 1:48.80
1981 Queen to Conquer 5 Marco Castaneda Charlie Whittingham Wimborne Farm 1:48.80
1980 Queen to Conquer 4 Bill Shoemaker Charlie Whittingham Wimborne Farm 1:49.40
1979 Country Queen 4 Laffit Pincay, Jr. Randy Winick Blum/Sarant/Winick 1:48.60
1978 Drama Critic 4 Darrel McHargue Ron McAnally Elmendorf 1:49.20
1977 Dancing Femme 4 Darrel McHargue Tommy Doyle J. L. Finley 1:48.40
1976 Vagabonda 5 Sandy Hawley Charlie Whittingham Arno D. Schefler 1:51.00
1975 Dulcia 6 Bill Shoemaker Charlie Whittingham Helen G. Stollery 1:48.80
1974 Tizna 5 Bill Shoemaker Henry Moreno Nile Financial Corp. 1:49.20
1973 Minstrel Miss 6 Don Pierce Gordon C. Campbell Jack M. Grossman 1:49.40
1972 Street Dancer 5 Fernando Toro John G. Canty William T. Brady 1:48.20
1971 Street Dancer 4 Fernando Toro John G. Canty William T. Brady 1:48.80
1970 Hi Q. 4 H. K. Wellington Hurst Philpot M/M W. R. Foy 1:49.80
1969 Luz Del Sol 5 Ismael Valenzuela Ron McAnally Mrs. H. C. Morton 1:48.60
1968 Scoop Time 4 Larry Gilligan Charlie Whittingham Llangollen Farm 1:48.20
1967 Desert Trial 4 Alex Maese Carl A. Roles Muriel Vanderbilt Adams 1:48.80
1966 Desert Trial 3 Alex Maese Carl A. Roles Muriel Vanderbilt Adams 1:48.00
1965 Rullahline 3 Kenneth Church John G. Canty Neil S. McCarthy 1:47.80
1964 Jalousie II 5 Raymond York Henry Moreno Moreno/Sawyer/Macon 1:49.00
1963 Powder N Paint 3 Jerry Lambert Farrell W. Jones Elmendorf Farm 1:48.20
1962 Fun House 4 Raymond York Robert L. Wheeler C. V. Whitney 1:47.80
1961 Linita 4 Robert F. Mundorf Clyde Turk Corradini & Dorney 1:47.80
1960 Honey's Gem 5 Rudy Campas Noble Threewitt Conejo Ranch 1:47.60
1959 Boston Again 4 Alex Maese Jim Weatherington M/M W. J. Beach 1:48.60
1945 Canina 4 Jack Westrope Bob R. Roberts Abe Hirschberg 1:37.00



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