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Richard E. Handlen

Richard E. Handlen
Occupation Trainer
Birth date March 25, 1896
Death date June 1963
Major racing wins, honours & awards
Major racing wins

Withers Stakes (1935, 1946)
Gazelle Handicap (1936, 1940, 1960)
Narragansett Special (1936)
Delaware Handicap (1937, 1955)
San Antonio Handicap (1937)
Santa Anita Derby (1937)
Santa Anita Handicap (1937)
Beldame Stakes (1940, 1941, 1954, 1960)
Black-Eyed Susan Stakes (1940)
Everglades Stakes (1940)
Pimlico Oaks (1940)
Santa Margarita Handicap (1940)
Juvenile Stakes (1942)
Tremont Stakes (1942)
Lawrence Realization Stakes (1943)
Diana Handicap (1945)
Schuylerville Stakes (1948)
Ladies Handicap (1949, 1960)
Santa Susana Stakes (1949, 1960)
Demoiselle Stakes (1951)
Alabama Stakes (1954)
Delaware Oaks (1954)
Discovery Handicap (1954)
Firenze Handicap (1954)
Top Flight Handicap (1955)
Dixie Stakes (1956)
Hopeful Stakes (1957)
Beldame Stakes (1960)
Coaching Club American Oaks (1960)
Mother Goose Stakes (1960)

American Classic Race wins:
Preakness Stakes (1938)
Significant horses
Berlo, Cheviation, Dauber, Fairy Chant,
Parlo, Rosemont

Richard E. "Dick" Handlen (March 25, 1896 - June 1963) was an American Thoroughbred horse racing trainer whom the March 15, 1937 edition of the Los Angeles Times called "one of the best trainers in America" [1]

Early in his career, Richard Handlen worked for U.S. Racing Hall of Fame trainer Preston M. Burch while he was in charge of William duPont Jr.'s Foxcatcher Farm racing stable in the early 1930s. Handlen took over the Foxcatcher stable and began winning important races by 1935. He would remain in that position through 1960.

In 1937, Richard Handlen became the only trainer in history to win the two most prestigious races in California at Santa Anita Park when he won the Santa Anita Derby with Fairy Hill and the Santa Anita Handicap with Rosemont. Through 2009, his record remains intact. [2] The following year, Richard Handlen trained Dauber top a victory in the 1938 Preakness Stakes after finishing second in the Kentucky Derby.[3] Dauber then went on to run second to Pasteurized in the Belmont Stakes.


Richard Handlen conditioned Foxcatcher Farm horses to six American championships:

  • Berlo - 1960 American Champion Three-Year-Old Filly.

Richard Handlen was living in Florida at the time of his death in 1963.



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