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Robert F. Carey Memorial Handicap

Grade III race
Robert F. Carey Memorial Handicap
Location Hawthorne Race Course
Stickney/Cicero, Illinois,
United States
Inaugurated 1983
Race type Thoroughbred - Flat racing
Website www.hawthorneracecourse.com
Race information
Distance 1 mile (8 furlongs)
Track Grass, left-handed
Qualification Three-years-old & up
Weight Assigned
Purse $100,000

The Robert F. Carey Memorial Handicap is an American Thoroughbred horse race run annually during the first week of October at Hawthorne Race Course in Stickney/Cicero, Illinois. A Grade III event since 1998, it is open to horses age three and older and is contested on turf over a distance of one mile (8 furlongs).

Inaugurated on October 9, 1983, the race is named in honor of Robert Francis Carey, founder of the American Brick Company and the Managing Director of Hawthorne from 1947 to his death in 1980.

Since inception it has been contested at various distances:

  • 1983 : 1 1/16 miles
  • 1984-1987 : 1¼ miles
  • 1988-1989 : 1⅛ miles
  • 1990-1993, 1995-present : 1 mile
  • 1994 : 1 mile, 70 yards

In 1985, 1994 and again in 2009, soft course conditions from heavy rains resulted in the race being transferred to the main dirt track.


Speed record: (at current distance of 1 mile)

  • 1:33.40 - Soviet Line (1998)

Most wins:

  • 2 - Homing Pigeon (1995, 1996)

Most wins by a trainer:

Most wins by an owner:








2009 Public Speaker 4 Junior Alvarado Dale Bennett Peter J. Karahalios 1:42.16
2008 Wise River 5 Francisco Torres Clark Hanna Don L. Benge 1:35.04
2007 Classic Campaign 5 Richard Migliore William I. Mott Kinsman Stable 1:33.95
2006 No Tolerance 5 Jesse M. Campbell Michael B. Campbell Easy Money 2006 LLC, et al. 1:35.54
2005 Spruce Run 7 Rex A. Stokes III Linda L. Rice Golden Dome Stable 1:39.97
2004 Scooter Roach 5 Jesse M. Campbell David Kassen Butterfly Stable, et al. 1:34.51
2003 Mystery Giver 5 Carlos H. Marquez Chris M. Block Team Block 1:34.70
2002 Kimberlite Pipe 6 Christophe A. Emigh Michael Wright, Jr. John D. Gunther 1:35.94
2001 Galic Boy 6 Ray Sibille Mickey A. Goldfine Arthur I. Appleton 1:35.10
2000 Where's Taylor 4 Corey Lanerie Michael Stidham Barry & Mark Golden 1:36.31
1999 Ray's Approval 6 Earlie Fires Robert L. Irwin James Orr Jr. 1:37.01
1998 Soviet Line 8 Shane Sellers Kiaran McLaughlin Maktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum 1:33.40
1997 Trail City 6 Jerry D. Bailey William I. Mott W. I. Mott & Robert Verchota 1:36.04
1996 Homing Pigeon 6 Robby Albarado Harvey L. Vanier Nancy A. Vanier 1:36.58
1995 Homing Pigeon 5 Robby Albarado Harvey L. Vanier Nancy A. Vanier 1:38.09
1994 Recoup The Cash 4 Juvenal Diaz Jere Smith, Sr. Richard Trebat 1:40.91
1993 High Habitation 5 Gabe Retana Michael L. Reavis C.C. Tan 1:35.33
1992 Double Booked 7 Jose Ferrer Linda L. Rice Robert Gorham 1:39.82
1991 Slew the Slewor 4 Garrett Gomez P. Noel Hickey P. Noel Hickey 1:38.72
1990 Allijeba 4 Kerwin Clark Larry Robideaux Robert Allensworth 1:39.20
1989 Iron Courage 5 Dave Penna Harvey L. Vanier Nancy A. Vanier & Ray Roncari 1:47.00
1988 New Colony 5 Rene Douglas Charlie Stutts Louise & Anthony DiAntonio 1:47.60
1987 The Sassman 4 Kerwin Clark Rickey Harris Herbster, Brubaker, Harris 2:05.40
1986 Pass the Line 5 Juvenal Diaz Frank Solimena Stanley M. Ersoff 2:01.00
1985 River Lord 6 not found Sol Durschslag Jim Nolan & Sol Durschslag 2:06.20
1984 Ronbra 4 Carlos H. Marquez J. R. "Bob" Garrard Doris & Russell Boss 2:03.80
1983 Sir Pele 4 not found Laz Barrera Aaron & Marie Jones 1:55.00



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