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San Marcos Stakes

Grade II race
San Marcos Stakes
Location Santa Anita Park
Arcadia, California
Inaugurated 1952
Race type ThoroughbredFlat racing
Website www.santaanita.com
Race information
Distance 1¼ miles (10 furlongs)
Track Grass, left-handed
Qualification Four-Year-Olds & Up
Weight Assigned
Purse $150,000

The San Marcos Stakes is an American Grade II Thoroughbred horse race held annually in late January at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, California. Open to horses aged four and older, it is raced on turf over a distance of one and one-quarter miles.

Inaugurated in 1952 as a one mile race on dirt, in 1954 it was changed to one and one-quarter miles and became Santa Anita Park's first graded stakes race on turf. It was raced on dirt again in 1956, 1962, 1969, 1973, 1975, 1978 through 1983, and in 1996.

Run as handicap prior to 2000, it was open to three-year-olds and up from 1955 through 1959. There was no race held in 1970 and for 1978 it was set at a distance of 1 and one-eighth miles.

Records

Time record:

  • 1:57.92 – Johar (2003)

Most wins:

  • No horse has won this race more than once

Most wins by an owner:

  • 2 – El Peco Ranch (1961, 1972)

Most wins by a jockey:

Most wins by a trainer:

Winners of the San Marcos Stakes

Year

Winner

Age

Jockey

Trainer

Owner

Time
2010 Loup Breton 6 Garrett Gomez Julio C. Canani Guy Wildenstein 2:00.94
2009 Artiste Royal 8 Garrett Gomez Neil D. Drysdale David and Jill Heerensperger 1:59.16
2008 Champs Elysees 5 Garrett Gomez Robert J. Frankel Juddmonte Farms 2:00.88
2007 One Off 7 Brice Blanc Neil D. Drysdale Burt & Jane Bacharach 2:01.48
2006 The Tin Man 8 Victor Espinoza Richard Mandella Ralph & Aury Todd 1:58.39
2005 Whilly 4 Felipe Martinez Doug O'Neill Triple B Farm 2:00.68
2004 Sweet Return 4 Gary L. Stevens Ron McAnally Red Oak Stable 1:58.82
2003 Johar 4 Alex Solis Richard Mandella The Thoroughbred Corp. 1:57.92
2002 Irish Prize 6 Gary L. Stevens Neil D. Drysdale Sheik Maktoum Al Maktoum 2:01.27
2001 Bienamado 5 Chris McCarron J. Paco Gonzalez McCaffery/Toffan/Sangster 2:02.75
2000 Public Purse 6 Alex Solis Robert J. Frankel Juddmonte Farms 1:59.59
1999 Brave Act 5 Goncalino Almeida Ron McAnally Sidney H. Craig 2:04.25
1998 Prize Giving 5 Alex Solis Neil D. Drysdale Antoinette Oppenheimer 2:04.41
1997 Sandpit 8 Corey Nakatani Richard Mandella Sierra Thoroughbreds 2:00.61
1996 Urgent Request 6 Chris Antley Rodney Rash Stewart Aitken 2:02.26
1995 River Flyer 4 Chris Antley David Hofmans Golden Eagle Farm 2:05.61
1994 Bien Bien 5 Laffit Pincay, Jr. J. Paco Gonzalez McCaffery & Toffan 2:00.55
1993 Star of Cozzene 5 Gary L. Stevens Mark A. Hennig Team Valor et al. 2:01.71
1992 Classic Fame 6 Ed Delahoussaye Gary Jones Classic Thoroughbreds et al. 1:58.02
1991 Fly Till Dawn 5 Laffit Pincay, Jr. Darrell Vienna Josephine T. Gleis 1:58.60
1990 Putting 7 Corey Black Julio C. Canani Sully's Stable 1:58.20
1989 Trokhos 6 Laffit Pincay, Jr. Edwin J. Gregson Vincent Kanowsky 2:02.00
1988 Great Communicator 5 Ray Sibille Thad Ackel Class Act Stable 2:02.60
1987 Zoffany 7 Ed Delahoussaye John Gosden Bodie, Bodie & Speelman 2:00.80
1986 Silveyville 8 Chris McCarron Bruce Headley Kjell H. Qvale 2:00.80
1985 Dahar 4 Fernando Toro Charles Whittingham Summa Stable (Lessee) 2:01.20
1984 Lucence 5 Pat Valenzuela Charles Whittingham Wimborne Farm 2:01.80
1983 Western 5 Chris McCarron Laz Barrera Aaron U. Jones 2:04.00
1982 Super Moment 5 Laffit Pincay, Jr. Ron McAnally Elmendorf Farm 2:00.60
1981 Galaxy Libra 5 Angel Cordero, Jr. Charles Whittingham Louis R. Rowan 2:00.20
1980 John Henry 5 Darrel McHargue Ron McAnally Dotsam Stable 2:01.60
1979 Tiller 5 Angel Cordero, Jr. David A. Whiteley William Haggin Perry 1:58.80
1978 Vigors 5 Darrel McHargue Larry J. Sterling William R. Hawn 1:46.60
1977 Royal Derby II 8 Bill Shoemaker Charles Whittingham Fogelson & Whittingham 1:58.20
1976 Announcer 4 Fernando Toro Vincent Clyne Elmendorf Farm 1:58.40
1975 Trojan Bronze 4 Bill Shoemaker Charles Whittingham Adrian B. Roks 1:59.80
1974 Triangular 7 Don Pierce Jim Penney Pearson's Barn Inc. 2:04.80
1973 Tuqui II 6 Laffit Pincay, Jr. Laz Barrera Bonnie Brae Farm Inc. 2:02.20
1972 Aggressively * 5 Don Pierce John H. Adams El Peco Ranch 2:00.60
1972 Big Shot II * 7 Eddie Belmonte Pancho Martin Sigmund Sommer 1:59.80
1971 Cougar II 5 Bill Shoemaker Charles Whittingham Mary F. Jones 2:02.00
1969 Deck Hand 6 Don Pierce Charles Whittingham Forked Lightning Ranch 2:05.80
1968 Biggs 8 Jerry Lambert Farrell W. Jones Edward F. Gould 2:04.40
1967 Rehabilitate 4 Bill Shoemaker Robert L. Wheeler Robert Lehman 1:59.80
1966 Or Et Argent 5 Walter Blum Wayne B. Stucki C. Campbell 2:01.60
1965 Desert Chief III 9 Donald Ross Dale Landers E. M. Goemans 2:01.00
1964 Mr. Consistency 6 Kenneth Church James I. Nazworthy Mrs. Ann Peppers 2:02.40
1963 Rablero 5 Johnny Longden Charles Whittingham C. R. McCoy 2:00.40
1962 The Axe II 4 Robert Yanez Robert L. Wheeler Greentree Stable 2:03.00
1961 Anisado 7 Ismael Valenzuela William B. Finnegan Lewis & El Peco Ranch 1:59.60
1960 Whodunit 5 Ralph Neves William C. Winfrey Mrs. Jan Burke 2:01.20
1959 Round Table 5 Bill Shoemaker William Molter Kerr Stables 1:58.40
1958 Ekaba 4 Bill Shoemaker Jerry Wallace Agoura Stock Farm 2:01.20
1957 Alidon 6 Johnny Longden William Molter Louis B. Mayer 2:05.80
1956 Bobby Brocato 5 George Taniguchi William Molter Mr. & Mrs. T. M. Kerr 2:03.60
1955 Great Captain 6 William Boland G. Strate Ogden Phipps 2:03.80
1954 Mark-Ye-Well 5 Eddie Arcaro Horace A. Jones Calumet Farm 2:00.20
1953 Grover B. 4 Eddie Arcaro T. P. Morgan T. P. Morgan 1:36.80
1952 Hill Prince 5 Eddie Arcaro Casey Hayes Christopher Chenery 1:35.80

* Run in two divisions in 1972.



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