Silky Sullivan Handicap
|Silky Sullivan Handicap|
|Location||Golden Gate Fields|
Albany, California, United States
|Race type||Thoroughbred - Flat racing|
|Distance||1 1/16th miles|
The Silky Sullivan Handicap is an American Thoroughbred horse race run each year (until recently in March, then on November 5, and now in May) at Golden Gate Fields in the San Francisco Bay Area. Named for the "Heart Attack Horse," the great closer Silky Sullivan, the race was a mile and an eighth, or 9 furlong Grade III turf race——run on grass——with a purse of $100.000. It now offers a purse of $75,000, is open to males or females three years of age, and runs at a distance of a mile and a sixteenth. It is now restricted to California breds and is no longer graded.
The race was inaugurated in 1976. Over the years its racing date has often changed due to various track schedulings. For the past few years, racing in northern California has been in a state of uncertain flux, which, for a time, forced Golden Gate Fields to cease its fall schedule. This caused the Silky Sullivan Handicap to be in temporary hiatus. The Silky Sullivan returned on May 2, 2009, the same day the Kentucky Derby was run at Churchill Downs.
Silky Sullivan died in 1977, one year later than the race in his name began, and is buried in the infield at Golden Gate Fields. The only other horse so honored is the great Lost in the Fog who died of cancer in 2006.
- 2009 - Feisty Suances (1:45.39) (Kyle Kaenel) (second to Pioneerof the Nile in the 2009 San Felipe Stakes.) (Run on dirt due to rain.)
- 2008 - Not run due to schedule shifts.
- 2007 - Not run due to schedule shifts.
- 2006 - Not run due to schedule shifts.
- 2005 - Eastern Sand (Victor Espinoza, trained by Jeff Mullins)
- 2004 -
- 2003 - Always Devilish (?)
- 2001 - Casino King (trained by Simon Bray)
- 2000 - B. Mr. Lucky (Joe M. Castro)
- 1999 - Sunday Stroll
- 1998 -
- 1997 -
- 1996 - Cavonnier (?)
- 1995 -
- 1994 -
- 1993 -
- 1992 - Music Prospector (trained by Steve Miyadi)
- 1991 -
- 1990 - Avenging Force (Roberto Gonzalez)
- 1989 - Simply Majestic (5) (Ron Hansen)
- 1987 - Dormello (6) (M. Castaneda)
- 1986 - Prince Don B. (5) (M. Castaneda)
- 1985 - Nak Ack (4) (J.C. Judice)
- 1984 - Songhay (5) (J.C. Judice)
- 1983 - Buckohoy (4) (W.M. Winland)
- 1982 - Regalberto (4) (D. Sorenson)
- 1981 - Fleet Tempo (4) (Russell Baze)
- 1980 - Capt. Don (5) (D.C. Hall)
- 1979 - Crafty Native (First Division) (6) (R. Galarsa)
- 1979 - Don Alberto (Second Division) (4) (R.M. Gonzalez)
- 1978 - Alias Smith (5) (M. Castaneda)
- 1977 - Never Slipping (First Division) (5) (J. Arterburn)
- 1977 - Ga Hai (Second Division) (6) (A.L. Diaz)
- 1976 - Austin Mittler (4) (Robyn C. Smith)
Another Silky race
"The Silky Sullivan Turf Special" for sophomore colts ran at least once on a New York track in August, 2005, for a $75,000 purse. In it, the Sky Mesa colt Sky Turn to Black, Kingmambo's Puppet Regime, and the Pine Bluff colt Gingobell competed in a large field. This writer has yet to discover who won, or if the race is now established, and if so, where?——or was run once, and once only.