Jump to: navigation, search

Sixty Sails Handicap

Grade III race
Sixty Sails Handicap
Location Hawthorne Race Course
Stickney/Cicero, Illinois, United States
Race type Thoroughbred - Flat racing
Website www.hawthorneracecourse.com
Race information
Distance 1⅛ miles (9 furlongs)
Track Dirt, left-handed
Qualification Fillies & Mares, three-years-old & Up
Weight Assigned
Purse $200,000

The Sixty Sails Handicap is an American Thoroughbred horse race held annually during the third week of April at Hawthorne Race Course in Stickney/Cicero, Illinois. A Grade III event open to Fillies and Mares, age three and older, it is contested on dirt at a distance of one mile and one eighth (9 furlongs).

Inaugurated in 1976 at Sportsman's Park, in 2004, the race was moved to Hawthorne Race Course. It was named for the racing filly Sixty Sails, owned by John Petre and Chris Vodanovich of New Orleans.

Since inception, the Sixty Sails Handicap has been contested at various distances:

  • 1976-1981 : 1 mile (8 furlongs)
  • 1982-1984 : 11/16 miles (8.5 furlongs)
  • 1985–present : 1⅛ miles (9 furlongs)


Race notes

In 1992, Illinois-breds accomplished a historic first when they finished 1-2-3 in the race.


Speed record:

  • 1:46.69 - Crafty Oak (1999) (also equalled the track record [1])

Winners since 1982







2010 Life at Ten 5 Michael Baze Todd Pletcher Nickelback Farm 1:51.02
2009 Swift Temper 5 Christopher Emigh Dale L. Romans Mark H. Stanley 1:51.70
2008 Golden Velvet 5 Eibar Coa Kiaran McLaughlin Darley Racing 1:51.30
2007 Kettleoneup 4 Calvin Borel Michael A. Tomlinson Tom Crouch 1:50.89
2006 Fleet Indian 5 Jose A. Santos Todd A. Pletcher Paul H. Saylor 1:49.37
2005 Isola Piu Bella 5 John Velazquez Todd A. Pletcher Sumaya US Stables 1:49.58
2004 Allspice 4 Christopher Emigh Greg Geier James B. Tafel 1:50.66
2003 Bare Necessities 4 Rene Douglas Wallace Dollase Iron County Farms 1:52.84
2002 With Ability 4 Javier Castellano Mark A. Hennig Edward P. Evans 1:51.37
2001 License Fee 6 Larry Melancon W. Elliott Walden Winstar Farms 1:49.11
2000 Lu Ravi 5 Pat Day Carl Bowman Yoshio Fujita 1:49.15
1999 Crafty Oak 5 Ray Sibille Gene Cilio Virginia H. Tarra Trust 1:46.69
1998 Glitter Woman 4 Gary L. Stevens Claude R. McGaughey III H. Joseph Allen 1:50.49
1997 Top Secret 4 Craig Perret George R. Arnold II John H. Peace 1:49.71
1996 Alcovy 6 Willie Martinez William G. Huffman Riley Mangum 1:50.70
1995 Eskimo's Angel 6 Mark Guidry Bobby C. Barnett John A. Franks 1:51.53
1994 Princess Polonia 4 Wigberto Ramos Harvey L. Vanier Louis F. Aiken 1:51.88
1993 Pleasant Baby 4 Juvenal Diaz J. Bert Sonnier Mrs. Corbin J. Robertson 1:49.30
1992 Peach Of It 6 E. T. Baird Eddie Cole N. J. Balodimas & M. W. Donnelly 1:51.28
1991 Balotra 4 Randall Meier Clifford J. Scott Bluegrass Partnership 1:50.98
1990 Leave It Be 5 Herson Sanchez Mark Dumas Celestino DiLibero 1:53.40
1989 Valid Vixen 4 Juvenal Diaz Neil B. Boyce Neil & Michele Boyce 1:52.60
1988 Top Corsage 5 Pat Valenzuela Jerry M. Fanning Dan J. Agnew 1:52.00
1987 Queen Alexandra 5 Don Brumfield George Baker Rosalind Rosenthal 1:49.60
1986 Sefa's Beauty 7 Randy Romero William I. Mott Farid Sefa 1:50.00
1985 Sefa's Beauty 6 Pat Day William I. Mott Farid Sefa 1:52.60
1984 Queen of Song 5 Ron Hirdes Claude R. McGaughey III Parrish Hill Farm 1:46.60
1983 Queen of Song 4 not found Claude R. McGaughey III Parrish Hill Farm 1:43.80
1982 Targa 5 Rick Evans not found John Forsythe & Ken Opstein 1:45.00

Earlier winners

In 1980 and 1981 the Sixty Sails Handicap was run in two divisions.

  • 1981 - Karla's Enough
  • 1981 - Gold Treasure
  • 1980 - Doing It My Way
  • 1980 - Conga Miss
  • 1979 - Strate Sunshine
  • 1978 - Drop the Pigeon
  • 1977 - Kissapotamus
  • 1976 - Enchanted Native



Premier Equine Classifieds


Subscribe to our newsletter and keep abreast of the latest news, articles and information delivered directly to your inbox.

Did You Know?

Modern horse breeds developed in response to a need for "form to function", the necessity to develop certain physical characteristics in order to perform a certain type of work... More...

The Gypsy Cob was originally bred to be a wagon horse and pulled wagons or caravans known as Vardos; a type of covered wagon that people lived in... More...

Archaeological evidence indicates that the Arabian horse bloodline dates back 4,500 years. Throughout history, Arabian horses spread around the world by both war and trade.... More...

That the term "Sporthorse" is a term used to describe a type of horse rather than any particular breed... More...