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Skip Away Handicap

Grade III race
Skip Away Handicap
Location Gulfstream Park
Hallandale Beach, Florida, United States
Inaugurated Not found
Race type Thoroughbred - Flat racing
Website www.gulfstreampark.com
Race information
Distance 1³/16 miles (9.5 furlongs)
Track Dirt, left-handed
Qualification Four-years-old & up
Weight Assigned
Purse $100,000

The Skip Away Handicap is an American Thoroughbred horse race run annually at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach, Florida. A Grade III event open to horses age four and older, it is contested on dirt over a distance of 1³/16 miles (9.5 furlongs).

Inaugurated as the Broward Handicap, in 2001 Gulfstream Park changed the name to the Skip Away Handicap to honor 1998 American Horse of the Year, Skip Away.

In 2000, the South African-bred Horse Chestnut, 1999 Horse of the Year in his native country, made his American debut in this race, winning going away by five and one-half lengths. Other past winners of note include U.S. Racing Hall of Fame inductee Swaps who won in 1956 and set a new world record for 1 mile, 70 yards with time of 1:39 3/5.

Since inception the race has been run at various distances:

  • 11/16 miles : 1987, 1990, 1993–2004
  • 1⅛ miles : 1991-1992, 2005–2008
  • 1³/16 miles : 2009


Speed record:

  • 1:56.76 - Finallymadeit (at current distance of 1³/16 miles)

Most wins:

Winners since 1987







2010 Arson Squad 7 Paco Lopez Richard E. Dutrow, Jr. Jay Em Ess Stable 1:55.65
2009 Finallymadeit 5 Eduardo Nunez Javier Negrete Rolbea Stables 1:56.76
2008 Gottcha Gold 5 Chuck C. Lopez Edward Plesa, Jr. Centaur Farms 1:51.31
2007 A. P. Arrow 5 Edgar Prado Todd A. Pletcher Allen E. Paulson Trust 1:49.70
2006 Bandini 4 John Velazquez Todd A. Pletcher Tabor & Smith 1:49.11
2005 Eurosilver 4 Javier Castellano Carl Nafzger Buckram Oak Farm 1:49.29
2004 Newfoundland 4 John Velazquez Todd A. Pletcher Sumaya Us Stables 1:43.26
2003 Best of the Rest 8 Eibar Coa Edward Plesa, Jr. Bea Oxenberg 1:42.72
2002 Sir Bear 9 Edgar Prado Ralph Ziadie Barbara Smollin 1:43.98
2001 American Halo 5 Robbie Davis Angel Medina Jose Paparoni 1:42.31
2000 Horse Chestnut 5 Mike E. Smith Michael de Kock Harry & Bridget Oppenheimer 1:42.78
1999 Sir Bear 6 Jerry D. Bailey Ralph Ziadie Barbara Smollin 1:43.66
1998 Sir Bear 5 Enrique Jurado Ralph Ziadie Barbara Smollin 1:43.27
1997 Crafty Friend 4 Mike E. Smith Mark A. Hennig not found 1:42.27
1996 Halo's Image 5 Pat Day Happy Alter Alter & Appleton 1:42.71
1995 Fight For Love 5 Jerry D. Bailey Bert Sonnier Irving & Marjorie Cowan 1:43.98
1994 Devil His Due 5 Mike E. Smith H. Allen Jerkens Lion Crest Stable 1:43.17
1993 Technology 4 Jerry D. Bailey Sonny Hine S. Savin & Classic Partners 1:42.47
1992 Honest Ensign 4 Jean Cruguet Guillame Soyer Clarence Hill, Jr. 1:49.41
1991 Chief Honcho 4 Mike E. Smith William I. Mott Bertram R. Firestone 1:48.10
1990 Primal 5 Earlie Fires James E. Bracken Tartan Stable 1:43.40
1989 no race
1988 no race
1987 Big Blowup 3 Chuck Baltazar J. David Braddy not found 1:44.40



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