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Smile Sprint Handicap

Grade II race
Smile Sprint Handicap
Location Calder Race Course
Miami Gardens, Florida, United States
Inaugurated 1984
Race type Thoroughbred - Flat racing
Website Calder Race Course website
Race information
Distance 6 furlongs
Track Dirt, left-handed
Qualification Three-years-old & up
Weight Assigned
Purse $350,000

The Smile Sprint Handicap is an American Thoroughbred horse race held annually since 1999 at Calder Race Course in Miami Gardens, Florida. The Grade II sprint is open to horses, age three and up, willing to race six furlongs on the dirt.

Part of the Breeders' Cup Challenge series, the winner of the 2009 Smile Sprint Handicap automatically qualifies for the Breeders' Cup Sprint. [1]

Since inception, the race has been contested at various distances:

  • 6 F : 1984, 1997–present
  • 6.5 F : 1989, 1992
  • 7 F : 1985-1988, 1990–1991, 1993–1996

The race was inaugurated in 1984 as the Miami Beach Handicap and was run under that name until 1993 when it was relabeled as the Miami Beach Sprint Handicap. In 1999 it was given its current name to honor Frances A. Genter Stable's Florida-bred colt, Smile. As a two-year-old in 1984, Smile became the first horse to win all three races in the Florida Stallion Stakes series at Calder Race Course. He went on to win the 1986 Breeders' Cup Sprint and was voted that year's American Champion Sprint Horse.

Records

Speed record: (at current distance of 6 furlongs)

  • 1:08.95 - Forty One Carats (2000)

Most wins:

  • No horse has won this race more than once.

Most wins by a jockey:

  • 2 - Ricardo Lopez (1992, 1993)
  • 2 - Wigberto Ramos (1994, 1998)

Most wins by a trainer:

  • 2 - Frank Gomez (1984, 1986)
  • 2 - Ralph Ziadie (1991, 1996)
  • 2 - Manuel Azpurua (1985, 2006)

Most wins by an owner:

  • No owner has won this race more than once.

Winners

Year

Winner

Age

Jockey

Trainer

Owner

Time
2009 Eaton's Gift 4 Jose Lezcano Dale Romans Zayat Stables 1:11.25
2008 Benny the Bull 5 Edgar Prado Richard E. Dutrow, Jr. IEAH Stables et al 1:11.41
2007 Mach Ride 4 Elvis Trujillo Steve Standridge Rustlewood Farm, Inc. 1:09.89
2006 Nightmare Affair 5 Jeffrey Sanchez Manuel Azpurua Timber Side Stable 1:10.56
2005 Woke Up Dreamin 5 Mike Smith Bob Baffert Michael E. Pegram 1:09.80
2004 Champali 4 Jerry Bailey Gregory Foley Lloyd Madison Farms, IV LLC 1:10.14
2003 Shake You Down 5 Mike Luzzi Scott A. Lake Robert L. Cole, Jr. 1:10.03
2002 Orientate 4 Mike Smith D. Wayne Lukas Bob & Beverly Lewis 1:09.98
2001 Fappie's Notebook 4 Jorge Chavez Emanuel Tortora Irving & Marjorie Cowan 1:09.89
2000 Forty One Carats 4 Javier Castellano David Fawkes New, New, New/Buckingham Stables 1:08.95
1999 Silver Season 3 Eibar Coa Mohammed Moubarak Buckram Oak Farm 1:10.03
1998 Heckofaralph 5 Wigberto Ramos William Cesare Betty & Ralph Sessa 1:11.48
1997 Vivace 4 Randy Romero Cam M. Gambolati Post Oak Farm 1:10.65
1996 Constant Escort 4 Eduardo Nunez Ralph Ziadie Maxwell Breeders 1:21.82
1995 Request A Star 4 Abdiel Toribio William White P. O'Toole 1:23.69
1994 Exclusive Praline 3 Wigberto Ramos Steve Towne Frank Calabrese 1:22.20
1993 Song of Ambition 4 Ricardo Lopez Ernest Mello Harold Queen 1:22.40
1992 My Luck Runs North 3 Ricardo Lopez Angel M. Medina M. A. Benitez 1:17.40
1991 Greg At Bat 6 Jacinto Vasquez Ralph Ziadie Adlam Racing Stable, Inc. 1:24.20
1990 Groomstick 4 Pedro Rodriguez Luis Olivares Cobbleview Stable 1:24.20
1989 Glitterman 4 Walter Guerra Greg Sanders O.H. Frisbia & Greg Sanders 1:10.40
1988 Position Leader 3 Douglas Valiente Jose Mendez Sol Garazi & Michel Besso 1:24.80
1987 Princely Lad 4 Benjamin Green Leon Patman Ace of Hearts Stable, Inc. 1:23.80
1986 Jeblar 4 Jose Velez, Jr. Frank Gomez M. H. Sherman 1:24.80
1985 Opening Lead 5 Julio Pezua Manuel Azpurua Brad D. Gay 1:24.00
1984 I Really Will 4 Gene St. Leon Frank Gomez Frances A. Genter 1:12.00

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