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Spend A Buck Handicap

Grade III race
Spend A Buck Handicap
Location Calder Race Course
Miami Gardens, Florida, United States
Inaugurated 1991
Race type Thoroughbred - Flat racing
Website www.calderracecourse.com
Race information
Distance 11/16 miles (8.5 furlongs)
Track Dirt, left-handed
Qualification Three-years-old & up
Weight Assigned
Purse $100,000

The Spend A Buck Handicap is an American Grade III Thoroughbred horse race held annually since 1991 in mid October at Calder Race Course in Miami Gardens, Florida. Open to horses age three and older, it is contested on dirt over a distance of 11/16 miles (8.5 furlongs).

The race was named in honor of Spend A Buck, winner of the 1985 Kentucky Derby and a Calder Race Course Hall of Fame inductee. Since inception the race has been contested at various distances and under different conditions:

  • 11/16 miles : 1991, 1997–present
  • 1 mile, 70 yards : 1992, run as the Spend A Buck Overnight Handicap for three-year-olds
  • 1⅛ miles: 1994-1996


Speed record: (at current distance of 11/16 miles)

  • 1:42.59 - Best of the Rest (2001)

Most wins:

  • 2 - Best of the Rest (1999, 2001)

Most wins by a jockey:

Most wins by a trainer:

Most wins by an owner:

  • 2 - Bea Oxenberg (1999, 2001)








2009 Mambo Meister 4 Manoel Cruz Philip Gleaves Quantum Racing Team 1:46.85
2008 It's a Bird 5 Jermaine Bridgmohan Martin D. Wolfson Edmund A. Gann 1:46.40
2007 Yes He's the Man 4 Julio Garcia J. David Braddy J. D. Braddy & J. Sainer 1:45.14
2006 Nkosi Reigns 5 Jeffrey Sanchez Ron Spatz Carson Springs Farm 1:45.40
2005 Supervisor 5 Aurelio Toribio, Jr. Emanuel Tortora Rodney G. Lundock 1:46.94
2004 Built Up 6 Eibar Coa Enrique Alonso Raymond Susi 1:45.86
2003 Tour Of The Cat 5 Abad Cabassa, Jr. Myra Mora Double G Stables LLC 1:46.30
2002 Pay The Preacher 4 Cornelio Velasquez Robert A. Hale Rosamond Davis 1:44.91
2001 Best of the Rest 6 Eibar Coa Edward Plesa, Jr. Bea Oxenberg 1:42.59
2000 Groomstick Stock’s 4 Rosemary Homeister, Jr. Paul Brettler Julian DeMora 1:44.82
1999 Best of the Rest 4 Eibar Coa Edward Plesa, Jr. Bea Oxenberg 1:44.67
1998 Unruled 5 Gary Boulanger Martin D. Wolfson W. Heiligbrodt & J. Hammer 1:45.60
1997 Derivative 6 Jose C. Ferrer James E. Bracken Tartan Stable 1:45.60
1996 King Rex 4 Ricardo Lopez Laura Posada Peter A. Tamburo 1:52.80
1995 Pride of Burkaan 5 Rene Douglas Ralph Ziadie R. Johnson & G. Murchison 1:51.80
1994 Daniel's Boy 6 Pedro Rodriguez Jose Abdale Alvin Deloach 1:52.60
1993 no race
1992 Poulain D'Or 3 Pedro Rodriguez Daniel Hurtak Frances W. Ballou 1:42.20
1991 Higgler 3 Danny Nied Frank Gomez Leverett S. Miller 1:48.20



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