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Fred W. Hooper Handicap

Grade III race
Fred W. Hooper Handicap
Location Calder Race Course
Miami Gardens, Florida, United States
Inaugurated 1984
Race type Thoroughbred - Flat racing
Website //www.calderracecourse.com
Race information
Distance 1⅛ miles (9 furlongs)
Track Dirt, left-handed
Qualification Three-years-old & up
Weight Assigned
Purse $100,000

The Fred W. Hooper Handicap is an American Thoroughbred horse race run annually at Calder Race Course in Miami Gardens, Florida. A Grade III event, it is open to horses age three and older and is contested on dirt at a distance of 1 1/8 miles (9 furlongs). Currently raced in mid December, it offers a purse of $100,000.

Inaugurated in 1984 as the Tropical Park Handicap, it was run under that name through 1996. In 1987 it was called the Tropical Park Budweiser Breeders' Cup Handicap. In 1997, the race was renamed in honor of the prominent Thoroughbred owner/breeder, Fred W. Hooper who operated Circle H Farm, a horse breeding operation in Ocala, Florida.

Creme Fraiche won the 1987 edition, which was run in January of 1988, in track record time and came back to win it again in December of 1988.

The 1984 and 1985 editions were run on turf at a distance of “about” 1⅛ miles. In 1986 it was switched to dirt and set at a distance of 1³/16 miles. The 1987 edition, run in January of 1988 was set at 1¼ miles but the 1988 running in December was contested at 1⅛ miles and has remained at that diistance, since.


Speed record: (at current distance of 1⅛ miles on dirt)

Most wins:

Most wins by a jockey:

  • 2 - Walter Guerra (1984, 1988)

Most wins by a trainer:

Most wins by an owner:

  • 2 - Brushwood Stable (1987, 1988)
  • 2 - Robert V. LaPenta (2004, 2005)








2008 Finallymadeit 4 Eduardo O. Nunez Javier Negrete Rolbea Thoroughbred Racing 1:53.75
2007 Electrify 4 Elvis Trujillo Edward Plesa, Jr. Padua Stables 1:52.56
2006 Hesanoldsalt 3 Rafael Bejarano Nick Zito Live Oak Racing 1:51.87
2005 Andromeda's Hero 3 Rafael Bejarano Nick Zito Robert V. LaPenta 1:53.46
2004 Pies Prospect 3 Edgar Prado Nick Zito Robert V. LaPenta 1:50.74
2003 Predawn Raid 4 Jorge Chavez Bennie Stutts, Jr. Mount Joy Stables 1:52.47
2002 The Judge Sez Who 3 Cornelio Velasquez Milton W. Wolfson Sez Who Racing 1:50.53
2001 Kiss A Native 4 Cornelio Velasquez William P. White John A. Franks 1:51.05
2000 American Halo 4 Charleen Hunt Angel M. Medina Jose Paparoni 1:51.68
1999 Dancing Guy 4 Jose C. Ferrer Newcomb Green Frances Green 1:50.83
1998 Wicapi 6 Joe Bravo Joseph Calascibetta Acclaimed Racing Stable 1:52.00
1997 Shrike 4 Jerry Bailey Martin D. Wolfson Peachtree Stable 1:51.40
1996 Cimarron Secret 5 Jose Velez, Jr. Jim Hartley Francis C. McDonnell 1:52.60
1995 Bound By Honor 4 Julie Krone Carl Nafzger Darby Dan Farm 1:51.80
1994 Halo's Image 3 Gary Boulanger Happy Alter A. I. Appleton & Alter's Racing Stable 1:51.40
1993 Take Me Out 6 Mike E. Smith William I. Mott Carl F. Pollard/Warner L. Jones, Jr. 1:51.80
1992 Barkerville 5 Randy Romero Frank L. Brothers Darley Stud 1:52.40
1992 Classic Seven 4 Chuck Lopez Tom Cairns John O. Berry 1:53.00
1990 Public Account 5 Heberto Castillo, Jr. George Gianos S. Young Stable, Inc. 1:52.60
1989 Primal 4 Jose Velez, Jr. James E. Bracken Tartan Stable 1:51.60
1988 Creme Fraiche 6 Walter Guerra Woody Stephens Brushwood Stable 1:51.80
1987 Creme Fraiche 6 Angel Cordero, Jr. Woody Stephens Brushwood Stable 2:05.80
1986 Arctic Honeymoon 4 Craig Perret Luis Olivares Beverly Green 1:59.60
1985 Racing Star 4 Earlie Fires Manuel Estevez Five Star Stable 1:45.20
1984 Uptown Swell 4 Walter Guerra Richard J. Lundy Virginia Kraft Payson 1:53.20



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