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Tropical Turf Handicap

The Tropical Turf Handicap is an American Grade IIIT Thoroughbred horse race run on the turf course at Calder Race Course in Miami Gardens, Florida each year. It was run as the Christmas Day Handicap through 1992.

Open to three-year-old horses and up, it is set at a distance of one and one-eighth miles (9 furlongs) and offers a purse of $100,000.

The Tropical Turf is the last of the four $100,000 stakes races on Calder’s “Grand Slam I program.” The My Charmer Handicap is the first, the Three Ring Stakes second, and the Foolish Pleasure Stakes third.

Past winners

  • 2006 – Ballast (5)
  • 2005 – Silver Tree
  • 2001 – Band Is Passing (Carlos Gonzalez)
  • 2000 - Stokosky (Carlos Hernandez)
  • 1999 - Hibernian Rhapsody
  • 1998 – Unite’s Big Red (Eduardo Nunez)
  • 1997 – Sir Cat (race run on the main track due to rain ruined turf course)
  • 1996 – Mecke (5)
  • 1995 – The Vid (5)
  • 1994 – The Vid (4)
  • 1993 – Carterista (Wigberto Ramos)
 1992 - Carterista and Bidding Proud (Divisions)
 1990 - Stolen Rolls
 1989 - Vaguely Double
 1988 - Equalize
 1986 - Arctic Honeymoon
 1985 - Ban the Blues
 1984 - Biloxi Indian
 1983 - Eminency
 1982 - Rivalero
 1981 - The Liberal Member
 1980 - Yosi Boy
 1979 - Lot O' Gold
 1975 - Proud Birdie
 1974 - L Grant Jr.
 1973 - Proud and Bold
 1972 - Prince of Truth

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