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Vernon O. Underwood Stakes

Grade III race
Vernon O. Underwood Stakes
Location Hollywood Park Racetrack
Inglewood, California, United States
Inaugurated 1981
Race type Thoroughbred - Flat racing
Website www.hollywoodpark.com
Race information
Distance Six furlong sprint
Track Cushion Track synthetic dirt, left-handed
Qualification Three-years-old & up
Weight Assigned
Purse $100,000

The Vernon O. Underwood Stakes is an American Thoroughbred horse race held annually at Hollywood Park Racetrack in Inglewood, California. Raced in late November, the Grade III event is open to horses age three and older. It is contested on Cushion Track synthetic dirt at a distance of six furlongs.

Inaugurated as the National Sprint Championship Stakes, in 1990 the name was changed to honor Vernon O. Underwood (1907–1990), a prominent California businessman. [1]

In 2001, H. Eugene Reed's eight-year-old gelding Men's Exclusive became the first back-to-back winner of the race and its oldest winner.

The race was run in two divisions in 1981, 1982, and 1984.

Contents

Records

Speed record:

  • 1:07.79 - Sailors Sunset (2006) (new track record on Cushion Track)

Most wins:

  • 2 - Men's Exclusive (2000, 2001)

Winners since 1999

Year

Winner

Age

Jockey

Trainer

Owner

Time
2009 Kinsale King 4 Martin Garcia Carl O'Callaghan Patrick Sheehy 1:09.67
2008 Johnny Eves 4 Garrett Gomez Jay M. Robbins Sharon Hilliard 1:07.90
2007 Bushwacker 5 Joseph Talamo William L. Currin Currin & Alvin Eisman 1:08.47
2006 Sailors Sunset 3 Jon Court Marcelo Polanco Everest stables 1:07.79
2005 Bordonaro 4 Pat Valenzuela William B. Spawr F. Carrillo & D. Casse 1:08.11
2004 Taste of Paradise 5 Jose Valdivia, Jr. Gary Mandella David Bloom 1:08.04
2003 Watchem Smokey 3 Julie Krone Robert J. Frankel Edmund A. Gann 1:08.93
2002 Debonair Joe 3 Julie Krone Juan Pablo Silva Lynne H. Ristad 1:09:17
2001 Men's Exclusive 8 Laffit Pincay, Jr. Wesley A. Ward H. Eugene Reed 1:09.04
2000 Men's Exclusive 7 Laffit Pincay, Jr. Wesley A. Ward H. Eugene Reed 1:09.02
1999 Five Star Day 3 Alex Solis C. Beau Greely Columbine Stable 1:09.91

Earlier winners

  • 1998 - Love That Jazz
  • 1997 - Tower Full
  • 1996 - Paying Dues
  • 1995 - Powis Castle
  • 1994 - Wekiva Springs
  • 1993 - Meafara
  • 1992 - Gundaghia
  • 1991 - Individualist
  • 1990 - Frost Free
  • 1989 - Olympic Prospect
  • 1988 - Gallant sailor
  • 1987 - Hilco Scamper
  • 1986 - Bedside Promise
  • 1985 - Pancho Villa
  • 1984 - Fifty Six Ina Row
  • 1984 - Lovlier Linda
  • 1983 - Fighting Fit
  • 1982 - Mad Key
  • 1982 - Unpredictable
  • 1981 - Shanekite
  • 1981 - Smokite


References



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