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Washington Park Handicap

Grade III race
Washington Park Handicap
Location Arlington Park
Arlington Heights, Illinois, United States
Inaugurated 1926
Race type Thoroughbred - Flat racing
Website www.arlingtonpark.com
Race information
Distance 1³/16 miles (9.5 furlongs)
Track Polytrack synthetic dirt, left-handed
Qualification Three-years-old & up
Weight Assigned
Purse $300,000

The Washington Park Handicap is an American Thoroughbred horse race held annually during the first week of September at Arlington Park Racetrack in Arlington Heights, Illinois. A Grade III event open to horses age three and older, it is contested on Polytrack synthetic dirt over a distance of a mile and three-sixteenths (9.5 furlongs). The race is designed to be a prep for the Breeders' Cup Classic.

Inaugurated at the now defunct Washington Park Race Track, in 1958 it was moved to Arlington Park. In 1978 and 1979 it was contested on turf.

In 1935 the race was run as the Washington Park Championship Stakes and from 1980 through 1985 as the Washington Park Stakes.

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

  • 6 furlongs : 1927-1934, 1938;
  • 1 mile : 1951-1958, 1960–1962, 1965–1972;
  • 1⅛ miles : 1939, 1959, 1963–1964, 1975–1977, 1980–1987, 1989–1997, 2000;
  • 1³/16 miles : 1978-1979 (on turf), 2002–present;
  • 1¼ : 1926, 1935–36, 1940–1950, 1973–74, 2001.

Records

Speed record: (at current distance of 1³/16 miles )

  • 1:53.53 - Suave (2006) (Dirt)
  • 1:55.17 - Lewis Michael (2007) (Polytrack)

Most wins:

  • 2 - Misstep (1929, 1930)
  • 2 - That's A Nice (1979, 1980)

Most wins by a jockey:

Most wins by a trainer:

  • 3 - Harry Trotsek (1950, 1974, 1975)

Most wins by an owner:

Winners

Year

Winner

Age

Jockey

Trainer

Owner

Time
2009 Gran Estreno (ARG) 6 E.T. Baird Michael Stidham Feel The Thunder Stable 2:00.00
2008 no race
2007 Lewis Michael 4 E. T. Baird Wayne M. Catalano Frank Calabrese 1:55.17
2006 Suave 5 Calvin Borel Paul J. McGee Jay Em Ess Stable 1:53.53
2005 Perfect Drift 6 Mark Guidry Murray W. Johnson Stonecrest Farm 1:54.27
2004 Eye of the Tiger 4 Eusebio Razo Jr. Kiaran McLaughlin John D. Gunther 1:56.87
2003 Perfect Drift 4 Pat Day Murray W. Johnson Stonecrest Farm 1:55.49
2002 Tenpins 4 Robby Albarado Donald R. Winfree Joseph Vitello 1:55.07
2001 Guided Tour 5 Larry Melancon Niall O'Callaghan Morton Fink 2:00.76
2000 Blazing Sword 6 Jose A. Rivera II Kathleen O'Connell Stonehedge Farm Inc. 1:50.59
1999 Beboppin Baby 4 Garrett Gomez Joe Kasperski Jr. Lawrence Karp 1:49.03
1998 no race
1997 no race
1996 Polar Expedition 5 Mark Guidry Hugh H. Robertson James Cody 1:49.97
1995 no race
1994 Brother Brown 4 Pat Day Ron Goodridge M. Bowline & B. Cohrs 1:49.77
1993 Powerful Punch 4 Curt Bourque Harvey L. Vanier Russell L. Reineman 1:50.19
1992 Irish Swap 5 Bruce Poyadou Joseph E. Broussard Randy Hendricks 1:47.83
1991 Black Tie Affair 5 Shane Sellers Ernie T. Poulos Jeffrey Sullivan 1:49.45
1990 Lay Down 6 Herb McCauley C. R. McGaughey III Ogden Mills Phipps 1:48.40
1989 Blushing John 4 Pat Day Richard J. Lundy Allen E. Paulson 1:50.80
1988 no race
1987 Taylor's Special 6 John Lively William I. Mott William F. Lucas 1:51.60
1986 no race
1985 Par Flite 4 Earlie Fires Carl Nafzger Tadahiro Hotehama 1:47.60
1984 Thumbsucker 5 Sam Maple John Drumwright GAT Stable 1:48.60
1983 Harham's Sizzler 4 Juvenal Diaz Lou M. Goldfine Harham Farm 1:49.80
1982 Summer Advocate 5 Pat Day Mike Ball Don Ball et al 1:49.80
1981 Rossi Gold 5 Pat Day Ray Lawrence, Jr. Leslie Combs II 1:48.60
1980 Spectacular Bid 4 Bill Shoemaker Bud Delp Hawksworth Farm 1:46.20
1979 That's A Nice 5 Isaac Jimenez P. Noel Hickey Frank J. Sitzberger 1:50.00
1978 That's A Nice 4 Douglas Richard P. Noel Hickey Frank J. Sitzberger 1:50.60
1977 Majestic Light 4 Mike Venezia John W. Russell Ogden Mills Phipps 1:48.00
1976 Double Edge Sword 6 Vincent Bracciale, Jr. Richard E. Dutrow, Sr. Aisquith Stable 1:48.20
1975 Hasty Flyer 4 Heriberto Arroyo Harry Trotsek Hasty House Farm 1:48.60
1974 Super Sail 6 William Gavidia Harry Trotsek Hasty House Farm 2:03.00
1973 Burning On 5 Douglas Richard Ralph Christenson Dan W. Scott II 2:02.20
1972 Staunch Avenger 4 David Whited Gin Collins Annette Mann 1:34.40
1971 Well Mannered 4 Mickey Solomone Anthony Basile Bwamazon Farm 1:34.60
1970 Doc's T.V. 4 David Whited John Meaux Harvey Peltier 1:36.60
1969 Night Invader 3 David Whited Joseph H. Pierce, Jr. Sheila Pierce 1:36.20
1968 Dr. Fager 4 Braulio Baeza John A. Nerud Tartan Stable 1:32.20
1967 Handsome Boy 4 Eddie Belmonte H. Allen Jerkens Hobeau Farm 1:37.60
1966 Bold Bidder 4 Pete Anderson Woody Stephens John R. Gaines 1:32.80
1965 Take Over 4 Larry Kunitake Montell Stewart Montell Stewart 1:35.20
1964 Gun Bow 4 Walter Blum Edward A. Neloy Gedney Farm 1:51.00
1963 Crimson Satan 4 Herberto Hinojosa Charles Kerr Crimson King Farm 1:49.60
1962 Prove It 5 Bill Shoemaker Mesh Tenney Rex C. Ellsworth 1:33.80
1961 Chief of Chiefs 4 Clarence Meaux Noble Atchison Ada L. Rice 1:34.60
1960 T. V. Lark 3 Johnny Sellers Paul K. Parker C. R. Mac Stable 1:34.20
1959 Round Table 5 Bill Shoemaker William Molter Kerr Stable 1:47.20
1958 Clem 4 Johnny Sellers William W. Stephens Adele L. Rand 1:34.00
1957 Pucker Up 4 Bill Shoemaker A. A. Robertson Ada L. Rice 1:34.80
1956 Swaps 4 Bill Shoemaker Mesh Tenney Rex C. Ellsworth 1:33.40
1955 Jet Action 4 Bill Shoemaker Larry W. Kidd Maine Chance Farm 1:34.00
1954 Pet Bully 6 Bill Hartack Tommy Kelly Ada L. Rice 1:34.40
1953 Sickle's Image 5 William Cook Clarence Hartwick Clarence Hartwick 1:36.80
1952 Crafty Admiral 4 Eric Guerin Robert B. Odom Charfran Stable 1:36.80
1951 Curandero 5 Avelino Gomez William J. Hirsch King Ranch 1:34.60
1950 Inseparable 5 Kenneth Church Harry Trotsek Hasty House Farm 2:06.20
1949 Coaltown 4 Steve Brooks Horace A. Jones Calumet Farm 2:03.80
1948 Fervent 4 Newbold Pierson Ben A. Jones Calumet Farm 2:04.80
1947 Armed 6 Douglas Dodson Horace A. Jones Calumet Farm 2:02.00
1946 Armed 5 Douglas Dodson Ben A. Jones Calumet Farm 2:01.00
1945 Busher 3 Johnny Longden George M. Odom Louis B. Mayer 2:01.80
1944 Equifox 7 Albert Boidou Howard Wells Howard Wells 2:03.00
1943 Royal Nap † 3 Warren Mehrtens Max Hirsch Lazy F. Ranch 2:05.00
1943 Thumbs Up † 4 Otto Grohs Carl A. Roles Louis B. Mayer 2:05.00
1942 Marriage 6 Charley Corbett Rene A. Coward R. A. Coward & Carl Dupuis 2:02.40
1941 Big Pebble 5 Jack Westrope William B. Finnegan Circle M. Ranch 2:03.20
1940 War Plumage 4 Nick Wall Howard Wells James Cox Brady, Jr. 2:04.00
1939 Star Boarder 3 Albert Boidou James W. Smith Dixiana Stables 1:50.20
1938 Dora May 5 Kenneth McCombs Henry Forrest Rockhome Stable 1:12.00
1936 Where Away 4 Charley Corbett Anthony Pelleteri Anthony Pelleteri 2:03.00
1935 Late Date 6 Alfred Robertson R. E. Mahoney Brentwood Stable 2:06.80
1934 Isaiah 4 Johnny Kacala Edward Trotter Edward Trotter 1:12.00
1933 No More 5 Eddie Arcaro Clarence E. Davison Clarence E. Davison 1:12.60
1932 Gold Step 5 Herman Schutte S. H. Fairbanks Mrs. S. H. Fairbanks 1:12.00
1931 Tannery 4 R. Heigle John J. Greely Edward F. Prichard 1:13.00
1930 Misstep 5 Elmore Shropshire Mose Lowenstein Le Mar Stock Farm Stable 1:12.40
1929 Misstep 4 Clarence McCrossen Mose Lowenstein Le Mar Stock Farm Stable 1:12.20
1928 no race
1927 Girl Scout 5 S. Cooper Charles E. Durnell Three D's Stock Farm Stable 1:15.00
1926 Smiling Gus 3 L. Edwards Charles E. Durnell Charles E. Durnell 2:10.60

* † In 1943 there was a Dead Heat for first.

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