American Stakes

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The American Stakes is a Grade III American thoroughbred horse race for horses age three and older over a distance of one mile on the turf track held at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, California in June. The race currently offers a purse of $100,000.

American Stakes
Grade III race
LocationSanta Anita Park
Arcadia, California, USA
Inaugurated1938 (as American Handicap at Hollywood Park Racetrack)
Race typeThoroughbred - Flat racing
WebsiteSanta Anita Park
Race information
Distance1 mile
SurfaceTurf
TrackLeft-handed
QualificationThree-year-olds & older
WeightBase weights with allowances:
4-year-olds and up: 126 lbs.
3-year-olds: 120 lbs.
Purse$100,000 (since 2014)

HistoryEdit

The event was inaugurated on Independence Day in 1938 as the American Handicap, when Bing Crosby's and Lindsay C. Howard's Argentine bred Ligorati set a new track record of 1:50 for the ​1 18 miles feature on the dirt track before a crowd of 60,000 at Hollywood Park Racetrack.[1] The event was regularly scheduled for many of its runnings on the Fourth of July holiday attracting massive crowds especially in the 1950s and 1960s.

In the early runnings, the event became a main preparatory event for the Hollywood Gold Cup. The event attracted many fine horses who went on to complete the double. These include Argentine bred Kayak II in 1939, the Irish bred Champion Noor in 1950, the 1948 Triple Crown champion Citation in 1951, Irish bred Royal Serenade in 1953, 1953 Kentucky Derby winner Swaps in 1956, Hillsdale in 1959, Prove It in 1962, South African bred Colorado King in 1964, Native Diver in 1965. In 1968 the event was moved to the turf track.[2] The Argentine bred Figonero in 1969 and in 1971 US Horse of the Year Ack Ack were able to complete the American Handicap–Hollywood Gold Cup double.

The race was not run in 1942 or 1943, due to Hollywood Park being closed. In 1949, the event was held at Santa Anita Park,[3] due to a devastating fire at Hollywood Park on the night of May 5, 1949.

The South African import Colorado King equalled the then-current world record for ​1 18 miles in winning the 1964 edition.[4]

Two mares have won this event, Pink Pigeon in 1968 and Toussaud in 1975.[2]

The event was run in divisions in 1969 and 1975.[5]

The event was a Grade II from 1973 to 1987, gaining Grade I status for 1988 and 1989.[6] The event was downgraded to Grade III in 2014.[6]

In 2011, the distance was shortened to one mile from nine furlongs.[6]

On the closing of Hollywood Park Racetrack in 2013 the event has been held at Santa Anita Park.

RecordsEdit

Speed record:

  • 1 mile: 1:32.26 – Pee Wee Reese (2017)
  • 1 18 miles: 1:45.60 – Clever Song (1987)

Margins:

  • 7 lengths - Pink Pigeon (1968)

Most wins by a jockey:

Most wins by a trainer:

Most wins by an owner:

WinnersEdit

Year Winner Age Jockey Trainer Owner Distance Time Purse Grade Ref
At Santa Anita Park – American Stakes
2020 Blitzkrieg 4 Victor Espinoza Doug F. O'Neill R3 Racing & Calara Farm 1 mile 1:33.46 $102,000 III [7]
2019 Majestic Eagle 4 Rafael Bejarano Neil D. Drysdale John Lindley & Ray Morton 1 mile 1:34.57 $100,351 III [8]
2018 What a View 7 Stewart Elliott Kenneth D. Black Finish Line Racing, The Elwood Johnston Trust & Taste of Victory Stables 1 mile 1:33.80 $100,690 III [9]
2017 Pee Wee Reese 4 Joseph Talamo Philip D'Amato Nicholas B. Alexander 1 mile 1:32.26 $101,035 III [10]
2016 Home Run Kitten 5 Joseph Talamo David E. Hofmans Kenneth & Sarah Ramsey 1 mile 1:35.30 $100,345 III [11]
2015 Bal a Bali (BRZ) 5 Flavien Prat Richard E. Mandella Fox Hill Farms & Sienna Farms 1 mile 1:35.69 $100,750 III [12]
2014 Obviously (IRE) 6 Joseph Talamo Philip D'Amato Anthony Fanticola & Joseph Scardino 1 mile 1:33.39 $98,000 III [13]
At Hollywood Park – American Handicap
2013 Obviously (IRE) 5 Joseph Talamo Mike R. Mitchell Anthony Fanticola & Joseph Scardino 1 mile 1:32.95 $150,250 II [14]
2012 Wilkinson 4 Martin A. Pedroza Jeff Mullins Edward K. Gaylord II 1 mile 1:33.37 $150,000 II [15]
2011 Ryehill Dreamer (IRE) 5 Joseph Talamo Julio C. Canani Marsha Naify 1 mile 1:33.55 $150,000 II [16]
2010 Global Hunter (ARG) 7 Brice Blanc A. C. Avila L-Bo Racing & Monte Pyle 1 18 miles 1:48.00 $150,000 II [17]
2009 Monterey Jazz 5 Tyler Baze Craig Dollase A&R Stables & Class Racing Stable 1 18 miles 1:46.11 $150,000 II [18]
2008 Whatsthescript (IRE) 4 Isaias D. Enriquez John W. Sadler Tommy Town Thoroughbreds 1 18 miles 1:46.34 $250,000 II [19]
American Invitational Handicap
2007 Out of Control (BRZ) 4 Michael C. Baze Robert J. Frankel Stud TNT 1 18 miles 1:46.89 $250,000 II [20]
2006 The Tin Man 8 Victor Espinoza Richard E. Mandella Aury & Ralph E. Todd 1 18 miles 1:46.24 $250,000 II [21]
2005 Whilly (IRE) 4 Felipe F. Martinez Doug F. O'Neill Triple B Farms 1 18 miles 1:46.30 $250,000 II [22]
American Handicap
2004 Bayamo (IRE) 5 David R. Flores Julio C. Canani Prestonwood Farm 1 18 miles 1:46.60 $150,000 II [23]
2003 Candy Ride (ARG) 4 Gary L. Stevens Ron McAnally Sidney & Jenny Craig 1 18 miles 1:46.20 $150,000 II [24]
2002 The Tin Man 4 Mike E. Smith Richard E. Mandella Aury & Ralph E. Todd 1 18 miles 1:46.82 $150,000 II [25]
2001 Takarian (IRE) 6 Garrett K. Gomez C. Beau Greely Columbine Stable, John Greely III & Tom Nichols 1 18 miles 1:48.19 $150,000 II [26]
2000 Dark Moondancer (GB) 5 Chris McCarron Ron McAnally Charles Cella 1 18 miles 1:46.74 $150,000 II [27]
1999 Takarian (IRE) 4 Garrett K. Gomez C. Beau Greely Columbine Stable, John Greely III & Tom Nichols 1 18 miles 1:47.37 $150,000 II [28]
1998 Magellan 5 Gary L. Stevens Ben D. A. Cecil Gary A. Tanaka 1 18 miles 1:47.05 $150,000 II [29]
1997 El Angelo 5 Alex O. Solis Jenine Sahadi Evergreen Farms 1 18 miles 1:46.99 $160,600 II [30]
1996 Labeeb (GB) 4 Eddie Delahoussaye Neil D. Drysdale Maktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum abt. ​1 18 miles 1:45.78 $110,200 II [31]
1995 Silver Wizard 5 Gary L. Stevens Neil D. Drysdale Shirley Robins abt. ​1 18 miles 1:46.02 $159,400 II [32]
1994 Blues Traveller (IRE) 4 Chris Antley Rodney Rash Gary A. Tanaka 1 18 miles 1:46.50 $218,000 II [33]
1993 Toussaud 4 Kent J. Desormeaux Robert J. Frankel Juddmonte Farm 1 18 miles 1:46.87 $200,000 II [34]
1992 Man From Eldorado 4 Kent J. Desormeaux Neil D. Drysdale Peter D Savill 1 18 miles 1:47.11 $212,000 II [35]
1991 Tight Spot 4 Laffit Pincay Jr. Ron McAnally Corradini, VHW Stables & Whitham, et al 1 18 miles 1:46.00 $219,400 II [36]
1990 Classic Fame 4 Eddie Delahoussaye Gary F. Jones Classic Thoroughbreds & Prestonwood Farm 1 18 miles 1:47.80 $216,800 II [37]
1989 Mister Wonderful (GB) 6 Fernando Toro Richard E. Mandella Steve M. Taub 1 18 miles 1:47.20 $318,600 I [38]
1988 Skip Out Front 6 Chris McCarron Michael S. Harmatuck Ann Gaffey 1 18 miles 1:46.40 $205,800 I [39]
1987 Clever Song 5 Laffit Pincay Jr. John Gosden MBH Stables 1 18 miles 1:45.60 $217,800 II [40]
1986 Al Mamoon 5 Pat Valenzuela Robert J. Frankel Edmund Gann & Bertram Firestone 1 116 miles 1:39.20 $161,000 II [41]
1985 Tsunami Slew 4 Gary L. Stevens Edwin J. Gregson Royal Lines (Lessee) 1 18 miles 1:46.20 $207,800 II [42]
1984 Bel Bolide 6 Terry Lipham John Gosden Stonechurch Stable 1 18 miles 1:46.80 $164,100 II [43]
1983 John Henry 8 Chris McCarron Ron McAnally Dotsam Stable 1 18 miles 1:48.40 $164,600 II [44]
1982 § Spence Bay (IRE) 7 Fernando Toro Randy Winick Hunt & Summa Stable 1 18 miles 1:47.20 $167,800 II [45]
1981 Bold Tropic (SAF) 6 Bill Shoemaker Charles E. Whittingham Mr. & Mrs. Cyril Hurvitz 1 18 miles 1:46.80 $165,600 II [46]
1980 Bold Tropic (SAF) 5 Bill Shoemaker Charles E. Whittingham Mr. & Mrs. Cyril Hurvitz 1 18 miles 1:46.40 $110,700 II [47]
1979 Smoggy (GB) 5 D. G. McHargue Don Combs Double Eagle Stable 1 18 miles 1:47.40 $110,500 II [48]
1978 Effervescing 5 Laffit Pincay Jr. D. Wayne Lukas Mel Hatley & Albert Yank 1 18 miles 1:47.20 $110,500 II [49]
1977 Hunza Dancer 5 Jean Cruguet Arthur E. Breasley Ravi Tikkoo 1 18 miles 1:47.20 $113,900 II [50]
1976 § King Pellinore 4 Bill Shoemaker Charles E. Whittingham John Mulcahy 1 18 miles 1:48.00 $81,950 II [51]
1975 Pass the Glass 4 Fernando Toro Thomas A. Pratt Herman Sarkowsky 1 18 miles 1:48.20 $87,550 II Division 1[52]
Montmartre 5 Fernando Toro John Bucalo William Breliant 1 18 miles 1:49.60 $85,550 II Division 2[53]
1974 Plunk 4 Laffit Pincay Jr. Buster Millerick Richard Craigo 1 18 miles 1:48.00 $86,650 II [54]
1973 Kentuckian 4 Rudy Campas Paul K. Parker Preston Madden 1 18 miles 1:48.00 $84,150 II [55]
1972 Buzkashi 4 Bill Shoemaker Charles E. Whittingham Marjorie L. Everett[56] 1 18 miles 1:48.60 $83,300 [57]
1971 Ack Ack 5 Bill Shoemaker Charles E. Whittingham Forked Lightning Ranch 1 18 miles 1:47.20 $79,850 [58]
1970 § Fiddle Isle 5 Bill Shoemaker Charles E. Whittingham Howard B. Keck 1 18 miles 1:47.60 $54,250 [59]
1969 Figonero (ARG) 5 Laffit Pincay Jr. Warren Stute Clement L. Hirsch 1 18 miles 1:48.00 $55,750 Division 1[60]
Poleax 4 Donald R. Pierce Wally Dunn Fritz Hawn 1 18 miles 1:48.40 $54,250 Division 2[61]
1968 † Pink Pigeon 4 William Harris Paul K. Parker Patrick Madden 1 18 miles 1:47.80 $56,800 [62]
1967 Pretense 4 Johnny Sellers Charles E. Whittingham Llangollen Farm 1 18 miles 1:47.00 $54,700 [63]
1966 Travel Orb 4 William Harmatz Leonard Dorfman Floyd Hughes & George Dimick 1 18 miles 1:47.80 $56,650 [64]
1965 Native Diver 6 Jerry Lambert Buster Millerick Mr. & Mrs Louis K. Shapiro 1 18 miles 1:47.20 $53,750 [65]
1964 Colorado King (SAF) 5 Ray York Wally Dunn Poltex Stable, Fritz Hawn, Keith Freeman & Roland Bond 1 18 miles 1:46.40 $55,200 [4]
1963 Dr. Kacy 4 Bill Shoemaker Rex C. Ellsworth Rex C. Ellsworth 1 18 miles 1:48.20 $57,050 [66]
1962 Prove It 5 Henry E. Moreno Mesh Tenney Rex C. Ellsworth 1 18 miles 1:47.60 $55,350 [67]
1961 § Prince Blessed 4 Johnny Longden James I. Nazworthy Kerr Stable 1 18 miles 1:47.60 $55,800 [68]
1960 Prize Host 4 William Harmatz William Simpson Circle TWP Stable 1 18 miles 1:47.60 $54,200 [69]
1959 Hillsdale 4 Tommy Barrow Martin L. Fallon Jr. Clarence Whitted Smith 1 18 miles 1:47.20 $53,650 [70]
1958 How Now 5 William Harmatz Cecil C. Jolly George C. Newell 1 18 miles 1:47.80 $54,200 [71]
1957 Find 7 Ralph Neves William C. Winfrey Alfred G. Vanderbilt 1 18 miles 1:47.00 $55,550 [72]
1956 Swaps 4 Henry E. Moreno Mesh Tenney Rex C. Ellsworth 1 18 miles 1:46.80 $103,250 [73]
1955 Alidon 4 Johnny Longden William Molter Louis B. Mayer 1 18 miles 1:46.80 $53,750 [74]
1954 § Rejected 4 Bill Shoemaker William J. Hirsch King Ranch 1 18 miles 1:48.00 $55,150 [75]
1953 § Royal Serenade (IRE) 5 Johnny Longden Vance Longden Alberta Ranches, Ltd. 1 18 miles 1:48.60 $56,550 [76]
1952 § Admiral Drake 4 Gordon Glisson William F. Alvarado Abraham Hirschberg 1 18 miles 1:48.20 $56,000 [77]
1951 § Citation 6 Steve Brooks Horace A. Jones Calumet Farm 1 18 miles 1:48.40 $56,250 [78]
1950 Noor 5 Johnny Longden Burley Parke Charles S. Howard 1 14 miles 2:00.20 $56,250 [79]
At Santa Anita Park
1949 Double Jay 5 Carroll Bierman Walter C. McCue James V. Tigani & James Boines 1 18 miles 1:48.60 $56,500 [3]
At Hollywood Park
1948 § Stepfather 4 Gene Pederson Wayne B. Stucki W. L. Ranch 1 18 miles 1:50.40 $55,500 [80]
1947 Burning Dream 5 Johnny Longden William Molter Mrs. J. P. Adams 1 18 miles 1:48.20 $56,850 [81]
1946 Quick Reward 4 Anthony Skoronski Elwood L. Fitzgerald Norman W. Church 1 116 miles 1:43.20 $57,250 [82]
1945 § Bull Reigh 7 Hubert Trent Hack Ross Miss Carlotta Jelm 1 116 miles 1:43.40 $60,100 [83]
1944 Paperboy 4 George Woolf Jimmy Coleman W. L. Ranch 1 18 miles 1:49.60 $27,850 [84]
1942–1943 Race not held
1941 Mioland 4 Leon Haas Tom Smith Charles S. Howard 1 18 miles 1:49.40 $22,750 [85]
1940 Viscounty 4 Nunzio Pariso Frank Catrone Valdana Farms 1 18 miles 1:47.60 $15,950 [86]
1939 Kayak II (ARG) 4 George Woolf Tom Smith Charles S. Howard 1 18 miles 1:49.80 $15,800 [87]
1938 Ligaroti (ARG) 6 Noel Richardson Lindsay C. Howard Binglin Stable 1 18 miles 1:50.00 $8,750 [1]

Legend:
  Turf   Dirt
Notes:
† Filly or Mare
§ Ran as part of an entry

See alsoEdit

External linksEdit

ReferencesEdit

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