Black Helen Handicap

The Black Helen Handicap was an American Thoroughbred horse race run annually at Hialeah Park Race Track in Hialeah, Florida, from 1941 through 2001. Open to fillies and mares age three and older, the Grade II event was raced on turf at a distance of a mile and an eighth (9 furlongs).[1]

Black Helen Handicap
Discontinued stakes race
LocationHialeah Park Race Track
Hialeah, Florida, United States
Inaugurated1941
Race typeThoroughbredFlat racing
Race information
Distance1⅛ miles (9 furlongs)
SurfaceTurf
TrackLeft-handed
QualificationFillies & Mares, three-years-old & up

The race was named for Edward R. Bradley's U.S. Racing Hall of Fame mare Black Helen. The inaugural running took place on February 8, 1941 and was won by Sweet Willow at a distance of seven furlongs.[2] The following year the race was run at a mile and an eighth and would remain at that distance for all subsequent editions.[3]

Historical notesEdit

In 1948 the Black Helen Handicap had a Dead heat for win between Shotsilk and Rampart. It marked a rarity for a dead heat in that Rampart carried the highweight, in the field of ten, and Shotsilk the low weight. Fitz Eugene Dixon Jr.'s Shotsilk would turn out to be the only three-year-old to ever win the race.[4][5]

Bewitch won the 1950 Black Helen Handicap by seven lengths in a time of 1:48 flat for a mile and one-eighth that was just 2/5 of a second off the World Record.[6]

In 1968, Treacherous won the Black Helen Handicap but her win was overshadowed by jockey Ángel Cordero Jr. who set a Hialeah track record by riding six winners that day. One horse Cordero Jr. did not ride was Treacherous.[7]

The 2000 running of the Black Helen Handicap was run at Gulfstream Park.[8] It returned to Hialeah Park in 2001 for what would prove to be the final edition.[9]

RecordsEdit

Speed record:

  • 1:46.71 @ 118 miles – Class Kris (1996)

Most wins:

  • In its 58 runnings, no horse ever won this race more than once.

Most wins by a jockey:

Most wins by a trainer:

Most wins by an owner:

WinnersEdit

Year
Winner
Age
Jockey
Trainer
Owner
Dist.
(Miles)
Time
Win$ Gr.
2001 Perfect Sting 5 Eibar Coa Joe Orseno Stronach Stables 118 M 1:47.17 $120,000 G2
2000 Snow Polina 5 Javier Castellano William I. Mott Gary A. Tanaka 118 M 1:49.91 $120,000 G2
1999 Anguilla 4 Julie Krone Thomas J. Skiffington John & Glenn Sikura 118 M 1:47.43 $120,000 G2
1998 Sopran Mariduff 4 Heberto Castillo Jr. William I. Mott Leonardo Ciampoli 118 M 1:47.30 $120,000 G2
1997 Powder Bowl 5 Herb McCauley Jonathan E. Sheppard Augustin Stable 118 M 1:48.80 $120,000 G2
1996 Class Kris 4 Gary Boulanger James E. Picou Fred W. Hooper 118 M 1:46.71 $120,000 G2
1995 Alice Springs 5 René R. Douglas Jonathan E. Sheppard Augustin Stable 118 M 1:48.74 $120,000 G2
1994 Aquilegia 5 Herb McCauley Flint S. Schulhofer Helen K. Groves 118 M 1:48.20 $120,000 G3
1993 Klassy Individual 7 René R. Douglas Lawrence W. Jennings Jr. Ballet Stable 118 M 1:48.50 $90,000
1992 Grab the Green 4 José A. Santos Barclay Tagg Samuel Rogers 118 M (±) 1:48.00 $90,000
1990 – 1991 Race not held
1989 Love You by Heart 4 Jean Cruguet John M. Veitch Darby Dan Farm 118 M 1:50.40 $105,000 G2
1988 Anka Germania 5 José A. Santos Thomas J. Skiffington Glencrest Farm (David Greathouse) 118 M 1:49.80 $75,000 G2
1987 Lotka 4 Eddie Maple Woody Stephens Henryk de Kwiatkowski 118 M 1:46.80 $105,000 G2
1986 Shocker T. 4 Gene St. Leon George Gianos Thomasina Caporella 118 M 1:47.00 $60,000 G2
1985 Isayso 6 Eddie Maple Michael O. Chamblee Judie Nichols Chamblee 118 M 1:47.20 $60,000 G2
1984 Sabin 4 Eddie Maple Woody Stephens Henryk de Kwiatkowski 118 M 1:47.00 $75,000 G2
1983 Mistretta 4 Jerry D. Bailey Woody Stephens Ghislaine Head 118 M 1:46.80 $45,000 G2
1982 Honey Fox 5 Jean-Luc Samyn Flint S. Schulhofer Jerome Torsney 118 M 1:47.00 $60,000 G2
1981 The Very One 6 Jorge Velásquez Stephen A. DiMauro Helen M. Polinger 118 M 1:48.20 $45,000 G2
1980 Spring in Deepsea 5 Jean-Luc Samyn Horatio Luro Serge Fradkoff 118 M 1:51.00 $45,000 G2
1979 Late Bloomer 5 Jorge Velásquez John M. Gaver Jr. Greentree Stable 118 M 1:50.40 $30,000 G2
1978 Len's Determined 4 Jean Cruguet Duke Davis Leonard Smith 118 M 1:49.00 $30,000 G2
1977 Copano 5 Larry Saumell Oral C. Pickard J. D. King 118 M 1:49.80 $30,000 G2
1976 Yes Dear Maggy 4 Ruben Hernandez Robert S. DuBois John C. Oxley 118 M 1:48.40 $30,000 G2
1975 Garland of Roses 6 Ángel Cordero Jr. H. Allen Jerkens Hobeau Farm 118 M 1:49.00 $42,510
1974 Dogtooth Violet 4 Don MacBeth Stanley M. Rieser Barbra Hunter 118 M 1:47.00 $42,770
1973 Grafitti 5 Marco Castaneda Horatio Luro Louisa d'A Carpenter 118 M 1:49.80 $
1972 Alma North 4 Frank Lovato Frank J. Zitto Eugene V. Mori 118 M 1:49.00 $41,990
1971 Swoons Flower 4 Carlos H. Marquez George Towne Howard Sams 118 M 1:49.00 $41,080
1970 Taken Aback 4 Braulio Baeza H. Allen Jerkens Hobeau Farm 118 M 1:49.20 $41,275
1969 Amerigo Lady 5 Manuel Ycaza J. Elliott Burch Rokeby Stable 118 M 1:49.60 $43,225
1968 Treacherous 4 Heliodoro Gustines Sherrill W. Ward Lazy F Ranch 118 M 1:49.00 $40,235
1967 Mac's Sparkler 5 William Boland H. Allen Jerkens Hobeau Farm 118 M 1:48.60 $42,250
1966 What A Treat 4 John L. Rotz Sylvester Veitch George D. Widener Jr. 118 M 1:50.40 $40,690
1965 Old Hat 6 Donald Brumfield Charles C. Norman Stanley Conrad 118 M 1:49.80 $39,390
1964 Princess Arle 4 John L. Rotz Horace A. Jones Calumet Farm 118 M 1:50.60 $39,455
1963 Pocosaba 6 William Boland H. Allen Jerkens Pete Bostwick 118 M 1:49.40 $41,005
1962 Seven Thirty 4 Larry Adams Winbert F. Mulholland George D. Widener Jr. 118 M 1:49.00 $33,215
1961 Be Cautious 4 Bobby Ussery John A. Nerud Joseph M. Roebling 118 M 1:50.80 $30,095
1960 Royal Native 4 Bill Hartack Kenneth D. Noe Sr. Perne L. Grissom 118 M 1:49.00 $30,160
1959 Rosewood 5 Charlie Burr Horace A. Jones Calumet Farm 118 M 1:50.20 $25,350
1958 Pardala 5 Dave Erb Hugh L. Fontaine D & H Stable (Jack Dudley/Bonnie Heath) 118 M 1:50.00 $28,400
1957 Amoret 5 Bill Hartack Horace A. Jones Calumet Farm 118 M 1:54.60 $25,450
1956 Clear Dawn 5 Logan Batcheller Jack Long Darby Dan Farm 118 M 1:49.40 $28,959
1955 Rosemary B. 4 William M. Cook Mose F. Shapoff William L. Huntley 118 M 1:49.40 $24,500
1954 Gainsboro Girl 4 Augustine Catalano Walter D. Carroll Shawmut Stable (Richard A. Jenks) 118 M 1:57.80 $23,600
1953 Atalanta 5 Harrison B. Wilson Jack Long Darby Dan Farm 118 M 1:49.40 $23,600
1952 Roman Miss 4 Kenneth Church John Hanover Harry F. Krimendahl 118 M 1:55.80 $18,175
1951 Antagonism 4 Robert Bernhardt James E. Fitzsimmons Wheatley Stable 118 M 1:51.60 $15,050
1950 Bewitch 5 Ovie Scurlock Ben A. Jones Calumet Farm 118 M 1:48.00 $13,825
1949 Roman Candle 5 Logan Batcheller Jack Webber Gardenia Stable (Paul Newsom) 118 M 1:49.00 $16,850
1948 Shotsilk (DH) 3 William M. Cook Winbert F. Mulholland Fitz Eugene Dixon Jr. 118 M 1:50.00 $10,950
1948 Rampart (DH) 6 Mike Basile Richard "Whitey" Nixon Helene K. Haggerty 118 M 1:50.00 $10,950
1947 Miss Grillo 5 Conn McCreary Horatio Luro Mill River Stable (Josephine Douglas) 118 M 1:49.80 $19,400
1946 Adroit 6 Kenneth Scawthorn Joseph W. Mergler Mrs. Robert H. Heighe 118 M 1:51.80 $22,700
1945 No race held due to WW II restrictions.
1944 Silvestra 6 Ted Atkinson Ross O. Higdon Woolford Farm 118 M 1:52.20 $4,130
1943 No race held due to WW II restrictions.
1942 Pomayya 4 Basil James J. J. McCabe Brookmeade Stable 118 M 1:50.80 $9,075
1941 Sweet Willow 4 Robert Howell Robert W. Collins Robert W. Collins 7 F 1:23.40 $4,810

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Miami Stake Goes To Sweet Willow". The New York Times, Section Sports, page 1. 1941-02-09. Retrieved 2019-08-29.
  2. ^ "Miami Stake Goes To Sweet Willow". The New York Times. 1941-02-09. p. Section Sports, page 1. Retrieved 2019-08-29.
  3. ^ "Pomayya Captures $12,575 Black Helen Handicap at Hialeah Park". The New York Times, Section Sports, page 20. 1942-03-03. Retrieved 2019-08-30.
  4. ^ "Shotsilk Races Dead Heat With Rampart In Black Helen Handicap". The New York Times, Section Sports, page 31. 1948-03-03. Retrieved 2019-08-30.
  5. ^ "Oddity at Hialeah". Daily Racing Form. 1958-05-14. Retrieved 2019-09-01 – via University of Kentucky Archives.
  6. ^ "7-To-10 Favorite Close To Record". The New York Times, Section Sports, page 31. 1950-03-03. Retrieved 2019-08-31.
  7. ^ "Cordero Sets A Track Record By Riding Six Winners At Hialeah". The New York Times. 1968-02-29. p. 43. Retrieved 2019-08-31.
  8. ^ "Results – Saturday, Hialeah-at-Gulfstream" (PDF). Thoroughbred Daily News, page 2. 2000-04-23. Retrieved 2019-08-31.
  9. ^ "Perfect Sting Wins Black Helen Handicap". Associated Press Archive. 2001-04-15. Retrieved 2019-01-01.