City of Hope Mile Stakes

The City of Hope Mile Stakes is a Grade II American Thoroughbred horse race for horses aged three years old or older over the distance of one mile on the turf scheduled annually in September at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, California. The event currently carries a purse of $200,000.

City of Hope Mile Stakes
Grade II race
LocationSanta Anita Park
Arcadia, California, United States
Inaugurated1986 (as Colonel F. W. Koester Handicap)
Race typeThoroughbredFlat racing
WebsiteSanta Anita Park
Race information
Distance1 mile
SurfaceTurf
TrackLeft-handed
QualificationThree-year-olds and older
WeightBase weights with allowances:
4-year-olds and up: 126 lbs.
3-year-olds: 122 lbs.
Purse$200,000 (since 2018)

HistoryEdit

The event was inaugurated on 4 October 1986 as the Colonel F. W. Koester Handicap at the Oak Tree Racing Association meeting at Santa Anita Park as the eighth race on the racecard and was won by the US Hall of Fame, Charles E. Whittingham trained Palace Music who broke the track record for the distance that was set by Pettrax in 20 April 1986.[1] Palace Music in his next start would just fail winning the Breeders' Cup Mile finishing a head second to Last Tycoon. Colonel F. W. Koester was part of 1932 US Equestrian team, later was the General Manager of the California Thoroughbred Breeders Association from 1955 to 1969 and was elected into the California Racing Hall of Fame in 1988.[2][3]

In 1989 the event was classified by the American Graded Stakes Committee as Grade III and was upgraded to Grade II status the following year.[4]

In 1996 the event was renamed to the Oak Tree Mile Handicap and at the same time was downgraded to Grade III.[5] Between 1996 and 2006 the event had Breeders' Cup incentives which reflected in the name of the event.[5] In 2003 the event was upgraded back to Grade II.[4]

In 2013 the name of the event was changed to the City of Hope Stakes in honor of the cancer treatment center in Los Angeles.[6]

In 2017 the event was run as a Black Type event with a much lower purse as the Obviously Mile Stakes.[7] The Irish bred Obviously won this event in 2012 when it was run as the Arroyo Seco Stakes and was fourth in 2013[8] and was third in 2016.[4]

RecordsEdit

Time record:

  • 1:31.84 – No Jet Lag (2013)

Margins:

  • 4 lengths - Double Feint (1987), Urgent Request (IRE) (1996)

Most wins:

  • To date, no horse has ever won this race more than once.

Most wins by an owner:

  • To date, no owner has ever won this race more than once.

Most wins by a jockey:

Most wins by a trainer:

WinnersEdit

Year Winner Age Jockey Trainer Owner Distance Time Purse Grade Ref
At Santa Anita Park – City of Hope Mile Stakes
2020 Mo Forza 4 Flavien Prat Peter L. Miller Bardy Farm & OG Boss 1 mile 1:32.09 $201,000 II [9]
2019 True Valour (IRE) 5 Drayden Van Dyke Simon Callaghan Qatar Racing Limited 1 mile 1:32.82 $202,106 II [10]
2018 Sharp Samurai 4 Gary L. Stevens Mark Glatt Red Baron's Barn, Rancho Temescal & Mark Glatt 1 mile 1:32.47 $201,380 II [11]
Obviously Mile Stakes
2017 Blackjackcat 4 Kent J. Desormeaux Mark Glatt Al & Saundra Kirkwood 1 mile 1:33.70 $79,695 [12]
City of Hope Mile Stakes
2016 Vyjack 6 Flavien Prat Philip D'Amato Pick Six Racing 1 mile 1:31.69 $201,725 II [13]
2015 Alert Bay 4 Martin Garcia Blaine D. Wright Peter Redekop B. C. 1 mile 1:33.58 $200,750 II [14]
2014 Big Bane Theory 5 Joseph Talamo Carla Gaines Scott Gross & Mark Devereaux 1 mile 1:32.38 $201,500 II [15]
2013 No Jet Lag 3 Mike E. Smith Simon Callaghan Anthony Ramsden 1 mile 1:31.84 $150,750 II [8]
Arroyo Seco Mile Stakes
2012 Obviously (IRE) 4 Joseph Talamo Mike R. Mitchell Anthony Fanticola & Joseph Scardino 1 mile 1:31.95 $150,000 II [16]
Oak Tree Mile Stakes
2011 Jeranimo 5 Martin Garcia Michael Pender Robert J. Wright 1 mile 1:32.61 $150,000 II [17]
At Hollywood Park – Oak Tree Mile Stakes
2010 Liberian Freighter 5 Martin Garcia Neil D. Drysdale Shawn L. Dugan, King Edward Racing Stable & Charles N. Winner 1 mile 1:33.24 $150,000 II [18]
At Santa Anita Park – Oak Tree Mile Stakes
2009 Cowboy Cal 4 Garrett K. Gomez Todd A. Pletcher Robert C. & Janice McNair 1 mile 1:33.12 $150,000 II [19]
2008 Hyperbaric 5 Garrett K. Gomez Julio C. Canani Prestonwood Farm 1 mile 1:33.62 $200,000 II [20]
2007 Out of Control (BRZ) 4 Michael C. Baze Robert J. Frankel T N T Stud 1 mile 1:34.16 $252,000 II [21]
2006 Aragorn (IRE) 4 Corey Nakatani Neil D. Drysdale Ballygallon Stud 1 mile 1:32.87 $249,000 II [22]
2005 Singletary 5 David R. Flores Don Chatlos Little Red Feather Racing 1 mile 1:34.54 $249,000 II [23]
2004 Musical Chimes 4 Kent J. Desormeaux Neil D. Drysdale Sheik Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum 1 mile 1:33.29 $246,000 II [24]
2003 Designed for Luck 6 Pat Valenzuela Vladimir Cerin David & Holly Wilson 1 mile 1:32.61 $300,000 II [25]
2002 Night Patrol 6 Jose Valdivia Jr. Nick Canani Everest Stables 1 mile 1:32.93 $234,000 II [26]
2001 Val Royal (FR) 5 Jose Valdivia Jr. Julio C. Canani David S. Milch 1 mile 1:33.21 $219,000 II [27]
2000 War Chant 3 Gary L. Stevens Neil D. Drysdale Irving & Marjorie Cowan 1 mile 1:33.75 $249,000 II [28]
1999 Silic (FR) 4 Corey Nakatani Julio C. Canani Terrence Lanni, Ken Poslosky, Bernard C. Schiappa, et al 1 mile 1:33.76 $200,000 III [29]
Oak Tree Mile Handicap
1998 Hawksley Hill (IRE) 5 Alex O. Solis Neil D. Drysdale David & Jill Heerensperger 1 mile 1:36.72 $274,000 III [30]
1997 Fantastic Fellow 3 Alex O. Solis D. Wayne Lukas The Thoroughbred Corporation 1 mile 1:36.23 $200,000 III [31]
1996 Urgent Request (IRE) 6 Chris McCarron Charles E. Whittingham Stewart Aitken 1 mile 1:32.44 $180,300 III [32]
Colonel F. W. Koester Handicap
1995 Ventiquattrofogli (IRE) 5 Goncalino Almeida Wallace Dollase Bonilla, Carr & Horizon Stable 1 mile 1:35.30 $133,100 II [33]
1994 Bon Point (GB) 4 Eddie Delahoussaye Robert J. Frankel Juddmonte Farms 1 mile 1:33.86 $107,050 II [34]
1993 Johann Quatz (FR) 4 Eddie Delahoussaye Ron McAnally Tadahiro Hotehama 1 mile 1:36.28 $107,350 II [35]
1992 Twilight Agenda 6 Chris McCarron D. Wayne Lukas Moyglare Stud 1 mile 1:33.36 $110,300 II [36]
1991 Ibero (ARG) 4 Alex O. Solis Ron McAnally Ivan Pavlovsky & Frank Whitham 1 mile 1:33.77 $112,000 II [37]
1990 Notorious Pleasure 4 Laffit Pincay Jr. Hector O. Palma Robert, Karen, Marc, Michael & Richard Levy 1 mile 1:33.00 $113,700 II [38]
1989 Political Ambition 5 Eddie Delahoussaye Neil D. Drysdale Clover Racing Stable (lessee), Kinkade, Wolfe, et al 1 mile 1:33.40 $112,800 III [39]
1988 Mohamed Abdu (IRE) 4 Gary L. Stevens Richard W. Mulhall Meyer & Molly Gaskin Trust – Markovic 1 mile 1:34.40 $110,550 [40]
1987 Double Feint 4 Fernando Toro LeRoy Jolley Peter M. Brant 1 mile 1:37.00 $107,200 [41]
1986 Palace Music 5 Gary L. Stevens Charles E. Whittingham Nelson Bunker Hunt & Allen E. Paulson 1 mile 1:35.00 $82,300 [1]

Legend:
  Turf

See alsoEdit

List of American and Canadian Graded races

External siteEdit

ReferencesEdit

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