Prairie Meadows Cornhusker Handicap

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The Prairie Meadows Cornhusker Handicap is an American Grade III thoroughbred horse race held annually at the end of June at Prairie Meadows in Altoona, Iowa. The race is open to horses age three years and older and currently offers a purse of $300,000. Raced at a distance of 118 miles on dirt, from 1966 through 1973 it was run at 1116 miles.[1]

Prairie Meadows Cornhusker Handicap
Grade III race
LocationPrairie Meadows
Altoona, Iowa, United States
Inaugurated1966
Race typeThoroughbredFlat racing
Websitewww.prairiemeadows.com
Race information
Distance1 18 miles (9 furlongs)
SurfaceDirt
Trackleft-handed
QualificationThree-year-olds and up
WeightHandicap
Purse$100,000

Inaugurated in 1966, the Cornhusker Handicap was originally run at the Ak-Sar-Ben Racetrack in Omaha, Nebraska which closed in 1995. The first edition was won by Royal Gunner who was ridden by future U.S. Racing Hall of Fame inductee Bill Hartack.

Julie Krone was the first female jockey to compete in the Cornhusker Handicap and the first female jockey to win it when she captured the 1988 edition aboard Palace March.

The Cornhusker Handicap purse was reduced to $100,00 in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic along with the Iowa Derby and Iowa Oaks purses.[2]

RecordsEdit

Time record: (at current distance of ​1 18 miles)

  • 1:46.62 – Beboppin Baby (1998)

Most wins:

Most wins by a Jockey:

  • 4 – Larry J. Durousseau (1967, 1968, 1969, 1970)

Most wins by a Trainer:

  • 3 – Albert Vizcaya (1968, 1969, 1970)
  • 3 – Jack Van Berg (1972, 1973, 1985)

Most wins by an Owner:

  • 3 – Mrs. Raymond Bauer (1968, 1969, 1970)

WinnersEdit

Year
Winner
Age
Jockey
Trainer
Owner
Dist.
(Miles)
Time
Win$
Gr.
2020 Night Ops 4 Martin Garcia Brad H. Cox Steve Landers Racing LLC 118 1:48.30 $59,100 G3
2019 Sir Anthony 4 Pedro Cotto Jr. Anthony T. Mitchell Richard Otto Stables Inc. 118 1:48.98 $178,800 G3
2018 Remembering Rita 4 Alex Birzer Doug L. Anderson Jeral Keith Adams 118 1:49.36 $179,400 G3
2017 Iron Fist 5 Ricardo Santana Jr. Steve Asmussen Whispering Oaks Farm 118 1:47.36 $179,400 G3
2016 Smack Smack 5 Shane Laviolette Don Von Hemel Dream Walkin Farms 118 1:50.28 $179,100 G3
2015 Golden Lad 5 Javier Castellano Todd A. Pletcher E. Paul Robsham Stables 118 1:49.86 $180,000 G3
2014 Carve 4 Jesús Castañón Brad H. Cox Michael Langford 118 1:50.56 $180,000 G3
2013 Prayer for Relief 5 Ricardo Santana Jr. Steven Asmussen Zayat Stables 118 1:49.96 $180,000 G3
2012 Fort Larned 4 Brian Hernandez Jr. Ian Wilkes Janis R. Whitham 118 1:47.42 $180,000 G3
2011 Headache 5 Miguel Mena Mike Maker Kenneth and Sarah Ramsey 118 1:47.83 $180,000 G3
2010 Shadowbdancing 5 Eusebio Razo Jr. Terrel Gore RNB Racing LLC (Robert E. & Nancy J. Bartels) 118 1:48.24 $180,000 G3
2009 Jonesboro 7 Cliff Berry Randy L. Morse Michael Langford 118 1:48.01 $180,000 G2
2008 Wayzata Bay 6 Israel Ocampo Judi Hicklin World Thoroughbreds Racing Inc. 118 1:48.47 $180,000 G2
2007 Dry Martini 4 Elvis Trujillo Barclay Tagg Carol & George Nyren 118 1:48.41 $180,000 G2
2006 Siphon City 4 Elvis Trujillo Daniel C. Hurtak Ray J. Larkin 118 1:47.76 $180,000 G2
2005 Lord of the Game 4 Eusebio Razo Jr. Tommy Tomillo 2 Blondes, Inc. 118 1:49.94 $180,000 G2
2004 Roses in May 4 Mark Guidry Dale L. Romans Kenneth and Sarah Ramsey 118 1:46.63 $180,000 G3
2003 Tenpins 5 Robby Albarado Donald R. Winfree Joseph V. Vitello 118 1:48.39 $210,000 G3
2002 Mr John 4 Mark Guidry Elliott Walden Thomas F. Van Meter Jr. 118 1:47.97 $240,000 G3
2001 Euchre 5 Garrett Gomez Robert J. Frankel Stronach Stables 118 1:47.72 $180,000 G3
2000 Sir Bear 7 Eibar Coa Ralph Ziadie Barbara Smollin 118 1:48.49 $180,000 G3
1999 Nite Dreamer 4 Robby Albarado Niall O'Callaghan Henry E. Pabst 118 1:48.85 $210,000 G3
1998 Beboppin Baby 5 Jesse Campbell Joe Kasperski Jr. Lawrence Karp 118 1:46.62 $180,000 G3
1997 Semoran 4 David Flores Bob Baffert Donald R. Dizney 118 1:48.47 $120,000 G3
1996 Race not held
1995 Powerful Punch 6 Curt Bourque Harvey L. Vanier Russell L. Reineman 118 1:49.80 $90,000 G3
1994 Zeeruler 6 Robert N. Lester Donnie K. Von Hemel John A. Franks 118 1:50.20 $75,000 G3
1993 Link 5 Ronald Ardoin Tom Amoss Stewart Madison 118 1:50.40 $75,000 G3
1992 Irish Swap 5 Bruce Poyadou Joseph E. Broussard Randall Hendricks 118 1:47.80 $75,000 G3
1991 Black Tie Affair 5 Pat Day Ernie T. Poulos Jeff Sullivan 118 1:48.60 $75,000 G3
1990 Dispersal 4 Jorge Velásquez Bud Delp Tom Meyerhoff 118 1:50.00 $90,000 G3
1989 Blue Buckaroo 6 Shane Sellers Harvey L. Vanier Russell L. Reineman 118 1:49.40 $120,000 G2
1988 Palace March 4 Julie Krone William I. Mott Bertram R. Firestone 118 1:49.00 $120,000 G2
1987 Bolshoi Boy 4 Chris Antley Howard M. Tesher John Greathouse Jr. & Arthur Belford 118 1:48.40 $120,000 G2
1986 Gourami 4 Timothy Doocy Lin A. Wheeler Vistas Stables (Berry Gordy) 118 1:49.40 $150,000 G2
1985 Gate Dancer 4 Chris McCarron Jack Van Berg Kenneth Opstein 118 1:48.60 $100,800 G2
1984 Timeless Native 4 Dale Brumfield Bud Delp Hawksworth Farm (Harry Meyerhoff) 118 1:49.40 $90,000 G2
1983 Win Stat 6 David Pettinger Donnie K. Von Hemel Russell E. Caston JR. & Norman Ruback 118 1:53.20 $92,978 G2
1982 Recusant 4 Ronald J. Hirdes Jr. Michael B. Ball Donamire Farm (Donald & Mira Ball) 118 1:51.60 $92,895 G2
1981 Summer Advocate 4 Kenneth Jones Michael B. Ball W. L. Floyd 118 1:48.20 $93,142 G2
1980 Hold Your Tricks 5 David Pettinger J. Bert Sonnier Mabar Farm (Harry Katz) 118 1:49.20 $88,687 G2
1979 Star de Naskra 4 Jeffrey Fell Richard D. Ferris Carlyle J. Lancaster 118 1:48.40 $90,613 G2
1978 True Statement 4 Bryan Fann John J. Weipert Elmendorf Farm (Maxwell Gluck) 118 1:48.20 $60,913 G2
1977 Private Thoughts 4 Ronnie R. Perez Gregory E. Sanders Sandera Farm 118 1:48.00 $62,783 G3
1976 Dragset 5 Sam Maple Glenn L. Hild James Manning 118 1:49.00 $60,500 G3
1975 Stonewalk 4 Ron Turcotte Daniel J. Lopez Timberland Stable 118 1:48.40 $59,290 G3
1974 Blazing Gypsey 5 Salistino Burgos Charles Karlin High Country Stable 118 1:49.60 $57,963 G3
1973 Joey Bob 5 Leroy Moyers Jack Van Berg M. H. Van Berg Stables & Joe Adcock 1116 1:42.80 $30,828 G3
1972 Joey Bob 4 Leroy Moyers Jack Van Berg M. H. Van Berg Stables & Joe Adcock 1116 1:42.60 $31,213
1971 Action Getter 4 Kenneth Jones Bob G. Dunham E. V. Benjamin & J. Merrick Jones Jr. 1116 1:44.00 $31,034
1970 Blazing Silk 6 Larry J. Durousseau Albert Vizcaya Mrs. Raymond Bauer 1116 1:42.60 $31,433
1969 Vale of Tears 6 Larry J. Durousseau Albert Vizcaya Mrs. Raymond Bauer 1116 1:42.20 $30,828
1968-1 Ninfalo 5 Calvin Stone Eugene Constantin Jr. 1116 1:41.80 $24,764
1968-2 Vale of Tears 5 Larry J. Durousseau Albert Vizcaya Mrs. Raymond Bauer 1116 1:41.20 $24,764
1967 Single Needle 4 Larry J. Durousseau Walter R. Greenman Richard D. & C. M. Baren 1116 1:46.80 $30,772
1966 Royal Gunner 4 Bill Hartack Loyd Gentry Jr. Mike Ford 1116 1:43.00 $31,075

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Prairie Meadows Cornhusker Handicap". Equibase. Retrieved 3 July 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ "Purse Cuts for Festival of Racing at Prairie Meadows". BloodHorse.com. Retrieved 2020-07-06.