Delaware Handicap

The Delaware Handicap is an American Thoroughbred horse race run annually in mid July at Delaware Park Racetrack in Wilmington, Delaware. The Grade 2 race is open to fillies and mares, age three and up, willing to race one and one-quarter miles on the dirt.

Delaware Handicap
Grade 2 race
LocationDelaware Park Racetrack
Wilmington, Delaware,
United States
Inaugurated1937
Race typeThoroughbredFlat racing
Websitewww.delawarepark.com
Race information
Distance10 Furlongs (​1 14 miles)
SurfaceDirt
Trackleft-handed
QualificationFillies, Three-years-old and up
WeightHandicap
PurseUS$750,000[1]

The race was inaugurated as the New Castle Handicap as part of the racing schedule with the 1937 opening of Delaware Park Racetrack. In 1953, the new $100,000 purse offered by the New Castle Handicap made it the richest race in the world for fillies and mares.[2] In 1955 it was renamed the Delaware Handicap.

The race was held at Saratoga from 1982 until 1985.

In 2017, champion filly Songbird won as the shortest-priced favorite in the race's history at 1-9 odds.[3]

In 1939, Shangay Lily won the race as a seven year old, and is the oldest winner of the race.

RecordsEdit

Speed record:

  • 1:59.80 – Coup de Fusil (1987) (event and track record for ​1 14 miles)

Most wins by a horse

  • 2 Endine (1958,1959)
  • 2 Obeah (1969,1970)
  • 2 Blessing Angelica (1971,1972)
  • 2 Susan's Girl (1973,1975)
  • 2 Nastique (1988,1989)
  • 2 Royal Delta (2012,2013)
  • 2 Elate (2018,2019)

Most wins by an owner:

Most wins by a jockey:

Most wins by a trainer:

WinnersEdit

Year
Winner
Age
Jockey
Trainer
Owner
Time
2020* Dunbar Road 4 Irad Ortiz Jr. Chad Brown Peter M. Brant 1:49.02
2019 Elate 5 José Ortiz Bill Mott Claiborne Farm / Adele Dilschneider 2:02.51
2018 Elate 4 José Ortiz Bill Mott Claiborne Farm / Adele Dilschneider 2:04.83
2017 Songbird 4 Mike Smith Jerry Hollendorfer Fox Hill Farms Inc. (Rick Porter) 2:03.96
2016 I'm a Chatterbox 4 Florent Geroux J. Larry Jones Fletcher & Carolyn Gray 2:02.64
2015 Sheer Drama 5 Joe Bravo David Fawkes Harold L. Queen 2:01.58
2014 Belle Gallantey 5 José Ortiz Rudy R. Rodriguez Dubb/Bethlehem Stables/Aisquith 2:01.15
2013 Royal Delta 5 Mike Smith Bill Mott Besilu Stables 2:02.04
2012 Royal Delta 4 Mike Smith Bill Mott Besilu Stables 2:03.51
2011 Blind Luck 4 Garrett Gomez Jerry Hollendorfer DeDomenico/Carver/Hollendorfer 2:01.28
2010 Life at Ten 5 John R. Velazquez Todd Pletcher Candy DeBartolo 2:03.21
2009 Swift Temper 5 Alan Garcia Dale L. Romans Mark H. Stanley 2:03.41
2008 Hystericalady 5 Garrett Gomez Jerry Hollendorfer Rancho San Miguel et al. 2:02.37
2007 Unbridled Belle 4 Ramon Domínguez Todd A. Pletcher Team Valor Stables LLC 2:01.16
2006 Fleet Indian 5 José A. Santos Todd A. Pletcher Paul H. Saylor 2:02.08
2005 Island Sand 4 Jerry D. Bailey J. Larry Jones B. A. Man Stable 2:02.89
2004 Summer Wind Dancer 4 Victor Espinoza Jeff Mullins R & Y Wira, L. Vetter 2:03.63
2003 Wild Spirit 4 Jerry D. Bailey Robert J. Frankel Sumaya Us Stables 2:02.95
2002 Summer Colony 4 John R. Velazquez Mark A. Hennig Edward P. Evans 2:04.52
2001 Irving's Baby 4 Ramon Domínguez Todd A. Pletcher Anstu Stables, Inc. 2:05.21
2000 Lu Ravi 5 Pat Day Carl E. Bowman Yoshio Fujita 2:02.21
1999 Tap to Music 4 Pat Day Joseph Orseno Stronach Stables 2:02.15
1998 Amarillo 4 Julie Krone John H. Forbes Phantom House Farm 2:04.20
1997 Power Play 5 Larry Reynolds H. Graham Motion Robert A. Leonard 2:03.40
1996 Urbane 4 Alex Solis Randy K. Bradshaw Samantha Siegel 2:01.80
1995 Night Fax 4 Jeff Carle William H. Turner Jr. Audley Farm Stable 2:02.80
1994 With A Wink 4 Richard Migliore D. Wayne Lukas Melvin Hatley 2:03.20
1993 Green Darlin 4 Mike Luzzi Lawrence E. Murray Sondra D. Bender 2:03.60
1992 Brilliant Brass 5 Edgar Prado Carlos A. Garcia Elaine L. Bassford 2:03.00
1991 Crowned 4 Rick Wilson Benjamin W. Perkins Jr. Bohemia Stable 2:04.00
1990 Seattle Dawn 4 Robert Colton Michael Dickinson Dinwiddie Farm 2:03.00
1989 Nastique 5 Eddie Maple Stephen L. DiMauro Chaus Stable (Bernard Chaus) 2:01.20
1988 Nastique 4 Eddie Maple Stephen L. DiMauro Chaus Stable (Bernard Chaus) 2:07.60
1987 Coup de Fusil 5 Ángel Cordero Jr. Jan H. Nerud Tartan Stable 1:59.80
1986 Shocker T 4 Gene St. Leon George Gianos Thomasina Caporella 2:02.20
1985 Basie 4 Jean Cruguet Flint S. Schulhofer Frances A. Genter 2:02.00
1984 Adored 4 Laffit Pincay Jr. Laz Barrera Ethel D. Jacobs 2:03.20
1983 May Day Eighty 4 Jacinto Vásquez David A. Whiteley Calumet Farm 2:03.20
1982 Jameela 6 Jack Kaenel Hyman Ravich Peter M. Brant 2:02.60
1981 Relaxing 5 Ángel Cordero Jr. Angel Penna Sr. Ogden Phipps 2:01.00
1980 Heavenly Ade 4 Jerry D. Bailey Mary Edens Adele W. Paxson 2:00.00
1979 Likely Exchange 5 Mark S. Sellers Thomas H. Stevens G. Watts Humphrey Jr. 2:03.40
1978 Late Bloomer 4 Jorge Velásquez John M. Gaver Jr. Greentree Stable 2:02.20
1977 Our Mims 3 Jorge Velásquez John M. Veitch Calumet Farm 2:01.00
1976 Optimistic Gal 3 Eddie Maple LeRoy Jolley Diana M. Firestone 2:01.00
1975 Susan's Girl 6 Ray Broussard Ross Finstermaker Fred W. Hooper 2:01.80
1974 Krislin 5 Ángel Cordero Jr. Stephen A. DiMauro Harold I. Snyder 2:01.60
1973 Susan's Girl 4 Laffit Pincay Jr. John W. Russell Fred W. Hooper 2:01.80
1972 Blessing Angelica 4 Eddie Belmonte H. Allen Jerkens Hobeau Farm 2:00.60
1971 Blessing Angelica 3 Jacinto Vásquez H. Allen Jerkens Hobeau Farm 2:03.40
1970 Obeah 5 Leroy Moyers Henry S. Clark Christiana Stables 2:02.60
1969 Obeah 4 John L. Rotz Henry S. Clark Christiana Stables 2:04.20
1968 Politely 5 Ángel Cordero Jr. George M. Baker Bohemia Stable 2:02.80
1967 Straight Deal II 5 Bobby Ussery Hirsch Jacobs Ethel D. Jacobs 2:02.20
1966 Open Fire 5 Frank Lovato Virgil W. Raines Brandywine Stable 2:00.40
1965 Steeple Jill 4 John Ruane Bert Mulholland George D. Widener Jr. 2:02.80
1964 Old Hat 5 Buck Thornburg Charles C. Norman Stanley Conrad 2:04.00
1963 Waltz Song 5 Sheridan Mellon Thomas F. White Thomas F. White 2:04.00
1962 Seven Thirty 4 Larry Adams Bert Mulholland George D. Widener Jr. 2:02.60
1961 Airmans Guide 4 Howard Grant Bert B. Williams Hugh A. Grant 2:02.40
1960 Quill 4 Bobby Ussery Lucien Laurin Reginald N. Webster 2:02.40
1959 Endine 5 Paul J. Bailey Henry S. Clark Christiana Stable 2:03.60
1958 Endine 4 Eldon Nelson Henry S. Clark Christiana Stable 2:03.00
1957 Princess Turia 4 Bill Hartack Horace A. Jones Calumet Farm 2:05.00
1956 Flower Bowl 4 Logan Batcheller Preston M. Burch Brookmeade Stable 2:03.00
1955 Parlo 4 Eric Guerin Richard E. Handlen Foxcatcher Farms 2:02.40
1954 Gainsboro Girl 4 Augustine Catalano Walter D. Carroll Shawmut Farm 2:02.60
1953 Grecian Queen 3 Ted Atkinson James P. Conway Florence Whitaker 2:02.80
1952 Kiss Me Kate 4 Ronnie Nash Oscar White Walter M. Jeffords 2:02.60
1951 Busanda 4 Eric Guerin Bart Sweeny Ogden Phipps 2:04.60
1950 Adile 4 John Gilbert Oscar White Walter M. Jeffords 1:44.60
1949 Allie's Pal 4 Robert J. Martin Morrie Sidell Samuel D. Sidell 1:46.40
1948 Miss Grillo 6 Ira Hanford Horatio Luro Mill River Stable 1:49.00
1947 Elpis 5 Arthur F. Skelton Larney Hansman William G. Helis 1:46.60
1946 Bridal Flower 3 Abelardo DeLara James W. Smith John R. Bradley 1:43.80
1945 Plucky Maud 4 Robert Permane Oleg Dubassoff Lazy F Ranch 1:42.60
1944 Everget 3 Arnold Kirkland Virgil W. Raines Brandywine Stable 1:44.80
1943 Race not held due to wartime restrictions
1942 Monida 5 Abelardo DeLara William S. Cotton Constance Morabito 1:45.60
1941 Dotted Swiss 4 Maurice Peters Max Hirsch W. Arnold Hanger 1:49.00
1940 Tedbriar 3 Jimmy Lynch John Porter Jones William H. Lipscomb 1:43.80
1939 Shangay Lily 7 Ruperto Donoso John L. Roberts William V. McGrath n/a
1938 Marica 5 Robert Dotter Howard Wells Thomas D. Taggart 1:45.60
1937 Rosenna 3 Maurice Peters Richard E. Handlen William du Pont Jr. 1:43.80
  • Distance = ​1 18 miles

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Delaware Handicap Statistics". www.equibase.com. Retrieved 17 July 2016.
  2. ^ "First To Enter Racing Classic". The Morning Herald, Hagerstown, Maryland. 1953-03-25. Retrieved 2018-10-05.
  3. ^ "Songbird Holds Fast in Delaware Handicap". BloodHorse.com. Retrieved 2017-07-16.

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