Deputy Minister Handicap

The Deputy Minister Handicap was a Grade III American Thoroughbred horse race run annually in early February at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach, Florida. The race was open to horses age four and older and contested on dirt over a distance of six and one-half furlongs.

Deputy Minister Handicap
Grade III race
LocationGulfstream Park
Hallandale Beach, Florida, United States
Inaugurated1990
Race typeThoroughbredFlat racing
Websitewww.gulfstreampark.com
Race information
Distance6.5 furlong sprint
SurfaceDirt
Trackleft-handed
QualificationFour-years-old & up
WeightAssigned
Purse$100,000

The race was named in honor of Deputy Minister who raced in Florida and won Gulfstream Park's Donn Handicap. Deputy Minister was the 1981 American Champion Two-Year-Old Colt and the Canadian Two-Year Old Champion and Canadian Horse of the Year and was the Leading sire in North America in 1997 and 1998 and the Leading broodmare sire in North America in 2007.

Since inception, the event has been contested at different distances:

  • 6 furlongs: 1994–1998
  • 6.5 furlongs : 2000 to present
  • 7 furlongs : 1990–1993, 1998–1999

The race is not on the 2008 list of stakes races at Gulfstream Park.

RecordsEdit

Speed record: (at current distance of 6.5 furlongs)

Winners since 2000Edit

Year
Winner
Age
Jockey
Trainer
Owner
Time
2007 Keyed Entry 4 John Velazquez Anthony J. Sciametta Jr. Starlight Stable et al. 1:15:72
2006 Universal Form 5 Manoel Cruz Elliston Rolle Universal Xperience 1:16.48
2005 Medallist 4 José A. Santos H. Allen Jerkens Robert Clay 1:15.62
2004 Alke 4 John Velazquez Todd A. Pletcher K. D. English/A. Braun 1:15.80
2003 Native Heir 5 Cornelio Velásquez Mark Shuman Michael Gill 1:15.17
2002 Fappies Notebook 5 Jorge Chavez Manny Tortora Irving & Marjorie Cowan 1:16.19
2001 Istintaj 5 Jerry Bailey Mark Hennig Shadwell Racing 1:16.08
2000 Deep Gold 4 John Velazquez Bernie Flint N. Chowhan & J. L. Millan 1:15.89

Earlier winnersEdit

  • 1999 – Good And Tough
  • 1998 – Irish Conquest
  • 1997 – Templado
  • 1996 – Jess C's Whirl
  • 1995 – Chimes Band
  • 1994 – I Can't Believe
  • 1993 – Loach
  • 1992 – Take Me Out
  • 1991 – Unbridled
  • 1990 – Beau Genius