Distaff Handicap

The Distaff Handicap is an American Thoroughbred horse race held each spring at Aqueduct Racetrack in Ozone Park, Queens. Open to fillies and mares, age three and up, willing to race the six furlong distance, the Grade III event (lately downgraded from a Grade II race) offers a purse of $200,000 added.

Distaff Handicap
Grade III race
LocationAqueduct Racetrack
Ozone Park, New York, United States
Inaugurated1954
Race typeThoroughbredFlat racing
Race information
Distance7 furlong sprint
SurfaceDirt
Trackleft-handed
QualificationFillies & Mares, Three-years-old & up
WeightAssigned
PurseUS$150,000

Inaugurated in 1954 at the old Aqueduct racetrack, the Distaff Handicap was run at Belmont Park from 1956 through 1959.

The race has been contested at two different distances:

  • 7 furlongs : 1954–1976, 1980–1983, 1985–1992, 1995–2005, 2010–2012
  • 6 furlongs : 1977, 1978, 1979, 1984, 1994, 2006–2009, 2013

It was run in two divisions in 1964. There was no race run in 1993 due to inclement weather.

The Distaff Handicap, in its 59th running in 2013, is one of the few graded stakes for fillies and mares at a sprint distance.

RecordsEdit

Speed record:

  • 1:09.10 – La Verdad (2014) (at distance of 6 furlongs)
  • 1:21.18 – Devil's Orchid (1991) (at distance of 7 furlongs)

Most wins:

  • 2 – La Verdad (2014, 2015)
  • 2 – Happy Princess (1958, 1959)

Most wins by a jockey:

Most wins by a trainer:

Most wins by an owner:

WinnersEdit

Year
Winner
Age
Jockey
Trainer
Owner
Time
2018 Holiday Disguise 4 Irad Ortiz Jr. Linda Rice Lady Sheila Stable 1:22.98
2017 Highway Star 4 Angel Arroyo Rodrigo Ubillo Chester Broman Sr. 1:22.25
2016 Paulassilverlining 4 José Ortiz Michelle Nevin Vincent S. Scuderi 1:22.01
2015 La Verdad 5 José Ortiz Linda Rice Lady Sheila Stable 1:10.00
2014 La Verdad 4 José Ortiz Linda Rice Lady Sheila Stable 1:09.10
2013 Cluster of Stars 4 Junior Alvarado Steven Asmussen Turtle Bird Stable 1:10.14
2012 It's Tricky 4 Eddie Castro Kiaran McLaughlin Godolphin Racing 1:22.39
2011 Nicole H 4 Channing Hill Michael E. Hushion JMJ Racing Stables 1:23.29
2010 Tar Heel Mom 5 Ramon Domínguez Stanley M. Hough Alex Rankin 1:24.51
2009 Secret Gypsy 4 Robby Albarado Ronny W. Werner Richland Hills Stable/John Kuehl 1:10.01
2008 Rite Moment 4 Rajiv Maragh Gary C. Contessa Winning Move Stable et al. 1:09.86
2007 Maryfield 6 Jorge Chavez Doug O'Neill Mark Gorman, etc. 1:09.73
2006 Smokey Glacken 5 Javier Castellano James A. Jerkens Susan & John Moore 1:10.49
2005 Bank Audit 4 Richard Migliore Frank LaBoccetta Jr. Robert Amendola 1:22.07
2004 Randaroo 4 Richard Migliore Kiaran McLaughlin H. Joseph Allen 1:22.64
2003 Carson Hollow 4 Michael Luzzi Richard E. Dutrow Jr. Stronach Stables et al. 1:22.42
2002 Raging Fever 4 John Velazquez Mark A. Hennig Edward P. Evans 1:21.78
2001 Dream Supreme 4 Aaron Gryder William I. Mott Kinsman Stable 1:23.66
2000 Honest Lady 4 Brice Blanc Robert J. Frankel Juddmonte Farms 1:22.10
1999 Furlough 5 Heberto Castillo Jr. C. R. McGaughey III Ogden Phipps 1:23.23
1998 Parlay 4 Richard Migliore John C. Kimmel Ackerly Bros. Farm 1:24.10
1997 Miss Golden Circle 5 Richard Migliore John C. Kimmel Kimmel & Solondz 1:24.47
1996 Lottsa Talc 6 Frank Alvarado Tim Kelly McGuire Werner 1:24.04
1995 Recognizable 4 Mike E. Smith C. R. McGaughey III Ogden Phipps 1:22.94
1994 Classy Mirage 4 Robbie Davis H. Allen Jerkens Middletown Stable 1:11.37
1993 no race
1992 Nannerl 5 Mike E. Smith Flint S. Schulhofer Marablue Farm 1:24.68
1991 Devil's Orchid 4 Russell Baze Richard E. Mandella George Yates 1:21.18
1990 Channel Three 4 Jorge Chavez Michael J. Goswell Mrs. Henry Elser 1:23.20
1989 Avie's Gal 4 Nick Santagata John J. Lenzini Jr. John R. Cioci 1:24.00
1988 Cadillacing 5 Randy Romero C. R. McGaughey III Ogden Phipps 1:22.60
1987 Pine Tree Lane 5 Ángel Cordero Jr. D. Wayne Lukas Leonard Mathis 1:22.00
1986 Ride Sally 5 Walter Guerra Nick Zito Manhasset Stable 1:21.60
1985 Give Me A Hint 5 Wesley Ward Braulio Baeza Nathaniel Usdan 1:25.20
1984 Am Capable 4 Ángel Cordero Jr. John Parisella Theodore Sabarese 1:11.00
1983 Jones Time Machine 4 Ángel Cordero Jr. John Parisella Theodore Sabarese 1:23.20
1982 Lady Dean 4 Donnie Miller Jr. Ronald A. Alfano David P. Reynolds 1:23.80
1981 Lady Oakley 4 Jeffrey Fell Warren J. Pascuma Bette S. Karlinsky 1:25.40
1980 Misty Gallore 4 Don MacBeth Thomas J. Kelly Spring Hill Stable 1:24.60
1979 Skipat 5 James Edwards Daniel Hasbany John A. Grondin 1:10.40
1978 Vandy Sue 4 Angel Rodriquez Ramon M. Hernandez Assunta Louis Farm 1:12.00
1977 What A Summer 5 Eddie Maple LeRoy Jolley Diana M. Firestone 1:11.60
1976 Shy Dawn 5 Ángel Cordero Jr. Woodrow Sedlacek Jacques D. Wimpfheimer 1:24.20
1975 Something Super 5 Jean Cruguet Willard C. Freeman Skara Glen Stable 1:22.20
1974 Krislin 5 Vincent Bracciale Jr. Stephen A. DiMauro Harold Snyder 1:22.00
1973 Ferly 5 Ron Turcotte Frank Catrone Ada L. Rice 1:24.00
1972 Royal Signal 5 Chuck Baltazar Stephen A. DiMauro Mrs. Lawrence W. Knapp Jr. 1:24.20
1971 Double Delta 5 Braulio Baeza Stanley M. Reiser James D. Drymon 1:22.80
1970 Process Shot 4 Chuck Baltazar J. Bowes Bond Elberon Farm 1:22.80
1969 Heartland 4 John L. Rotz Max Hirsch King Ranch 1:22.40
1968 Just Kidding 4 Jorge Velásquez J. Elliott Burch Rokeby Stable 1:23.20
1967 Cologne 4 Braulio Baeza Frank H. Merrill Jr. Mrs. Romola Voynow 1:24.20
1966 Sailor Princess 4 Gary Mineau Burley Parke Harbor View Farm 1:22.40
1965 Affectionately 5 Walter Blum Hirsch Jacobs Ethel D. Jacobs 1:24.00
1964 Charspiv 4 Bobby Ussery Buddy Jacobson Marion Frankel 1:24.00
1964 Smart Deb 4 Bill Hartack Arnold N. Winick Mrs. Russell L. Reineman 1:21.60
1963 Cicada 4 Bill Shoemaker Casey Hayes Meadow Stable 1:23.80
1962 Rose O'Neill 4 Ismael Valenzuela Ted Saladin Bert W. Martin 1:23.60
1961 Teacation 4 Ray Broussard Charles R. Parke Fred W. Hooper 1:23.60
1960 Mommy Dear 4 Manuel Ycaza Eddie Hayward Circle M. Farm 1:23.00
1959 Happy Princess 7 Hedley Woodhouse George Lewis Mabel D. Lewis 1:24.20
1958 Happy Princess 6 Hedley Woodhouse George Lewis Mabel D. Lewis 1:24.00
1957 Searching 5 Conn McCreary Hirsch Jacobs Ethel D. Jacobs 1:24.40
1956 Blue Banner 4 Eddie Arcaro Jack Skinner Rokeby Stable 1:23.80
1955 Oil Painting 4 Hedley Woodhouse Anthony W. Rupelt Mrs. Joseph A. Goodwin 1:24.00
1954 Mab's Choice 5 Angel Valenzuela Charles Whittingham Robert Stewart Howard 1:24.40

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