Havre de Grace Handicap
The Havre de Grace Handicap was an American Thoroughbred horse race first run on the August 26, 1912 opening day of the new Havre de Grace Racetrack in Havre de Grace, Maryland. Although most of its runnings would take place in early fall, its final edition was run there on April 30, 1949. Due to Federal government wartime regulations, the 1943 edition was held at Laurel Park and in 1945 at Pimlico Race Course. A race for horses age three old or older, it was run on dirt over a distance of 1 1/8 miles with the exception of 1918 when it was set at 1 mile and 70 yards. From inception through 1939, the race was known as the Havre de Grace Cup Handicap.  
|Discontinued stakes race|
|Location||Havre de Grace Racetrack|
Harford County, Maryland,
|Race type||Thoroughbred - Flat racing|
|Qualification||Three-year-olds and up|
The 38 runnings of the Havre de Grace Handicap produced a number of wins by racing's top horses. The 1915 edition saw Life magazine co-founder Andrew Miller win with his future U.S. Racing Hall of Fame inductee, Roamer. The 1916 winner, The Finn, had won the 1915 Belmont Stakes and earned American Champion Three-Year-Old Male Horse honors. The next year saw the 1917 Kentucky Derby winner Omar Khayyam capture the Havre de Grace Handicap, then two years later Cudgel won. Owned by Commander J. K. L. Ross, in a very strong field Cudgel defeated two future U.S. Racing Hall of Fame inductees. The runner-up was Exterminator who was the 1918 Kentucky Derby winner, and in third place was Sir Barton, the 1919 U.S. Triple Crown champion. The 1926 race was won by another future Hall of Famer, Crusader. He beat top horses such as Display, Sarazen and Princess Doreen. Again in 1929 it was another future Hall of Famer Sun Beau who won.
The only time a mare ever won the event occurred in 1931 when Valenciennes defeated a field of eight males for owner Fannie Hertz who also owned Reigh Count, the 1928 Kentucky Derby winner and American Horse of the Year. Reigh Count would sire the great Count Fleet who would win the 1948 U.S. Triple Crown for Mrs. Hertz.
The 1938 running saw future Hall of Famer Seabiscuit put on a performance in the Havre de Grace Handicap that the New York Times described as "one of his most sensational victories." Bumped so hard at the first turn by another horse that jockey George Woolf thought he was going down, Seabiscuit regained his stride, caught up with the field, then took the lead away from the outstanding runner Menow and from there was hand-ridden to victory in a time of 1:50 flat that was just 1/5 of a second off the track record.
- 1:49 2/5 @ 11⁄8 miles on dirt - Natchez (1948)
- 2 - Challedon
Most wins by a jockey:
- 3 - George Woolf (1938, 1939, 1940)
Most wins by a trainer:
- 2 - Robert A. Smth (1918, 1935)
- 2 - James E. Fitzsimmons (1921, 1934)
- 2 - James G. Rowe Sr. (1922, 1923)
- 2 - Thomas J. Healey (1925, 1932)
- 2 - Louis J. Schaefer (1939, 1941)
Most wins by an owner:
- 3 - William L. Brann / Branncastle Farm (1939, 1940, 1941)
|1949||Lord Grillo||6||Mike Basile||Charles M. Feltner||Gustave Ring||11⁄8||1:50.20|
|1948||Natchez||5||Donnie Padgett||Oscar White||Sarah F. Jeffords||11⁄8||1:49.40|
|1947||Turbine||5||Mike Basile||P. Da Lee Watts||Estate of Mrs. H. Leibowitz||11⁄8||1:49.60|
|1946||Biscailuz||5||Ruperto Donoso||J. H. Logan||J. H. Logan||11⁄8||1:50.00|
|1945||Gay Bit||4||Donnie Padgett||Albert Dunne||Bobanet Stable (R. Bruce Livie)||11⁄8||1:52.20|
|1944||Some Chance||5||John Gilbert||B. Frank Christmas||Abram S. Hewitt||11⁄8||1:54.40|
|1943||Thumbs Up||4||Otto Grohs||Carl A. Roles||Louis B. Mayer||11⁄8||1:52.60|
|1942||Tola Rose||5||Warren Mehrtens||Max Hirsch||Arthur J. Sackett||11⁄8||1:50.00|
|1941||Pictor||4||Maurice Peters||Louis J. Schaefer||William L. Brann||11⁄8||1:51.20|
|1940||Challedon||4||George Woolf||Don Cameron||Branncastle Farm (William L. Brann)||11⁄8||1:50.40|
|1939||Challedon||3||George Woolf||Louis J. Schaefer||Branncastle Farm (William L. Brann)||11⁄8||1:52.60|
|1938||Seabiscuit||5||George Woolf||Tom Smith||Charles S. Howard||11⁄8||1:50.00|
|1937||Eagle Pass||3||Basil James||John J. Flanigan||Valdina Farm Stable||11⁄8||1:52.00|
|1936||Roman Soldier||4||Eddie Arcaro||Phil Reuter||Elwood Sachsenmaier & Phil Reuter||11⁄8||1:51.00|
|1935||Good Goods||4||Eddie Arcaro||Robert A. Smth||Brookmeade Stable||11⁄8||1:51.40|
|1934||Faireno||5||Thomas Malley||James E. Fitzsimmons||Belair Stud||11⁄8||1:50.20|
|1933||Osculator||4||Don Meade||Joseph H. Stotler||William R. Coe||11⁄8||1:49.80|
|1932||Equipoise||4||Raymond Workman||Thomas J. Healey||Cornelius Vanderbilt Whitney||11⁄8||1:50.20|
|1931||Valenciennes||4||Earl Steffen||William J. Knapp||Fannie Hertz||11⁄8||1:50.80|
|1930||Spinach||3||Alfred Robertson||Clyde Phillips||William Ziegler Jr.||11⁄8||1:51.00|
|1929||Sun Beau||4||Frank Coltiletti||William Irvine||Willis Sharpe Kilmer||11⁄8||1:55.60|
|1928||Osmand||4||Chick Lang||Pete Coyne||Joseph E. Widener||11⁄8||1:53.80|
|1927||Chance Play||4||Louis Morris||John I. Smith||Arden Farm||11⁄8||1:52.00|
|1926||Crusader||3||Earl Sande||George H. Conway||Glen Riddle Farm||11⁄8||1:50.00|
|1925||Senalado||3||Edgar Barnes||Thomas J. Healey||Richard T. Wilson Jr.||11⁄8||1:52.80|
|1924||Valador||4||Bennie Breuning||Tom Moran||William Martin||11⁄8||1:51.00|
|1923||Enchantment||3||Linus McAtee||James G. Rowe Sr.||Harry Payne Whitney||11⁄8||1:50.80|
|1922||Bunting||3||Frank Keogh||James G. Rowe Sr.||Harry Payne Whitney||11⁄8||1:53.60|
|1921||Captain Alcock||4||Linus McAtee||James E. Fitzsimmons||Quincy Stable (James Francis Johnson)||11⁄8||1:52.40|
|1920||The Porter||5||Harry Lunsford||William H. Brooks||Edward B. McLean||11⁄8||1:54.00|
|1919||Cudgel||5||Johnny Loftus||H. Guy Bedwell||J. K. L. Ross||11⁄8||1:50.00|
|1918||Slippery Elm||5||L. Stalker||Robert A. Smith||Woodland Stock Farm||1m, 70 yds.||1:44.00|
|1917||Omar Khayyam||3||Everett Haynes||Richard F. Carmen||Wilfrid Viau||11⁄8||1:53.00|
|1916||The Finn||4||Andy Schuttinger||Edward W. Heffner||Harry C. Hallenbeck||11⁄8||1:52.20|
|1915||Roamer||4||James Butwell||A. J. Goldsborough||Andrew Miller||11⁄8||1:51.20|
|1914||Robert Bradley||4||Eddie Ambrose||John Naylor||William R. Mizell||11⁄8||1:52.00|
|1913||Nightstick||3||Eddie Ambrose||Albert Simons||Harry P. Whitney||11⁄8||1:53.00|
|1912||Adams Express||4||Carroll Shilling||Frank M. Taylor||Harry C. Hallenbeck||11⁄8||1:54.00|
- "Stakes To Hallenbeck Stable.: Adams Express Carries Top Weight to Victory". Daily Racing Form at University of Kentucky Archives. 1912-08-27. Retrieved 2019-11-06.
- "Lord Grillo Registers Havre Upset". Daily Racing Form at University of Kentucky Archives. 1949-05-02. Retrieved 2019-11-06.
- "How Havre de Grace's racetrack was once a gem". cecildaily.com. 2016-08-27. Retrieved 2019-11-05.
- "Havre De Grace Form Chart". Daily Racing Form at University of Kentucky Archives. 1919-09-28. Retrieved 2019-11-06.
- "Crusader is Victor as 25,000 Look On". New York Times. 1926-09-26. Retrieved 2019-11-04.
- "Valenciennes, filly, wins $20,000 Havre de Grace Cup". The Cincinnati Enquirer, page 35. 1931-10-04. Retrieved 2019-11-06.
- "Equipoise and Repaid Move Into the Center of the Racing Stage". Brooklyn Daily Eagle, page 20. 1932-10-03. Retrieved 2019-11-06.
- "$10,000 Added Test Goes to Seabiscuit". New York Times, page 34. 1938-09-29. Retrieved 2019-01-01.
- "Havre de Grace Handicap Goes To Challedon for second Time". New York Times, Section Sports, page 80. 1940-09-29. Retrieved 2019-11-06.
- "Natchez Sets New Track Record In Taking Havre de Grace Event". New York Times, Section Sports, page 4. 1948-07-18. Retrieved 2019-11-04.