Hollywood Derby

The Hollywood Derby is a Grade I American Thoroughbred horse race held annually in late November/early December. Now held at Del Mar racetrack in San Diego, California, until 2014 it was held at Hollywood Park Racetrack in Inglewood, California. The race is open to horses aged three and contested at a mile and an eighth on turf. It currently offers a purse of $300,000.

Hollywood Derby
Grade I race
LocationDel Mar racetrack
(2014-present)
Hollywood Park Racetrack (1938-2013)
Inaugurated1938
Race typeThoroughbred - Flat racing
Websitewww.dmtc.com
Race information
Distance1 18 miles (9 furlongs)
SurfaceTurf
Trackleft-handed
QualificationThree-year-olds
Weight122 lbs.
Purse$300,000 (since 2014)[1]

Inaugurated in 1938, the race has been a Grade I event since 1973 when grading was first introduced. There was no race from 1942 through 1944 as a result of World War II and it was not run in 2005 as a safety precaution after new grass had been planted on the turf course. It was contested in two divisions from 1981 through 1987.

Known as the Westerner Stakes from 1948-1958, the race was held at Santa Anita Park in 1949 after a fire destroyed the Hollywood Park grandstand and clubhouse. When Hollywood Park closed in December 2013, the race was transferred to Del Mar. Due to the layout of the turf course at Del Mar, the race was shortened to ​1 18 miles.[2]

Only five fillies have ever won the race: Busher (1945), Honeymoon (1946), A Gleam (1952), De La Rose (1981) and Royal Heroine (1983).

In 2014, California Chrome accomplished a rare feat when, having won the Santa Anita Derby, Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes on dirt earlier in the year, he won the Hollywood Derby in his first appearance on the turf.[3]

The Hollywood Derby has been contested at various distances on both dirt and turf:

  • 1 18 miles on dirt : 1945, 1950, 1976-1980
  • 1 14 miles on dirt : 1938-1941, 1946-1949, 1951-1972
  • 1 12 miles on turf : 1973-1975
  • 1 18 miles on turf : 1981-2002
  • 1 14 miles on turf : 2003 to 2013
  • 1 18 miles on turf: 2014 to present

RecordsEdit

Speed record: on turf

  • 1:45.82 - Super Quercus (1999) (at current distance of 1⅛ miles)
  • 1:59.35 - Showing Up (2006) (at previous distance of 1¼ miles)

Speed record: on dirt

  • 1:59.35 - Count of Honor (1956) (at 1¼ miles)

Most wins by a jockey:

Most wins by a trainer:

Most wins by a trainer:

WinnersEdit

Year
Winner
Age
Jockey
Trainer
Owner
Dist.
(Miles)
Time
Win$
Gr.
2019 Mo Forza 3 Paco Lopez Peter Miller OG Boss & Bardy Farm (Barry & Dyan Abrams) 118 1:48.57 $180,000 G1
2018 Raging Bull 3 Joel Rosario Chad C. Brown Peter M. Brant 118 1:48.34 $180,000 G1
2017 Mo Town 3 John R. Velazquez Anthony Dutrow Susan Magnier, Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith 118 1:46.36 $180,000 G1
2016 Annals of Time 3 Javier Castellano Chad C. Brown Klaravich Stables & William Lawrence 118 1:47.73 $180,000 G1
2015 Chiropractor 3 Corey Nakatani Thomas F. Proctor Glen Hill Farm 118 1:48.87 $180,000 G1
2014 California Chrome 3 Victor Espinoza Art Sherman DAP Racing 118 1:47.88 $180,000 G1
2013 Seek Again 3 Corey Nakatani John Gosden Juddmonte Farms 114 2:00.60 $180,000 G1
2012 Unbridled Command 3 Javier Castellano Thomas M. Bush Lewis G. Lakin 114 2:01.07 $150,000 G1
2011 Ultimate Eagle 3 Martin Pedroza Michael Pender Robert "B. J." Wright 114 2:01.43 $150,000 G1
2010 Haimish Hy 3 Garrett Gomez Art Sherman Sherman/Akin/Franco/Goldstein 114 2:01.20 $150,000 G1
2009 The Usual Q.T. 3 Victor Espinoza James M. Cassidy Van Kempen & partners 114 1:59.69 $180,000 G1
2008 Court Vision 3 Ramon Dominguez William I. Mott IEAH Stables & WinStar Farm 114 2:01.43 $300,000 G1
2007 Daytona 3 Mike E. Smith Dan Hendricks Jeff Davenport, Tom Lenner, Jess Ravich, Thomas Murray 114 1:59.75 $300,000 G1
2006 Showing Up 3 Cornelio Velasquez Barclay Tagg Lael Stables 114 1:59.35 $300,000 G1
2005 Race not held
2004 Good Reward 3 Jerry Bailey C. R. McGaughey III Ogden Mills Phipps 114 2:01.53 $300,000 G1
2003 Sweet Return 3 Julie Krone Ron McAnally Red Oak Stable (John J. Brunetti) 114 2:04.27 $360,000 G1
2002 Johar 3 Alex Solis Richard Mandella The Thoroughbred Corp. 118 1:48.70 $300,000 G1
2001 Denon 3 Chris McCarron Robert J. Frankel Flaxman Holdings 118 1:49.28 $300,000 G1
2000 Brahms 3 Pat Day W. Elliott Walden Tom VanMeter II 118 1:46.73 $300,000 G1
1999 Super Quercus 3 Alex Solis Robert J. Frankel 3 Plus U Stable 118 1:45.82 $300,000 G1
1998 Vergennes 3 John R. Velazquez Steve Asmussen Gary A. Tanaka 118 1:49.44 $300,000 G1
1997 Subordination 3 Jerry Bailey Gary Sciacca Klaravich Stables 118 1:50.00 $300,000 G1
1996 Marlin 3 Corey Nakatani D. Wayne Lukas Michael Tabor 118 1:46.08 $300,000 G1
1995 Labeeb 3 Ed Delahoussaye Neil D. Drysdale Sheikh Mohammed 118 1:46.42 $240,000 G1
1994 River Flyer 3 Chris Antley David Hofmans Gary Folgner 118 1:47.48 $240,000 G1
1993 Explosive Red 3 Corey Nakatani Daniel J. Vella Frank Stronach 118 1:46.88 $240,000 G1
1992 Paradise Creek 3 Pat Day William I. Mott Bertram R. Firestone 118 1:47.36 $240,000 G1
1991-1 Eternity Star 3 Ed Delahoussaye Robert J. Frankel Peter Wall 118 1:47.30 $240,000 G1
1991-2 Olympio 3 Ed Delahoussaye Ron McAnally V.H.W. Stables 118 1:47.10 $240,000 G1
1990 Itsallgreektome 3 Corey Nakatani Wallace Dollase Jhayare Stables 118 1:46.60 $240,000 G1
1989 Live The Dream 3 Alex Solis Charles E. Whittingham Mary Bradley & Nancy Chandler 118 1:47.00 $240,000 G1
1988 Silver Circus 3 Gary Stevens Julio Canani Joseph M. Scardino 118 1:48.40 $120,000 G1
1987-1 Political Ambition 3 Jacinto Vasquez Neil D. Drysdale Clover Racing Stable 118 1:48.20 $101,600 G1
1987-2 Stately Don 3 Eddie Delahoussaye Leroy Jolley Bradley M. Shannon 118 1:47.40 $104,600 G1
1986-1 Thrill Show 3 Ray Sibille Charles E. Whittingham Mary Bradley, Richard Duchossois, C. E. Whittingham 118 1:46.80 $146,000 G1
1986-2 Spellbound 3 Bill Shoemaker Paul H. Murphy Edward Brennan 118 1:46.80 $147,000 G1
1985-1 Charming Duke 3 Jorge Velasquez Jean-Pierre Dupuis Greenhorn Stable 118 1:46.80 $171,225 G1
1985-2 Slew The Dragon 3 Yves Saint-Martin John O. Hertler Mickey Taylor & Dr. Jim Hill, et al. 118 1:46.40 $168,725 G1
1984-1 Procida 3 Cash Asmussen Francois Boutin Stavros Niarchos 118 1:48.40 $139,250 G1
1984-2 Foscarini 3 Darrel McHargue Laurie N. Anderson J. Carlisle & J. Sheridan 118 1:47.40 $140,750 G1
1983-1 Royal Heroine 3 Fernando Toro John Gosden Robert Sangster 118 1:48.20 $87,400 G1
1983-2 Ginger Brink 3 Fernando Toro Ted West Sr. David Sofro 118 1:49.20 $86,400 G1
1982-1 Racing Is Fun 3 Bill Shoemaker Roger E. Clapp Connie M. Ring 118 1:47.20 $70,150 G1
1982-2 Victory Zone 3 Eddie Delahoussaye Robert J. Frankel Honeybee Farm 118 1:47.80 $70,150 G1
1981-1 De La Rose 3 Eddie Maple Woody Stephens Henryk de Kwiatkowski 118 1:47.60 $68,700 G1
1981-2 Silveyville 3 Danny Winick Emmett L. Campbell Kjell Qvale 118 1:48.20 $68,700 G1
1980 Codex 3 Eddie Delahoussaye D. Wayne Lukas Tartan Stable 118 1:47.40 $195,250 G1
1979 Flying Paster 3 Donald Pierce Gordon C. Campbell Bernard J. Ridder 118 1:47.60 $166,750 G1
1978 Affirmed 3 Steve Cauthen Laz Barrera Harbor View Farm 118 1:48.20 $174,750 G1
1977 Steve's Friend 3 Ruben Hernandez John W. Fulton Kinsman Stable 118 1:47.80 $140,000 G1
1976 Crystal Water 3 Bill Shoemaker Roger E. Clapp Connie M. Ring 118 1:48.40 $157,750 G1
1975 Intrepid Hero 3 Donald Pierce John W. Russell Ogden Phipps 112 2:29.00 $90,000 G1
1974 Agitate 3 Bill Shoemaker James Jimenez Meeken Stable (John & Paula Kent Meeken) 112 2:28.20 $90,000 G1
1973 Amen II 3 Eddie Belmonte Philip G. Johnson Dee-Bee Stable 112 2:27.80 $90,000 G1
1972 Riva Ridge 3 Ron Turcotte Lucien Laurin Meadow Stable 114 1:59.60 $59,900
1971 Bold Reason 3 Laffit Pincay Jr. Angel Penna Sr. William A. Levin 114 2:01.00 $61,200
1970 Hanalei Bay 3 Merlin Volzke Robert K. Miller Robert K. Miller 114 2:01.20 $73,200
1969 Tell 3 Donald Pierce Charles E. Whittingham Elizabeth A. Keck 114 2:00.00 $76,600
1968 Poleax 3 Bill Hartack Joseph S. Dunn William R. Hawn 114 1:59.80 $82,000
1967 Tumble Wind 3 Johnny Sellers Charles E. Whittingham Rock Spring & Llangollen Farm 114 2:00.20 $72,900
1966 Fleet Host 3 Jerry Lambert Raymond Priddy Westerly Stud 114 2:00.40 $75,500
1965 Terry's Secret 3 Alex Maese Carl A. Roles Poltex Stable 114 2:00.80 $80,200
1964 Real Good Deal 3 Johnny Longden T. R. Scott Ellwood B. & Betty Johnston 114 2:00.80 $71,100
1963 Y Flash 3 Eddie Burns Jess Byrd J. Kell Houssels 114 2:00.60 $79,000
1962 Drill Site 3 Ralph Neves John Adams Ralph Lowe 114 2:00.00 $68,900
1961 Four-and-Twenty 3 Johnny Longden Vance Longden Alberta Ranches, Ltd. 114 2:00.60 $77,900
1960 Tempestuous 3 Peter Moreno Matthew J. Dragna Joe Dragna & Dr. S. E. Santoro 114 2:01.40 $68,700
1959 Bagdad 3 Bill Shoemaker Joseph S. Dunn Howard B. Keck 114 1:59.60 $65,900
1958 Strong Bay 3 Manuel Ycaza Jack Williams Mr. & Mrs. Ray Camp 114 2:02.60 $70,800
1957 Round Table 3 Bill Shoemaker William Molter Kerr Stable 114 2:00.60 $69,300
1956 Count of Honor 3 Eddie Arcaro Buster Millerick Robert Lehman 114 1:59.40 $48,950
1955 Swaps 3 Bill Shoemaker Mesh Tenney Rex Ellsworth 114 2:00.60 $34,700
1954 Fault Free 3 Ralph Neves Ronald H. McClellan Mrs. A. W. Ryan 114 2:00.80 $32,850
1953 Rejected 3 Ralph Neves William J. Hirsch King Ranch 114 2:01.40 $64,500
1952 A Gleam 3 Henry E. Moreno Horace A. Jones Calumet Farm 114 2:01.20 $36,550
1951 Grantor 3 Bill Shoemaker Harry L. Daniels William Goetz 114 2:01.80 $33,600
1950 Valquest 3 Jack Westrope George E. Mayberry Andrew J. Crevolin 118 1:49.00 $17,200
1949 Pedigree 3 Johnny Longden William Molter C. H. Jones & Son 114 2:03.00 $42,900
1948 Solidarity 3 Johnny Longden William Molter Mrs. Nat Goldstone 114 2:02.60 $33,300
1947 Yankee Valor 3 Noel Richardson Paul L. Lycan Col. L. G. Burns 114 2:01.80 $36,000
1946 Honeymoon 3 Jack Westrope Graceton W. Philpot Louis B. Mayer 114 2:02.00 $39,300
1945 Busher 3 Johnny Longden George M. Odom Louis B. Mayer 118 1:50.20 $40,470
1942 - 1944 Race not held
1941 Staretor 3 George Woolf George H. Strate Hugh S. Nesbitt 114 2:03.20 $19,675
1940 Big Flash 3 Eugene Rodriguez Clyde Phillips Thomas D. Taggart 114 2:03.60 $18,750
1939 Shining One 3 Jack Westrope William B. Finnegan Edward S. Moore 114 2:03.80 $18,275
1938 Specify 3 John Adams Albert A. Baroni Albert A. Baroni 114 2:04.40 $11,900
* In 2001, Designed for Luck won but was disqualified for drifting out in the stretch and was set back to fifth.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Hollywood Derby Profile". www.equibase.com. Retrieved 5 December 2016.
  2. ^ "California Chrome likely to run in Hollywood Derby". Daily Racing Form.
  3. ^ "California Chrome Sparkles in Hollywood Derby". BloodHorse.com. Retrieved 5 December 2016.