Memorial Day Handicap

The Memorial Day Handicap was an American Thoroughbred horse race run annually from 1971 through 2014 at Calder Race Course in Miami Gardens, Florida. Held on Memorial Day, it was an ungraded stakes race that had earned Grade III status in 2002–2007 and 2009–2010. The race was open to horses age three and older and was last raced on dirt over a distance of ​1 116 miles (8.5 furlongs).

Memorial Day Handicap
Discontinued stakes race
LocationCalder Race Course
Miami Gardens, Florida
Inaugurated1971
Race typeThoroughbredFlat racing
Websitewww.calderracecourse.com
Race information
Distance1 116 miles (8.5 furlongs)
TrackDirt, left-handed
QualificationThree-years-old & up
WeightAssigned
PurseUS$100,000

With the Vietnam War officially ended on April 30, 1975, the race was run as the Empty Saddle Handicap, done to demonstrate the real meaning of Memorial Day with a salute to the fallen soldiers of American wars.

In 2014 Calder's racing operations were leased to the Stronach Group, operators of Gulfstream Park, who did not pick up this race for their 2015 program.[1]

RecordsEdit

Speed record:

  • 1 116 miles on dirt : 1:44.59 by Where's Sterling in 2012
  • 1 116 miles on turf : 1:40.80 by Born Mighty in 1998

Most wins by a jockey:

Most wins by a trainer:

  • 3 – James E. Bracken (1976, 1988, 1990)
  • 3 – Philip A. Gleaves (2010, 2013, 2014)

Most wins by an owner:

  • 2 – Tartan Stable (1988, 1990)
  • 2 – Donamire Farm (2004, 2005)
  • 2 – Rolbea Thoroughbred Racing LLC (2008, 2009)
  • 2 – Bruce Hollander & Cary Shapoff (2013, 2014)

WinnersEdit

Year
Winner
Age
Jockey
Trainer
Owner
Dist.
(M)
Surface
Time
Win$
2014 Csaba 5 Manoel Cruz Philip A. Gleaves Bruce Hollander & Cary Shapoff 1116 M dirt 1:47.17 $45,000
2013 Csaba 4 Manoel Cruz Philip A. Gleaves Bruce Hollander & Cary Shapoff 1116 M dirt 1:46.20 $45,000
2012 Where's Sterling 5 Juan N. Delgado Luis M. Ramirez Frank C. Calabrese 1116 M dirt 1:44.59 $45,000
2011 Motovato 6 Luis Saez Martin D. Wolfson Team Valor International & Gary Barber 1116 M dirt 1:46.48 $45,000
2010 Mambo Meister 5 Manoel Cruz Philip A. Gleaves Quantum Racing Team 1116 M dirt 1:45.70 $60,000
2009 Finallymadeit[2] 5 Eduardo O. Nunez Javier Negrete Rolbea Thoroughbred Racing LLC 1116 M dirt 1:45.55 $60,000
2008 Finallymadeit 4 Eduardo O. Nunez Javier Negrete Rolbea Thoroughbred Racing LLC 1116 M dirt 1:47.10 $23,000
2007 Dry Martini 4 Elvis Trujillo Harry Benson Carol & George Nyren 1116 M dirt 1:46.41 $60,000
2006 Siphon City 4 Elvis Trujillo Daniel C. Hurtak Ray Larkin 1116 M dirt 1:45.87 $60,000
2005 Twilight Road 8 Phil Teator David J. Fawkes Donamire Farm 1116 M dirt 1:47.71 $60,000
2004 Twilight Road 7 Phil Teator David J. Fawkes Donamire Farm 1116 M dirt 1:45.79 $60,000
2003 Dancing Guy 8 Roger I. Velez Newcomb Green Newcomb Green 1116 M dirt 1:45.56 $60,000
2002 Best Of The Rest 7 Cornelio Velásquez Edward Plesa Jr. Beatrice Oxenberg 1116 M dirt 1:44.75 $60,000
2001 Hal's Hope 4 Roger I. Velez Harold J. Rose Rose Family Stable 1116 M dirt 1:45.81 $45,000
2000 Dancing Guy 5 José C. Ferrer Newcomb Green Frances Green 1116 M dirt 1:46.28 $45,000
1999 Wicapi 7 Eibar Coa Joseph G. Calascibetta Acclaimed Racing Stable 1116 M dirt 1:46.79 $45,000
1998 Born Mighty 4 José Alberto Rivera II William P. White Judson Van Worp 1116 M turf 1:40.80 $30,000
1997 Vilhelm 5 José C. Ferrer Jacqueline A. Brittain Keith C. Wold 1116 M turf 1:40.80 $30,000
1996 Marcie's Ensign 4 Eibar Coa Luis Olivares Cobble View Stable 118 M dirt 1:50.00 $30,000
1995 Mr. Light Tres 6 Kristi L. Chapman Carl A. Nafzger James B. Tafel & Gardner Landon 118 M turf 1:47.00 $30,000
1994 Final Sunrise 4 Pedro A. Rodriguez Luis Olivares J. K. Arriola & K. Barket Jr. 118 M dirt 1:51.80 $30,000
1993 Boots 'n Buck 4 Mary Russ Emanuel Tortora Bee Bee Stables, Inc. & Toni Tortora 118 M dirt 1:53.80 $30,000
1992 Jodi's Sweetie 4 Jorge C. Duarte Martin D. Wolfson Leslie Alexander 118 turf 1:44.20 $30,000
1991 S. W. Wildcard 5 Pedro A. Rodriguez George Gianos Willis Family Stables, Inc. 1116 M dirt 1:46.80 $34,110
1990 Primal 5 Heberto Castillo Jr. James E. Bracken Tartan Stable 1116 M dirt 1:47.40 $33,180
1989 Hooting Star 4 José A. Vélez Jr. Ralph Ziadie Power House Racing Stable, Inc. 1116 M turf 1:41.20 $33,300
1988 Billie Osage 4 Gene St. Leon James E. Bracken Tartan Stable 1116 M dirt 1:46.20 $33,150
1987 no race
1986 no race
1985 Rexson's Hope 4 Gary W. Bain Harold J. Rose Elsie A. Rose Stable, Inc. 1M, 70 yds dirt 1:43.60 $33,660
1984 no race
1983 Bolivar 6 Santiago B. Soto Thomas S. Young Thomas S. Young 1116 M dirt 1:46.20 $23,700
1982 Two's A Plenty 5 Alfredo Smith Jr. Merritt A. Buxton Mrs. A. W. Smith/Charles Largay/M. A. Buxton 1116 M dirt 1:45.40 $19,470
1981 no race
1980 Poverty Boy 5 Martin Fromin William A. Cole Karil Vangeloff 1116 M dirt 1:45.60 $20,565
1979 Great Sound 5 Walter Guerra Merritt A. Buxton Universal Thoroughbred, Inc. 1116 M turf 1:45.40 $20,835
1978 One Moment 5 John Giovanni Stanley M. Hough A. Destout 118 M dirt 1:52.20 $21,240
1977 Lightning Thrust 4 Gene St. Leon Stanley M. Hough Stirrup Hill Farm 118 turf 1:45.80 $21,780
1976 Freepet 6 Ray Broussard James E. Bracken J. W. LaCroix 118 M dirt 1:53.80 $20,700
1975 Plagiarize 4 Gene St. Leon Reed M. Combest Mr. & Mrs. Lewis E. Iandoli 1116 M dirt 1:45.80 $13,800
1974 Snurb 4 Gene St. Leon Reed M. Combest B.L.T. Stable 1116 M dirt 1:46.20 $14,040
1973 Correbtoso 6 Roger M. Danjean Wayne E. Opperman Peppermint Farm 1116 M dirt 1:47.80 $10,620
1972 Willmar 4 Kenny Knapp Frank Gomez Kenny Knapp 1116 M dirt 1:45.20 $9,600
1971 Anchorage 4 James Moseley Harry Trotsek L. W. Stellings 1 M dirt 1:39.00 $6,600

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