The Philadelphia Handicap was an American Thoroughbred horse race held thirty-eight times between 1913 and 1950 at Havre de Grace Racetrack in Havre de Grace, Maryland. Run on dirt, the race was open to horses of either sex age three and older.
|Discontinued stakes race|
|Location||Havre de Grace Racetrack, Havre de Grace, Maryland|
|Race type||Thoroughbred - Flat racing|
|Qualification||Three-year-olds and up|
From inception in 1913 through 1919, and again from 1947 through 1950, the event was contested at a sprint distance of six furlongs. In between, it was raced at a mile and a sixteenth.
First run on April 26, 1913, Ten Point easily won the inaugural edition of the Philadelphia Handicap while equaling the track record despite giving weight to the rest of the field. Ten Point went on the run second in the May 10 Kentucky Derby.
In 1919 Commander J. K. L. Ross got the first of his three Philadelphia Handicap wins when Billy Kelly won for him. A gelding Billy Kelly's outstanding career would lead to induction into the U.S. Racing Hall of Fame. Five other horses would also have Hall of Fame careers beginning with Exterminator (1923) then Sun Beau (1931), two-time winner Equipoise (1933-1934), Challedon (1942) and Armed who broke the track record in winning the 1946 race.    
Billy Kelly returned to compete in the 1920 Philadelphia Handicap along with stablemate Sir Barton who had won the 1919 U. S. Triple Cown. The race would see an astonishing upset when 106-1 longshot Crystal Ford came home ahead of the nine other runners. Star Master finished second in front of the third and fourth place finishers Billy Kelly and Sir Barton who were giving the winner 32 and 26 pounds, respectively.
Thanksgiving, a very good runner owned by Anne Corning, had already won a number of top races including the prestigious Travers Stakes when he won the 1939 Philadelphia Handicap. Thanksgiving's trainer was Mary Hirsch, someone who had overcome many obstacles to become the first woman in the United States licensed to train Thoroughbred racehorses. Mary Hirsch was the only female trainer to win the Philadelphia Handicap and through 2019 remains the only female trainer to have won the Travers Stakes. 
In 1945 the Philadelphia Handicap was run at Pimlico Race Course due to Federal government wartime gasoline rationing that saw all four of Maryland's major racetracks consolidate their races into the Pimlico facility.
The following year the distance was changed to a six furlong sprint and was won by another Calumet horse, Pep Well, who was ridden by Albert Snider.  Until his untimely death on March 5, 1948, Snider was the regular jockey for the great Citation and had won all nine races he was aboard. Snider was scheduled to ride in the May 1, 1948 Kentucky Derby but after his death Eddie Arcaro was hired to ride Citation and would win that year's Triple Crown.
On April 19, 1950, The Pincher won what would turn out to be the last running of the Philadelphia Handicap as horse racing came to an end at the Havre de Grace Racetrack at the close of that 1950 spring meeting. 
- 1:10 2/5 @ 6 furlongs: Pep Well (1947)
- 1:43 1/5 @ 1 1/16 miles Armed (1946)
Most wins by a jockey:
- 3 - Maurice Peters (1936, 1939, 1940)
Most wins by a trainer:
- 3 - Henry McDaniel (1921, 1922, 1923)
Most wins by an owner:
(M / F)
|1950||The Pincher||4||John Gilbert||George Mohr||Henry H. Hecht||6 F||1:10.40||$5,795|
|1949||Pep Well||6||Robert J. Martin||Horace A. Jones||Calumet Farm||6 F||1:11.60||$9,120|
|1948||Circus Clown||3||Ovie Scurlock||Thomas F. Root Sr.||William J. Walden||6 F||1:12.80||$8,820|
|1947||Pep Well||4||Albert Snider||Horace A. Jones||Calumet Farm||6 F||1:10.20||$8,960|
|1946||Armed||5||Douglas Dodson||Ben A. Jones||Calumet Farm||11⁄16 m||1:43.20||$18,350|
|1945||Gay Bit||4||Robert J. Martin||Albert Dunne||Bobanet Stable (R. Bruce Livie)||11⁄16 m||1:46.80||$3,200|
|1944||Rounders||5||Nick Jemas||William Booth||William G. Helis Sr.||11⁄16 m||1:45.40||$12,450|
|1943||Race not held due to wartime restrictions|
|1942||Challedon||6||George Woolf||Edward A. Christmas||Branncastle Farm (William L. Brann & Robert S. Castle)||11⁄16 m||1:45.40||$7,925|
|1941||Ringie||4||John Gilbert||P. Dallee Watts||Gustave Ring||11⁄16 m||1:44.60||$7,925|
|1940||Masked General||6||Maurice Peters||William Mulholland||Brandywine Stable||11⁄16 m||1:44.20||$8,100|
|1939||Thanksgiving||4||Maurice Peters||Mary Hirsch||Anne Corning||11⁄16 m||1:49.20||$7,925|
|1938||Burning Star||4||Melvin Lewis||John J. Greely||Shandon Farm Stable (Richard L. & Patrick J. Nash)||11⁄16 m||1:45.80||$7,950|
|1937||Whopper||5||Harry Richards||Duval A. Headley||Hal Price Headley||11⁄16 m||1:45.60||$6,400|
|1936||Black Gift||4||Maurice Peters||Leon Carter||Leon Carter||11⁄16 m||1:45.80||$6,625|
|1935||Stand Pat||4||Robert Watson||Frank Gilpin||Edward F. Seagram||11⁄16 m||1:44.20||$6,550|
|1934||Equipoise||6||Raymond Workman||Thomas J. Healey||C. V. Whitney||11⁄16 m||1:44.40||$5,800|
|1933||Equipoise||5||Raymond Workman||Thomas J. Healey||C. V. Whitney||11⁄16 m||1:44.60||$6,375|
|1932||Lightning Bolt||4||Pete Walls||William Brennan||Liz Whitney||11⁄16 m||1:45.00||$8,850|
|1931||Sun Beau||6||Charles Kurtsinger||Andy Schuttinger||Willis Sharpe Kilmer||11⁄16 m||1:44.80||$9,000|
|1930||Inception||4||Fred Stevens||Oscar Chaney||Mrs. Oscar Chaney||11⁄16 m||1:52.20||$9,600|
|1929||Petee-Wrack||4||Steve O'Donnell||William Booth||John R. Macomber||11⁄16 m||1:45.40||$8,325|
|1928||Canter||5||Steve O'Donnell||Harry Rites||J. Edwin Griffith||11⁄16 m||1:46.40||$8,950|
|1927||Single Foot||5||Jack Chalmers||Harry Rites||J. Edwin Griffith||11⁄16 m||1:45.40||$8,650|
|1926||Edisto||4||Edgar Barnes||William H. Bringloe||Edward F. Seagram||11⁄16 m||1:46.80||$8,725|
|1925||Leopardess||4||Red Harvey||Clyde S. Phillips||Greentree Stable||11⁄16 m||1:47.40||$3,950|
|1924||Spot Cash||4||Fred Stevens||James W. Healy||Albert C. Bostwick Jr.||11⁄16 m||1:43.40||$3,350|
|1923||Exterminator||8||Linus McAtee||Henry McDaniel||Willis Sharpe Kilmer||11⁄16 m||1:45.80||$3,350|
|1922||Boniface||7||Clarence Turner||Henry McDaniel||J. K. L. Ross||11⁄16 m||1:45.00||$3,835|
|1921||Boniface||6||James Butwell||Henry McDaniel||J. K. L. Ross||11⁄16 m||1:48.20||$3,500|
|1920||Crystal Ford||4||Laverne Fator||Andrew G. Blakely||Nosreme Stable||11⁄16 m||1:45.40||$3,700|
|1919||Billy Kelly||3||Earl Sande||H. Guy Bedwell||J. K. L. Ross||6 F||1:12.40||$1,371|
|1918||Hauberk||6||Charles Peak||Jake Byer||J. F. Sweeney||6 F||1:12.40||$1,805|
|1917||Pennant||6||Frank Robinson||James G. Rowe Sr.||Harry Payne Whitney||6 F||1:13.20||$1,770|
|1916||A. N. Akin||4||Frank Robinson||Edward Trotter||Edward Trotter||6 F||1:13.00||$1,630|
|1915||Slumber||4||James Groth||James G. Rowe Sr.||Harry Payne Whitney||6 F||1:12.20||$1,645|
|1914||Sherwood||7||Wilmer Ward||L. Blume||J. W. Hedrick||6 F||1:12.80||$1,735|
|1913||Ten Point||3||James Butwell||Calvin Banks||Anthony L. Aste||6 F||1:11.60||$1,785|
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He was racing's first millionaire horse, earning $1,085,760 in a 45-race career that ran from 1947 to 1951. He won 32 times and was in the money in all but one.
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