Potomac Handicap

The Potomac Handicap was an American Thoroughbred horse race run annually in the latter part of September at Havre de Grace Racetrack in Havre de Grace, Maryland. Open to three-year-old horses, it was raced on dirt at a distance of a mile-and-a-sixteenth.

Potomac Handicap
Discontinued stakes race
LocationHavre de Grace Racetrack
Havre de Grace, Maryland
Inaugurated1914-1948
Race typeThoroughbred - Flat racing
Race information
Distance1⅛ miles (9 furlongs)
TrackDirt, left-handed
QualificationThree-years-old

First run at Laurel Park Racecourse in Laurel, Maryland, it was restricted to two-year-olds and run at a distance of one mile. The 1918 running was won by Calumet Farm's two-year-old colt, Be Frank, ridden by Lavelle Ensor. [1] The following year the race moved to the Havre de Grace Racetrack and was changed to an event for three-year-olds and set at a distance of a mile-and-a-sixteenth.

The Potomac Handicap was won by four National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame inductees including 1919 U.S. Triple Crown winner Sir Barton and Man o' War who won the 1920 edition. Despite being assigned highweight of 138 pounds, Man o' War set a new Havre de Grace track record for a mile-and-a-sixteenth.

Venue:

  • Laurel : 1916-1918, 1944-1948
  • Pimlico: 1943
  • Havre de Grace Racetrack: 1919-1942

RecordsEdit

Speed record: (3-year-olds)

  • 1116 miles: 1:44 flat, Menow (1938)
  • 118 miles: 1:50 3/5, Loyal Legion (1947)

Speed record: (2-year-olds)

  • 1 mile: 1:39 1/5, Be Frank (1918)

Most wins by a jockey:

Most wins by a trainer:

Most wins by an owner:

WinnersEdit

Year
Winner
Age
Jockey
Trainer
Owner
Dist.
(Miles)
Time
1948 Seven League 3 Mike Basile James Radney Elizabeth Good Augustus 118 M 1:52.80
1947 Loyal Legion 3 Albert Snider Oscar White Walter M. Jeffords Sr. 118 M 1:50.60
1946 Blue Yonder 3 Albert Snider James Radney Elizabeth Good Augustus 118 M 1:56.60
1945 British Buddy 3 Johnny Breen James McGee Morris Wexler 118 M 1:51.40
1944 Megogo 3 Ken Scawthorn John A. Healey Christiana Stable 1116 M 1:49.60
1943 Son of Peace 3 Billie Thompson Ben A. Jones Calumet Farm 118 M 1:52.60
1942 Aletern 3 Jimmy Thornburg Jack Skirvin Alwin C. Ernst 1116 M 1:47.20
1941 Boston Man 3 Ted Atkinson George L. Arvin H. Teller Archibald 1116 M 1:45.80
1940 Mioland 3 Carroll Bierman Tom Smith Charles S. Howard 1116 M 1:46.60
1939 Third Degree 3 Wayne D. Wright John M. Gaver Sr. Greentree Stable 1116 M 1:44.80
1938 Menow 3 Raymond Workman Duval A. Headley Hal Price Headley 1116 M 1:44.00
1937 Heelfly 3 George Woolf Lemuel T. Whitehill Thomas Painter Morgan 1116 M 1:45.20
1936 Tatterdemalion 3 Jack Westrope Thomas J. Healey Cornelius Vanderbilt Whitney 1116 M 1:44.80
1935 Good Gamble 3 Sam Renick Bud Stotler Alfred G. Vanderbilt II 1116 M 1:45.40
1934 Discovery 3 John Bejshak Bud Stotler Alfred G. Vanderbilt II 1116 M 1:45.20
1933 Sun Archer 3 Pete Walls Jack Whyte Willis Sharpe Kilmer 1116 M 1:44.80
1932 Dark Secret 3 Hank Mills James E. Fitzsimmons Wheatley Stable 1116 M 1:45.40
1931 Tambour 3 Frank Coltiletti Preston M. Burch Preston M. Burch 1116 M 1:45.20
1930 Spinach 3 Alfred Robertson Clyde S. Phillips William Ziegler Jr. 1116 M 1:47.40
1929 Rose of Sharon 3 Charles E. Allen Daniel E. Stewart Johnson N. Camden Jr. 1116 M 1:46.40
1928 Sun Beau 3 John Craigmyle William Short Willis Sharpe Kilmer 1116 M 1:46.00
1927 Jock 3 Eddie Ambrose John F. Schorr Edward B. McLean 1116 M 1:44.60
1926 Chance Play 3 Earl Sande G. Hamilton Keene Log Cabin Stable 1116 M 1:47.00
1925 Senalado 3 Edgar Barnes Thomas J. Healey Richard T. Wilson Jr. 1116 M 1:46.20
1924 Donaghee 3 Fred Sharpe Joseph P. Smith James W. Bean 1116 M 1:46.20
1923 Dunlin 3 Chick Lang J. Woods Garth Joshua S. Cosden 1116 M 1:49.00
1922 Lucky Hour 3 Andy Schuttinger Roy Waldron Lexington Stable 1116 M 1:46.60
1921 Tryster 3 Frank Coltiletti James G. Rowe Sr. Harry Payne Whitney 1116 M 1:46.40
1920 Man o' War 3 Clarence Kummer Louis Feustel Glen Riddle Farm 1116 M 1:44.80
1919 Sir Barton 3 Tommy Nolan H. Guy Bedwell J. K. L. Ross 1116 M 1:46.40
1918 Be Frank 2 Lavelle Ensor William Jennings Jr. Calumet Stable (Cornelius M. Garrison) 1 M 1:39.20
1917 Recount 2 Andy Schuttinger A. J. Goldsborough Andrew Miller 1 M 1:41.60
1916 Bondage 2 R. Ball Clyde S. Phillips James Arthur 1 M 1:40.00
1915 King Neptune 2 Clarence Turner B. B. Larrick John S. Tyree 1 M 1:43.20
1914 Sharpshooter 2 Kenneth Karrick William H. Karrick Schuyler L. Parsons 1 M 1:39.40

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