Precisionist Stakes

The Precisionist Stakes was an American Thoroughbred horse race run annually at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, California. A Grade III event open to horses, age three and up, it was contested over a distance of one and one-sixteenth miles on Cushion Track synthetic dirt. The race was named for the U.S. Racing Hall of Fame horse, Precisionist who won this race in 1985 in which he set a Hollywood Park track record for the then one mile distance.[1]

Precisionist Stakes
Grade III race
LocationSanta Anita Park
Arcadia, California, United States
Inaugurated1980
Race typeThoroughbred - Flat racing
Websitewww.hollywoodpark.com
Race information
Distance1+116 miles (8.5 furlongs)
SurfaceDirt
Trackleft-handed
QualificationThree-years-old & up
WeightAssigned
Purse$100,000

The race was run as the Mervyn Leroy Handicap at Hollywood Park Racetrack from inception in 1980 through 2013 when that racetrack closed. The original race was named for the American film director, Mervyn LeRoy who was a racing enthusiast and one of the track's founders. The Mervyn LeRoy Handicap carried a purse of $150,000 and was a prep to the Hollywood Gold Cup.

Elevated to a Grade I event in 1988, it was downgraded to Grade II status in 1991 then to Grade III in 2014.

RecordsEdit

Speed record:

Most wins:

  • 2 - Surf Cat (2006, 2008)

Most wins by a jockey:

Most wins by a trainer:

Most wins by an owner:

  • 2 - Jerry Moss (1983, 1989)
  • 2 - Rosendo G. Parra (2003, 2004)
  • 2 - Aase Headley & Marsha Naify (2006, 2008)

WinnersEdit

Year
Winner
Age
Jockey
Trainer
Owner
Dist.
(Miles)
Time
Grade
Win
$
2017 Collected 4 Martin Garcia Bob Baffert Speedway Stables 1-1/16 1:41.52 III $100,000
2016 Race not held
2015 Catch a Flight 5 Flavien Prat Richard E. Mandella Haras Santa Maria de Araras 1-1/16 1:42.22 III $100,000
2014 Fury Kapcori 4 Rafael Bejarano Jerry Hollendorfer Awtrey, Hollendorfer & Todaro 1-1/16 1:42.11 III $100,000
Mervyn LeRoy Handicap
2013 Liaison 6 Victor Espinoza John W. Sadler C R K Stable 1-1/16 1:42.79 II $150,000
2012 Morning Line 5 Joseph Talamo John Shirreffs Farish/Dixiana/Thoroughbred Legends Racing Stable 1-1/16 1:42.42 II $150,000
2011 Crown of Thorns 6 Tyler Baze Richard Mandella Spendthrift Farm 1-1/16 1:42.73 II $150,000
2010 Rail Trip 5 Rafael Bejarano Ron Ellis Jay Em Ess Stable (Siegel family) 1-1/16 1:42.37 II $150,000
2009 Ball Four 8 Joe Talamo Patrick Biancone Flying Zee Stable (Carl Lizza) 1-1/16 1:41.58 II $150,000
2008 Surf Cat 6 Alex Solis Bruce Headley Aase Headley & Marsha Naify 1-1/16 1:41.13 II $150,000
2007 Molengao 6 Victor Espinoza Paulo Lobo Stud TNT 1-1/16 1:42.86 II $150,000
2006 Surf Cat 4 Alex Solis Bruce Headley Aase Headley & Marsha Naify 1-1/16 1:40.65 II $150,000
2005 Ace Blue 5 David Flores Paulo Lobo Eternamente Rio Stud 1-1/16 1:41.45 II $150,000
2004 Even The Score 6 David Flores Vladimir Cerin Rosendo G. Parra 1-1/16 1:40.81 II $150,000
2003 Total Impact 5 Mike E. Smith Laura de Seroux Rosendo G. Parra 1-1/16 1:40.88 II $150,000
2002 Sky Jack 6 Laffit Pincay, Jr. Douglas F. O'Neill Rene & Margie Lambert 1-1/16 1:41.36 II $150,000
2001 Futural 5 Chris McCarron Craig Dollase Jess Miller & Jack Weitz 1-1/16 1:42.02 II $150,000
2000 Out Of Mind 5 Eddie Delahoussaye Richard E. Mandella Sierra Thoroughbreds 1-1/16 1:41.82 II $150,000
1999 Budroyale 6 Garrett Gomez Ted H. West Jeffrey Sengara 1-1/16 1:42.12 II $150,000
1998 Wild Wonder 4 Eddie Delahoussaye Greg Gilchrist VHW Stables 1-1/16 1:40.92 II $100,000
1997 Hesabull 4 Goncalino Almeida Mike Chambers Ron Judy 1-1/16 1:41.30 II $100,000
1996 Siphon 5 David Flores Richard E. Mandella Linneo Eduardo de Paula Machado 1-1/16 1:40.44 II $100,000
1995 Tossofthecoin 5 Corey Nakatani Ron McAnally Sidney Craig 1-1/16 1:40.70 II $100,000
1994 Del Mar Dennis 4 Sal Gonzalez, Jr. J. Paco Gonzalez Trudy McCaffery & John Toffan 1-1/16 1:40.48 II $155,000
1993 Marquetry 6 Kent Desormeaux Robert J. Frankel Morley Engelson & R. J. Frankel 1-1/8 1:49.10 II $155,000
1992 Another Review 4 Kent Desormeaux Chris Speckert Thomas Mellon Evans 1-1/16 1:41.38 II $150,000
1991 Louis Cyphre 5 José A. Santos Robert J. Frankel Edmund A. Gann 1-1/16 1:40.80 I $185,000
1990 Super May 4 Robbie Davis Richard E. Mandella Jack Kent Cooke 1-1/16 1:40.80 I $200,000
1989 Ruhlmann 4 Laffit Pincay, Jr. Charles E. Whittingham Jerry Moss 1-1/16 1:40.20 I $200,000
1988 Judge Angelucci 5 Eddie Delahoussaye Charles E. Whittingham Olin B. Gentry 1-1/16 1:40.80 I $200,000
1987 Zabaleta 4 Laffit Pincay, Jr. John Gosden Michael Riordan 1 mile 1:34.80 II $200,000
1986 Skywalker 4 Laffit Pincay, Jr. Michael C. Whittingham Oak Cliff Stable (Thomas P. Tatham & partners) 1 mile 1:34.80 II $200,000
1985 Precisionist 4 Chris McCarron L. Ross Fenstermaker Fred W. Hooper 1 mile 1:32.80 II $200,000
1984 Sari's Dreamer 5 Rafael Meza Melvin F. Stute Carl Grinstead & Ben Rochelle 1 mile 1:34.20 II $160,000
1983 Fighting Fit 4 Bill Shoemaker Robert J. Frankel Jerry Moss 1 mile 1:35.80 II $100,000
1982 Mehmet 4 Sandy Hawley Robert J. Frankel A. J. Chlad et al. 1 mile 1:34.60 II $100,000
1981 Eleven Stitches 4 Sandy Hawley Donn Luby Morey & Claudia Mirkin 1 mile 1:36.40 $160,000
1980 Spectacular Bid 4 Bill Shoemaker Bud Delp Hawksworth Farm (Harry & Teresa Meyerhoff) 1 mile 1:40.40 $200,000

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Precisionist Stakes". Equibase Company LLC. 2018-11-03. Retrieved 2018-10-04.