Royal Palm Handicap

The Royal Palm Handicap was a Thoroughbred race for horses age three and older raced between 1946 and 2001 at Hialeah Park Race Track in Hialeah, Florida. It was raced on dirt from inception in 1946 to 1976 after which it was run on the grass course with the exceptions of 1986 and 1997 when, for safety concerns due to the effects of inclement weather, the race was shifted to the main dirt track.

Royal Palm Handicap
Discontinued stakes race
LocationHialeah Park Race Track
Inaugurated1946
Race typeThoroughbred
Race information
Distance1 1/16 miles (8.5 furlongs
SurfaceTurf
TrackLeft-handed
QualificationThree-year-olds & up
PurseUS$100,000

Historical notesEdit

The inaugural running of the Royal Palm took place on January 23, 1946 and was won by the four-year-old gelding Concordian. Owned by Barney Murphy, trained by Robert Odom and ridden by Joe Renick, they would soon follow up with another win in Hialeah's McLennan Handicap.[1] [2]

Three Rings won this race in three consecutive years from 1949 through 1951. Retired with earnings of $297,077, Three Rings had been purchased for $7,500 by Evelyn L. Hopkins of Cleveland, Ohio from his breeder/owner John Phipps at a June 17, 1948 sale at Aqueduct Racetrack.[3]

There was no race in 1977 and on its return on January 21, 1978 the Royal Palm became a race on turf.

The 1988 Royal Palm Handicap was run on December 5, 1987.

In the March 26, 1995 edition, D J's Rainbow and Gone For Real raced to a dead heat win.[4]

The Royal Palm Handicap had its final running on opening day March 17, 2001 when Hialeah Park was celebrating its 75th anniversary. Hall of Fame jockey Jerry Bailey rode Del Mar Show to victory for Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott.[5]

RecordsEdit

Speed record:

  • 1:39.60 @ 1-1/16 miles: Social Retiree (1994)
  • 1:48.20 @ 1-1/8 miles: Hitting Away (1962)

Most wins:

Most wins by a jockey:

Most wins by a trainer:

Most wins by an owner:

  • 3 - Evelyn L. Hopkins (1949, 1950, 1951)
  • 3 - Ogden Phipps (1962, 1963, 1964)

WinnersEdit

Year
Winner
Age
Jockey
Trainer
Owner
Dist.
(Miles)
Time
Gr.
2001 Del Mar Show 4 Jerry Bailey William I. Mott Allen E. Paulson Living Trust 1-1/16 m (t) 1:39.80 L/R
2000 Wertz 4 Eibar Coa Joseph Calascibetta Sunshine Thoroughbred Corp. 1-1/16 m (t) 1:40.86 L/R
1999 Hurrahy 6 Eibar Coa Martin D. Wolfson Martin L. Cherry 1-1/16 m (t) 1:39.98 G3
1998 Born Mighty 4 Jose Rivera II William P. White Judson Van Worp 1-1/16 m (t) 1:43.04 G3
1997 Laughing Dan 4 Pedro Rodriguez Luis Olivares Cobble View Stable (Gardner F. Landon) 1-1/16 m (d) 1:42.36 G3
1996 Marcie's Ensign 4 Eibar Coa Luis Olivares Stanley Ersoff 1-1/16 m (t) 1:40.00 G3
1995 D J's Rainbow (DH)

Gone For Real

5
Wigberto Ramos

Joe Bravo

George R. Handy

Flint S. Schulhofer

G. Thompson & James Velsor

Morven Stud

1-1/16 m (t) 1:40.06 G3
1994 Social Retiree 7 Jose A. Santos Barclay Tagg Barclay Tagg 1-1/16 m (t) 1:39.60
1993 I'm a Lil Devil 6 Miguel A. Gonzalez Cindy A. Baulieu Lawrence Durocher Jr. 1-1/8 m (t) (±) 1:47.80
1992 Race not held
1991 Stage Colony 4 Ricardo Lopez Burke Kessinger Jr. Gary Drake & Bruce Barton 1 1/16 m (t) 1:43.40
1990 Race not held
1989 Equalize 7 Jose A. Santos Angel Penna Sr. Alejandro Menditeguy 1-1/16 m (t) 1:40.60 G3
1988 Salem Drive 5 Gene St. Leon Richard J. Lundy Virginia Kraft Payson 1-1/16 m (t) 1:42.20 G3
1987 Storm on the Loose 4 Jorge Velasquez Phil England Richard R. Kennedy 1-1/16 m (t) 1:41.80 G3
1986 Czar Nijinsky 4 Herb McCauley Clarence J. Hofher Jacqueline & Miquel Torrealba 1-1/16 m (d) 1:40.40 G3
1985 Dr. Schwartzman 4 Craig Perret Warren A. Croll Jr. Blanche P. Levy 1-1/16 m (t) 1:41.80 G3
1984-1 Out of Hock 5 Carlos E. Lopez Sr. Stanley M. Rieser Charles J. Cella 1-1/16 m (t) 1:41.00
1984-2 Erin's Tiger 6 Jerry Bailey Richard S. Nieminski Mrs. Dennis Wuesener 1-1/16 m (t) 1:42.00
1983-1 McCann 5 Jerry Bailey Stephen A. DiMauro Dogwood Stable 1-1/16 m (t) 1:41.00
1983-2 Discovered 5 Don MacBeth Carl J. Domino J. Louis Levesque Stables, Inc. 1-1/16 m (t) 1:40.80
1982 Roll of Power 5 Alfred Gibert Mitri Saliba Buckram Oak Farm (Mahmoud Fustok) 1-1/16 m (t) 1:41.80
1981 Spence Bay 6 Octavio Vergara Neal J. Winick Nelson Bunker Hunt & Summa Stable 1-1/16 m (t) 1:41.00
1980 French Colonial 5 Jacinto Vasquez David A. Whiteley Lazy F Ranch 1-1/16 m (t) 1:41.00
1990 Race not held
1978-1 Interdicto 5 Mickey Solomone Michael Aronow Michael Aronow 1-1/16 m (t) 1:42.80
1978-2 Dreaming of Moe 4 Jerry Bailey Neal J. Winick Maribel G. Blum 1-1/16 m (t) 1:42.80
1977 Race not held
1976 Knightly Sport 4 Heliodoro Gustines John M. Gaver Jr. Greentree Stable 7 f (d) 1:22.20 G3
1975 Sports Editor 4 Jorge Velasquez John A. Nerud June M. Benson 7 f (d) 1:22.20 G3
1974 Race not held
1973-1 Nose For Money 4 Don MacBeth W. R. (Bill) Smith Warren Bleidner 7 f (d) 1:22.80 G3
1973-2 Traffic Cop 4 Marco Castaneda James P. Conway Adele L. Rand 7 f (d) 1:22.60 G3
1972 Farewell Party 4 Robert Woodhouse J. Elliott Burch Rokeby Stables 7 f (d) 1:22.60
1971 Lion Sleeps 5 Bill Hartack John Zarthar Celestino Dilibero 7 f (d) 1:23.20
1970 Fast Hilarious 4 Jacinto Vasquez Joseph M. Bollero Dorothy Comiskey Rigney 7 f (d) 1:21.60
1969 Royal Exchange 4 Angel Cordero Jr. Henry Forrest Calumet Farm 7 f (d) 1:21.80
1968 Jim J 4 Angel Cordero Jr. Edward J. Yowell Harold H. Polk 7 f (d) 1:23.00
1967 Bold and Brave 4 Braulio Baeza Edward A. Neloy Wheatley Stable 7 f (d) 1:23.20
1966 Gallant Romeo 5 Kennard Knapp Willard L. Proctor J. Graham Brown 7 f (d) 1:23.40
1965 Sunstruck 5 William Boland H. Allen Jerkens Hobeau Farm 7 f (d) 1:23.20
1964 Royal Ascot 4 Wayne Chambers Alfred A. Robertson Ogden Phipps 7 f (d) 1:23.20
1963 Hitting Away 5 Johnny Sellers James E. Fitzsimmons Ogden Phipps 1-1/8 m (d) 1:47.60
1962 Hitting Away 4 Bobby Ussery James E. Fitzsimmons Ogden Phipps 1-1/8 m (d) 1:48.20
1961 Yorky 4 Johnny Sellers Jimmy Jones Calumet Farm 1-1/8 m (d) 1:49.60
1960 Stratmat 6 George Gibb Harry Silver Modan Stable (Moe Fiengold) 1-1/8 m (d) 1:49.20
1959 Petare 8 Gustavo Ávila Millard F. Ziadie Anselmo A. Dorato 1-1/8 m (d) 1:48.60
1958 Kingmaker 5 Robert Ussery Frank I. Wright Happy Hill Farm (Cortright & Ella Wetherill) 1-1/8 m (d) 1:52.20
1957 First Served 6 Sam Boulmetis John A. Nerud James J. Crowley 1-1/8 m (d) 1:50.00
1956 Sea O Erin 5 Bill Hartack Harry Trotsek Hasty House Farm 1-1/8 m (d) 1:50.40
1955 Sea O Erin 4 Kenneth Church Harry Trotsek Hasty House Farm 1-1/8 m (d) 1:53.00
1954 Count Cain 4 Robert Permane John W. Nizlek John W. Nizlek 1-1/8 m (d) 1:49.20
1953 Crafty Admiral 5 Kenneth Church Robert B. Odom Charfran Stable (Charles & Frances Cohen) 1-1/8 m (d) 1:53.80
1952 Greek Ship 5 Ronnie Nash Preston M. Burch Brookmeade Stable 1-1/8 m (d) 1:49.40
1951 Three Rings 6 Hedley Woodhouse William J. Knapp Evelyn L. Hopkins 1-1/8 m (d) 1:50.60
1950 Three Rings 5 Hedley Woodhouse William J. Knapp Evelyn L. Hopkins 1-1/8 m (d) 1:49.40
1949 Three Rings 4 Douglas Dodson William J. Knapp Evelyn L. Hopkins 1-1/8 m (d) 1:50.20
1948 Incline 5 Douglas Dodson Charles M. Feltner Joseph Tucci 1-1/8 m (d) 1:49.60
1947 Round View 4 Louis F. Hildebrandt Hollie Hughes Sanford Stud Farms 1-1/8 m (d) 1:50.20
1946 Concordian 4 Joe Renick Robert B. Odom Barney A. Murphy 1-1/8 m (d) 1:49.60

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Concordian Carries Off Royal Palm 'Cap". The Palm Beach Post, page 7. 1946-01-24. Retrieved 2020-11-26. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ "Graham's Corner". Ottawa Journal, page 17. 1946-02-26. Retrieved 2020-12-09. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ "Three Rings Takes $11,950 Royal Palm Third Year in Row". New York Times, Section Sports, page 135. 1951-01-21. Retrieved 2020-11-25. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ "Royal Palm H.-Glll". Thoroughbred Daily News archives, page 3. 1995-03-28. Retrieved 2020-12-16. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ "At Hialeah, everything flies right". The Palm Beach Post, page 48. 2001-03-18. Retrieved 2020-12-02. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)