Sunset Handicap

The Sunset Handicap was an American Thoroughbred horse race run annually during the third week of July at Hollywood Park Racetrack in inglewood, California. The Grade III event is open to horses, age three and up, willing to race one and one-half miles on turf. With the closure of Hollywood Park at the end of 2013 the Sunset Handicap ceased to exist.

Sunset Handicap
Grade III race
LocationHollywood Park Racetrack
Inglewood, California, United States
Inaugurated1938
Race typeThoroughbred - Flat racing
Websitewww.hollywoodpark.com
Race information
Distance1 12 miles (12 furlongs)
SurfaceTurf
TrackLeft-handed
QualificationThree-year-olds & up
WeightAssigned
Purse$150,000

Inaugurated in 1938 as the Aloha Handicap, in 1940 it was renamed the Sunset Handicap. It was raced on dirt until 1967. Since inception it has been contested at various distances:

  • 9 furlongs : 1938, 1950
  • 12 furlongs : 1939, 1940, 1967–1968, 1973–present
  • 13 furlongs : 1941, 1946–1949, 1951–1966
  • 16 furlongs : 1969-1972

In 1975, the Sunset Handicap was run in two divisions.

On December 2, 2009, this Grade II stakes race was downgraded to a Grade III by the American Graded Stakes Committee.

Historical notesEdit

RecordsEdit

Speed record: (at current distance of ​1 12 miles)

  • 2:23.55 - Talloires (1996)

Most wins:

  • 2 - Whodunit (1959, 1961)

Most wins by a jockey:

  • 13 - Bill Shoemaker (1956, 1958, 1962, 1964, 1967, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1977, 1978, 1980, 1981, 1987)

Most wins by a trainer:

WinnersEdit

Year
Winner
Age
Jockey
Trainer
Owner
Time
2013 Marketing Mix (mare) 5 Gary Stevens Tom Proctor Glen Hill Farm 2:26.78
2012 Dhaamer (IRE) 5 Julien Leparoux Mike Mitchell Edward Brown Jr. / Jay Manoogian 2:29.13
2011 Imponente 5 Chantal Sutherland A.C. Avila Jessica Coudelaria 2:26.65
2010 Marlang 5 Joel Rosario Neil D. Drysdale Gustav Schickedanz 2:25.45
2009 Black Astor 5 Joseph Talamo Lisa L. Lewis A Breed Apart, LLC & Stephen R. Humphrey 2:27.10
2008 Warning Zone 4 Mike Smith John W. Sadler Rising Sun Racing Stable 2:26.95
2007 Runaway Dancer 8 Alex Solis Dan L. Hendricks R L Stables (Michael & Katie Kennedy) 2:27.68
2006 T.H. Approval 5 Alex Solis Eduardo Inda Tadahiro Hotehama 2:26.65
2005 Always First 4 Victor Espinoza Neil D. Drysdale Sheikh Mohammed 2:27.00
2004 Star Over The Bay 4 Tyler Baze Mike Mitchell G Racing et al. 2:26.47
2003 Puerto Banus 4 Victor Espinoza Kristin Mulhall Steve Taub et al. 2:26.95
2002 Grammarian 4 Brice Blanc Kellyn Gorder Lindsey Williams 2:26.59
2001 Blueprint 6 Gary Stevens Robert B. Hess Jr. Fog City Stable (David Shimmon & William Bianco) 2:26:16
2000 Bienamado 4 Chris McCarron J. Paco Gonzalez J. Toffan/T. McCaffery 2:25.06
1999 Plicck 4 David Flores Ron McAnally Al & Sandee Kirkwood 2:26.97
1998 River Bay 5 Alex Solis Robert Frankel Henri Chalhoub 2:27.40
1997 Marlin 4 David Flores D. Wayne Lukas Michael Tabor 2:25.39
1996 Talloires 6 Kent Desormeaux Edwin J. Gregson Randall D. Hubbard, et al. 2:23.55
1995 Sandpit 6 Corey Nakatani Richard E. Mandella Sierra Thoroughbreds 2:25.50
1994 Grand Flotilla 7 Gary Stevens Jenine Sahadi Mike Sloan 2:26.35
1993 Bien Bien 4 Chris McCarron J. Paco Gonzalez J. Toffan & T. McCaffery 2:25.69
1992 Qathif 5 Alex Solis Charles Whittingham Ann & Jerry Moss 2:26.72
1991 Black Monday 5 Corey Nakatani Gary F. Jones Abrams, Hicker & Lima 2:26.00
1990 Petite Ile 4 Corey Black Edwin J. Gregson Jean-Francois Malle 2:25.60
1989 Pranke 5 Pat Valenzuela Edwin J. Gregson Hector Sanchez 2:28.00
1988 Roi Normand 5 Fernando Toro Robert Frankel Edmund A. Gann 2:24.60
1987 Swink 4 Bill Shoemaker Charles Whittingham Nelson Bunker Hunt 2:25.00
1986 Zoffany 6 Eddie Delahoussaye John Gosden A. Speelman / J. & A. Bodie 2:25.20
1985 Kings Island 4 Fernando Toro Jerry M. Fanning Dan Agnew & Charles Baumbach 2:25.80
1984 John Henry 9 Chris McCarron Ron McAnally Dotsam Stable 2:24.80
1983 Craelius 4 Chris McCarron Charles Whittingham Howard B. Keck 2:26.40
1982 Erins Isle 4 Angel Cordero Jr. Charles Whittingham Brian Sweeney, et al. 2:25.60
1981 Galaxy Libra 5 Bill Shoemaker Charles Whittingham Louis R. Rowan 2:25.80
1980 Inkerman 5 Bill Shoemaker Charles Whittingham Edward Hudson Sr. 2:24.40
1979 Sirlad 5 Darrel McHargue Charles Whittingham Abram S. Hewitt 2:24.00
1978 Exceller 5 Bill Shoemaker Charles Whittingham Nelson Bunker Hunt 2:27.00
1977 Today 'n Tomorrow 4 Bill Shoemaker Roger Clapp Connie M. Ring 2:27.60
1976 Caucasus 4 Fernando Toro Charles Whittingham Fred Sahadi 2:26.40
1975 Barclay Joy 5 Bill Shoemaker A. Thomas Doyle John McShain 2:26.80
1975 Cruiser II 6 Frank Olivares Ron McAnally Contreras, Mamakos & Stubrin 2:27.00
1974 Greco II 5 Bill Shoemaker Charles Whittingham E. E. Fogelson 2:27.00
1973 Cougar II 7 Bill Shoemaker Charles Whittingham Mary F. Jones 2:26.00
1972 Typecast (mare) 6 Johnny Sellers A. Thomas Doyle Westerly Stud 3:20.60
1971 Over The Counter 7 Jerry Lambert Robert Frankel H. T. Sheridan 3:19.20
1970 One For All 4 Laffit Pincay Jr. Horatio Luro John A. Bell III 3:21.80
1969 Petrone 5 Johnny Sellers Robert L. Wheeler Flag Is Up Farms & E. Constantine 3:18.00
1968 Fort Marcy 4 Laffit Pincay Jr. J. Elliott Burch Rokeby Stable 2:26.60
1967 Hill Clown 4 Bill Shoemaker William B. Finnegan El Peco Ranch 2:27.80
1966 O'Hara 4 Donald Pierce William J. Hirsch Greentree Stable 2:40.40
1965 Terry's Secret 3 Alex Maese Carl A. Roles Poltex Stable (William R. Hawn et al.) 2:41.80
1964 Colorado King 5 Bill Shoemaker Wally Dunn Poltex Stable (William R. Hawn et al.) 2:40.80
1963 Arbitrage 5 Pete Moreno Reggie Cornell Linda Cornell 2:41.20
1962 Prove It 5 Bill Shoemaker Mesh Tenney Rex C. Ellsworth 2:39.60
1961 Whodunit 6 Manuel Ycaza William C. Winfrey Mrs. Jan Burke 2:39.00
1960 Dotted Swiss 4 Edward Burns Robert L. Wheeler C. V. Whitney 2:40.20
1959 Whodunit 4 Raymond York William C. Winfrey Mrs. Jan Burke 2:40.80
1958 Gallant Man 4 Bill Shoemaker John A. Nerud Ralph Lowe 2:41.00
1957 Find 7 Ralph Neves William C. Winfrey Alfred G. Vanderbilt II 2:40.00
1956 Swaps 4 Bill Shoemaker Mesh Tenney Rex C. Ellsworth 2:38.20
1955 Social Outcast 5 Eric Guerin William C. Winfrey Alfred G. Vanderbilt II 2:40.60
1954 Fleet Bird 5 Ralph Neves Horace A. Jones Calumet Farm 2:40.80
1953 Lights Up 6 Jack Westrope Hack Ross Clifford H. Jones & Sons 2:41.20
1952 Great Circle 5 Reg Heather Warren Stute John T. de Blois Wack 2:41.80
1951 Alderman 4 Jack Westrope Willie Dennis Breel Stable (George C. Newell) 2:42.00
1950 Hill Prince 3 Eddie Arcaro Casey Hayes Christopher Chenery 1:48.60
1949 Ace Admiral 4 Johnny Longden William Molter Maine Chance Farm 2:39.80
1948 Drumbeat 3 Thearl Williams Jack T. Engle Andrea Leeds Howard 2:41.00
1947 Cover Up 4 Robert Permane Ross Brinson Zack T. Addington 2:41.20
1946 Historian 5 Ovie Scurlock Edward Anspach Herbert Woolf 2:40.80
1945 NO RACE
1944
1943
1942
1941 King Torch 4 Johnny Deering Graceton Philpot Louis B. Mayer 2:44.40
1940 Kayak II 5 John H. Adams Tom Smith Charles S. Howard 2:30.20
1939 Sorteado 4 Ralph Neves Tom Smith Charles S. Howard 2:29.00
1938 Ligaroti 7 Noel Richardson Lindsay C. Howard Binglin Stable 1:50.40

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