Mervyn Leroy Handicap


Mervyn Leroy Handicap
Grade II race
Mervyn LeRoy Handicap
Location Hollywood Park Racetrack
Inglewood, California, United States
Inaugurated 1980
Race type Thoroughbred - Flat racing
Website www.hollywoodpark.com
Race information
Distance 11/16 miles (8.5 furlongs)
Track Dirt, left-handed
Qualification Three-years-old & up
Weight Assigned
Purse $150,000

The Mervyn LeRoy Handicap is an American Thoroughbred horse race run annually during the second week of May at Hollywood Park Racetrack in Inglewood, California. A Grade II event open to horses, age three and up, it is contested over a distance of one and one-sixteenth miles on Cushion Track synthetic dirt, the race

Named for the American film director, Mervyn LeRoy who was a racing enthusiast and one of the track's founders, the Mervyn LeRoy Handicap carries a purse of $150,000 and is a prep to the Hollywood Gold Cup.

Elevated to a Grade I event in 1988, it was downgraded to its present Grade II status in 1991.

Contents

Records

Speed record:

  • 1-1/16 mile - 1:40.20 - Ruhlmann (1989)
  • 1 mile - 1:32.80 - Precisionist (1985)

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)

Winners

Year
Winner
Age
Jockey
Trainer
Owner
Distance
(Miles)
Time
Grade
Purse
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 1-1/16 1:42.37 II $150,000
2009 Ball Four 8 Joe Talamo Patrick Biancone Flying Zee Stable 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 Vladimir Cerin 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 Jose 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 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 1 mile 1:40.40 $200,000

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