The Santa Anita Handicap: Key Information

  • Location: Santa Anita Park
  • Inaugural Race: 1935
  • Distance: 1.25 miles (10 furlongs)
  • Track Type: Left-Handed Dirt
  • Age Qualifications: Four-year-olds and up
  • 2016 Purse: $1 million
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Video of the 2014 Santa Anita Handicap

Here is the 2014 running of the Santa Anita Handicap, where Game on Dude and jockey Mike Smith captured their second title in a row!




A Brief History of the Santa Anita Handicap

The Santa Anita Handicap race has been held annually in Arcadia, California at Santa Anita park since 1935. Largely considered to be the biggest race for older horses (four years and older) in the United States during the winter racing season, the 1.25 mile Grade I race has a 2015 purse of one million dollars.

Originally the Santa Anita Handicap was for three-year-old horses and up, up until 1969 when the age limit was pushed back to four years old. With a minimum purse of $100,000 offered in the inaugural race in 1935, the race burst onto the scene as that was very significant sum of money for that era. Known as the "Hundred Grander" or "The Big Cap", the early years of the race are best known for the performances by the legendary thoroughbred Seabiscuit. In his 1st two entries in "The Big Cap" in 1937 and 1938, Seabiscuit lost in photo finishes. After suffering a career-threatening injury in 1939, Seabiscuit had a triumphant return to the Santa Anita Handicap in 1940, taking first place in what was ultimately his final race and cementing his place in horse racing history.




Santa Anita Handicap - Race Records

Scroll over any box below to view the historical records for the Santa Anita Handicap:

Speed record

1.58.17
Game on Dude - 2014

Most Wins

3
Game on Dude

Most Wins by a Jockey

11
Bill Shoemaker (1954, 1955, 1958, 1961, 1966, 1967, 1971, 1975, 1980, 1982, 1985)

Most Wins by a Trainer

8
Charlie Whittingham (1957, 1967, 1971, 1973, 1975, 1985, 1986, 1993)

Most Wins by an Owner

3
Charles S. Howard (1939, 1940, 1950)





Historical Results for the Santa Anita Handicap

In the Santa Anita Handicap’s storied history, there have been dozens of world famous horses and jockeys that have been crowned the winner. In the table below, view a record of the winning trainers, thoroughbreds, jockeys, and times for every Santa Anita Handicap race.

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2015
Shared Belief
4
Mike Smith
Jerry Hollendorfer
Jungle Racing
2014
Game On Dude
7
Mike E. Smith
Bob Baffert
Lanini Family Trust et al
2013
Game On Dude
6
Mike E. Smith
Bob Baffert
Lanini Family Trust et al
2012
Ron the Greek
5
Jose Lezcano
William I. Mott
Brous Stable/Wachtel Stable/Hammer
2011
Game On Dude
4
Chantal Sutherland
Bob Baffert
Lanini Family Trust et al
2010
Misremembered
4
Martin Garcia
Bob Baffert
Lanini Family Trust et al
2009
Einstein
7
Julien Leparoux
Helen Pitts-Blasi
Midnight Cry Stable
2008
Heatseeker
5
Rafael Bejarano
Jerry Hollendorfer
William de Burgh
2007
Lava Man
6
Corey Nakatani
Doug O'Neill
STD Racing/Jason Wood
2006
Lava Man
5
Corey Nakatani
Doug O'Neill
STD Racing/Jason Wood