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
Logo for the Santa Anita Park, where the Santa Anita Hanidcap is held

Video of the 2015 Santa Anita Handicap

Check out the footage from the most recent Santa Anita Handicap, where the 1/5 favorite Shared Belief, with Mike Smith on board, cruised to victory.

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.

YearWinnerAgeJockeyTrainerOwner
2015Shared Belief4Mike SmithJerry HollendorferJungle Racing
2014Game On Dude7Mike E. SmithBob BaffertLanini Family Trust et al
2013Game On Dude6Mike E. SmithBob BaffertLanini Family Trust et al
2012Ron the Greek5Jose LezcanoWilliam I. MottBrous Stable/Wachtel Stable/Hammer
2011Game On Dude4Chantal SutherlandBob BaffertLanini Family Trust et al
2010Misremembered4Martin GarciaBob BaffertLanini Family Trust et al
2009Einstein7Julien LeparouxHelen Pitts-BlasiMidnight Cry Stable
2008Heatseeker5Rafael BejaranoJerry HollendorferWilliam de Burgh
2007Lava Man6Corey NakataniDoug O'NeillSTD Racing/Jason Wood
2006Lava Man5Corey NakataniDoug O'NeillSTD Racing/Jason Wood
2005Rock Hard Ten4Gary StevensRichard MandellaMercedes Stables/M. Paulson
2004Southern Image4Victor EspinozaMichael MachowskyBlahut Stables
2003Milwaukee Brew6Edgar PradoRobert J. FrankelStronach Stables
2002Milwaukee Brew5Kent DesormeauxRobert J. FrankelStronach Stables
2001Tiznow4Chris McCarronJay M. RobbinsM. Cooper/C. Straub-Rubens
2000General Challenge4Corey NakataniBob BaffertGolden Eagle Farm
1999Free House5Chris McCarronJ. Paco Gonzalez
1998Malek5Alex SolisRichard MandellaStud Panter
1997Siphon6David FloresRichard MandellaRio Claro Thoroughbreds
1996Mr. Purple4Ed DelahoussayeRon McAnallyAlex G. Campbell, Jr.
1995Urgent Request5Gary StevensRodney RashStewart Aitken
19944Chris AntleyGary F. JonesAllen E. Paulson
1993Sir Beaufort6Pat ValenzuelaCharlie WhittinghamVictoria Calantoni
1992Best Pal4Kent DesormeauxGary F. JonesGolden Eagle Farm
1991Farma Way4Gary StevensD. Wayne LukasQuarter B Farm
1990Ruhlmann5Gary StevensCharlie WittinghamAnn & Jerry Moss
1989Martial Law4Martin PedrozaJulio C. CananiHughes, Messina Et Al
1988Alysheba4Chris McCarronJack Van BergDorothy & Pamela Scharbauer
1987Broad Brush4Angel Cordero, Jr.Richard W. SmallRobert E. Meyerhoff
1986Greinton5Laffit Pincay, Jr.Charlie WhittinghamBradley/Whittingham/H. Wynne
19855Bill ShoemakerCharlie WhittinghamPeter Perkins
1984Interco4Pat ValenzuelaTed WestDavid I. Sofro
1983Bates Motel4Terry LiphamJohn H. M. GosdenJ. Getty Phillips/M. Riordan
19827Bill ShoemakerRon McAnallyDotsam Stable
1981John Henry6Laffit Pincay, Jr.Ron McAnallyDotsam Stable
1980Spectacular Bid4Bill ShoemakerBud DelpHawksworth Farm