Hawthorne Handicap

The Hawthorne Handicap is an American Thoroughbred horse race run annually in late April at Hollywood Park Racetrack in Inglewood, California. The race is open to fillies and mares, 3-Years-Old and Up, and was raced on dirt until 2006 when the new synthetic Cushion Track was installed. It is run over a distance of 11/ miles (8.5 furlongs) and currently offers a purse of $100,000.

Traditionally a Grade III race, the American Graded Stakes Committee removed its graded status in 2011.

Since inception in 1974, the Hawthorne Handicap has been raced at various distances:

  • 7 furlongs : 1974-1975
  • 8.5 furlongs : 1976-1984, 1991 to present
  • 8 furlongs : 1985-1990

In 2001, jockey Chris McCarron tied a California record for consecutive stakes race wins when he won the race for the fifth straight time.

Read more about Hawthorne Handicap:  Records, Winners of The Hawthorne Handicap, Earlier Winners

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