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.
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