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Buena Vista Handicap

Buena Vista Handicap
Grade II race
Location Santa Anita Park
Arcadia, California, United States
Inaugurated 1988
Race type Thoroughbred - Flat racing
Race information
Distance 1 mile (8 furlongs)
Surface Turf
Track Left-handed
Qualification Four-years-old & up
Weight Assigned
Purse $200,000

The Buena Vista Handicap is an annual race for Thoroughbred horses held early in the year at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, California. Open to fillies and mares, age four and up, willing to race one mile (8 furlongs) on the turf, it is a Grade II event.

Run in mid February, the Buena Vista currently offers a purse of $200,000.

The Buena Vista Handicap was run in two divisions in 1992.


Speed record:

  • 1:33.33 - Pontchatrain (2014)

Most wins:

  • No horse has won this race more than once.

Most wins by an owner:

Most wins by a jockey:

Most wins by a trainer:


2014 Pontchatrain 4 Gary L. Stevens Thomas F. Proctor Glen Hill Farm 1:33.33
2013 Mizdirection 5 Mike E. Smith Mike Puype Jungle Racing/Grohs/Beljak/KMN Racing 1:33.50
2012 City to City 5 Corey Nakatani Jerry Hollendorfer DeBurgh/Dedomenico/Hollendorfer 1:34.19
2011 Cozi Rosie 4 Mike E. Smith John W. Sadler Jerry & Ann Moss 1:35.94
2010 Tuscan Evening 5 Rafael Bejarano Jerry Hollendorfer William de Burgh 1:33.47
2009 Jibboom 5 Garrett Gomez Robert J. Frankel Juddmonte Farms 1:38.68
2008 Costume 4 Garrett Gomez Robert J. Frankel Juddmonte Farms 1:34.57
2007 Conveyor’s Angel 5 Saul Arias Christopher Paasch Charles Cono 1:35.77
2006 Silver Cup 4 Victor Espinoza Patrick Biancone Martin S. Schwartz 1:34.92
2005 Uraib 5 Jon Court Sanford Shulman Ron Charles et al. 1:33.72
2004 Fun House 5 Gary Stevens Ron McAnally Winchell Thoroughbreds 1:36.13
2003 Final Destination 5 Victor Espinoza Robert J. Frankel Edmund A. Gann 1:35.99
2002 Blue Moon 5 Brice Blanc Ronald W. Ellis B. Wayne Hughes 1:35.54
2001 Rare Charmer 6 Laffit Pincay, Jr. Craig Dollase Nick Cafarchia 1:36.67
2000 Lexa 6 Brice Blanc Ronald W. Ellis B. Wayne Hughes 1:36.17
1999 Tuzla 5 Corey Nakatani Julio C. Canani David S. Milch 1:35.79
1998 Dance Parade 4 Kent Desormeaux Neil D. Drysdale Prince Fahd Salman 1:36.83
1997 Media Nox 4 Corey Nakatani Robert J. Frankel Juddmonte Farms 1:33.48
1996 Matiara 4 Gary Stevens Richard Mandella Alec Head 1:35.74
1995 Lyin To The Moon 6 Kent Desormeaux Richard Mandella Allred & Hubbard 1:36.77
1994 Skimble 5 Corey Nakatani Robert J. Frankel Juddmonte Farms 1:34.85
1993 Marble Maiden 4 Kent Desormeaux Gary F. Jones Darley Racing 1:36.23
1992 Gold Fleece 4 Alex Solis John W. Sadler Alvarez & Ham 1:33.48
1992 Appealing Missy 5 Chris McCarron Ron McAnally M/M Jerome Brody 1:34.25
1991 Taffeta And Tulle 5 Chris McCarron Charlie Whittingham Sheikh Mohammed 1:34.20
1990 Saros Brig 6 Pat Valenzuela Dominick Manzi Green Thumb Farm 1:34.20
1989 Annoconnor 5 Corey Black Richard Mettee Fink & Gottlieb 1:36.40
1988 Davie's Lamb 4 Fernando Toro Julio C. Canani Deals On Stable 1:39.00


  • The 2008 Buena Vista Handicap at the NTRA
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