Handy Mandy (1924)

Photo: Daily Racing Form, 06/27/1927

Handy Mandy – 1924 b. m, Brown Prince II (GB)-Mandy Hamilton (GB) by John o’Gaunt (GB)

Breeder: Hal Price Headley
Owner(s): originally Hal Price Headley, sold in the summer of 1927 to E.P. Waggoner (Three D’s Stock Farm Stable) for $50,000
Trainer(s): W. W. Taylor, then C. E. “Boots” Durnell

Record: (33) 4-8-2 / $57,635 – includes:
At 3 (1927): 1st Latonia Derby (NAR); 2nd American Derby, Ashland Oaks, Homewood Handicap (behind champion and future Hall of Famer Princess Doreen), Kentucky Oaks, Pimlico Cup Handicap (behind Preakness winner Display)
At 4 (1928): 1st Tijuana Cup; 3rd Latonia Cup

A filly in good company, Handy Mandy set the following records during her career:

  • 1927 (June 25): New American record for 12f in the Latonia Derby (2:28 3/5) at Latonia Race Track, breaking the record held by Man o’War (2:28 4/5) by 1/5 of a second. Carrying 109 lbs, she was a maiden entering this race. This record would be equaled by War Admiral in the 1937 Belmont Stakes, and would stand until bested by the brilliant, yet ill-fated Sorteado (ARG) in 2:28 2/5 in the 1939 Manhattan Handicap at Belmont Park.
  • 1927 (Oct. 26): New track record for 1 mile at Arlington Park – 1:37 2/5 (carrying 112 lbs).

Honors: The Handy Mandy Handicap was run at Latonia Race Course (not to be confused with Latonia Race Track, which closed in 1939) in the 1960s-early 1970s, and possibly at some point outside this time period.

Pedigree notes: Handy Mandy was a 1/2 sister to both Supremus (by Ultimus), the sire of noted mare Alcibiades, and to multiple stakes winner Hollyrood (by High Cloud), the sire of stakes winners Hemet Squaw, Pig Tails, et al.

Her descendants include Ardanza (Champion Older Mare in Peru) and her son Madrileno (Horse of the Year in Ecuador), and current sire Texas Wildcatter.

Fun semi-relevant fact: the Latonia Derby was previously known as the Hindoo Stakes.

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