Agua Caliente Handicap (Coffroth Handicap)

Initially run as the Coffroth Handicap at Tijuana Race Course in 1917 and from 1921-1929, the Coffroth H. was renamed the Agua Caliente Handicap with the closure of Tijuana and the opening of Agua Caliente Racetrack in 1930. The Agua Caliente H. was run at Agua Caliente from 1930-1934 and in 1938, before being run once more in 1958 as the Caliente Handicap.

The distance of the race would change over the years, being run at 1 ¼ miles in 1917 and 1921-1934; at 1 ⅛ miles in 1938; and at 1 1⁄₁₆ miles in 1958. Many modern sources report the 1929 edition of the race as having been run at 1 3/16 miles; however, reputable sources from the time period all list this race as having been run at 1 ¼ miles in 1929.


Inaugural running as the Coffroth Handicap at Tijuana in 1917.

1917: Won by Sasin (1913 b. g. by The Picket – Queen by Goldcrest (GB))
Distance: 1 ¼ miles
Time: 2:22
Track: Heavy
Margin: By 4 lengths over Lahore

CHART - Coffroth H. 1917 (DRF 1917.02.23)

Daily Racing Form, 02/23/1917


1918-1920: No race


1921: Won by Be Frank (1916 b. g. by Sir John Johnson – Frankness by Miller)
Distance: 1 ¼ miles
Time: 2:05 ⅗
Track: Fast
Margin: By 2 lengths over Rifle

CHART - Coffroth H. 1921 (DRF 1921.04.12)

Daily Racing Form, 04/12/1921


1922: Won by Mulciber (1918 blk. g. by Vulcain – Tapiola by The Commoner)
Distance: 1 ¼ miles
Time: 2:06 ⅖
Track: Fast
Margin: By 3 ½ lenghts over Rifle

Coffroth H. 1922 (DRF 1922.03.21)

Daily Racing Form, 03/21/1922


1923: Won by Rebuke (1919 blk. c. by Dick Finnell – The Scold by Meddler)
Distance: 1 ¼ miles
Time: 2:06 ⅕
Track: Fast
Margin: By a neck over Adonis

Coffroth H. 1923 (DRF 1923.03.27)

Daily Racing Form, 03/27/1923


1924: Won by Runstar (1919 ch. c. by Runnymede – Salvatrix by Salvation)
Distance: 1 ¼ miles
Time: 2:05 ⅖ (NTR)
Track: Fast
Margin: By a nose over Osprey

Coffroth H. 1924 (DRF 1924.03.31)

Daily Racing Form, 03/31/1924


1925: Won by Atherstone (1920 ch. c. by Marathon – Silica by Rockton)
Distance: 1 ¼ miles
Time: 2:07 ⅖
Track: Sloppy/muddy
Margin: By a head over General Thatcher

Coffroth H. 1925 (NYT 1925.03.30)

The New York Times, 03/30/1925

Atherstone - Coffroth H. 1925 (DRF 1925.04.23)

Daily Racing Form, 04/23/1925

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


1926: Won by Carlaris (GB) (1923 b. c. by Phalaris (GB) – Carnival (GB) by Martagon (GB))
Distance: 1 ¼ miles
Time: 2:02 ⅗ (NTR)
Track: Fast
Margin: By 8 lengths over Roycrofter

Coffroth H. 1926 (WP 1926.03.29)

The Washington Post, 03/29/1926

Carlaris - Coffroth H. 1926 (LAT 1926.03.29)

Los Angeles Times, 03/29/1926


1927: Won by Sir Harry (1924 ch. c. by Wildair – Ballotade by Ballot)
Distance: 1 ¼ miles
Time: 2:03 ⅖
Track: Fast
Margin: By a half-length over Dangerous

CHART - Coffroth H. 1927 (NYT 1927.03.14)

The New York Times, 03/14/1927


1928: Won by Crystal Pennant (1924 ch. c. by Pennant – Crystal Isles by Great Britain)
Distance: 1 ¼ miles
Time: 2:05
Track: Fast
Margin: By a length over Sun God II

Coffroth H. 1928 (NYT 1928.03.19)

The New York Times, 03/19/1928


1929: Won by Golden Prince (1924 ch. g. by Golden Guinea (GB) – Round the World by Lackford (GB))
Distance: 1 ¼ miles
Time: 2:02 ⅗ (ETR)
Track: Fast
Margin: By a neck over Naishapur

Coffroth H. 1929 (NYT 1929.03.18)

The New York Times, 03/18/1929


The Coffroth Handicap was moved to Agua Caliente and renamed the Agua Caliente Handicap beginning with the 1930 edition.

1930: Won by Victorian (1925 b. c. by Whisk Broom – Prudery by Peter Pan)
Distance: 1 ¼ miles
Time: 2:03 ⅕ (NTR)
Track: Fast
Margin: By 3 lengths over Alexander Pantages

Agua Caliente H. 1930 (NYT 1930.03.24)

The New York Times, 03/24/1930

Victorian - Agua Caliente H. 1930 (NYT 1930.03.24)

The New York Times, 03/24/1930

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


1931: Won by Mike Hall (1924 b. g. by Hourless (GB) – Clonakilty (GB) by Catmint (GB))
Distance: 1 ¼ miles
Time: 2:03 (NTR)
Track: Fast
Margin: By a neck over The Choctaw

Agua Caliente H. 1931 (NYT 1931.03.23)

The New York Times, 03/23/1931

Mike Hall - Agua Caliente H. (NYT 1931.03.23)

The New York Times, 03/23/1931


1932: Won by Phar Lap (NZ) (1926 ch. g. by Night Raid (GB) – Entreaty (NZ) by Winkie (GB))
Distance: 1 ¼ miles
Time: 2:02 ⅘ (NTR)
Track: Fast
Margin: By 2 lengths over Reveille Boy

CHART - Agua Caliente H. 1932 (NYT 1932.03.21)

The New York Times, 03/21/1932


1933: Won by Gallant Sir (1929 b. c. by Sir Gallahad (FR) – Sun Spot by Omar Khayyam (GB))
Distance: 1 ¼ miles
Time: 2:02 ⅗ (NTR)
Track: Fast
Margin: By a length over Waylayer

CHART - Agua Caliente H. 1933 (NYT 1933.04.03)

The New York Times, 04/03/1933


1934: Won by Gallant Sir (1929 b. h. by Sir Gallahad (FR) – Sun Spot by Omar Khayyam (GB))
Distance: 1 ¼ miles
Time: 2:02 ⅘
Track: Fast
Margin: By a head over Riskulus

Agua Caliente H. 1934 (NYT 1934.03.19)

The New York Times, 03/19/1934

Gallant Sir - Agua Caliente H. 1934 (NYT 1934.03.19)

The New York Times, 03/19/1934

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


1935-1937: No race


1938: Won by Seabiscuit (1933 b. c. by Hard Tack – Swing On by Whisk Broom)
Distance: 1 ⅛ miles
Time: 1:50 ⅖
Track: Fast
Margin: By 2 lengths over Gray Jack.

Agua Caliente H. 1938 (LAT 1938.03.28)

Los Angeles Times, 03/28/1938

Seabiscuit crosses the finish line to win the $12,500 Agua Caliente Handicap at Agua Caliente, Mexico on March 27, 1938. The time for the mile and furlong was 1:50.2. Grey Jack is second and Little Nymph is third. (AP Photo)

Seabiscuit crosses the finish line to win the $12,500 Agua Caliente Handicap at Agua Caliente, Mexico on March 27, 1938. The time for the mile and furlong was 1:50.2. Grey Jack is second and Little Nymph is third. (AP Photo)

Seabiscuit - Agua Caliente H. 1938 (LAT 1938.03.28)

Los Angeles Times, 03/28/1938

American thoroughbred Seabiscuit, with jockey "Spec" Richardson up, is shown in the victory circle after winning the $12,500  Agua Caliente Handicap at Agua Caliente, Mexico, March 27, 1938.  Standing, left to right, are, trainer Tom Smith, next to Seabiscuit; Seabiscuit; owner Charles S. Howard; screen actress Arline Judge; and singer-actor Bing Crosby.  (AP Photo)

American thoroughbred Seabiscuit, with jockey “Spec” Richardson up, is shown in the victory circle after winning the $12,500 Agua Caliente Handicap at Agua Caliente, Mexico, March 27, 1938. Standing, left to right, are, trainer Tom Smith, next to Seabiscuit; Seabiscuit owner Charles S. Howard; screen actress Arline Judge; and singer-actor Bing Crosby. (AP Photo)


1939-1957: No race


After a two decade absence, the Agua Caliente Handicap was reinstated as the Caliente Handicap for one running in 1958.

1958: Won by Round Table (1954 b. c. by Princequillo (IRE) – Knights Daughter by Sir Cosmo (IRE)
Distance: 1 1⁄₁₆ miles
Time: 1:41 ⅕ (NTR)
Track: Good, but dull underfoot
Margin: By 9 ¼ lengths over War Marshal

Caliente H. 1958 (LAT 1958.05.12)

Los Angeles Times, 05/12/1958

Round Table - Agua Caliente H. 1958 (LAT 1958.05.12)

Los Angeles Times, 05/12/1958

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