Sunset Handicap

Photo: the four-star Ace Admiral at Santa Anita, June 1949

Ace Admiral (1945 ch. c. by Heliopolis (GB) – War Flower by Man o’ War) at Santa Anita, 06/27/1949.
Photo: Los Angeles Public Library, Item 00115936, Valley Times Collection.

One month after this photo was taken, the Travers, Lawrence Realization, and Santa Anita Maturity-winning Ace Admiral would go on to set a new world record for 1 ⅝ miles (13f) in the Sunset Handicap at the Hollywood Park at Santa Anita meeting.

Under a 122 lb. impost, Ace Admiral’s time of 2:39 ⅘ took a full second off of the previous record of 2:40 ⅘, which was held co-jointly by his grandsire Man o’ War, set in the 1920 Lawrence Realization at Belmont Park under 126 lbs., and Historian, set in the 1946 Sunset Handicap at Hollywood Park under 121 lbs.

Ace Admiral’s record would be lowered by Swaps (2:38 ⅕ under 130 lbs.) in the Sunset Handicap at Hollywood Park in July 1956, a record which still stands today.

Los Angeles Times, 07/24/1949