Created in 1970, the Prix du Calvados currently offers 2 year-old fillies an early chance to take each other on in a Group race, having acquired this status in 1977. Contested over 6 ½ furlongs from 1970 to 1976, its distance was increased to 7 furlongs from 1977. In 2013, the Prix du Calvados will be run for the 44th time.
A brief history
The Prix du Calvados winners’ list includes the names of several fillies who have gone on to great things, such as Theia (1975, Prix Marcel Boussac), Exclusive Order (1981, Prix Maurice de Gheest), Maximova (1982, Prix de la Salamandre), Almeira (1983, Prix Marcel Boussac), Helen Street (1984, Irish Oaks), Whalkilyric (1986, dam of Hernando, Prix du Jockey Club), Oczy Czarnie (1988, Prix de la Salamandre), Verveine (1991, Prix de l'Opéra), and Six Perfections (2002, Prix Marcel Boussac, Prix Jacques Le Marois), Elusive Wave (2008, Poule d'Essai), Elusive Kate (2011, Prix Rothschild).
Sir Michael Sobell holds the record with 3 wins: Waterway (1978), Helen Street (1984) and Arousal (1989).
Next with 2 victories comes Sheik Mohammed Al Maktoum: Cox Orange (1992) and Kareymah (1998).
No other owners have won this race more than once. However, the Niarchos name figures twice in the list, courtesy of the successes of Stavros Niarchos with Whalkilyric (1986) and the Niarchos family with Six Perfections (2002).
François Boutin holds the record with four wins: Joberane (1973), Bernica (1980), Whalkilyric (1986) and Savannah's Honor (1987).
2 Jacques-Charles Cunnington: Virgin (1976) and Almeira (1983).
2 Mme Christiane Head-Maarek: Maximova (1982) and Blushing Gleam (1995).
2 William-Richard Hern: Helen Street (1984) and Arousal (1989).
2 André Fabre: Cox Orange (1992) and Proviso (2007).
2 P.W. Chapple Hyam: Woodland Melody (1997) and Cours de la Reine (2004).
2 Mick R. Channon: Ascension (2000) and Ya Hajar (2001).
The record of three victories is held jointly by Yves Saint-Martin: Theia (1975), Lady Jane Grey (1977), Rayonnante (1985); and Freddy Head: Maximova (1982), Savannah's Honor (1987), Fairy Path (1994).
2 Philippe Paquet: Joberane (1973) and Bernica (1980).
2 Dominique Vincent: Exclusive Order (1981) and Almeira (1983).
2 Willy Carson: Helen Street (1984) and Arousal (1989).
2 Olivier Peslier: Woodland Melody (1997) and Elusive Kate (2011).
2 Thierry Gillet: Lady Vettori (1999) and Green Swallow (2003).
2 Christophe-Patrice Lemaire: Charlotte O’Fraise (2006) and Elusive Wave (2008).