Saratoga Special Stakes
The Saratoga Special Stakes is an American grade II thoroughbred horse race run annually in mid-August at Saratoga Race Course in Saratoga Springs, New York. The race is for two-year-olds willing to race six and a half furlongs on the dirt.
|Grade II race|
Our Talisman, oil on canvas
Painting by Bob Demuyser (1920-2003)
|Location||Saratoga Race Course|
Saratoga Springs, New York, United States
|Race type||Thoroughbred - Flat racing|
|Distance||6 1⁄2 furlongs|
|Purse||$200,000 (since 2012)|
With its first run in 1901, the Saratoga Special was a winner-take-all race until 1959 when it became a standard stakes race. The race was held at Belmont Park on the Widener Course in 1943, 1944, and 1945. There was no race in 1911 and 1912 due to the New York State legislated ban on parimutuel betting that led to the closure of all New York racetracks. There was also no race held in 2004.
Since inception it has been contested at various distances:
- 5.5 furlongs : 1901-1906
- 6 furlongs : 1907-1993, 2005
- 6 1⁄2 furlongs : 1994-2003, 2006 to present
Only four horses have ever won all three Saratoga Racecourse events for two-year-olds. Regret (1914), Campfire (1916), Dehere (1993), and City Zip (2000) each swept the Saratoga Special, Sanford Stakes and Hopeful Stakes.
- at 6 1⁄2 furlongs - 1:15.57 Corfu (2013)
- at 6 furlongs - 1:09 - General Assembly (1978)
Most wins by a jockey:
- 7 - Eddie Arcaro (1935, 1947, 1950, 1954, 1955, 1958, 1959)
Most wins by a trainer:
- 6 - James G. Rowe Sr. (1904, 1914, 1915, 1920, 1922, 1929)
Most wins by an owner: