Amsterdam Stakes

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Amsterdam Stakes
Grade II race
Location Saratoga Race Course
Saratoga Springs, New York, United States
Inaugurated 1993
Race type Thoroughbred - Flat racing
Race information
Distance 6 12 furlongs
Surface Dirt
Track left-handed
Qualification Three-year-olds
Weight Assigned
Purse $200,000

The Amsterdam Stakes is an American Thoroughbred horse race run annually at the end of July at Saratoga Race Course in Saratoga Springs, New York. Open to three-year-old horses, it is a sprint race competed over a distance of 6 12 furlongs. A Grade II event, it currently offers a purse of $200,000.

Inaugurated in 1993 as the Screen King Stakes and run at seven furlongs, it was raced at a distance of six furlongs between 1994 and 2005.

In 1998 the race was renamed for Amsterdam, New York, a neighbor town of Saratoga Springs in Upstate New York.

The race was run in two divisions in 1994.


Time record: (at current distance of 6 12 furlongs)

  • 1:13.74 - Quality Road (2009) (Breaking Saratoga’s 30-year track record, as well as the 37-year-old six-furlong record.)
  • 1:09.13 - Distorted Humor (1996) (at previous distance of 6 furlongs)

Most wins by an owner:

  • No owner has won this race more than once.

Most wins by a jockey:

  • 4 - Pat Day (1995, 1996, 2000, 2002)

Most wins by a trainer:

Winners of the Amsterdam Stakes[edit]

2016 Mind Your Biscuits Joel Rosario Robert N. Falcone, Jr. J Stables/Summers 1:15.25
2015 Holy Boss Ricardo Santana, Jr. Steven M. Asmussen Jerry Durant 1:15.38
2014 Coup de Grace Rosie Napravnik J. Larry Jones Fox Hill Farms 1:15.32
2013 Forty Tales Joel Rosario Todd A. Pletcher Perretti Racing Stable 1:15.64
2012 Currency Swap Rajiv Maragh Teresa M. Pompay Klaravich Stables/Lawrence 1:15.33
2011 Caleb's Posse Rajiv Maragh Donnie K. Von Hemel McNeill Stables/Cheyenne Stables 1:15.88
2010 Discreetly Mine John Velazquez Todd Pletcher E. Paul Robsham Stables 1:14.12
2009 Quality Road John Velazquez Todd Pletcher Edward P. Evans 1:13.74
2008 Kodiak Kowboy Gabriel Saez Larry Jones Vinery Stables/Fox Hill Farm 1:15.56
2007 Most Distinguished Rafael Bejarano Nick Zito Live Oak Plantation 1:15.97
2006 Court Folly Calvin Borel Ian R. Wilkes Robert Manfuso 1:16.14
2005 Santana Strings Eibar Coa Steven M. Asmussen Millennium Farms 1:10.18
2004 Bwana Charlie Shane Sellers Steven M. Asmussen Heiligbrodt Racing Stable 1:09.40
2003 Zavata Jerry D. Bailey Patrick L. Biancone Michael B. Tabor 1:08.64
2002 Listen Here Pat Day William I. Mott Nardelli & Lakin 1:09.58
2001 City Zip Jorge Chavez Linda L. Rice Charles Thompson 1:11.03
2000 Personal First Pat Day David E. Paulus D. Waldron, et al. 1:09.33
1999 Successful Appeal Edgar Prado John C. Kimmel Starview Stable 1:10.20
1998 Mint Eibar Coa Mohammed Moubarak Buckram Oak Farm 1:10.28
1998 Secret Firm Edgar Prado H. Graham Motion Mea Culpa Stables 1:10.28
1997 Oro de Mexico Chris Antley Philip M. Serpe Dee Flynn & Moran 1:10.58
1996 Distorted Humor Pat Day W. Elliott Walden Reineman/Prestonwood 1:09.13
1995 Kings Fiction Pat Day H. Allen Jerkens Hardwicke Stables 1:09.75
1994 Chimes Band Jerry D. Bailey D. Wayne Lukas Fares Farm 1:09.90
1994 Mr. Shawklit Herb McCauley Frank LaBoccetta Edward Anchel 1:10.80
1993 Evil Bear Jose A. Santos Robert E. Reid, Jr. Joseph Sabini 1:22.09
*In 1998 there was a Dead Heat between Mint and Secret Firm.