Ballerina Stakes

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Ballerina Stakes
Grade I race
Location Saratoga Race Course
Saratoga Springs, New York, United States
Inaugurated 1979
Race type Thoroughbred - Flat racing
Race information
Distance 7 furlongs
Surface Dirt
Track left-handed
Qualification fillies & mares, Three-years-old & up
Weight Assigned
Purse $500,000 (since 2012)

The Ballerina Stakes is an American Grade I Thoroughbred horse race contested each year during the last week of August at Saratoga Race Course. It is open to fillies and mares, ages three and up. It is raced at a distance of seven furlongs on the dirt for a purse of $500,000.

Part of the Breeders' Cup Challenge series, the winner of the Ballerina Stakes automatically qualifies for the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint.[1]

The race is named for Howell E. Jackson's filly, Ballerina, who won the 1954 inaugural running of the Maskette Stakes.


Speed record:

Most wins:

Most wins by a jockey:

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2017 By the Moon 5 Rajiv Maragh Michelle Nevin Jay Em Ess Stable 1:22.97
2016 Haveyougoneaway 5 John Velazquez Thomas Morley Gary Barber/Sequel Racing 1:21.63
2015 Unbridled Forever 4 John Velazquez Dallas Stewart Charles E. Fipke 1:22.54
2014 Artemis Agrotera 3 Rajiv Maragh Michael Hushion Chester and Mary Broman, Sr. 1:21.89
2013 Dance to Bristol 4 Xavier Perez Ollie L. Figgins, III Susan H. Wantz 1:23.11
2012 Turbulent Descent 4 John Velazquez Todd Pletcher Magnier/Tabor/Smith 1:22.13
2011 Hilda's Passion 4 Javier Castellano Todd Pletcher Starlight Racing/Glasscock 1:22.06
2010 Rightly So 4 Cornelio Velasquez Anthony W. Dutrow Zayat Stables, LLC 1:22.58
2009 Music Note 4 Rajiv Maragh Saeed bin Suroor Godolphin Stables 1:22.10
2008 Intangaroo 4 Alonso Quinonez Gary Sherlock Tom Grether Farms 1:22.18
2007 Maryfield 6 Elvis Trujillo Douglas F. O'Neill Gorman/Mestrandrea/Perry 1:22.78
2006 Dubai Escapade 4 Edgar Prado Eoin G. Harty Darley Stable 1:23.07
2005 Happy Ticket 4 John Velazquez Andrew Leggio, Jr. Stewart Mather Madison 1:24.53
2004 Lady Tak 4 Jerry Bailey Steve Asmussen Heiligbrodt Racing Stable 1:21.09
2003 Harmony Lodge 5 Richard Migliore Todd Pletcher E. & L. Melnyk 1:22.23
2002 Shine Again 5 Jean-Luc Samyn H. Allen Jerkens Bohemia Stable 1:22.26
2001 Shine Again 4 Jean-Luc Samyn H. Allen Jerkens Bohemia Stable 1:22.33
2000 Dream Supreme 3 Pat Day William I. Mott Kinsman Stable 1:22.97
1999 Furlough 5 Mike E. Smith C. R. McGaughey III Ogden Phipps 1:23.04
1998 Stop Traffic 5 Shane Sellers Richard Mandella Diamond A Stable 1:22.23
1997 Pearl City 3 Joe Bravo D. Wayne Lukas Overbrook Farm 1:22.39
1996 Chaposa Springs 4 Shane Sellers Marty Wolfson S. Chintamaneni 1:21.80
1995 Classy Mirage 5 Julie Krone H. Allen Jerkens Middletown Stable 1:22.40
1994 Roamin Rachel 4 Pat Day C. R. McGaughey III Tri Honors Stable 1:21.80
1993 Spinning Round 4 Jorge Chavez Carl J. Domino Kinsman Stable 1:21.40
1992 Serape 4 Chris Antley Henrietta Alexander Helen K. Groves 1:21.20
1991 Queena 5 Mike E. Smith C. R. McGaughey III Emory A. Hamilton 1:22.00
1990 Feel The Beat 5 Jose Santos D. Wayne Lukas H. Joseph Allen 1:22.00
1989 Proper Evidence 4 Chris Antley John Dalton Harry A. Gampel 1:23.20
1988 Cadillacing 4 Angel Cordero, Jr. C. R. McGaughey III Ogden Mills Phipps 1:21.60
1987 I'm Sweets 4 Eddie Maple Woody Stephens Brushwood Stable 1:22.60
1986 Gene's Lady 5 Randy Romero D. Wayne Lukas Eugene V. Klein 1:22.40
1985 Lady's Secret 3 Don MacBeth D. Wayne Lukas Eugene V. Klein 1:22.60
1984 Lass Tump 4 Pat Day C. R. McGaughey III Alan Samford 1:21.80
1983 Ambassador of Luck 4 Antonio Graell Mitchell C. Preger Envoy Stable 1:22.20
1982 Expressive Dance 4 Don MacBeth Stanley M. Hough Diana M. Firestone 1:22.80
1981 Love Sign 4 Ruben Hernandez Sidney Watters, Jr. Stephen C. Clark, Jr. 1:22.60
1980 Davona Dale 4 Jorge Velasquez John M. Veitch Calumet Farm 1:22.20
1979 Blitey 3 Angel Cordero, Jr. Angel Penna, Sr. Ogden Phipps 1:23.20


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on September 13, 2008. Retrieved August 2, 2008.