Stars and Stripes Stakes

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Stars and Stripes Stakes
Grade III race
Location Arlington Park
Arlington Heights, Illinois, United States
Inaugurated 1929
Race type Thoroughbred - Flat racing
Website Arlington Park
Race information
Distance 1 12 miles
Surface Turf
Track Left-handed
Qualification Three-year-olds & up
Weight Assigned
Purse $100,000 (2015)[1]

The Stars and Stripes Stakes is a Grade III horse race in the United States for thoroughbred horses aged three years and up. It is raced over a distance of 12 furlongs (1 ½ miles) on the turf at Arlington Park near Chicago as a lead up race to the Arlington Million and Breeders' Cup Turf. The race currently carries a purse of $100,000.

Inaugurated in 1929, it was raced on dirt through 1949 and again in 1974.

Until the advent of the Breeders' Cup races, the race was known as the Stars and Stripes Handicap and was an important part of the annual racing calendar. It drew the top horses from across the United States and has been won by a number of U.S. Hall of Fame horses as well as U.S. Triple Crown champion Citation.

In 2010, the race was run at 1 58 miles, but was returned to 1 12 miles the next year.


Most wins by a jockey:

Winners since 2000[edit]

2016 Greengrassofwyoming 6 Shaun Bridgmohan Michael J. Maker Michael Hui 2:27.74
2015 The Pizza Man 6 Florent Geroux Roger A. Brueggemann Midwest Thoroughbreds 2:34.13
2014 The Pizza Man 5 Florent Geroux Roger A. Brueggemann Midwest Thoroughbreds 2:33.67
2013 Dark Cove 6 Rosie Napravnik Michael J. Maker Ken & Sarah Ramsey 2:27.39
2012 Ioya Bigtime 5 Jeffrey Sanchez Chris M. Block Team Block 2:28.44
2011 Free Fighter 6 Tim Thornton Michael Reavis Frank Mancari 2:31.98
2010 Memorial Maniac 5 James Graham Larry Demeritte Butterfly Stable 2:44.29
2009 Free Fighter 4 James Graham Chris Block Team Block/Thomas Fedro Sr. 2:28.31
2008 Silverfoot 8 Rene Douglas Dallas Stewart Chrysalis Stables LLC 2:30.40
2007 Always First 6 Robby Albarado Tom Voss Merriefield Farm/Charles Noell 2:31.74
2006 Major Rhythm 7 Earlie Fires Ed Beam James Messineo 2:29.93
2005 Revved Up 7 Brice Blanc Christophe Clement Live Oak Racing 2:28.29
2004 Ballingarry 5 Rene Douglas Laura de Seroux Sidney L. Port Trust et al. 2:36.30
2003 Ballingarry 4 Rene Douglas Laura de Seroux Sidney L. Port Trust et al. 2:28.30
2002 Cetewayo 8 Rene Douglas Michael Dickinson John A. Chandler 2:27.50
2001 Falcon Flight 5 Rene Douglas D. Burke II Gary A. Tanaka 2:27.86
2000 Williams News 5 Robby Albarado Tom Amoss On Target Racing Stable 2:31.22

Selected earlier winners[edit]


  1. ^ "Statistics - Stars and Stripes". Retrieved 9 July 2016.