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Alfred G. Vanderbilt Handicap

Grade I race
Alfred G. Vanderbilt Handicap
Location Saratoga Race Course
Saratoga Springs, New York, United States
Inaugurated 1985
Race type Thoroughbred - Flat racing
Website Saratoga Race Course race records
Race information
Distance Six furlong sprint
Track Dirt, left-handed
Qualification Three-years-old & Up
Weight Handicap
Purse $250,000

The Alfred G. Vanderbilt Handicap is an American Thoroughbred horse race held annually near the end of July at Saratoga Race Course in Saratoga Springs, New York. A Grade I event open to horses age three and older, it is a six furlong sprint raced on dirt.

Run as the A Phenomenon Handicap prior to 2000, it was renamed to honor Alfred Gwynne Vanderbilt II who died in 1999. Vanderbilt was a very prominent Thoroughbred owner who also served as Chairman of the Board of the New York Racing Association from 1971 to 1975.


Speed record:

  • 1:08.04 - Speightstown (2004)

Most wins:

  • 2 - Cognizant (1985, 1986)

Most wins by a jockey:

  • 4 - Pat Day (1985, 1986, 1992, 1993)

Most wins by a trainer:

Most wins by an owner:

  • 2 - Happy Valley Farm (1985, 1986)








2009 Fabulous Strike 6 Ramon Dominguez Todd Beattie Walter Downey 1:08.69
2008 Abraaj 5 Alan Garcia Kiaran McLaughlin Shadwell Racing 1:10.23
2007 Diabolical 4 Mario Pino Steve Klesaris Puglisi Stables 1:08.67
2006 War Front 4 Jose Santos H. Allen Jerkens H. Joseph Allen 1:10.21
2005 Pomeroy 4 Eibar Coa Patrick Biancone M. Tabor / D. Smith 1:08.69
2004 Speightstown 6 John Velazquez Todd Pletcher E. & L. Melnyk 1:08.04
2003 Private Horde 4 Jason Lumpkins S. Joe Cain Billy R. Tucker 1:09.18
2002 Orientate 4 Jerry Bailey D. Wayne Lukas Bob & Beverly Lewis 1:09.72
2001 Five Star Day 5 Garrett Gomez C. Beau Greely Columbine Stable 1:08.57
2000 Successful Appeal * 4 Edgar Prado John C. Kimmel Starview Stable/Jones 1:09.21
1999 Intidab 6 Robbie Davis Kiaran McLaughlin Shadwell Racing 1:09.00
1998 Kelly Kip 4 Jean-Luc Samyn H. Allen Jerkens Hobeau Farm 1:09.60
1997 Royal Haven 5 Richard Migliore Gasper Moschera Barbara J. Davis 1:09.60
1996 Prospect Bay 4 Jerry Bailey John C. Kimmel Lucille Conover 1:08.20
1995 Not Surprising 5 Robbie Davis Judson Van Worp Robert Van Worp 1:09.60
1994 Boundary 4 John Velazquez William I. Mott Mrs. W. H. Perry 1:08.60
1993 Gold Spring 5 Pat Day Jesse N. Wigginton Ross Harris 1:09.20
1992 For Really 5 Pat Day D. Wayne Lukas Regal Oak Farm 1:08.60
1991 Kid Russell 5 Rafael Mojica, Jr. H. Allen Jerkens Hobeau Farm 1:09.40
1990 Prospectors Gamble 5 Julio Garcia Brian Mayberry Jan Siegel 1:09.20
1989 Mr. Nickerson 3 Jose Santos Mark J. Reid Robert H. A. Nixon 1:08.80
1988 High Bright 4 Angel Cordero, Jr. D. Wayne Lukas H. Joseph Allen 1:10.00
1987 Banker's Jet 5 Jorge Vargas Salvatore Longo Gerald Fineberg 1:09.00
1986 Cognizant 5 Pat Day Richard Dutrow, Sr. Happy Valley Farm 1:09.20
1985 Cognizant 4 Pat Day Richard Dutrow, Sr. Happy Valley Farm 1:09.60

* In 2000, Intidab finished first, but was disqualified and set back to second.



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