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Ballerina Stakes

Grade I race
Ballerina Stakes
Location Saratoga Race Course
Saratoga Springs, New York, United States
Inaugurated 1979
Race type Thoroughbred - Flat racing
Website www.nyra.com
Race information
Distance 7 furlongs
Track Dirt, left-handed
Qualification fillies & mares, Three-years-old & up
Weight Assigned
Purse $250,000

The Ballerina Stakes is an American Grade I Thoroughbred horse race. The Grade I event is contested each year during the last week of August at Saratoga Race Course and 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 $250,000.

Part of the Breeders' Cup Challenge series, the winner of the 2008 Ballerina Stakes automatically qualifies for the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint. [1]

Named for Howell E. Jackson's filly, Ballerina, who won the 1954 inaugural running of the Maskette Stakes.


Speed record:

  • 1:21.09 - Lady Talk (2004)

Most wins:

  • Shine Again (2001, 2002)

Most wins by a jockey:

Most wins by a trainer:

Most wins by an owner:








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 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



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