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Ballston Spa Handicap

Grade II race
Ballston Spa Handicap
Location Saratoga Race Course
Saratoga Springs, New York, United States
Inaugurated 1989
Race type Thoroughbred - Flat racing
Website NYRA - Saratoga Race Course
Race information
Distance 1 1/16 miles (8.5 furlongs)
Track Grass, left-handed
Qualification Fillies & Mares, three-years-old & up
Weight Assigned
Purse $200,000 added

The Ballston Spa Handicap is an American race for thoroughbred horses open to fillies and mares, age three and up, on the turf at Saratoga Race Course in Saratoga Springs, New York. Part of the Breeders' Cup National Stakes Program, it is run at a distance of one and one-sixteenth miles, it is a Grade II race offering a purse of $200,000.

From its inception in 1989 until 1993 the race was run as the Aqueduct Budweiser Breeders' Cup Handicap at a distance of one mile. From 1994 through 1996, the race was known as the Saratoga Breeders' Cup Handicap, the same name that would later be used for the Saratoga Cup Handicap. Its current name honors Ballston Spa, New York, a small town just south of Saratoga Springs.

The race will be in its 20th running in 2008.


Speed record: (at current distance of 1 1/16 miles)

  • 1:39.47 - Valor Lady (1997)

Most wins:

  • 2 - Weekend Madness (1994, 1995)

Most wins by an owner:

  • 2 - New Phoenix Stable (1994, 1995)

Most wins by a jockey:

Most wins by a trainer:

  • 2 - Burk Kessinger, Jr. (1994, 1995)
  • 2 - W. Elliott Walden (1999, 2000)








2009 Salve Germania (GR) 4 Javier Castellano Waldemar Hickst Hellwig Manfred 1:47.25
2008 Wait a While 5 John R. Velazquez Todd A. Pletcher Arindel Farm 1:39.70
2007 Wait a While 4 John R. Velazquez Todd A. Pletcher Arindel Farm 1:40.00
2006 My Typhoon 4 Garrett Gomez William I. Mott Live Oak Plantation 1:41.72
2005 Alinghi 4 Edgar Prado Robert J. Frankel John Messara 1:40.30
2004 Ocean Drive 4 John Velazquez Todd A. Pletcher Bonnie and Sy Baskin 1:43.92
2003 Stylish 5 John Velazquez William I. Mott Est. Ahmed bin Salman 1:41.03
2002 Surya 4 Jerry Bailey Robert J. Frankel Flaxman Stable 1:52.29
2001 Penny's Gold 4 Jerry Bailey Christophe Clement Overbrook Farm 1:40.69
2000 License Fee 5 Pat Day W. Elliott Walden Winstar Farm 1:43.53
1999 Pleasant Temper 5 Jerry Bailey W. Elliott Walden Mark H. Stanley 1:41.84
1998 Memories of Silver 5 Jerry Bailey James J. Toner Joan & John Phillips 1:40.93
1997 Valor Lady 5 John Velazquez Mark Hennig Jerome & John Amerman 1:39.47
1996 Danish 5 Jose Santos Christophe Clement Jayeff & Leigh 1:41.50
1995 Weekend Madness 5 Shane Sellers Burk Kessinger, Jr. New Phoenix Stable 1:40.34
1994 Weekend Madness 4 Shane Sellers Burk Kessinger, Jr. New Phoenix Stable 1:43.77
1993 One Dreamer 5 Earlie Fires Thomas F. Proctor Glen Hill Farm 1:39.38
1992 Aurora 4 Craig Perret Flint S. Schulhofer Helen K. Groves 1:36.94
1991 Paris Opera 5 Gary Stevens Lawrence Jennings Earle I. Mack 1:37.41
1990 Fire The Groom 3 Frankie Dettori Luca Cumani Randall Dee Hubbard 1:35.20
1989 Wakonda 5 Angel Cordero Jr. Spasoje Dimitrijevic John A. Nerud 1:33.80



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