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Go For Wand Handicap

Grade II race
Go For Wand Handicap
Location Saratoga Race Course
Saratoga Springs, New York, United States
Inaugurated 1954
Race type Thoroughbred - Flat racing
Race information
Distance 1⅛ miles (9 furlongs)
Track Dirt, left-handed
Qualification Fillies & Mares, three-years-old & up
Weight Assigned
Purse $250,000

The Go For Wand Handicap is an American Thoroughbred horse race established in 1954 for fillies and mares age three and up. Raced at the end of July/early August, it is a Grade II race (Grade I before 2010) on dirt at a distance of one and one-eighth miles (9 furlongs).

Inaugurated in 1954 at Belmont Park as the Maskette Stakes in honor of the Hall of Fame filly, Maskette, it was renamed in 1992 for its ill-fated 1990 winner and Hall of Fame inductee, Go For Wand who is buried in the infield at Saratoga Race Course.

The Maskette took place at Aqueduct Racetrack in 1959, 1960, and from 1962 to 1968. Since 1994, the Go For Wand has been hosted by Saratoga Race Course.

Since inception, the race has been contested at various distances:

  • 1 mile (8 furlongs) : 1954-1981, 1983-1993
  • 7 furlongs : 1982
  • 1⅛ miles (9 furlongs) : 1994-present

The race was run in two divisions in 1976.


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2010 No Such Word 3 Terry J. Thompson Cindy Jones Brereton C. Jones 1:46.11
2009 Seventh Street 4 Rajiv Maragh Saeed bin Suroor Godolphin Stable 1:51.01
2008 Ginger Punch 5 Rafael Bejarano Robert J. Frankel Stronach Stables 1:53.43
2007 Ginger Punch 4 Rafael Bejarano Robert J. Frankel Stronach Stables 1:49.19
2006 Spun Sugar 4 Mike Luzzi Todd Pletcher Stronach Stables 1:49.93
2005 Ashado 4 John Velazquez Todd Pletcher Starlight Stables LLC 1:50.30
2004 Azeri 6 Pat Day D. Wayne Lukas Allen E. Paulson Trust 1:47.86
2003 Sightseek 4 Jerry Bailey Robert J. Frankel Juddmonte Farms 1:50.92
2002 Dancethruthedawn 4 Jerry Bailey Mark Frostad Sam-Son Farms 1:50.21
2001 Serra Lake 4 Edgar Prado C. R. McGaughey III Emory A. Hamilton 1:49.62
2000 Heritage Of Gold 5 Shane Sellers Thomas M. Amoss Jack Garey 1:49.84
1999 Banshee Breeze 4 Jerry Bailey Carl Nafzger Tafel/Jayeff B Stables 1:49.95
1998 Aldiza 4 Mike E. Smith C. R. McGaughey III Alexander/Groves et al. 1:49.88
1997 Hidden Lake 4 Richard Migliore John C. Kimmel R. N. Clay/T. Farmer 1:49.60
1996 Exotic Wood 4 Chris McCarron Ronald W. Ellis Martin J. Wygod 1:49.44
1995 Heavenly Prize 4 Pat Day C. R. McGaughey III Ogden Phipps 1:49.90
1994 Sky Beauty 4 Mike E. Smith H. Allen Jerkens Georgia Hofmann 1:49.47
1993 Turnback The Alarm 4 Chris Antley William V. Terrill Valley View Farm 1:36.13
1992 Easy Now 3 Jerry Bailey C. R. McGaughey III Ogden Phipps 1:36.89
1991 Queena 5 Angel Cordero, Jr. C. R. McGaughey III Emory A. Hamilton 1:34.80
1990 Go For Wand 3 Randy Romero William Badgett Jr. Christiana Stable 1:35.60
1989 Miss Brio 5 Jerry Bailey Neil D. Drysdale William S. Farish 1:35.60
1988 Personal Ensign 4 Randy Romero C. R. McGaughey III Ogden Phipps 1:34.20
1987 North Sider 5 Angel Cordero, Jr. D. Wayne Lukas Paul Paternostro 1:35.00
1986 Lady's Secret 4 Jorge Velasquez D. Wayne Lukas Eugene V. Klein 1:33.60
1985 Lady's Secret 3 Jorge Velasquez D. Wayne Lukas Eugene V. Klein 1:34.00
1984 Miss Oceana 3 Eddie Maple Woody Stephens Newstead Farm 1:35.20
1983 Ambassador of Luck 4 Antonio Graell Mitchell C. Preger Envoy Stable 1:36.40
1982 Too Chic 3 Ruben Hernandez James W. Maloney E. G. Alexander 1:24.80
1981 Jameela 5 Jacinto Vasquez Hyman Ravich Mrs. Richard Worthington 1:35.00
1980 Bold 'n Determined 3 Eddie Delahoussaye Neil D. Drysdale Saron Stable 1:35.40
1979 Blitey 3 Angel Cordero, Jr. Angel Penna, Sr. Ogden Phipps 1:34.80
1978 Pearl Necklace 4 Ruben Hernandez Roger Laurin Reginald N. Webster 1:33.80
1977 What A Summer 4 Jacinto Vasquez Leroy Jolley Diana M. Firestone 1:37.40
1976 Artfully 3 Pat Day Lucien Laurin Reginald N. Webster 1:34.00
1976 Sugar Plum Time 4 Joseph Imparato John W. Russell Cynthia Phipps 1:34.00
1975 Let Me Linger 3 Laffit Pincay, Jr. Eddie Yowell Oak Crest Stable 1:35.20
1974 Ponte Vecchio 4 Jacinto Vasquez David A. Whiteley William Haggin Perry 1:34.60
1973 Light Hearted 4 Eldon Nelson Henry S. Clark Christiana Stable 1:34.80
1972 Numbered Account 3 Angel Cordero, Jr. Roger Laurin Ogden Phipps 1:35.60
1971 Double Delta 4 Kenneth Knapp Stanley M. Reiser James Drymon 1:36.20
1970 Native Partner 4 Angel Cordero, Jr. Frank I. Wright Oxford Stable 1:36.20
1969 Singing Rain 4 Braulio Baeza Oscar White Walter M. Jeffords 1:38.00
1968 Amerigo Lady 4 Jorge Velasquez J. Elliott Burch Rokeby Stable 1:36.40
1967 Politely 4 Angel Cordero, Jr. George M. Baker Bohemia Stable 1:35.60
1966 Summer Scandal 4 Walter Blum Woods Garth Harborvale Stable 1:37.80
1965 Tosmah 4 Sam Boulmetis, Sr. Joseph Mergler Briardale Farms 1:35.20
1964 Tosmah 3 Sam Boulmetis, Sr. Joseph Mergler Briardale Farms 1:36.60
1963 Waltz Song 5 S. Mellon Thomas F. White Thomas F. White 1:37.20
1962 Shirley Jones 6 Don Pierce James W. Smith Mrs. John O. Burgwin 1:36.00
1961 Teacation 4 Ray Broussard Charles R. Parke Fred W. Hooper 1:36.20
1960 Tempted 5 Eldon Nelson Henry S. Clark Mooring Stable 1:35.60
1959 Idun 4 Eric Guerin Sherrill W. Ward Mrs. J. Bay Paul 1:36.00
1958 Tempted 3 Bobby Ussery Henry S. Clark Mooring Stable 1:36.40
1957 Bayou 3 Bobby Ussery Moody Jolley Claiborne Farm 1:37.00
1956 Searching 4 Conn McCreary Hirsch Jacobs Ethel D. Jacobs 1:37.00
1955 Oil Painting 4 Hedley Woodhouse Anthony W. Rupelt Mrs. J. A. Goodwin 1:36.60
1954 Ballerina 4 S. Small Not found Howell E. Jackson 1:37.60
  • In 1974, Desert Vixen finished first, but was later disqualified.


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