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Stars and Stripes Turf Handicap

The Stars and Stripes Breeders' Cup Turf Handicap is a Grade III flat 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 course at Arlington Park, Arlington Heights, Illinois as a lead up race to the Breeders' Cup Turf. The race currently carries a purse of $200,000.

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 Crown champions War Admiral and Citation.


Most wins by a jockey:

Winners since 2000







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

  • 1999 : No race
  • 1998 : No race
  • 1997 : Lakeshore Road
  • 1996 : Vladivostok
  • 1995 : Snake Eyes
  • 1994 : Marastani
  • 1993 : Little Bro Lantis
  • 1992 : Plate Dancer
  • 1991 : Blair's Cove
  • 1990 : Mister Sicy
  • 1989 : Salem Drive
  • 1988 : No race
  • 1987 : Sharood
  • 1986 : Explosive Darling
  • 1985 : Drumalis
  • 1984 : Tough Mickey
  • 1983 : Rossi Gold
  • 1982 : Rossi Gold
  • 1981 : Rossi Gold & Ben Fab (DH)
  • 1980 : Told
  • 1969 : Hawaii


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