Saratoga Race Course
Crescent Avenue
Saratoga Springs, New York, 12866


Date: August 10, 14
Post: 6:04 pm ET
Purse: $200,000
Grade: II
Type: T
Distance: 6.5F
Age: Two Year Olds
Turf: Dirt, left-handed

The Saratoga Special is an American grade II horseracing event that takes place annually in the month of August at Saratoga Race Course. It is open for thoroughbred horses with an age of two year olds and capable of racing six and half furlongs on the dirt track. This race was first run in 1901 and since then it has been running with a little break due to the Second World War. Earlier, the Saratoga Special was an event where the winner used to get all â the owners used to nominate their horses in sets of three for one. This actually increased the chance of getting a horse in a race. But, on and from 1959, this rule changed and the Saratoga Special became a regular horseracing event, where owners could nominate their horses and entries. In due course of years, this horseracing event was run at various racecourses for different reasons: it was held at Belmont Park in 1943, 1944 and 1945. The Special was not run in 1911 and 1912 and interestingly there were only three starters in 1969. It is going to be the 103rd running in 2008.

Saratoga Special Winners
Year Winner Age Trainer Jockey Owner Time
2013 Corfu Todd A. Pletcher John Velazquez Tabor/Magnier/Smith 1:15.57
2012 Spurious Precision Richard Violette, Jr Alan Garcia Klaravich Stables and William H. Lawrence 1:16.53
2011 Union Rags Michael Matz Javier Castellano Chadds Ford Stable 1:18.33
2010 Kantharos Steve Asmussen Garrett Gomez Stonestreet Stables 1:18.63
2009 D' Funnybone Richard E. Dutrow, Jr. Edgar Prado Paul Pompa Jr. 1:17.58
2008 Run Away and Hide Ronny Werner Robby Albarado Kirk/Riordan/Bates 1:15.67
2007 Kodiak Kowboy Steve Asmussen Shaun Bridgmohan Fox Hill 1:15.95
2006 Chace City Scott Blasi Edgar Prado Gold Square 1:16.83
2005 Henny Hughes Patrick Biancone Gary Stevens Darley Stable 1:10.38
2004 Array
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