Ballerina Handicap

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Ballerina Handicap Race Facts

  • Location: Saratoga Race Course, Saratoga Springs, NY
  • Inaugural Race: 1979
  • Distance: 7/8ths of a mile (7 furlongs)
  • Track Type: Left-handed, Dirt
  • Age Qualifications: Three Year Olds and up
  • 2023 Purse: $500,000
  • 2023 Race Date: Saturday, August 26th

2023 Ballerina Handicap Race Results

POST
HORSE
JOCKEY / TRAINER
WIN / PLACE / SHOW
6
Echo Zulu
Florent Geroux / Steven M. Asmussen
$3.20 / $2.30 / $2.10
7
Goodnight Olive
Irad Ortiz, Jr. / Chad C. Brown
$2.70 / $2.20
2
Matareya
Flavien Prat / Brad H. Cox
$2.80
8
Caramel Swirl
Junior Alvarado / William I. Mott
4
Dr B
Joel Rosario / Robert E. Reid, Jr.
1
Sterling Silver
Javier Castellano / Thomas Albertrani
3
Maryquitecontrary
Luca Panici / Claude R. McGaughey III

Exotic Payoffs:

  • $1.00 Exacta (6-7) Paid: $3.00
  • $0.50 Trifecta (6-7-2) Paid: $4.70
  • $0.10 Superfecta (6-7-2-8) Paid: $2.32

Watch the 2023 Ballerina Handicap

Ballerina Handicap Race History

Named for Howard E. Jackson's famed filly, the Ballerina Handicap is a Grade I horse race held each year at the Saratoga Race Course in New York. In 1981 the event was listed as a Grade III, but by 1988 the race was upgraded to Grade I due to the increased quality in competition and winners, like Ambassador of Luck (1983 edition winner and US Champion) and Lady's Secret (1985 edition winner and 1986 Breeders' Cup Distaff winner).

Another notable winner of the race is Maryfield (2007), who went on to win the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint that year and was also crowned American Champion Sprint Horse. Shine Again is the only multiple time winner with back-to-back wins in 2001 and 2002, and John Velasquez holds the record for most wins by a jockey with five (2005, 2012, 2015, 2016, 2021). Additionally, trainer C.R. McGaughey III has notched a record 5 wins (1984, 1988, 1991, 1994, 1999) for himself.

As a part of the Breeders' Cup Challenge "Win and You're In" Series, the winner of each year's race is automatically entered into the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint.

Ballerina Handicap Past Winners

Year
Winner
Jockey / Trainer
Distance / Time
2023
Echo Zulu
Florent Geroux / Steven M. Asmussen
7 F / 1:20.95
2022
Goodnight Olive
Irad Ortiz, Jr. / Chad C. Brown
7 F / 1:21.40
2021
Gamine
John R. Velazquez / Bob Baffert
7 F / 1:21.61
2020
Serengeti Empress
Luis Saez / Thomas M. Amoss
7 F / 1:21.63
2019
Come Dancing
Javier Castellano / Carlos F. Martin
7 F / 1:21.48
2018
Marley's Freedom
Mike E. Smith / Bob Baffert
7 F / 1:21.39
2017
By the Moon
Rajiv Maragh / Michelle Nevin
7 F / 1:22.97
2016
Haveyougoneaway
John R. Velazquez / Thomas Morley
7 F / 1:21.63
2015
Unbridled Forever
John R. Velazquez / Dallas Stewart
7 F / 1:22.54
2014
Artemis Agrotera
Rajiv Maragh / Michael E. Hushion
7 F / 1:21.89