Personal Ensign Stakes

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Personal Ensign Stakes Race Facts

  • Location: Saratoga Race Course, Saratoga Springs, NY
  • Inaugural Race: 1948
  • Distance: 1 & 1/8 mile (9 furlongs)
  • Track Type: Left-handed, Dirt
  • Age Qualifications: Three Year Olds and up
  • 2021 Purse: $600,000
  • 2021 Race Date: Saturday, August 28th

2021 Personal Ensign Stakes Race Results

6LetruskaIrad Ortiz, Jr. / Fausto Gutierrez$3.50 / $2.10 / $2.60
3Bonny SouthManuel Franco / Brad H. Cox$10.60 / $5.30
5Royal FlagJoel Rosario / Chad C. Brown$4.10
1Dunbar RoadFlavien Prat / Chad C. Brown
4Swiss SkydiverJose L. Ortiz / Kenneth G. McPeek
2As Time Goes ByMike E. Smith / Bob Baffert
8Harvey's Lil GoilLuis Saez / William I. Mott
7Miss MarissaDaniel Centeno / James T. Ryerson
9Graceful PrincessJohn R. Velazquez / Todd A. Pletcher

Exotic Payoffs:

  • $1.00 Exacta (6-3) Paid: $25.50
  • $0.50 Trifecta (6-3-5) Paid: $53.50
  • $0.10 Superfecta (6-3-5-1) Paid: $45.55

Watch the 2021 Personal Ensign Stakes

Personal Ensign Stakes Race History

The Personal Ensign Stakes is a Grade I horse race run each year at the Saratoga Race Course. The race is named after the Hall of Fame filly Personal Ensign, who finished her career undefeated and went on to be elected to the U.S. Racing Hall of Fame.

At its current distance, Abel Tasman holds the speed record, which she set in 2018 with a time of 1:47.19. Currently three horses are tied for most wins with 2 each: Lie Low (1974, 1975), Politely (1967, 1968), and Beautiful Pleasure (1999, 2000). With an impressive eight victories, jockey Angel Cordero Jr. has held the record for most wins since 1989. Trainers C.R. McGaughey III (1990, 1995, 2004, 2010) and MacKenzie Miller (1959, 1974, 1975, 1993) have a record four wins each.

The winner of the race receives an automatic bid to race in the Breeders’ Cup Distaff as part of the Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series.

Personal Ensign Stakes Past Winners

YearWinnerJockey / TrainerTime
2021LetruskaIrad Ortiz, Jr. / Fausto Gutierrez1:49.15
2020VexatiousJose Lezcano / Jack Sisterson1:48.82
2019Midnight BisouMike E. Smith / Steve Asmussen1:47.92
2018Abel TasmanMike E. Smith / Bob Baffert1:47.19
2017Forever UnbridledJoel Rosario / Dallas Stewart1:49.16
2016CavortingJavier Castellano / Kiaran McLaughlin1:48.61
2015Sheer DramaJoe Bravo / David Fawkes1:49.05
2014Close HatchesJoel Rosario / William I. Mott1:50.62
2013Royal DeltaMike E. Smith / William I. Mott1:48.34
2012Love and PrideJohn Velazquez / Todd Pletcher1:49.22
2011Ask the MoonJavier Castellano / Marty Wolfson2:04.21
2010PersistentlyAlan Garcia / C. R. McGaughey III2:04.49
2009Icon ProjectJulien Leparoux / Martin D. Wolfson2:02.37
2008Ginger PunchRafael Bejarano / Robert J. Frankel2:03.37
2007Miss ShopJavier Castellano / H. Allen Jerkens2:03.48
2006Fleet IndianJosé A. Santos / Todd A. Pletcher2:03.87
2005Shadow CastRobby Albarado / Neil J. Howard2:02.07
2004Storm Flag FlyingJohn Velazquez / C. R. McGaughey III2:03.63
2003Passing ShotJosé A. Santos / H. Allen Jerkens2:03.33
2002Summer ColonyJohn Velazquez / Mark A. Hennig2:03.15
2001PompeiiRichard Migliore / John C. Kimmel2:04.60
2000Beautiful PleasureJorge Chavez / John T. Ward Jr.2:03.77
1999Beautiful PleasureJorge Chavez / John T. Ward Jr.2:02.57
1998Tomisue's DelightPat Day / Neil J. Howard2:04.08
1997Clear MandateMike E. Smith / George R. Arnold II2:03.71
1996UrbaneAlex Solis / Randy Bradshaw2:03.05
1995Heavenly PrizePat Day / C. R. McGaughey III2:04.16
1994Link RiverJulie Krone / William I Mott1:50.46
1993You'd Be SurprisedJerry Bailey / MacKenzie Miller1:48.59
1992Quick MischiefCraig Perret / Charles Carlesimo Jr.1:47.96
1991Fit to ScoutChris Antley / Jack C. Van Berg1:50.20
1990Personal BusinessChris Antley / C. R. McGaughey III1:51.20
1989Colonial WatersÁngel Cordero Jr. / Ross Pearce1:50.00
1988Rose's CantinaJosé A. Santos / LeRoy Jolley1:49.80
1987Coup De FusilÁngel Cordero Jr. / Jan H. Nerud1:49.20
1986Shocker T.Gene St. Leon / George Gianos1:50.00
1985Lady On The RunÁngel Cordero Jr. / Bruce N. Levine1:52.00
1984Solar HaloRobbie Davis / J. Elliott Burch1:49.20
1983Chieftain's CommandÁngel Cordero Jr. / John Parisella1:51.60
1982NumberEddie Maple / Woody Stephens1:51.40
1981Tina Tina TooDon MacBeth / Richard T. DeStasio1:51.00
1980RelaxingJorge Velásquez / Angel Penna Sr.1:49.20
1979Catherine's BetDaryl Montoya / James P. Conway1:50.20
1978Mrs. WarrenJorge Velásquez / Woody Stephens1:51.40
1977Water MaloneJean-Luc Samyn / Philip G. Johnson1:50.40
1976Sugar Plum TimeÁngel Cordero Jr. / John W. Russell1:51.00
1975Lie LowJorge Velásquez / MacKenzie Miller2:15.20
1974 (Division 1)Lie LowJorge Velásquez / MacKenzie Miller1:49.00
1974 (Division 2)TwixtWilliam J. Passmore / Katharine Voss1:49.80
1973AglimmerMichael Venezia / Willard C. Freeman1:49.40
1972 (Division 1)MantaÁngel Cordero Jr. / Victor J. Nickerson1:50.00
1972 (Division 2)AladancerÁngel Cordero Jr. / Stephen A. DiMauro1:50.80
1971KittiwakeHeliodoro Gustines / Woody Stephens1:50.20
1970ObeahJohn L. Rotz / Henry S. Clark1:51.20
1969Amerigo LadyJorge Velásquez / J. Elliott Burch1:50.00
1968PolitelyÁngel Cordero Jr. / George M. Baker1:49.60
1967PolitelyBraulio Baeza / George M. Baker1:53.00
1966Straight Deal IIBobby Ussery / Hirsch Jacobs1:49.60
1965Sailor PrincessGary Mineau / Burley Parke1:51.20
1964Steeple JillJohn Ruane / Sylvester Veitch1:51.80
1963Lamb ChopManuel Ycaza / James W. Maloney1:49.80
1962PocosabaWilliam Boland / H. Allen Jerkens1:52.00
1961Oil RoyaltyHedley Woodhouse / Edward A. Neloy1:36.60
1960Clear RoadRaymond York / Pete Mosconi1:36.40
1959PolambyPete Anderson / MacKenzie Miller1:50.80
1958Hoosier HoneyJohn Ruane / Not found1:45.40
1957Gay LifeJohn Ruane / Not found1:50.40
1956Blue BannerWilliam Boland / Jack Skinner1:49.40
1955Rare TreatRay Mikkonen / Bert Mulholland1:50.80
1954ParloTed Atkinson / Richard E. Handlen1:53.40
1953Kiss Me KateDave Gorman / Oscar White1:50.80
1952Next MoveEric Guerin / William C. Winfrey1:51.20
1951RenewB. Green / Max Hirsch1:50.60
1950Red CameliaPatterson Milligan / John B. Theall1:45.40
1949But Why NotDave Gorman / Max Hirsch1:44.80
1948Carolyn A.Charles LeBlanc / James P. Conway1:46.80