The Jim Dandy Stakes

Saturday is the 58th running of the Jimmy Dandy Stakes at Saratoga Race Course.

This race originated in 1964, and is for horses three years-old and up. 

It is raced at a mile and an eighth, on dirt, and classified as a Grade 2 Stakes race with a purse of $600,000 dollars. 

The track record for this race dates back to 1996 when LOUIS QUATORZE (that years Preakness Winner) blazed to a 1:47:26.

The race is named in honor of 3 year-old colt JIM DANDY(pictured) who in the 1930 Travers Stakes beat Triple Crown Winner GALLANT FOX

The Graveyard of Favorites struck again as JIM DANDY with jockey Frank Baker aboard, went off at odds of 100-1!  Making it an upset for the ages. 

It was just one of only seven career Victories in 141 lifetime starts for the horse, one of which was the 1929 Grand Union Stakes at Saratoga.  Horses for courses anyone? 

The Jim Dandy is typically used as a prep race for the Travers Stakes

The Winning horse, and runners up (if they ran well) will be back in four weeks to compete again- for bigger money in The Mid-Summer Derby.

This year’s edition of the Jim Dandy has drawn a short field of five runners.

The race is listed as race 9 on a card of 11, with a scheduled Post Time of 5:35.

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