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  • G2 Jim Dandy Stakes: Important Travers Stakes Prep
    Robert, who hails from the Capitol Region, caps the significant Travers prep race, the Jim Dandy for ThoroFans. He gives us a couple of wagers to consider for the big Spa feature on Saturday.

    The Jim Dandy is a Grade 2, $600,000 race for 3-year-olds at a distance of 1 1/8 miles on Saratoga's dirt course.  It is named for the 100-1 upset winner of the 1930 Travers, who beat the 1929 champion 2-year-old colt Whichone and the 1930 Triple Crown winner and later 1957 Hall of Fame inductee Gallant Fox.  It was Jim Dandy's only win that season, and Gallant Fox's only loss.          

    The Jim Dandy, originally run in 1964, is intended as a prep for Saratoga's  Grade 1 Travers.  Although Monmouth Park's Grade 1 $1,000,000 Haskell, is run the same weekend as the Jim Dandy, some trainers prefer the latter because it gives their horses a race over the Saratoga track.  Arts and Letters (1969), Willow Hour (1981), Carr de Naskra (1984), Thunder Rumble (1992), Madaglia D'Oro (2002), Flower Alley (2005), Bernardini (2006), Street Sense (2007), Stay Thirsty (2011)  and Alpha (2012, in a dead heat with Golden Ticket in the Travers) are horses who have won both the Jim Dandy and the Travers.  In 1978 Affirmed won the Jim Dandy and finished first in the Travers, but was disqualified and his arch rival Alydar was declared the winner.

    Arts and Letters and Affirmed are Hall of Fame inductees who have won the Jim Dandy

    Other champions who have won
      the Jim Dandy are Personality (1970), Plugged Nickle (1980), Conquistador Cielo (1982), Fly So Free (1991), Favorite Trick (1998), Bernardini (2006), and Street Sense (2007).

    Last year's winner,
    Palace Malice, is the leading candidate for Horse of the Year honors for 2014.

     Allan Carter, Historian
    National Museum of Racing


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01/25/14 Holy Bull S. Gulfstream Park Tony Bada Bing
02/01/14 Sam F. Davis Tampa Bay Downs Laurie Ross
02/01/14 Withers Stakes Aqueduct Robert Marks
02/09/14 Donn Handicap Gulfstream Park The Turk
02/15/14 The Very One Turf Stakes Gulfstream Park Turf Queen
02/22/14 Risen Star Fair Grounds Steve Munday
02/22/14 Rachel Alexandra S. Fair Grounds Valerie Grash
02/22/14 Fountain of Youth S. Gulfstream Park Tony Bada Bing
03/01/14 Gotham Stakes Aqueduct Trackfacts
03/08/14 Santa Anita Handicap Santa Anita The Turk
03/08/14 San Felipe S. Santa Anita Rob Fundter
03/08/14 Honeybee S. Oaklawn Park Valerie Grash
03/08/14 Tampa Bay Derby Tampa Bay Downs Laurie Ross
03/15/14 Rebel S. Oaklawn Park Dylan J.
03/22/14 Spiral S. Turfway Park Derek Brown
03/23/14 Sunland Derby Sunland Park Paul Mazur
03/29/14 Fair Grounds Oaks Fair Grounds Valerie Grash
03/29/14 Florida Derby Gulfstream Park Tony Bada Bing
03/29/14 Louisiana Derby Fair Grounds Steve Munday
04/05/14 Wood Memorial Aqueduct Robert Marks
04/05/14 Santa Anita Derby Santa Anita Laurie Ross
04/11/14 Marker's Mark Mile Keeneland Chris Hernandez
04/12/14 Jenny Wiley Stakes Keeneland Chris Hernandez
04/12/14 Arkansas Derby Oaklawn Park Dylan J.
04/12/14 Bluegrass Stakes Keeneland Derek Brown
04/19/14 Illinois Derby Hawthorne Paul Mazur
04/19/14 Lexington Stakes Keeneland Steve Munday
04/26/14 Derby Trial S. Churchill Michael Amo
05/02/14 Kentucky Oaks Churchill Valerie Grash
05/02/14 Woodford Reserve Churchill Turf Queen
05/03/14 Kentucky Derby Churchill Rob Fundter
05/10/14 Peter Pan Stakes Belmont Michael Amo
05/16/14 Pimlico Special Pimlico The Turk
05/17/14 Preakness Stakes Pimlico Trackfacts
05/24/14 Arlington Classic S. Arlington Paul Mazur
05/31/14 Aristides Stakes Churchill Dylan J.
06/07/14 Brooklyn H. Belmont Tony Bada Bing
06/07/14 Manhattan Hcp. Belmont Turf Queen
06/07/14 Met Mile Belmont Robert Marks
06/07/14 Belmont S. Belmont Derek Brown
06/07/14 Acorn S. Belmont Reinier Macatangay
06/14/14 Stephen Foster H. Churchill The Turk
06/14/14 Fleur de Lis Churchill Reinier Macatangay
06/21/14 Bed o' Roses H. Belmont Turf Queen
06/28/14 Mother Goose S. Belmont Valerie Grash
07/05/14 Dwyer S. Belmont Steve Munday
07/06/14 Queen's Plate Woodbine The Turk
07/12/14 Delaware Handicap Delaware Chris Hernandez
07/12/14 Modesty H. Arlington Paul Mazur
07/20/14 Eddie Read Del Mar Rob Fundter
07/19/14 Schuylerville S. Saratoga Trackfacts
07/26/14 Jim Dandy S. Saratoga Robert Marks
07/27/14 Haskell Invitational Monmouth Laurie Ross
08/02/14 Whitney H. Saratoga Robert Marks
08/09/14 La Jolla H. Del Mar Rob Fundter
08/16/14 Arlington Million Arlington Paul Mazur
08/16/14 Del Mar Oaks Del Mar Valerie Grash
06/15/13 Colonial Turf Stakes Colonial Downs Steve Munday
06/15/13 Stephen Foster Hdcp. Churchill The Turk
06/22/13 Mother Goose Belmont Valerie Grash
06/29/13 Triple Bend Handicap Hollywood Chris Hernandez
07/06/13 United Nations Monmouth Tony Bada Bing
07/07/13 Queen's Plate Woodbine Keith McCalmont
07/13/13 Virginia Derby Colonial Downs Steve Munday
07/13/13 American Derby Arlington Paul Mazur
07/21/13 Sanford Saratoga Laurie Ross
07/27/13 Jim Dandy Saratoga Robert Marks
07/28/13 Haskell Invitational Monmouth Stephen Alicknovic
08/03/13 West Virginia Derby Mountaineer Michael Amo
08/03/12 Whitney Handicap Saratoga Trackfacts
08/10/13 Fourstardave Saratoga Turf Queen
08/17/13 Arlington Million Arlington Paul Mazur
08/17/13 Beverly D. Arlington Valerie Grash
08/17/13 Sword Dancer H. Saratoga The Turk
08/17/13 Alabama S. Saratoga Derek Brown
08/24/13 Travers Stakes Saratoga Robert Marks
08/31/13 Del Mar Debutante Del Mar Rob Fundter
09/02/13 Hopeful Stakes Saratoga Rob Fundter
09/04/13 Del Mar Futurity Del Mar Laurie Ross
09/09/13 Presque Isle Masters Presque Isle Downs Valerie Grash
09/15/13 Woodbine Mile Woodbine Keith McCalmont
09/21/13 Pennsylvania Derby Parx Dylan J.
09/28/13 Jockey Club Gold Cup Belmont Tony Bada Bing
10/05/13 Champagne Stakes Belmont Laurie Ross
10/12/13 QE II Keeneland Turf Queen
10/19/13 Raven Run S. Keeneland Michael Amo
10/27/13 Pattison International Woodbine Valerie Grash
11/01/13 BC Juvenile Fillies Santa Anita Laurie Ross
11/01/13 BC Ladies Classic Santa Anita Valerie Grash
11/01/13 BC F&M Turf Santa Anita Derek Brown
11/02/13 BC F&M Sprint Santa Anita Steve Munday
11/02/13 BC Juvenile Turf Santa Anita Paul Mazur
11/02/13 BC Turf Santa Anita Turf Queen
11/02/13 BC Juvenile  Santa Anita Robert Marks
11/02/13 BC Mile Santa Anita Tony Bada Bing
11/02/13 BC Dirt Mile Santa Anita Chris Hernandez
11/02/13 BC Sprint Santa Anita Trackfacts
11/02/13 BC Classic Santa Anita The Turk
11/30/13 Hawthorne Gold Cup Hawthorne Paul Mazur


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