Jim Dandy Stakes- Hot & Nasty in Saratoga!

2013 Jim Dandy Line-Up Looks Fierce

Jim Dandy MangrumIt is my pleasure to review the 2013 running of the Jim Dandy Stakes at Saratoga. Maybe it’s the old hippy in me, but whenever I hear the name Jim Dandy, my first thought is of my favorite band from the 70’s, Black Oak Arkansas. You know.. their lead singer was Jim Dandy Mangrum. You know the guy with the washboard? Hot and Nasty? That was one of their songs…oh well, I’m sure if you didn’t live it, you don’t know about him. Anyway if you do remember Jim Dandy, leave me a comment so I won’t feel older than dirt. 😳

Now to the real thing we are here for—the Jim Dandy Stakes. Well I have to talk about the horse because he was a story all to himself. You see it was August 16, 1930 and the race was the Travers Stakes. No, I am not old enough to remember that race for goodness sakes. But I have read about it. Reading is a good thing.

Jim Dandy Romps Gallant Fox in Huge Upset


The race was supposed to turn out to be somewhat of a match race between triple crown winner Gallant Fox and Whichone. The other two horses were deemed insignificant and one of those was Jim Dandy. Gallant Fox had an impeccable record that year of  10 starts in which he won nine of them, including the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and the Belmont.

Jim DandyThe weather that day was atrocious. Heavy rain fell the morning of the race and showers continued throughout the afternoon. The track surface was very muddy, so muddy that one man said if you walked on it it would literally suck your shoes right off.

Jim Dandy had a condition that horsemen call “eggshell hooves”. They were thinly walled and caused severe pain when running on a hard fast track but felt oh so good to him in the deep mud of Saratoga that day.

Of course in 1930 they did not have pari-mutuel wagering so there were many bookies at the track. Some said that they were offering 100-1 odds on Jim Dandy but some of the bookmakers offered as much as 500-1. Needless to say a lot of bookmakers were put out of business that afternoon and some of them simply disappeared after the race.

To make a long story short Jim Dandy cruised home by eight lengths ahead of the triple crown winner Gallant Fox. The crowd was deafly silent except for the ones that had bet on Jim Dandy. Jim Dandy never won another stakes race and was retired in 1939. Almost 30 years after that fateful day Sunny Jim Fitzsimmons was asked about the race.


“It was a fluke. Jim Dandy didn’t belong in the race.”

He never did get over his great horse being defeated by the likes of Jim Dandy.


2013 Jim Dandy Stakes Preview

Palace Malice Now let’s look at the entries for the 2013 Jim Dandy Stakes. This race is a Grade 2 event going 11/8 mile for 3 year olds. The morning line favorite is the Todd Pletcher trained Palace Malice. He of course left egg on my face by winning the Belmont Stakes. Pletcher must think highly of him here because he is the only horse he has entered for this race. The way he won the Belmont was impressive, but you know me and favorites. I’ll have to try and beat him.

The second choice in the morning line is Mylute. This is a gritty horse to say the least and has a darn good rider in Rosie Napravnik. The colt showed very well in the Derby and the Preakness. I think  he could get a piece of this.

Will Take Charge in 2013 Rebel StakesLet me tell you how I believe it will shake out.  The gate will open and a speed duel will immediately commence with Freedom Child, Moreno and Code West. Palace Malice and Mylute will be in the stalking mode. The duel will continue around the far turn and as Moreno starts to fade. Palace Malice will make his move as will Mylute. As they straighten for the drive Freedom Child and Code West will be feeling the pain and it will be Palace Malice and Mylute taking over. But on the outside will come…Will Take Charge and there will be a three horse race to the wire.

I am not going to tout Will Take Charge yet again, but I do believe he will run a decent race in this one. Who will win? I believe it will be one of those three and the finish in this Jim Dandy will be Hot and Nasty!  😈




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