The Pago Pago Stakes is a Group 2 Sydney Autumn race worth $175, 000 in prize money. The race is run under set weights over a sprint distance of 1200M. The Pago Pago Stakes is designed for two-year-old colts and geldings. The race takes center stage in late March at The Rosehill racecourse in Sydney, New South Wales. The event features on the same day as the Group 1 George Ryder Stakes and the winner is exempted for ballot in the premier 2yo race in the Sydney Autumn – The Golden Slipper Stakes. Sidestep is the current Pago Pago Stakes champion after beating Dothraki and Fuerza to second and third respectively.
The race is run seven days before the Group 1 Golden Slippers and is seen as the ideal lead up race for two-year-old colts and geldings looking to compete and make a case for the slipper championship. The Group3 Skyline Stakes is seen as a gear-up event for the Pago Pago Stakes and the last filly to take home the Pago Pago Stakes and The Skyline Stakes Double is The Shogun Lodge back in 1999. Other notable performers include Stratum back in 2005, the last 2yo filly to claim the spoils in both the Pago Pago Stakes as well as the Golden Slipper Stakes. .
The Group 2 Magic Night Stakes for fillies takes center stage the same day as the Pago Pago Stakes and horse racing enthusiast can enjoy the thrill and excitement that comes with these events in the 2014 Sydney Autumn Carnival. Interestingly, before taking home the Pago Pago Stakes, Outstanding 2yo filly Sidestep (2013) had lost his rider in the Group 2 Todman Stakes. Other notable winners in the event are All Too Hard in 2012 and Salade back in 2011.
Pago Pago Stakes recent winners & placegetters
|2014||Time For War||Kumaon||Klammer||1:12.7|
|2012||All Too Hard||Narcissus||Limes||1:11.2|
|2011||Salade||Boys On Tour||Exceed And Exalt||1:11.5|
|2009||Tickets||New Day Rising||Stryker||1:11.2|
|2008||Sidereus||Over The Wicket||Dubai To Sydney||1:11.9|
|2005||Stratum||Power Of Destiny||Seidnazar||1:09.2|
|2004||Genius And Evil||Fastnet Rock||High Priority||1:10.1|
|2001||Red Hannigan||Dash For Cash||Shags||1:09.9|
|2000||De France||Ombra Della Sera||Veteran||1:11.5|
|1999||Shogun Lodge||High Rolling||Cullen||1:10.3|
|1997||Encounter||Dance Beat||Irish Air||1:09.8|
|1996||Babu’s Boy||Magic Of Sydney||Intergaze||1:09.5|
|1994||Lord Jim||Code||Call Me Pal||1:11.3|
|1993||Jetball||Sports Works||Allez Glen||1:10.0|
|1992||Yachtie||King Marauding||Moville Dancer||1:11.5|
|1990||Pagan Jest||Our Horizon||Thegra||1:15.0|