The 130th Kentucky Derby (gr. I) and Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) highlight a 2004 stakes schedule at Churchill Downs that includes five new races and record total stakes purses that will soar beyond the $9 million mark for the first time.
Oak Tree at Santa Anita Park has released its stakes schedule for its 2003 meeting. This year, the meet will be highlighted by the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships, which will feature eight Breeders' Cup events plus a pair of additional stakes.
The Southern California Thoroughbred racing scene shifts to Hollywood Park April 23 for the Inglewood track's 65-day spring/summer meet that extends through June 20. A packed stakes schedule includes the $750,000 Hollywood Gold Cup, a grade I event set for July 13.
Delaware Park will kick off its more than six-month racing season April 26 with the $75,000 Legal Light Stakes, one of 30 major events on the stakes calendar. The highlight is the $750,000 Delaware Handicap, a grade II race set for July 20.
Indiana Downs, which opens April 11 for its inaugural Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse meet, has scheduled 12 stakes for the session that runs through May 26.
Prairie Meadows will do away with its weeklong Iowa Festival of Racing as it adjusts its season to a new schedule and scaled-back purses. Instead of packing its six biggest Thoroughbred races into one week, the track will spread them out over four weekends from June 21 to July 12.
Nineteen stakes worth $3.675 million will be run during Keeneland's 15-day spring meet from April 4-25.
Oak Tree at Santa Anita announced it will run 28 stakes during its Oct. 2 to Nov. 3 meeting.
Listings of racing on television and upcoming stakes
The $500,000 Prince of Wales Stakes, second leg of the Canadian Triple Crown, will highlight a $1.9-million stakes schedule at Fort Erie Race Track this season.
Fourteen stakes, including the grade III New Hampshire Sweepstakes for 3-year-olds and up on the turf, will highlight the 2002 season at Rockingham Park.
The $600,000-guaranteed grade III Delaware Handicap highlights the $4.4 million (including Breeders' Cup and NATC funds) stakes schedule at Delaware Park this year.
Philadelphia Park will offer a $1.8-million stakes schedule this season with 10 fewer events than last year.
Woodbine Entertainment Group will have a record $18.7 million stakes schedule for its upcoming 2002 Thoroughbred
season. The stakes calendar includes 100 added-money events.
Nineteen stakes worth $3.65 million will be offered during Keeneland's 16-day spring meet from April 5-26. Anchoring the rich stakes program are two grade I races -- the $750,000 Toyota Blue Grass for 3-year-olds and the $500,000 Ashland Stakes for 3-year-old fillies.
Churchill Downs stakes schedule for 2002 includes the 128th renewals of the $1 million guaranteed Kentucky Derby and the $500,000 Kentucky Oaks - plus a record five grade I events and record total stakes purses of more than $8 million. The schedule also includes a pair of new stakes, including one named in honor of legendary track president Col. Matt Winn that will be run during the centennial anniversary of his arrival at the Louisville track.
The Slipton Fell Handicap is worth $75,000? C'mon. You're joking. Not! That race, which recognizes one of the more cleverly-named horses that campaigned at Waterford Park in the 1960s, is only one of 28 stakes that will be worth a minimum of $75,000 next year at Mountaineer Race Track & Gaming Resort.
Sportsman's Park will offer a $1-million bonus for any horse that wins next year's $500,000 Illinois Derby and then goes on to win any Triple Crown race in the subsequent months. The Illinois track released its $2.1-million stakes schedule Tuesday.
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