Churchill Downs has unveiled a stakes schedule for its 2009 spring meet that is headed by the 135th renewals of the $2-million Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) and the $500,000 Kentucky Oaks (gr. I). There will be 29 events with total purses of $7.575 million.
Breeders' Cup officials, who announced Dec. 11 they were suspending the Breeders' Cup stakes program and a week later decided to fund the program using money from the organization's reserve account, have yet to approve which races will receive the added money.
Charles Town Races & Slots has announced a 2009 open stakes schedule with a record $2.7 million available in purses. The 12 scheduled stakes will take place on three special event days, beginning April 18 with Charles Town Classic Day.
The Breeders' Cup board of directors has decided to fund the Breeders' Cup Stakes program for 2009 by using money from the organization's reserve fund, according to a statement dated Dec. 17.
Five days after it announced it was suspending its North American Stakes program, Breeders' Cup apparently has reversed itself and decided to fund the program for 2009, according to two members of its board.
Breeders' Cup officials sent a Dec. 11 memo to racing secretaries and stakes coordinators announcing they were suspending the entire Breeders' Cup stakes program for 2009.
Woodbine concluded its 167-day Thoroughbred meet Dec. 7 with a 1.55% drop in all-sources handle, the Toronto-area track recently reported.
Calder Race Course will not hold any overnight stakes through the rest of its meet that ends Jan. 2, 2009. Five have been cut from the next condition book, which runs through Dec. 14.
With revenue from slot machines probably a few years away, Thoroughbred racing in Maryland will continue in no-frills mode for the immediate future.
The Nick Zito-trained duo of Da'Tara and Anak Nakal heads the field for the $350,000 grade II Meadowlands Cup Oct. 3 at Meadowlands.
A new stakes worth up to $1 million will be offered next year at Charles Town Races & Slots in West Virginia.
Major stakes will be scrapped and the Pimlico Race Course barn area closed until next year's spring meet under changes announced Aug. 6.
Calder Race Course posted entries July 7 for its July 12 Summit of Speed, a card with a quartet of six-furlong graded stakes that has become the highlight of the year at the South Florida track.
Summer Doldrums has one prior career start at Presque Isle Downs, and it resulted in a 12-length victory in a one-mile allowance test June 8. If he's as sharp now as he was 3 1/2 weeks ago, he'll be a major force in the $175,000 Presque Isle Mile July 4 at the Pennsylvania racetrack.
Churchill Downs will supplement the purse for the June 14 Stephen Foster Handicap (gr. I) to $1 million if at least one grade I winner starts in the race.
Calder Race Course on May 9 announced it will cut purses for eight upcoming stakes, including six on its July 12 Summit of Speed card.
New races, including a prep for the Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile, have been added to the stakes schedule at Louisiana Downs for the 2008 meet, which begins May 17.
Evangeline Downs has announced a schedule of 25 stakes worth a record $2.015 million, an increase of more than 12% over last year, for the upcoming 2008 Spring/Summer meeting that begins April 9.
Churchill Downs has unveiled an $11 million stakes schedule for its 2008 spring and fall meets that features 45 stakes events - including a record 38 graded stakes races - headed by the 134th renewals of the $2 million Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) and the $500,000-added Kentucky Oaks (gr. I).
The odds are stacked in trainer Todd Pletcher's favor to come away with a win in the $75,000 Busanda Stakes at Aqueduct Jan. 13.
Fair Grounds' "Road to the Derby" Jan. 12 kickoff day is headed by Silverfoot in the Colonel E.R. Bradley Handicap (gr. IIIT) and Blackberry Road in the Lecomte Stakes (gr. III), but four other $100,000 stakes races have drawn familiar names as well.
Team Valor International's Alexandra Rose, under a patient ride by Rafael Bejarano, swept past foes in the stretch to win the Monrovia Handicap (gr. IIIT) at 6 1/2 furlongs on the turf at Santa Anita Park Jan. 1.
Waterford Stable's In Summation stalked a three-horse speed duel in a five-horse field and blew by late to win the Jan. 1 El Conejo Handicap (gr. III) in track-record time for 5 1/2 furlongs at Santa Anita Park.
Eighteen stakes worth a record $4.3 million, and enhanced graded status for the Maker's Mark Mile, Appalachian, and Fifth Third Elkhorn Stakes, highlight Keeneland's 2008 spring meet to be held April 4-25.
- By Tom LaMarra
There will be three new grade I stakes in the United States in 2008 after a review by the American Graded Stakes Committee, but for the time being, the three Breeders' Cup World Championships races run for the first time in 2007 won't have a grade.
Monmouth Park will offer 12 stakes in addition to 11 Breeders' Cup World Championships events during its four-day Breeders' Cup meet Oct. 24-27.
Fifty-seven horses, including a host of stakes winners, have been nominated to a pair of stakes that will anchor the Sept. 29 closing-night card of the inaugural racing season at Presque Isle Downs.
The North American members of the Society of International Thoroughbred Auctioneers remind that the minimum purse value for North American black-type races will increase from $45,000 to $50,000 beginning Jan. 1, 2008.
Tie Rod proved deadly in the Jan. 26 Rattlesnake Snakes, the final prep for the Turf Paradise Derby in February.
The New York Racing Association has rescheduled four fall stakes to avoid a conflict with the expanded Breeders' Cup World Championships.
The $500,000 Kent Breeders' Cup Stakes (gr. III), washed out Sept. 2 and rescheduled, is the centerpiece of a power-packed Delaware Park program Sept. 9 when the racetrack holds its 14th Delaware Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association Owners' Day.
The New York Racing Association, which has said it might have to file for bankruptcy, today announced a reduction in stakes purses for 2006 of about $4 million.
Gulfstream Park will present 46 stakes races worth $8,045,000 during its 87-day meet in 2006, track officials have announced.
With two days before entries are drawn, a field of 10-12 seemed possible for Sunday's $750,000 West Virginia Derby (gr. III), one of nine stakes on an all-stakes program at Mountaineer Race Track and Gaming Resort that will rank as the richest day of racing in the history of the state.
Grade III winner Straight Line turned in a strong workout Monday as trainer Harvey Vanier prepares him for the seven-furlong Swale Stakes (gr. II) at Gulfstream Park March 5.
This year's Breeders' Cup Stakes program will offer $7.3 million in purse money spread over 125 stakes. Included are 69 graded stakes in the United States and 15 graded stakes in Canada.
- By Tom LaMarra
The Breeders' Cup board of directors has approved a committee recommendation that all grade I stakes that receive Breeders' Cup purse supplements be run under weight-for-age conditions effective July 1.
Mountaineer Race Track & Gaming Resort will offer a beefed-up stakes schedule in 2005 that includes a purse hike for the West Virginia Derby (gr. III) and the addition of stakes for 2-year-olds.
For the second year in a row, the New York Racing Association is moving a major 2-year-old stakes at Saratoga. The changes were part of the completed 2005 stakes schedule announced Dec. 9.
Fort Erie Race Track today released the 2004 Stakes Calendar pending regulatory approval. The stakes calendar features 24 events, highlighted by the $500,000 Prince of Wales Stakes.
A field of 12 has been entered in the $200,000 Barbara Fritchie Handicap (gr. II), a Feb. 14 feature that kicks off Laurel Park's Winter SprintFest weekend.
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.
Gulfsream Park announced its 2004 stakes schedule today, with 41 added-money events worth $8.5 million to be run during the Jan. 3 to April 25, meet.
The minimum purse value for black-type stakes races in North America will increase to $40,000, beginning January 1, 2004, it was announced today by the Society of International Thoroughbred Auctioneers (SITA).
The American Graded Stakes Committee has reviewed the status of two grade III stakes that were forced off the turf May 26, reinstating one and not the other.
An extension of its current meet to compensate for the loss of Thoroughbred racing at Rockingham Park led Suffolk Downs to cancel this year's $500,000 Massachusetts Handicap, its premier event.
A total of 104 races at 42 tracks will benefit from Breeders' Cup Funds.
There will be three new grade I stakes, three new grade II events, and 10 new grade III races under a 2003 list released Nov. 27 by the American Graded Stakes Committee of the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association.
A competitive field has been entered for the $150,000 American Handicap, a grade II turf event July 4 at Hollywood Park. The holiday program includes the $100,000 Landaluce Stakes, a grade III event for 2-year-old fillies.
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