Minimum Stakes Purse to Increase at Aqueduct
by Blood-Horse Staff
Date Posted: 12/4/2013 6:40:44 PM
Last Updated: 12/5/2013 8:49:00 AM

Aqueduct Racetrack
Photo: Coglianese Photos

The minimum stakes purse for the 2014 winter meet at Aqueduct Racetrack has been increased to $100,000 from $75,000, the New York Racing Association announced Dec. 4.

NYRA also announced that Aqueduct will race Mondays instead of Wednesdays. The track will race five days a week in January and March on a Thursday-through-Monday schedule, and four days a week in February (Fridays through Mondays).

Stakes purses will total about $6 million for the meet. The $1 million Wood Memorial Stakes (gr. I), New York's premier prep race for the Triple Crown, tops the stakes schedule and will be contested April 5. The program will include the $500,000 Carter Handicap (gr. I), the $300,000 Gazelle Stakes and the $250,000 Ruffian Handicap (both gr. II), and the $300,000 Bay Shore Stakes (gr. III).

The Wood Memorial Stakes preps are the $200,000 Jerome Stakes (gr. II) Jan. 4, the $250,000 Withers Stakes (gr. III) Feb. 1, and the $500,000 Gotham Stakes (gr. III) March 1.

NYRA officials said the weekly schedules at Belmont Park and Saratoga Race Course will mirror those of recent years, with racing six days a week at Saratoga.

The 2014 Aqueduct Racetrack winter/spring stakes schedule:

DATE

CLOSES

RACE

GR.

PURSE

AGE

DISTANCE

Wed., Jan 1

Sat., Dec. 21

Interborough

 

100,000

F&M 3&UP

6 Furlongs

Wed., Jan. 1

"

Affectionately

 

100,000

F&M 3&UP

1 1/16

Sat., Jan. 4

"

Jerome

II

200,000

3YO

1 Mile 70 Yds

Sat., Jan. 4

"

Busanda

 

100,000

F 3YO

1 Mile 70 Yds

Sat., Jan 11

Sat., Dec. 28

Ruthless   

 

100,000

F 3YO

6 Furlongs

Sat., Jan. 18

Sat., Jan. 4

Evening Attire

 

100,000

3 & UP

1 1/16

Mon., Jan. 20

"

Jimmy Winkfield

 

100,000

3 YO

6 Furlongs

Sat., Jan 25

"

Ladies Hdcp

 

100,000

F&M 3&UP

1 1/8

Sat., Jan 25

 

TRIPLE CROWN (Early Closing)

 

 

 

 

Sat., Feb. 1

Sat., Jan 18

Busher

 

100,000

F 3YO

1 1/16

Sat., Feb. 1

"

Toboggan

III

150,000

3 & UP

6 Furlongs

Sat., Feb. 1

"

Correction

 

100,000

F&M 3&UP

6 Furlongs

Sat., Feb. 1

"

Withers

III

250,000

3 YO

1 1/16

Sat., Feb. 8

Sat., Jan. 25

Dearly Precious

 

100,000

F 3YO

6 Furlongs

Sat., Feb. 15

Sat., Feb. 1

Stymie

 

100,000

3 & UP

1 1/8

Mon., Feb. 17

"

Hollie Hughes (NYB)

 

100,000

3 & UP

6 Furlongs

Sat., Feb. 22

Sat., Feb 8

Kings Point (NYB)

 

100,000

3 & UP

1 1/16

Sat., Mar. 1

Sat., Feb. 15

Tom Fool Hdcp.

III

200,000

3 & UP

6 Furlongs

Sat., Mar. 1

"

Gotham

III

500,000

3YO

1 1/16

Sat., Mar. 1

"

Top Flight Hdcp.

II

200,000

F&M 3&UP

1 1/16

Sat., Mar. 8

Sat., Feb. 22

Fred "Cappy" Capossela

 

100,000

3 YO

6 Furlongs

Sat., Mar. 15

Sat., Mar. 1

Cicada

 

100,000

F 3YO

6 Furlongs

Sat., Mar. 22

 

TRIPLE CROWN (Late Closing)

 

 

 

 

Sat., Mar. 22

Sat., Mar. 8

Excelsior         

III

150,000

3 & UP

1 1/8

Sat., Mar. 29

Sat., Mar. 15

Broadway (NYB)

 

100,000

F&M 3&UP

6 Furlongs

Sat., Apr. 5

Sat., Mar. 22

Wood Memorial

I

1,000,000

3YO

1 1/8

Sat., Apr. 5

"

Carter Hdcp.

I

500,000

3&UP

7 Furlongs

Sat., Apr. 5

"

Bay Shore

III

300,000

3YO

7 Furlongs

Sat., Apr. 5

"

Gazelle

II

300,000

F 3YO

1 1/8

Sat., Apr. 5

"

Ruffian Hdcp.

II

250,000

F&M 3&UP

1 Mile

Sat., Apr. 19

Sat., Apr. 5

Distaff (Hdcp)

II

200,000

F&M 3&UP

6 Furlongs

Sat., Apr. 26

CLOSED

New York Stallion Stakes

 

100,000

F 3YO

6 1/2 Furlongs

 

 

Park Avenue Division

 

 

 

 

Sat., Apr. 26

CLOSED

New York Stallion Stakes

 

100,000

3YO

6 1/2 Furlongs

 

 

Times Square Division

 

 

 

 



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