Thursday, December 05, 2013


NYRA announces 2014 Aqueduct winter/spring stakes schedule


OZONE PARK, N.Y. - The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) has announced the stakes schedule for the 2014 winter/spring meet at Aqueduct Racetrack, with stakes purses totaling $6 million.


The Grade 1, $1 million Wood Memorial, New York's premier prep race for the Triple Crown, tops the stakes schedule and will be contested on April 5. The Wood Memorial will receive top billing on the card that also will include the Grade 1, $500,000 Carter Handicap, the Grade 2, $300,000 Gazelle, the Grade 2, $250,000 Ruffian Handicap, and the Grade 3, $300,000 Bay Shore.

In addition, Aqueduct will host three graded stakes around two turns for 3-year-olds that lead to the Wood Memorial: the Grade 2, $200,000 Jerome on January 4, the Grade 3, $250,000 Withers on February 1, and the Grade 3, $500,000 Gotham on March 1.

The minimum stakes purse is $100,000, up from $75,000 last year.

Aqueduct will predominantly race on a Thursday-through-Monday schedule in January and March, and on a four-day, Friday-through-Monday schedule in February. From April through the end of the year, NYRA generally will hold live racing on its customary Wednesday-through-Sunday schedule, with the usual exception of the Saratoga meet when there will again be live racing every day except Tuesday.


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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