INGLEWOOD, Calif. (March 10, 2009) — The $700,000 Hollywood Gold Cup and the $700,000 American Oaks anchor an $8-million stakes schedule for Hollywood Park’s 65-day Spring/Summer Meet, which opens Wednesday, April 22.

The stakes schedule was revamped due to the sagging economy with the intent of protecting the overall quality of racing.

“We thought the best course of action was to do as much as we could for overnight purses,” said Martin Panza, vice president of racing. “The deductions will help keep overnight purses at or near their 2008 levels.”

The Hollywood Park stakes schedule, reduced by $1.5 million from 2008, will not include three graded races — the Jim Murray Memorial Handicap, the Hawthorne Handicap and the Will Rogers Stakes. In addition, the CashCall Mile will be run as the Royal Heroine Mile with a $250,000 purse, a $500,000 decrease.

“We’re very pleased that CashCall, through owner Paul Reddam, was a sponsor and that they remain with us for the CashCall Futurity,” Panza said. “We hope the CashCall Mile will be coming back to Hollywood Park in the future. We’re very disappointed that it was not given Grade I status, a point that is hard to explain to our sponsor. It is unfortunate that Japanese Grade I winners are not taken into account by the graded stakes committee.”

The eighth running of the American Oaks is scheduled for Sunday, July 5, along with the $300,000 Triple Bend Handicap. Both are Grade I events. The Hollywood Gold Cup, also a Grade I race, will be run for the 70th time on Saturday, July 11 — same day as the Grade II Royal Heroine Mile. While the Gold Cup and American Oaks remain the richest races on the calendar, they have each been cut by $50,000.

There are 49 races on the stakes schedule, including six Grade I events. There are ten Grade II races and 11 Grade III races. There will be seven days with multiple stakes races, beginning with the $1.3-million Cal National Gold Rush X on Saturday, April 25.

The $250,000 Cal National Snow Chief Stakes is the feature event on Gold Rush Day, but it has strong support in the $200,000 Melair and four $150,000 races — the TVG Khaled, Fran’s Valentine, B. Thoughtful and Tiznow.

First Grade I race on the schedule is the $250,000-added Shoemaker Mile on Memorial Day — Monday, May 25. The Shoemaker, first run as the Premiere Handicap on Hollywood Park’s inaugural opening day on June 10, 1938, will be contested for the 66th time.

The prestigious $300,000 Charles Whittingham Memorial Handicap will be run on Saturday, June 6 — Belmont Day. The Grade I event will be accompanied by the Grade III, $100,000 Ack Ack Handicap and the $70,000-added Redondo Beach Stakes.

The $250,000 Californian, last major stepping-stone to the Hollywood Gold Cup, will be run on Saturday, June 13. The Grade III, $100,000 Round Table Handicap will also be part of the program.

Hollywood Park’s two major races for 2-year-olds will be run on the same day with the $100,000 Hollywood Juvenile Championship and $100,000 Landaluce scheduled for Sunday, July 12.

\ Closing weekend will feature the $300,000 Swaps Stakes and $150,000 A Gleam Handicap on Saturday, July 18, with the Sunset Handicap on Sunday, July 19.

The deletion of the three graded races will be reviewed in 2010.

“For this year, only, they are discontinued,” Panza said. “Under the guidelines of the graded stakes committee, as long as we run them again next year, we’re allowed to keep the grades. It would probably be our intent to re-establish those races, but we will have to wait and see if the economy improves.”

The stakes schedule follows:

DATE STAKE PURSE/DISTANCE
Wed. HARRY HENSON STAKES $70,000 Added
April 22 Three Year Olds Six Furlongs (Turf)

*************************CAL NATIONAL GOLD RUSH **********************
Saturday CAL NATIONAL SNOW CHIEF STAKES $250,000 #
April 25 Three Year Olds, Bred in California One Mile & One Eighth

MELAIR STAKES $200,000 @
Fillies, Three Years Old, Bred in California One Mile & One Sixteenth

TVG KHALED STAKES $150,000 @
Four Year Olds & Upward, California Bred One Mile & One Eighth (Turf)

FRAN’S VALENTINE STAKES $150,000 @
Fillies & Mares, Four Year Olds & Upward One Mile & One Sixteenth (Turf)
Bred in California

B. THOUGHTFUL STAKES $150,000
Fillies & Mares, Four Year Olds & Upward Seven Furlongs
Bred in California

TIZNOW STAKES $150,000
Four-Year-Olds & Upward, Bred in California Seven & One Half Furlongs

BARRETTS STAKES $70,000
Three-Year-Olds & Upward, Bred in California
Which have not won $3,000 O/T M, C or S Seven Furlongs

WARREN’S THOROUGHBREDS STAKES $70,000
F&M, Three-Year-Olds & Upward, Cal-Bred
Which have not won $3,000 O/T M, C or S Seven Furlongs

NTRA STAKES $60,000
Maiden Colts & Geldings, 3&Up, Cal-Bred Six & One-Half Furlongs

MAGALI FARMS STAKES $60,000
Maiden Fillies & Mares, 3&Up, Cal-Bred Six & One-Half Furlongs
******* **************************************** ******************************

Sunday INGLEWOOD HANDICAP (GIII) $100,000
April 26 Three Year Olds & Upward One Mile & One Sixteenth (Turf)

Saturday WILSHIRE HANDICAP (GIII) $100,000
May 2 Fillies & Mares, Three Year Olds & Upward One Mile (Turf)

Sunday SENORITA STAKES (GIII) $100,000
May 3 Fillies, Three Years Old One Mile (Turf)
Saturday MERVYN LEROY HANDICAP (GII) $150,000
May 9 Three Year Olds & Upward One Mile & One Sixteenth

Sunday RAILBIRD STAKES (GIII) $100,000
May 10 Fillies, Three Years Old Seven Furlongs

Saturday LOS ANGELES HANDICAP (GIII) $100,000
May 16 Three Year Olds & Upward Six Furlongs

Sunday THE GALLANT MAN $100,000
May 17 Three Year Olds & Upward One Mile and Five Furlongs

Saturday MILADY HANDICAP (GII) $150,000
May 23 Fillies & Mares, Three Year Olds & Upward One Mile & One Sixteenth

Sunday LAZARO S. BARRERA MEMORIAL S. (GIII) $100,000
May 24 Three Year Olds Seven Furlongs

Monday SHOEMAKER MILE (GRADE I) $250,000 Added *
May 25 Three Year Olds & Upward One Mile (Turf)

Saturday THE GAMELY STAKES (GRADE I) $250,000 Added *
May 30 Fillies & Mares, Three Year Olds & Upward One Mile & One Eighth (Turf)

Sunday HONEYMOON HANDICAP (GII) $150,000
May 31 Fillies, Three Years Old One Mile & One Eighth (Turf)

Wed. WILLARD L. PROCTOR MEMORIAL STAKES $70,000 Added
June 3 Two Year Olds Five & One Half Furlongs

Friday MANHATTAN BEACH STAKES $70,000 Added
June 5 Fillies, Three Years Old Six Furlongs (Turf)

Saturday CHARLES WHITTINGHAM MEM. H. (GRADE I) $300,000
June 6 Three Year Olds & Upward One Mile & One Quarter (Turf)

THE ACK ACK HANDICAP (GIII) $100,000
Three Year Olds & Upward Seven & One Half Furlongs

REDONDO BEACH STAKES $70,000 Added
Fillies & Mares, Three Year Olds & Upward One Mile (Turf)
Non-winners of a Grade I or II in 2009 at one mile or over

Sunday HOLLYWOOD OAKS (GII) $150,000
June 7 Fillies, Three Years Old One Mile & One Sixteenth

Wed. CINDERELLA STAKES $70,000 Added
June 10 Fillies, Two Years Old Five & One Half Furlongs

Saturday THE CALIFORNIAN (GII) $250,000
June 13 Three Year Olds & Upward One Mile & One Eighth

THE ROUND TABLE HANDICAP (GIII) $100,000
Three Year Olds & Upward One Mile & Three Quarters (Turf)

Sunday DESERT STORMER HANDICAP $70,000 Added
June 14 Fillies & Mares, Three Year Olds & Upward Six Furlongs

Wed. ROBERT K. KERLAN MEMORIAL HANDICAP $70,000 Added
June 17 Three Year Olds & Upward Six Furlongs (Turf)

Saturday AFFIRMED HANDICAP (GIII) $100,000
June 20 Three Year Olds One Mile & One Sixteenth

Sunday CINEMA HANDICAP (GIII) $100,000
June 21 Three Year Olds One Mile & One Eighth (Turf)

Saturday VANITY HANDICAP (GRADE I) $300,000*
June 27 Fillies & Mares, Three Year Olds & Upward One Mile & One Eighth

Sunday
June 28 BEVERLY HILLS HANDICAP (GII)
Fillies & Mares, Three Year Olds & Upward $150,000
One Mile & One Quarter (Turf)

Friday FLAWLESSLY STAKES $100,000
July 3 Fillies, Three Years Old One Mile (Turf)

Saturday AMERICAN HANDICAP (GII) $150,000
July 4 Three Year Olds & Upward One Mile & One Eighth (Turf)

Sunday AMERICAN OAKS (GRADE I) $700,000
July 5 Three Year Old Fillies (Invitational) One Mile & One Quarter (Turf)

TRIPLE BEND HANDICAP (GRADE I) $300,000*
Three Year Olds & Upward Seven Furlongs

Saturday HOLLYWOOD GOLD CUP (GRADE I) $700,000
July 11 Three Year Olds & Upward One Mile & One Quarter

ROYAL HEROINE MILE (GII) $250,000
Fillies & Mares, Three Year Olds & Upward One Mile (Turf)
Formerly the CashCall Mile

Sunday HOLLYWOOD JUVENILE CHAMPIONSHIP (GIII) $100,000
July 12 Two Year Olds Six Furlongs

LANDALUCE STAKES $100,000
Fillies, Two Years Old Six Furlongs

Saturday SWAPS STAKES (GII) $300,000*
July 18 Three Year Olds One Mile & One Eighth


A GLEAM HANDICAP (GII) $150,000
Fillies & Mares, Three Year Olds & Upward Seven Furlongs

Sunday SUNSET HANDICAP (GII) $150,000 +
July 19 Three Year Olds & Upward One Mile & One Half (Turf)
+ $25,000 from Breeders’ Cup Fund. # $40,000 from California-Bred Fund.
* $50,000 from Breeders’ Cup Fund. @ $25,000 from California-Bred Fund.