02/27/2006 1:00AM

$1 million Del 'Cap still meet highlight


Aside from some minor shuffling of dates and one renamed race, the 2006 stakes schedule at Delaware Park closely resembles the schedule at the Stanton, Del., track last year.

Each of the 28 stakes from last year returns at the same purse level, highlighted by the $1 million Delaware Handicap for fillies and mares on July 16.

The Delaware Handicap undercard has gotten a boost with the addition of the $200,000 Caesar Rodney. The 1 1/8-mile turf race was run in early September last year.

Also moving are the $100,000 Sussex and the Grade 3, $500,000 Kent Breeders' Cup.

The Sussex, a 1 1/16-mile turf race that was contested in late July last year, now becomes the season's second grass stakes, on June 24. The Kent, a 1 1/8-mile turf race for 3-year-olds, is moving from June to Sept. 2, the Saturday before Labor Day.

One other turf race, the $75,000 Nick Shuk for 3-year-olds, has been shifted from June to become Delaware's lone stakes during August.

The Vincent Moscarelli, a six-furlong sprint, moves from October to mid-September.

The one "new" race is the $75,000 Peach Blossom, a six-furlong sprint for 3-year-old fillies on opening day. All that's really changed, however, is the name. The race was run as the Legal Light under the same conditions in 2005.

In addition to the 28 stakes, Delaware will offer a series of 22 overnight stakes, worth $50,000 apiece.

The 136-day meet will run from April 22 to Nov. 19.

2006 stakes schedule

Sat.,April 22PEACH BLOSSOM3YO F6 furlongs$75,000
Sat.,May 6FRANCIS "JOCK" LABELLE 3YO 6 furlongs 75,000
Sat.,May 20SWEET N SASSY HANDICAPF&M, 3YO & Up6 furlongs75,000
Sat., May 27GO FOR WAND 3YO F1 1 1/16 miles100,000
Sat.,June 3JOHN W. ROONEY F&M, 3YO & Up1 1/8 miles (T)100,000
Sat.,June 10BRANDYWINE HANDICAP3YO & Up1 1/16 miles100,000
Sat.,June 17OBEAH HANDICAPF&M, 3YO & Up1 1/8 miles100,000
Sat.,June 17SUSAN'S GIRL B.C.3YO F1 1/16 miles 175,000
Sat.,June 24SUSSEX HANDICAP3YO & Up1 1/16 miles (T)100,000
Sat.,July 1DENISE RHUDY 3YO F1 1/8 miles (T)75,000
Sat.,July 15DELAWARE OAKS (G2)3YO F1 1/16 miles500,000
Sat.,July 15ROBERT G. DICK B.C. HANDICAPF&M, 3YO & Up1 3/8 miles (T)300,000
Sat. July 15R.R.M. CARPENTER HANDICAP3YO & Up1 1/16 miles100,000
Sun.,July 16DELAWARE HANDICAP (G2)F&M, 3YO & Up1 1/4 miles1,000,000
Sun.,July 16LEONARD RICHARDS (G3)3YO 1 1/16 miles300,000
Sun.,July 16LIGHT HEARTED F&M, 3YO & Up6 furlongs100,000
Sat.Aug. 12NICK SHUK 3YO 1 1/16 miles (T)75,000
Sat.Sept. 2KENT BREEDERS' CUP (G3)3YO 1 1/8 miles (T)500,000
Sat.,Sept. 9ENDINE HANDICAP (G3)F&M, 3YO & Up6 furlongs200,000
Sat.,Sept. 9GEORGE ROSENBERGER F&M, 3YO & Up1 1/16 miles (T)100,000
Sat.,Sept. 9OWNERS' DAY HANDICAP3YO & Up1 1/8 miles100,000
Sat.,Sept. 16VINCENT MOSCARELLI HANDICAP3YO & Up6 furlongs100,000
Sat,Sept. 30KELSO HANDICAP3YO & Up1 3/16 miles100,000
Sat.,Oct. 7DELAWARE CERTIFIED3YO & Up6 furlongs50,000
Sat.,Oct. 7DELAWARE CERTIFIED DISTAFFF&M, 3YO & Up6 furlongs50,000
Sat.,Oct. 21DOVER 2YO1 1/16 miles100,000
Sat.,Oct. 28BLUE HEN STAKES2YO F1 1/16 miles100,000