08/08/2005 11:00PM

$100,000 grass sprint added to stakes schedule


SAN MATEO, Calif. - Bay Meadows will offer 11 stakes worth $830,000 during its 33-day fall meeting, which begins Aug. 26.

The highlight of the meet is the Grade 3, $125,000 Bay Meadows Breeders' Cup Handicap for 3-year-olds and up at 1 1/8 miles on the turf. Two $100,000 California-bred turf stakes are also scheduled, the California Turf Championship at one mile on Labor Day and a new five-furlong sprint on Sept. 24, the California Turf Sprint Championship, which replaces the California Sprint Championship on the main track.

Bay Meadows will also run two stakes, the Earlene McCabe Derby and the Governor's Handicap, that were traditionally run at the State Fair meet. There is no Thoroughbred racing this year at the State Fair.

"We're pleased that we were able to raise stakes minimums up to $60,000," racing secretary Tom Doutrich said. "And the overnight stakes are worth even more to Cal-breds with the Cal-bred incentives."

Missing from the traditional Bay Meadows fall lineup is the Grade 3 Bay Meadows Derby. There are also no main-track sprints for older runners of either sex.

2005 stakes schedule

Sat.,Sept. 3Hillsborough Handicap3 YO & Up, F&M1 mile (T)$60,000
Sun.,Sept. 4Earlene McCabe Derby3 YO6 furlongs70,000
Mon.,Sept. 5California Turf Championship3YO & Up*1 mile (T)100,000
Sat.,Sept. 10Monterey Handicap3YO & Up, F&M5 furlongs (T)60,000
Sat.,Sept. 17Palo Alto Handicap3YO fillies1 1/16 miles (T)60,000
Sat.,Sept. 24Cal. Turf Sprint Championship3YO & Up*5 furlongs (T)100,000
Sat.,Oct. 1Bay Meadows B.C. Handicap (G3)3YO & Up1 1/8 miles (T)125,000
Sat.,Oct. 8Autumn Leaves Handicap3YO & Up F&M1 1/16 miles (T)75,000
Sun.,Oct. 9Carmel Stakes2 YO F1 mile60,000
Mon.,Oct. 10Governor's Handicap3YO & Up1 1/16 miles60,000
Sat.,Oct. 15Bay Meadows Juvenile2 YO1 mile60,000