12/22/2015 12:46PM

$100,000 races for juveniles offered in spring


OZONE PARK, N.Y. – In an attempt to stimulate early activity in its 2-year-old program, the New York Racing Association plans to offer $100,000 purses for six maiden juvenile races – three for females and three for males – in April and May. The usual purse for a maiden race at that time of year is $75,000.

The three races in each division are designed to produce runners for the Astoria and Tremont stakes on June 9 and 10 at Belmont Park. The maiden races will be known as the Astoria Trial A, B, and C and the Tremont Trial A, B, and C.

The first of those maiden races will be scheduled at Aqueduct for April 20 (females) and April 21 (males) and be run at 4 1/2 furlongs over the main track. The ensuing maiden races will be scheduled at Belmont Park for May 4-5 and then May 18-19 and run at five furlongs.

The fields are limited to 10 starters, and all runners will be paid. The winner’s share is $50,000. In the event that there are 10 starters, finishers 7-10 would split $3,500, or receive $875 each.

Last spring, only one race for 2-year-old fillies and none for males filled at Aqueduct. At Belmont, there was only one maiden race for each gender before the stakes were run.

NYRA also will offer a bonus to the owner and trainer of the first three finishers in all maiden juvenile races for New York-breds conducted at the Aqueduct spring and Belmont Park spring-summer meetings.

In addition to the regular purse payments, the owners of the winner of a New York-bred maiden race would get a $9,000 bonus, the owner of the runner-up would receive a $4,500 bonus, and the owner of the third-place finisher would get $2,500 a bonus. The trainers’ bonuses for the top three finishers would be $4,000, $3,000, and $2,000.

The connections of New York-breds who finish first, second, or third in open maiden races also are eligible to receive the same bonuses.

The New York Breeding Fund is contributing $200,000 to help fund these bonuses.

Walt Gekko More than 1 year ago
Excellent move by NYRA in trying to stimulate two year old races. Personally, what I would do is also revive two older two-year-old stakes, the Flash and Fashion, running those the week of the Belmont Stakes as $200,000 events and then running the Astoria and Tremont in their more traditional spot in late June/early July as $300,000 races. Option two would be to move the Astoria and Tremont to late July and move the Matron and Futurity from the fall meet to the day after the Belmont Stakes (if NYRA insists on racing the Sunday after the Belmont) and go back to running the Matron and Futurity as actual futurities like they used to be run, perhaps with $500,000 guaranteed purses at six furlongs. It could be done where trial races worth $100,000 each can be scheduled for the day after the Preakness at five and a half furlongs with the top finishers advancing to the Matron and Futurity three weeks later (with the Flash and Fashion still brought back, That's how you really bring two year old racing back, especially if you can start having four and a half and five furlong baby races at Aqueduct late in the inner track and start of the main track season (there was a time where you had five-furlong baby races at Aqueduct in March). This could even include some five-furlong turf races for two year olds at Aqueduct during April.
Walt Gekko More than 1 year ago
I meant moving the Astoria and Tremont to late June, NOT late July with the idea of running the Matron and Futurity as actual futurities the day after the Belmont Stakes.
Walt Gekko More than 1 year ago
And also bringing back the Flash and Fashion as fall races to replace the Matron and Futurity in the fall.