01/10/2006 1:00AM

$5.4 million schedule looks familiar


Arlington Park's proposed 2006 stakes schedule, nearly a carbon copy of 2005, was approved Tuesday by the Illinois Racing Board.

Arlington is in the midst of breaking in a new director of racing, Kevin Greely, while still seeking a successor to departed president Cliff Goodrich, and Arlington's parent company, Churchill Downs Inc., apparently saw no need to alter the schedule put in place last season.

The 26 stakes on the 2006 racing calendar will offer purses totaling more than $5.4 million, with $2.15 million of the total stakes purses coming on Arlington Million Day, set for Aug. 12 this year. The Million card, as usual, also includes Arlington's other two Grade 1 stakes, the $750,000 Beverly D. and the $400,000 Secretariat.

Other meet highlights include the three-stakes Million Preview Day on July 22; the $300,000 Washington Park Handicap on July 29; and the six-stakes Prairie State Festival for Illinois-breds on June 24.

There is one new race on the schedule, the May 7 Avers Wexler Stakes, carded for 1 1/16 miles on turf, and restricted to the horses of Illinois owners.

2006 stakes schedule

Sun.,May 7Avers Wexler Stakes3YO & Up**1 1/16 miles (T)$100,000
Sat.,May 27Hanshin Cup (G3)3YO & Up1 mile100,000
Sat.,June 17Chicago B.C. Handicap (G3)F&M, 3YO & Up7 furlongs175,000
Sat.,June 24Purple Violet Stakes3YO F*1 mile75,000
Sat.,June 24Springfield Stakes3YO*1 mile75,000
Sat.,June 24Isaac Murphy HandicapF&M, 3YO & Up*6 furlongs75,000
Sat.,June 24White Oak Handicap3YO & Up*6 furlongs75,000
Sat.,June 24Lincoln Heritage HandicapF&M, 3YO & Up*1 1/16 miles (T)75,000
Sat.,June 24Black Tie Affair Handicap3YO & Up*1 1/16 miles (T)75,000
Sat.,July 1Arlington Classic (G3)3YO1 1/16 miles (T)150,000
Sun.,July 2Stars & Stripes B.C. Turf (G3)3YO & Up1 1/2 miles (T)200,000
Sat.,July 15Round Table Stakes3YO1 1/8 miles100,000
Sat.,July 22American Derby (G2)3YO1 3/16 miles (T)250,000
Sat.,July 22Arlington Handicap (G3)3YO & Up1 1/4 miles (T)200,000
Sat.,July 22Modesty Handicap (G3)F&M, 3YO & Up1 3/16 miles (T)150,000
Sat.,July 29Washington Park Handicap (G2)3YO & Up1 3/16 miles300,000
Sat.,Aug. 5Sea O'Erin Breeders' Cup mile3YO & Up1 mile (T)150,000
Sat.,Aug. 12Secretariat Stakes (G1)3YO1 1/4 miles (T)400,000
Sat.,Aug. 12Beverly D. (G1)F&M, 3YO & Up1 3/16 miles (T)750,000
Sat.,Aug. 12Arlington Million XXIV (G1)3YO & Up1 1/4 miles (T)1,000,000
Sat.,Aug. 19Arlington Oaks (G3)3YO F1 1/8 miles100,000
Sat.,Aug. 26Arlington B.C. Sprint3YO & Up6 furlongs150,000
Sat.,Sept. 2Arlington Matron Handicap (G3)F&M, 3YO & Up1 1/8 miles150,000
Sat.,Sept. 9Pucker Up Stakes (G3)3YO F1 1/8 miles (T)200,000
Sun.,Sept. 10Arl.-Wash. B.C. Lassie (G3)2YO F1 mile150,000
Sun.,Sept. 10Arl.-Wash. B.C. Futurity (G3)2YO 1 mile200,000

*Illinois-registered; **Illinois-owners