02/20/2004 12:00AM

Alberta Derby no longer Grade 3


Stampede Park's 2004 stakes schedule sports a very familiar look, with 12 events worth a total of $550,000 slated to be run at the Calgary, Alberta track this spring.

The only change involves the status of the Alberta Derby, the premier offering of the 47-day meeting, which had been a Grade 3 in recent years but now will be a listed stakes.

The $100,000 purse of the Alberta Derby remains unchanged. The 1 1/16-mile race for 3-year-olds will be run June 20, the next-to-last day of the meeting that begins April 2.

The Herald Gold Plate, a 1 1/16-mile race for 3-year-olds and upward on June 13, offers a purse of $50,000, while the 10 other stakes are worth $40,000.