03/03/2006 12:00AM

All 2006 graded stakes to go during Preakness Week


Pimlico Race Course released its spring stakes schedule Friday with a substantial number of positive changes and adjustments from previous seasons.

The schedule for the 31-day spring meet, which runs April 20 to June 10, consists of 27 stakes worth $4.55 million, with the highlight, as usual, being the Grade 1, $1 million Preakness on May 20. Fourteen of the stakes, including all 10 graded races, will be run Preakness week. Nine stakes are on the Preakness card alone.

Purses for 13 stakes were increased, while only one was decreased. Here are other notable changes:

* An increase in the purses for the Black-Eyed Susan Stakes and Dixie Handicap, each from $200,000 to $250,000, and for the Miss Preakness and Maryland BC Sprint from $100,000 to $125,000.

* A change in the name of the Pimlico Breeders' Cup Distaff to the Allaire duPont BC Distaff and a raise in the purse from $100,000 to $125,000.

* The Baltimore BC Turf Sprint (formerly the Ben Cohen) has been added to the Preakness undercard and the purse has been doubled to $100,000.

* The Woodlawn Stakes has been moved from the Preakness undercard to Kentucky Derby Day (May 6) and the purse has been cut from $100,000 to $75,000.

* The Hoover Stakes has been reinstated after it was dropped from the Laurel Park winter schedule; the Deputed Testamony Stakes has been dropped in favor of the Shine Again for Maryland-bred fillies and mares.

Friday's release follows an agreement reached among the Maryland Jockey Club, which operates Pimlico and Laurel, and the two groups that represent the state's horsemen.

Pimlico, which was at the center of Maryland's equine herpesvirus outbreak this winter, will operate on a four-day race week, with 10 races every Thursday, Friday, and Sunday, and 11 races on Saturdays. The May 19 and 20 cards each will consist of 13 races.

2006 spring stakes schedule

Sat.,April 22Jim McKay BC Handicap3YO & Up1 1/8 miles$200,000
Sat.,April 22Tesio3YO1 1/8 miles150,000
Sat.,April 22Maryland Stallion Station3YO6 furlongs125,000
Sat.,April 22Country Life Farm3YO F1 1/16 miles125,000
Sat.,April 22Northview Stallion StationF&M, 3YO & Up1 1/8 miles125,000
Sun.,April 23Hoover3YO & Up6 furlongs75,000
Sat.,April 29Henry Clark3YO & Up1 mile (T)85,000
Sun.,April 30Xtra Heat3YO F5 furlongs60,000
Sat.,May 6Woodlawn3YO1 1/16 miles (T)75,000
Sat.,May 13Hilltop Breeders' Cup3YO F1 1/16 miles (T)85,000
Fri.,May 19Pimlico Special (G1)3YO & Up1 3/16 miles500,000
Fri.,May 19Black-Eyed Susan (G2)3YO F1 1/8 miles250,000
Fri.,May 19Allaire duPont BC Distaff (G3)F&M, 3YO & Up1 1/16 miles200,000
Fri.,May 19Miss Preakness (G3)3YO F6 furlongs125,000
Fri.,May 19The Very OneF&M, 3YO & Up5 furlongs (T)75,000
Sat.,May 20Preakness (G1)3YO1 3/16 miles1,000,000
Sat.,May 20Dixie (G2)3YO & Up1 1/8 miles (T)250,000
Sat.,May 20Maryland BC Sprint (G3)3YO & Up6 furlongs200,000
Sat.,May 20William Donald Schaefer (G3)3YO & Up1 1/8 miles100,000
Sat.,May 20Gallorette (G3)F&M, 3YO & Up1 1/16 miles (T)100,000
Sat.,May 20Hirsch Jacobs (G3)3YO6 furlongs100,000
Sat.,May 20Sir Barton3YO1 1/16 miles100,000
Sat.,May 20Baltimore BC Turf Sprint3YO & Up5 furlongs (T)100,000
Sat.,May 20Murmur Farm Starter3YO & Up1 1/16 miles50,000
Sat.,May 27Shine Again*F&M, 3YO & Up1 1/16 miles50,000
Sat.,June 3Pearl Necklace*3YO F1 1/16 miles (T)75,000
Sat.,June 10SkipatF&M, 3YO & Up6 furlongs75,000

* Maryland-breds