01/23/2003 12:00AM

American Oaks, Murray get boost


ARCADIA, Calif. - Hollywood Park has significantly increased the purses of several stakes and has created another three-stakes day for the upcoming spring-summer meeting, which runs from April 23 to July 20.

The purse of the July 5 American Oaks, for 3-year-old fillies over 1 1/4 miles on turf, has been increased from $500,000 to $750,000. The purse of the Jim Murray Handicap, formerly a $75,000 restricted race, has been increased to $400,000.

The Murray will be run on May 10 as part of a three-stakes day. The May 10 program also includes the renamed Los Angeles Times Handicap over six furlongs. The purse for the Los Angeles Times, formerly known as the Los Angeles Handicap, has been doubled to $200,000.

The purse of the Grade 2 A Gleam Handicap has been increased by $50,000 to $250,000. The A Gleam will be run on July 13, the same day as the Hollywood Gold Cup and the Swaps Stakes, two major races of the spring-summer meeting.

The conditions of both the Gold Cup and Swaps have been changed. The $750,000 Gold Cup will no longer allow early nominations, and nominations will close approximately 10 days before the race. The purse of the Swaps has been cut from $500,000 to $400,000. Other stakes were cut to accommodate the increases to the Murray and American Oaks: The Californian ($500,000 to $400,000), Sunset Handicap ($250,000 to $150,000), Gamely Handicap ($500,000 to $350,000), and Shoemaker Mile ($500,000 to $350,000).

2003 Hollywood Park stakes schedule

Wed., April 23HARRY HENSON STAKES3YO5 1/2 F (T)$75,000
Friday, April 25HAWTHORNE HANDICAP (G3)F&M 3YO & Up1 1/16 miles100,000
Sat., April 26CITIBANK SNOW CHIEF STAKES3YO *1 1/8 miles250,000
 MELAIR STAKES3YO F *1 1/16 miles200,000
 KHALED STAKESF & M 4YO & Up *1 1/8 miles (T)150,000
 FRAN'S VALENTINE STAKESF&M 4YO & Up *1 1/16 miles (T)150,000
 B. THOUGHTFUL STAKESF&M 4YO & Up *7 furlongs150,000
 TIZNOW STAKES4YO & Up *7 1/2 furlongs150,000
Sun., April 27WILSHIRE HANDICAP (G3)F&M 3YO & Up1 Mile (T)100,000
Sat., May 3INGLEWOOD HANDICAP (G3)3YO & Up1 1/16 miles (T)100,000
Sun., May 4RAILBIRD STAKES (G3)3YO F7 furlongs100,000
Sat., May 10JIM MURRAY MEMORIAL HCP3YO & Up 1 1/2 miles (T)400,000
 LOS ANGELES TIMES HCP (G3) 3YO & Up 6 furlongs200,000
 MERVYN LeROY HANDICAP (G2)3YO & Up1 1/16 miles150,000
Sun., May 11NURSERY STAKES2YO F5 furlongs75,000
Sat., May 17SENORITA STAKES (G3)3YO F1 Mile (T)100,000
Sun., May 18WILLARD L. PROCTOR MEMORIAL2YO5 furlongs75,000
Sat., May 24MILADY BC HANDICAP (G1)F&M 3YO & Up1 1/16 miles200,000
Sun., May 25WILL ROGERS STAKES (G3)3YO1 Mile (T)100,000
Mon., May 26THE GAMELY BC HANDICAP (G1) F&M 3YO & Up1 1/8 miles (T)350,000
 SHOEMAKER BC MILE (G1)3YO & Up1 Mile (T)350,000
 LAZARO S. BARRERA MEM. (G2) 3YO7 furlongs150,000
Sat., May 31THE ACK ACK HANDICAP3YO & Up7 1/2 furlongs75,000
Sun., June 1MANHATTAN BEACH STAKES3YO F5 1/2 F (T)75,000
Sat., June 7HONEYMOON BC HANDICAP (G2)3YO F1 1/8 miles (T)200,000
 DESERT STORMER HCP (G3)F&M 3YO & Up6 furlongs100,000
Sun., June 8CINDERELLA STAKES2YO F5 1/2 furlongs75,000
Sat., June 14THE CALIFORNIAN (G2)3YO & Up1 1/8 miles400,000
 CHAS. WHITTINGHAM MEM. HCP (G1)3YO & Up1 1/4 miles (T)350,000
 HOLLYWOOD BC OAKS (G2) 3YO F1 1/16 miles200,000
Sun., June 15QUICKEN TREE STAKES4YO & Up *1 1/2 miles (T)75,000
Sat., June 21VANITY HANDICAP (G1)F&M 3YO & Up1 1/8 miles250,000
 HAGGIN STAKES2YO5 1/2 furlongs75,000
Sun., June 22AFFIRMED HANDICAP (G3)3YO1 1/16 miles100,000
Sat., June 28BEVERLY HILLS HANDICAP (G2)F&M 3YO & Up1 1/4 miles (T)200,000
Sun., June 29CINEMA BC HANDICAP (G3)3YO1 1/8 miles (T)200,000
Friday, July 4AMERICAN HANDICAP (G2)3YO & Up1 1/8 miles (T)150,000
 LANDALUCE STAKES (G3)2YO F6 furlongs100,000
Sat., July 5AMERICAN OAKS 3YO F1 1/4 miles (T)750,000
 TRIPLE BEND BC HANDICAP (G1) 3YO & Up7 furlongs300,000
 ROYAL HEROINE STAKES (G3)F & M 3YO & Up1 Mile (T)100,000
Sun., July 6FLAWLESSLY STAKES3YO F1 Mile (T)100,000
Sat., July 12ROBERT KERLAN MEMORIAL HCP3YO & Up5 1/2 F (T)75,000
Sun., July 13HOLLYWOOD GOLD CUP (G1) 3YO & Up 1 1/4 miles750,000
 SWAPS STAKES (G2)3YO1 1/8 miles400,000
 A GLEAM INVITATIONAL HCP (G2)F&M 3YO & Up7 furlongs250,000
Sat., July 19HOLLYWOOD JUV. CHAMP. (G3)2YO6 furlongs100,000
 VALKYR STAKESF & M 3YO & Up *1 Mile (T)75,000
Sun., July 20SUNSET HANDICAP (G2) 3YO & Up1 1/2 miles (T)150,000

*Restricted to California-breds