01/25/2005 1:00AM

Breeders Classics series is season's highlight

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As usual, the West Virginia Breeders Classics races will be the focus of the stakes schedule at Charles Town.

The 19th annual series of stakes for West Virginia-breds will be held Oct. 8, highlighted by the $300,000 Breeders Classic at 1 1/8 miles and the $250,000 Cavada for fillies and mares at seven furlongs.

The only other six-figure stakes on the schedule is the $100,000 Charles Town Dash on July 4.

Two new stakes for 2005 are the Go for the Green, a $75,000 event at 1 1/4 miles July 2, and the Auld Lang Syne, a $50,000, seven-furlong race Dec. 31.

In a change unrelated to the stakes program, Charles Town will race an additional 35 days this year, raising the number of live racing dates to 245. The additions are the result of a new three-year contract between track management and horsemen.

2005 stakes schedule

DATEEVENTCONDITIONSDISTANCEPURSE
Sat.,April 9POTOMAC3YO & Up*7 furlongs$40,000
Sat.,April 23SPRINGTIMEF&M 3YO & Up*7 furlongs 40,000
Sat.May 7SHENANDOAH3YO 7 furlongs50,000
Sat.May 21RHODODENDRON3YO F7 furlongs50,000
Sat.,June 11SUMMER CLASSIC3YO & Up1 1/8 miles50,000
Sat.,June 25SUMMER DISTAFFF&M 3YO & Up1 1/8 miles50,000
Sat.,July 2GO FOR THE GREEN3YO & Up1 1/4 miles75,000
Mon.,July 4CHARLES TOWN DASH3YO & Up4 1/2 furlongs100,000
Sun.,July 24HBPA HORSEMEN'SF&M 3YO & UP4 1/2 furlongs50,000
Sun.,July 24HBPA DASH 3YO & Up4 1/2 furlongs50,000
Sun.,July 24HBPA WEST VIRGINIA F&M 3YO & Up7 furlongs50,000
Sun.,July 24HBPA/W.VA. RACING COMM.3YO & Up1 1/8 miles50,000
Sat.,Aug. 13ROBERT G. LEAVITT MEMORIAL3YO*7 furlongs75,000
Sat.,Aug. 20SADIE HAWKINSF&M 3YO & Up*7 furlongs75,000
Sat.,Aug. 27FRANK GALL MEMORIAL3YO & Up*7 furlongs75,000
Sat.,Sept. 10MILLARD HARRELL MEMORIAL3YO*7 furlongs40,000
Sat.,Sept. 10ROGER VAN HOOZER MEMORIALF&M 3YO & Up*7 furlongs40,000
Sat.,Sept. 17RUTH FUNKHOUSER3YO F*7 furlongs40,000
Sat.,Sept. 17DR. ERNEST BENNER2YO*6 1/2 furlongs40,000
Sat.,Sept. 17GOLDEN GULL2YO F*4 1/2 furlongs40,000
Fri.,Oct. 7HBPA CITY OF CHARLES TOWN3YO & Up4 1/2 furlongs50,000
Fri.,Oct. 7HBPA CITY OF RANSONF&M 3YO & Up7 furlongs50,000
Sat.,Oct. 8TRIPLE CROWN NUTRITION BC 2YO F*4 1/2 furlongs75,000
Sat.,Oct. 8W. VA. DIVISION OF TOURISM BC3YO F*7 furlongs75,000
Sat.,Oct. 8W.VA. LOTTERY BC3YO*7 furlongs75,000
Sat.,Oct. 8W.VA. DASH FOR CASH BC3YO & Up*4 1/2 furlongs75,000
Sat.,Oct. 8W.VA. ONION JUICE BC3YO & Up*7 furlongs75,000
Sat.,Oct. 8W.VA. CAVADA BCF&M 3YO & Up*7 furlongs250,000
Sat.,Oct. 8W.VA. VINCE MOSCARELLI BC2YO*6 1/2 furlongs75,000
Sat.,Oct. 8W.VA. BREEDERS CLASSIC3YO & Up*1 1/8 miles300,000
Sun.,Oct. 9HBPA GOVERNOR'S CUP3YO & Up1 1/8 miles50,000
Sat.,Oct. 22TRI-STATE FUTURITY2YO7 furlongs50,000
Sat.,Nov. 12WEST VIRGINIA FUTURITY2YO*7 furlongs75,000
Sat.,Nov. 26AUTUMNF&M 3YO & Up7 furlongs50,000
Sat.,Dec. 10SNOW WHITE2YO F7 furlongs50,000
Fri.,Dec. 23ST. NICK2YO 7 furlongs50,000
Sat.,Dec. 31AULD LANG SYNE3YO & Up7 furlongs50,000

* West Virginia-breds