10/30/2003 12:00AM

Changes for Turf Festival


Hollywood Park has made some significant changes to the Turf Festival, the annual centerpiece of the track's fall meeting that will run six weeks, from Nov. 11 to Dec. 21.

The Turf Festival comprises six races to be held over three days, Nov. 29 through Dec. 1.

The distances have been altered on the two Grade 1 stakes that anchor the Dec. 1 program. The Hollywood Derby has been extended a furlong to 1 1/4 miles, and its purse has been increased by $100,000, to $600,000. The $500,000 Matriarch Stakes has been shortened from 1 1/8 miles to a mile.

Purses have been lowered in the other Turf Festival races: the Generous and Miesque Stakes for 2-year-olds have been cut in half, to $100,000; the Turf Express has been trimmed $50,000 to $150,000; and the Citation is worth $400,000, a drop of $100,000.

There are three other Grade 1 races at the meeting - the Turf Cup on Nov. 22, the Futurity on Dec. 20, and the Starlet on Dec. 21. The conditions and added-money of those races have not been changed.

The meeting features 20 stakes, down four from last year when the meeting was held over seven weeks.

2003 Hollywood Park stakes schedule

Tue., Nov. 11BIEN BIEN STAKES3YO & UP1 Mile (T)$70,000
Sat., Nov. 15HOLLYWOOD PREVUE STAKES (G3)2YO7 Furlongs100,000
Sun.,Nov. 16MOCCASIN STAKES2YO F7 Furlongs100,000
Sat.,Nov. 22HOLLYWOOD TURF CUP (G1)3Y0 & UP1 1/2 Miles (T)250,000
Sun.,Nov. 23AUDREY SKIRBALL-KENIS STAKES3YO F1 1/8 Miles (T)70,000
Thur.,Nov. 27VERNON O. UNDERWOOD (G3)3YO & Up6 Furlongs100,000
Fri.,Nov. 28MIESQUE STAKES (G3)2YO F1 Mile (T)100,000
Fri.,Nov. 28HOLLYWOOD TURF EXPRESS (G3)3YO & UP5 1/2 Furlongs (T)150,000
Sat.,Nov. 29CITATION HCP (G2)3YO & UP1 1/16 Miles (T)400,000
Sat.,Nov. 29GENEROUS STAKES (G3)2YO1 Mile (T)100,000
Sun.,Nov. 30HOLLYWOOD DERBY (G1)3YO1 1/4 Miles (T)600,000
Sun.,Nov. 30THE MATRIARCH (G1)F&M, 3YO & UP1 Mile (T)500,000
Sat.,Dec. 6NATIVE DIVER HANDICAP (G3)3YO & UP1 1/8 Miles100,000
Sat.,Dec. 6HERMOSA BEACH HANDICAPF&M, 3YO & UP1 1/2 Miles (T)70,000
Sun.,Dec. 7BAYAKOA HANDICAP (G2)F&M, 3YO & UP1 1/16 Miles150,000
Sat.,Dec. 13ON TRUST HANDICAP3YO & UP (CB)7 1/2 Furlongs100,000
Sun.,Dec. 14CAT'S CRADLE HANDICAPF&M, 3YO & UP (CB)7 1/2 furlongs100,000
Sat.,Dec. 20HOLLYWOOD FUTURITY (G1)2YO1 1/16 Miles200,000
Sat.,Dec. 20DAHLIA HANDICAP (G2)F&M, 3YO & UP1 11/16 Miles (T)150,000
Sun.,Dec. 21HOLLYWOOD STARLET (G1)2YO F1 1/16 Miles200,000

CB - Denotes Cal-bred