09/18/2014 3:11PM

Del Mar November stakes schedule worth $2.25M


Some names have changed, but Del Mar’s November race meeting will offer a program of 14 stakes similar to what was offered at Hollywood Park before that track closed last year.

Del Mar announced its stakes schedule, worth $2,250,000, on Wednesday. The race meeting runs from Nov. 7-30 and will include nine graded stakes formerly run at Hollywood Park.

The highlights of the meeting will be during the final days over Thanksgiving weekend, with two Grade 1 turf races worth $300,000 each – the Hollywood Derby at 1 1/8 miles on Nov. 29 and the Matriarch Stakes for fillies and mares over a mile Nov. 30. The purses of both races have been increased by $50,000.

Thanksgiving weekend begins with two Grade 2 turf races worth $250,000 each – the Hollywood Turf Cup on Nov. 27 and the Seabiscuit Handicap at 1 1/16 miles on Nov. 28, a race formerly known as the Citation Handicap.

The names of seven other races have been changed since being moved from Hollywood Park – the Cat’s Cradle Stakes for California-bred female sprinters is now the Betty Grable Stakes; the Hollywood Prevue Stakes for 2-year-old sprinters is the Bob Hope Stakes; the Moccasin Stakes for 2-year-old filly sprinters will be called the Desi Arnaz Stakes; the Beverly Hills Handicap for females on turf is the Red Carpet Stakes; and the On Trust Stakes for California-bred sprinters is now the Cary Grant Stakes.

Two newly named one-mile races for 2-year-olds will be worth $150,000 each, an increase of $50,000 from 2013 – the Jimmy Durante Stakes for fillies, formerly known as the Miesque Stakes, and the Cecil B. DeMille Stakes, formerly known as the Generous.

Date Race Conditions Distance Purse
Fri., Nov. 7 Kathryn Crosby F-M, 3YO & Up 1 mile (T) $75,000
Sat., Nov. 8 Let It Ride 3YO & Up 1 mile (T) 75,000
Sun., Nov. 9 Betty Grable F-M, 3YO & Up* 7 furlongs 100,000
Sat., Nov. 15 Bob Hope (G3) 2YO 7 furlongs 100,000
Sun., Nov. 16 Desi Arnaz 2YO F 7 furlongs 100,000
Sat., Nov. 22 Red Carpet Handicap (G3) F-M, 3YO & Up 1 3/8 miles (T) 100,000
Sun., Nov. 23 Cary Grant 3YO & Up* 7 furlongs 100,000
Thurs., Nov. 27 Hollywood Turf Cup (G2) 3YO & Up 1 1/2 miles (T) 250,000
Fri., Nov. 28 Seabiscuit Handicap (G2) 3YO & Up 1 1/16 miles (T) 250,000
Sat., Nov. 29 Jimmy Durante (G3) 2YO F 1 mile (T) 150,000
Sat., Nov. 29 Native Diver Handicap (G3) 3YO & Up 1 1/8 miles 200,000
Sat., Nov. 29 Hollywood Derby (G1) 3YO 1 1/8 miles (T) 300,000
Sun., Nov. 30 Cecil B. Demille (G3) 2YO 1 mile (T) 150,000
Sun., Nov. 30 Matriarch (G1) F-M, 3YO & Up 1 mile (T) 300,000