08/22/2006 11:00PM

Derby and Gold Cup each worth $100K


PHOENIX - Turf Paradise increased purses for six of the 46 stakes for its 2006-2007 season, bringing total stakes purses to more than $2.1 million. The 156-day meet begins Oct. 6 and runs through May 6, 2007. Live racing will be conducted five days a week, generally Friday through Tuesday, with the track open seven days a week for simulcast wagering.

The Cotton Fitzsimmons Mile, named after the late coach and executive of the Phoenix Suns, had its purse raised from $40,000 to $75,000, and serves as a prep for the $75,000 Turf Paradise Handicap. The Cotton Fitzsimmons will be run Saturday, Jan. 6. The Turf Paradise Handicap will be run Saturday, Feb. 24 as part of a meet's marquee day, which includes the $100,000 Phoenix Gold Cup.

Purses for both the Turf Paradise Derby and Phoenix Gold Cup were raised from $75,000 to $100,000. The derby is slated for Feb. 17. The Arizona Juvenile Stakes and the Glendale and Sun City handicaps have been each been raised from $40,000 to $50,000.

An addition to the stakes roster is the $40,000 G Malleah. Named after the local sprinter who holds the world record for six furlongs of 1:06.60, the G Malleah will be run Feb. 3.

2006 stakes schedule

Sat.,Oct. 7City of Phoenix HandicapF&M, 3YO & Up6 furlongs$40,000
Sat.,Oct. 14Caballos del Sol Handicap3YO & Up6 furlongs40,000
Sat.,Oct. 21ATBA Fall Sales StakesC&G, 2YO6 furlongs40,000
Sat.,Oct. 21ATBA Fall Sales Stakes2YO F6 furlongs40,000
Sat.,Oct. 28Ahwatukee Express Stakes3YO F6 furlongs40,000
Sat.,Nov. 4Saguaro Stakes3YO6 furlongs40,000
Sat.,Nov. 11Walter Cluer MEM. Handicap3YO & Up7 1/2 furlongs (T)40,000
Sat.,Nov. 18Chandler Stakes3YO F7 1/2 furlongs (T)40,000
Sat.,Nov. 25Paradise Valley Handicap3YO7 1/2 furlongs (T)40,000
Sat.,Dec. 2Queen of the Green StakesF&M, 3YO & Up1 mile (T)40,000
Sat.,Dec. 9Az. Breeders' FuturityC&G, 2YO* 6 furlongs40,000
Sat.,Dec. 9Az. Breeders' Futurity2YO F*6 furlongs40,000
Sat.,Dec. 16Black Mountain Handicap3YO & Up1 mile40,000
Sat.,Dec. 23Mesa HandicapF&M, 3YO & Up6 1/2 furlongs40,000
Sat.,Dec. 30Arizona Juvenile Stakes2YO F6 1/2 furlongs40,000
Sun.,Dec. 31Arizona Juvenile StakesC&G, 2YO6 1/2 furlongs50,000
Mon.,Jan. 1Cactus Wren Handicap4YO & Up*6 1/2 furlongs40,000
Sat.,Jan. 6Cotton Fitzsimmons Mile4YO & Up1 mile (T)75,000
Sat.,Jan. 6Swift Stakes4YO & Up5 1/2 furlongs40,000
Sat.,Jan. 6Glendale HandicapF&M, 4YO & Up1 1/16 miles (T)50,000
Sat.,Jan. 20Sun Devil Stakes3YO F1 mile40,000
Sun.,Jan. 21Rattlesnake Stakes3YO1 mile40,000
Sat.,Jan. 27Kachina HandicapF&M, 4YO & Up1 mile40,000
Sat.,Feb. 3G Malleah Handicap4YO & Up6 furlongs40,000
Sat.,Feb. 10Princess of Palms HandicapF&M, 4YO & Up6 furlongs40,000
Sat.,Feb. 17Turf Paradise Derby3YO1 1/16 miles100,000
Sat.,Feb. 17Arizona Oaks3YO F1 1/16 miles75,000
Sat.,Feb. 24Phoenix Gold Cup4YO & Up6 furlongs100,000
Sat.,Feb. 24Turf Paradise Handicap4YO & Up1 1/16 miles (T)75,000
Sat.,Feb. 24Sun City HandicapF&M, 4YO & Up1 mile (T)50,000
Sun.,March 4Palo Verde Stakes3YO6 1/2 furlongs40,000
Sun.,March 11Cactus Cup Stakes3YO F6 1/2 furlongs40,000
Sat.,March 17Coyote Handicap4YO & Up6 1/2 furlongs40,000
Sat.,March 24Tempe Handicap3YO1 mile (T)40,000
Sat.,March 31Scottsdale Handicap3YO F1 mile (T)40,000
Sat.,April 7Arizona Stallion Stakes3YO7 1/2 furlongs (T)40,000
Sat.,April 14Wildcat Handicap3YO & Up1 3/8 miles (T)40,000
Sat.,April 21Cactus Flower HandicapF&M, 3YO & Up6 furlongs40,000
Sat.,April 28Sandra Hall Grand Canyon HCP.3YO & Up*6 furlongs50,000
Sat.,April 28Dwight D. Patterson Handicap3YO & Up*1 1/16 miles (T)40,000
Sat.,April 28Arizona Breeders' Derby3YO*1 1/16 miles40,000
Sat.,April 28Joanne Dye Stakes3YO F*6 1/2 furlongs40,000
Sat.,April 28Ann Owens Distaff HandicapF&M, 3YO & Up*6 furlongs40,000
Sat.,May 5Desert Sky HandicapF&M, 3YO & Up1 mile (T)40,000
Sun.,May 6ATBA Springs Sales Stakes2YO5 furlongs40,000
Sun.,May 6Hasta la Vista Handicap3YO & Up1 7/8 miles (T)50,000