09/15/2005 12:00AM

Florida Derby April 1


HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. - Gulfstream Park will have a new, state-of-the-art grandstand for its 2006 racing season, which opens on Jan. 3, but virtually the same stakes schedule as in 2005.

The 2006 stakes schedule consists of 46 races worth just over $8 million in purses. As usual, the $1 million Florida Derby is the cornerstone of the program, and for the second straight year it will be decided on the first Saturday in April, which falls on April 1.

Like last year, the 2006 stakes schedule is built around four "Spectacular Saturday" cards, which feature several graded stakes races on the same afternoon, along with the fourth annual Sunshine Millions Day, strictly for California-breds and Florida-breds. The Spectacular Saturdays in 2006 are Jan 7, Feb. 4, March 4, and Florida Derby Day.

The Sunshine Millions will be held Jan. 28.

"The Gulfstream stakes schedule offers outstanding opportunities in every division," said Gulfstream president and general manager Scott Savin. "And the Spectacular Saturday concept guarantees that we'll have several tremendous event days during the meet."

Construction on the new grandstand began during the 2005 meeting. Track officials have said they are on a tight schedule but that virtually all the work on the building is expected to be completed by opening day.

2006 stakes schedule

Sat.,Jan. 7Aventura Stakes 3YO 1 mile$125,000
Sat.,Jan. 7Mr. Prospector HANDICAP (G3)3YO & Up6 furlongs100,000
Sat.,Jan 7Hal's Hope Handicap (G3)3YO & Up1 1/8 miles100,000
Sun.,Jan. 8Ft. Lauderdale Stakes3YO & Up1 1/16 miles (T)75,000
Sat.,Jan. 14Marshua's River StakesF&M, 3YO & Up1 1/16 miles (T)75,000
Sat.,Jan. 21First Lady Handicap (G3)F&M, 3YO & Up6 furlongs100,000
Sat.,Jan 28Sunshine Millions DistaffF&M, 3YO & Up1 1/8 miles500,000
Sat.,Jan. 28Sunshine Millions Turf3YO & Up1 1/8 miles (T)500,000
Sat.,Jan. 28Sunshine Millions Sprint3YO & Up6 furlongs300,000
Sat.,Jan. 28Sunshine Millions Oaks3YO F furlongs250,000
Sun.,Jan. 29Macdiarmida Handicap (G3)3YO & Up1 3/8 miles (T)100,000
Sat.,Feb. 4Donn Handicap (G1)3YO & Up1 1/8 miles500,000
Sat.,Feb. 4Hutcheson Stakes (G2)3YO7 1/2 furlongs150,000
Sat.,Feb. 4Davona Dale Stakes (G2)3YO F1 1/8 miles150,000
Sat.,Feb. 4Holy Bull Stakes (G3) 3YO1 1/8 miles150,000
Sat.,Feb. 4Old Hat Stakes (G3)3YO F6 1/2 furlongs100,000
Sat.,Feb. 4Suwannee River Handicap (G3)F&M, 3YO & Up1 1/8 miles (T)100,000
Sun.,Feb. 5Deputy Minister Handicap (G3)3YO & Up6 furlongs100,000
Sat.,Feb. 11Appleton Handicap (G3)3YO & Up1 mile (T)100,000
Sun.,Feb. 12Hallandale Beach Stakes3YO1 1/16 miles (T)60,000
Sat.,Feb. 18Hurricane Bertie Handicap (G3)F&M, 3YO & Up6 1/2 furlongs100,000
Sat.,Feb. 18Sabin Handicap (G3)F&M, 3YO & Up1 1/8 miles100,000
Sun.,Feb. 19Gaily Gaily Stakes3YO F1 1/16 miles (T)60,000
Sat.,Feb. 25Gulfstream Park B.C. (G1)3YO & Up 1 7/16 miles (T)250,000
Sat.,March 4Fountain Of Youth Stakes (G2)3YO1 1/8 miles300,000
Sat.,March 4Gulfstream Park Handicap (G2)3YO & Up1 3/16 miles300,000
Sat.,March 4Richter Scale B.C. Sprint (G2)3YO & Up 7 furlongs200,000
Sat.,March 4Swale Stakes (G2)3YO7 furlongs150,000
Sat.,March 4Very One Handicap (G3)F&M, 3YO & Up1 7/16 miles (T)100,000
Sat.,March 4Honey Fox Handicap (G3)F&M, 3YO & Up1 1/16 miles (T)100,000
Sun.,March 5Forward Gal Stakes (G2)3YO F7 furlongs150,000
Sun.,March 5Bonnie Miss Stakes (G2)3YO F1 1/8 miles150,000
Sat.,March 11Canadian Turf Handicap3YO & Up1 1/16 miles (T)100,000
Sun.,March 12Palm Beach Stakes (G3)3YO1 1/8 miles (T) 100,000
Sat.,March 18Shirley Jones B.c. Handicap (G2)F&M, 3YO & Up7 furlongs200,000
Sun.,March 19Herecomesthebride Stakes (G3)3YO F1 1/8 miles (T)100,000
Sat.,March 25Rampart Handicap (G2)F&M, 3YO & Up1 1/8 miles (T)200,000
Sat.,April 1Florida Derby (G1)3YO1 1/8 miles1,000,000
Sat.,April 1Orchid Handicap (G2)F&M, 3YO & Up1 1/2 miles (T)150,000
Sat.,April 1Skip Away Handicap (G3)3YO & Up1 1/8 miles100,000
Sat.,April 1Pan American (G2)3YO & Up1 1/2 miles (T)150,000
Sat.,April 1Artax Handicap3YO & Up7 1/2 furlongs100,000
Sat.,April 1Lure Stakes3YO & Up1 mile (T)75,000
Sat.,April 1Spectacular Bid Stakes3YO6 1/2 furlongs75,000
Sat.,April 8Bob Slater StakesF&M, 3YO & Up5 furlongs (T)50,000
Sat.,April 15Yankee Affair Stakes3YO & Up5 furlongs (T)50,000