09/21/2004 11:00PM

Philadelphia track report


A new restricted stakes for 2-year-olds will be added to Philadelphia Park's stakes schedule in 2005.

The $40,000-added South Carolina Residency, at 6 1/2 furlongs on the main track, will be run for the first time on Nov. 5, 2005.

To be eligible, a 2-year-old must have spent at least 90 days in South Carolina and his owner must have paid a nomination fee to the South Carolina Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association.

"This is the first step in trying to strengthen our stakes program for young horses as we begin to move toward the new slot era," said Sal Sinatra, the track's director of racing. "We have a good number of outfits here already who raise and break their young horses in South Carolina.

"I've placed the race at the beginning of November so that horsemen who have Pennsylvania-breds who fit the conditions can come back at the end of the month to run in the Pennsylvania Futurity."

Sinatra estimated there are 60 horses on the grounds who would have met the South Carolina residency requirement if the stakes were run this fall.