03/24/2006 1:00AM

President's Cup on turf; Pennsylvania Oaks axed


A significant increase in the purse for the Cotillion Handicap and a surface switch coupled with a new distance for the Larry Riviello President's Cup are the major changes on Philadelphia Park's stakes schedule for 2006.

The track will run nine major stakes this season from late May through early October. A list of smaller stakes restricted to statebreds will be released later.

As previously announced, the purse for the Grade 2 Cotillion for 3-year-old fillies has been doubled to $500,000. In addition, the track will offer a $250,000 bonus if the winner can also capture the Breeders' Cup Distaff, a feat Ashado accomplished in 2004.

The President's Cup, formerly run at one mile and 70 yards on the main track, will now be contested at 1 1/8 miles on turf.

The track's premier race remains the Grade 2, $750,000 Pennsylvania Derby on Labor Day.

One of the Pennsylvania Derby undercard stakes, the $100,000 Pennsylvania Oaks for 3-year-old fillies, has been dropped from the schedule.

2006 stakes schedule

Sat.,May 27DONALD LEVINE MEMORIAL 3YO & Up7 furlongs$100,000
Mon.,May 29TURF MONSTER HANDICAP3YO & Up5 furlongs (T)100,000
Sat.,June 24MY JULIETF&M, 3YO & Up6 furlongs100,000
Sat.,July 1DR. JAMES PENNY MEM. HANDICAPF&M, 3YO & Up1 1/16 miles (T)100,000
Mon.,Sept. 4PENNSYLVANIA DERBY (G2)3YO1 1/8 miles750,000
Mon.,Sept. 4STEVE VAN BUREN HANDICAPF&M, 3YO & Up7 furlongs75,000
Sat.,Sept. 23LARRY RIVIELLO PRESIDENT'S CUP3YO & Up1 1/8 miles (T)100,000
Sat.,Oct. 7COTILLION HANDICAP (G2)3YO F1 1/16 miles500,000
Sat.,Oct. 7GALLANT BOB HANDICAP3YO6 furlongs100,000