02/08/2005 1:00AM

Richards purse gets raise


A purse increase for one of its five graded stakes and the inaugural running of two added-money races for Delaware-certified horses are the most notable changes on Delaware Park's 2005 stakes schedule.

Overall, Delaware will offer 30 stakes worth a collective $4.35 million during a 135-day meet that runs from April 30 through Nov. 13.

The Grade 3, 1 1/16-mile Leonard Richards, one of six stakes during the weekend of July 16-17, will now be worth $300,000, an increase of $50,000. The Delaware Festival of Racing is highlighted by the Grade 2, $500,000 Delaware Oaks on July 16 and the Grade 2, $750,000 Delaware Handicap on July 17.

For the first time since the state's incentive program began, there will be two stakes restricted to Delaware-certified horses. Both races, to be contested at six furlongs with purses of $50,000, are restricted to horses who were stabled at a farm or training center in Delaware for 90 days before March 30 of their 2-year-old season.

Absent from this year's schedule are the pair of $250,000 National Association of Two-Year-Old Consignors stakes for 2-year-olds. After three years at Delaware, the NATC has decided to shift the two six-furlong stakes to Monmouth Park on Sept. 24.

Stall applications for Delaware's meet will close on March 1, according to Chris Camac, assistant racing secretary.

2005 stakes schedule

Sat.,April 30LEGAL LIGHT 3YO F6 furlongs$75,000
Sat.,May 7FRANCIS "JOCK" LABELLE 3YO 6 furlongs 75,000
Sat.,May 21SWEET N SASSY HANDICAPF&M 3YO & Up6 furlongs75,000
Sat. May 28GO FOR WAND 3YO F1 1/16 miles100,000
Sat.,June 4JOHN W. ROONEY F&M 3YO & Up1 1/8 miles (T)100,000
Sun.,June 5NICK SHUK 3YO 1 1/16 miles (T)75,000
Sat.,June 11BRANDYWINE HANDICAP3YO & Up1 1/16 miles100,000
Sat.,June 18OBEAH HANDICAPF&M 3YO & Up1 1/8 miles100,000
Sat.,June 18SUSAN'S GIRL BC3YO F1 1/16 miles 175,000
Sat.,June 25KENT BREEDERS' CUP (G3)3YO1 1/8 miles (T)250,000
Sat.,July 2DENISE RHUDY 3YO F1 1/8 miles (T)75,000
Sat.,July 16DELAWARE OAKS (G2)3YO F1 1/16 miles500,000
Sat.,July 16ROBERT G. DICK BC HANDICAPF&M 3YO & Up1 3/8 miles (T)150,000
Sat. July 16R.R.M. CARPENTER HANDICAP3YO & Up1 1/16 miles100,000
Sun.,July 17DELAWARE HANDICAP (G2)F&M 3YO & Up1 1/4 miles750,000
Sun.,July 17LEONARD RICHARDS (G3)3YO 1 1/16 miles300,000
Sun.,July 17LIGHT HEARTED F&M 3YO & Up6 furlongs75,000
Sat.,July 30SUSSEX HANDICAP3YO & Up1 1/16 miles (T)100,000
Sat.,Sept. 3CAESAR RODNEY HANDICAP3YO & Up1 1/8 miles (T)200,000
Sat.,Sept. 10ENDINE HANDICAP (G3)F&M 3YO & Up6 furlongs200,000
Sat.,Sept. 10GEORSE ROSENBERGER F&M 3YO & Up1 1/16 miles (T)75,000
Sat.,Sept. 10OWNERS' DAY HANDICAP3YO & Up1 1/8 miles75,000
Sat,Oct. 1KELSO HANDICAP3YO & Up1 3/16 miles100,000
Sun.,Oct. 2DELAWARE CERTIFIED3YO & Up6 furlongs50,000
Sun.,Oct. 2DELAWARE CERTIFIED DISTAFFF&M 3YO & Up6 furlongs50,000
Sat.,Oct. 8DOVER 2YO1 1/16 miles100,000
Sat.,Oct. 15VINCENT MOSCARELLI HANDICAP3YO & Up6 furlongs100,000
Sat.,Oct. 22BLUE HEN STAKES2YO F1 1/16 miles100,000
Sat.,Nov. 5M. TYSON GILPIN 2YO 6 furlongs50,000
Sat.,Nov. 5HILDENE2YO F6 furlongs50,000