Updated on 09/15/2011 1:34PM

A richer Carter 'Cap moves to Wood Day


JAMAICA, N.Y. - An earlier date and added purse money for the Carter Handicap, a tinkering with purses and dates for a handful of Saratoga stakes, and the return of New York Showcase to a one-day event highlight the changes to the 2002 New York Racing Association schedule.

NYRA, which operates Aqueduct, Belmont, and Saratoga, will run 260 dates at its tracks and offer 180 stakes worth $34.725 million. In 2001, NYRA scheduled 262 dates and offered 181 stakes worth $35.25 million. The purses of five NYRA stakes are awaiting final Breeders' Cup supplemental figures for 2002.

The Grade 1 Carter Handicap, run on the first weekend of May for the last several years, has been moved and will share billing with the Wood Memorial on April 13. The Carter, a seven-furlong race for colts and geldings, received a $50,000 purse boost to $350,000. The $750,000 Wood Memorial, which has produced the last two Kentucky Derby winners, has been restored to a Grade 1. The Bold Ruler Handicap, normally run on Wood Day, has been moved to Belmont and will be run on May 11.

For the second straight winter, Aqueduct will be open on Mondays for dark-day simulcasting from Jan. 7 through March 11. It will also be open Wednesdays for dark-day simulcasting on Jan. 2 and 23, Feb. 20, and March 4.

The Westchester Handicap, also run at Aqueduct for several years, has been moved to Belmont and will be the opening-day feature for the 55-day spring-summer meet, which runs from May 8 to July 21. The Belmont Stakes, the third leg of the Triple Crown, will be run on June 8.

Saratoga's 36-day meet will run from July 24 through Sept. 2 The $500,000 Diana Handicap, run on closing day the last two years, has been moved to July 27, the same day as the Test Stakes. The Ballston Spa Breeders' Cup Handicap has been moved to Travers Day, Aug. 24.

The Jim Dandy, reduced to a Grade 2 and to be run on Aug. 4, had its purse slashed by $100,000 to $500,000. The Schuylerville, for juvenile fillies, and the Sanford, for 2-year-old colts, were both increased by $50,000 to $150,000.

The 33-day Belmont fall meet runs from Sept. 6 through Oct. 20. The $1 million Jockey Club Gold Cup will be run on Sept. 28 along with the Flower Bowl Invitational and Turf Classic Invitational. The following week, Oct. 5, will feature the Champagne, Frizette, Beldame, and Kelso. New York Showcase, seven stakes for New York-breds run over two days in 2001, has been restored to a one-day event and will be run on Oct. 19.

Aqueduct's fall meet runs from Oct. 23 through Dec. 29.

Voodoo likely to be turned out

Voodoo, the third-place finisher from the Fall Highweight Handicap, will likely be turned out for the remainder of the year, trainer Jimmy Jerkens said Thursday. Voodoo was nominated to the Gravesend Handicap on Dec. 15.

"`I'd just like to have a nice fresh horse for the spring,' Jerkens said. ``"He didn't winter very well last year and I'd hate to nickel and dime him all winter long. He didn't ship well over to Aqueduct so I'd like to give him the winter off and get him ready for Belmont and Saratoga. I think he'd do better.'

Jerkens also has Big E E, the Fall Highweight runner-up, nominated to the Gravesend, but Big E E may be stretched out in distance.

If neither Jerkens trainee runs, the Gravesend, a Grade 3 sprint worth $100,000, is likely to draw Governor's Pride, Here's Zealous, Peeping Tom, Sassy Hound, Say Florida Sandy, and Snow Ridge. Vodka and Red's Honor are considered possibles.

Pletcher eyes another stakes

Todd Pletcher, the leading stakes-winning trainer in New York with 14, will shoot for another stakes score on Sunday when he sends out Moonlightandbeauty in the $75,000 East View Stakes for New York-bred juvenile fillies.

In five career starts Moonlightandbeauty has been spotty, winning two races by a combined 13 lengths while losing three times by a combined 30 lengths. She is coming off a top effort, winning a preliminary allowance race by five lengths on Nov. 23.

"For a little part of the fall, she wasn't doing good, she just wasn't taking her training,' said John Hassett, assistant to Pletcher. "I can't tell you why, but she seems to have turned around and is doing very well.'

Moonlightandbeauty, who will be attempting 1 1/16 miles for the first time in the East View, will take on Lucky Sucre, Multiple Wins, Nypuddles, Our Breadwinner, Seeyouinmydreams, and Sunday Driver.