01/09/2006 12:00AM

Stakes lineup undergoes shakeup


LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Churchill Downs has released its 2006 stakes schedule with quite a few revisions from its traditional lineup, including the addition of three stakes and the repackaging of races on several major dates.

Purses for the 47 stakes, which do not include the Breeders' Cup championships on Nov. 4, total a track-record $10.7 million. The presence of the Breeders' Cup here on Nov. 4 this year accounts for some of the alterations, including the addition of the $250,000 Cherokee Run Breeders' Cup on Nov. 3 and the $200,000 Very Subtle on the Breeders' Cup undercard.

Churchill also has added a second "Stars of Tomorrow" program for the fall meet. The first Stars of Tomorrow card, which consists of racing exclusively for 2-year-olds, was offered last fall and proved very popular with horsemen and fans. The dates for the 2006 Stars of Tomorrow cards are Oct. 29 and Nov. 25.

Churchill also has tweaked the schedule for Kentucky Derby Day, May 6, and for Stephen Foster Super Saturday, June 18. The La Troienne Stakes, traditionally run the Thursday before the Derby, replaces the Three Chimneys Juvenile on the Derby Day card. The Three Chimneys, which drew just six starters last year, has been dropped, while the Kentucky BC, which was not run in 2005, has been revived and will replace the La Troienne on May 4. The Early Times Mint Julep replaces the Opening Verse on the Foster program.

The Opening Verse, meanwhile, has become part of what is another notable change: the creation of an as-yet-unnamed program that includes multiple stakes on June 3. In addition to the Opening Verse, the day's races will include the Dogwood BC and Aristides BC, as well as the Texas Glitter overnight handicap.

Other 2006 changes include: the packaging of the Bashford Manor and Debutante on July 8; moving the Locust Grove to July 15 and making it the highlight of closing weekend of the spring meet; upgrading the Cherokee BC and the Nov. 12 Pent Up Kiss from overnight handicaps to stakes; and using the Ack Ack Handicap, which traditionally has been run as the fall-meet opener, on the Breeders' Cup undercard.

The spring meet runs April 29 to July 16 and the fall meet from Oct. 29 to Nov. 25.

2006 Spring/Fall stakes schedule

Sat., Apil. 29Derby Trial3YO1 mile$100,000
Thur., May 4MamzelleF&M, 3YO & Up5 furlongs (T)100,000
Thur., May 4Kentucky Breeders' Cup (G3)2YO5 furlongs150,000
Fri., May 5Edgewood3YO F1 1/16 miles (T)100,000
Fri., May 5Alysheba3YO & Up1 1/16 miles100,000
Fri., May 5Aegon Turf Sprint (G3)3YO & Up5 furlongs (T)100,000
Fri., May 5Louisville Breeders' Cup (G2)F&M, 3YO & Up1 1/16 miles300,000
Fri., May 5Crown Royal American Turf (G3)3YO1 1/16 miles (T)100,000
Fri., May 5Kentucky Oaks (G1)3YO F1 1/8 miles500,000
Sat., May 6Churchill Downs Handicap (G2)4YO & Up7 furlongs200,000
Sat., May 6La Troienne (G3)3YO F7 1/2 furlongs100,000
Sat., May 6Churchill Downs Distaff Turf (G3)F&M, 3YO & Up1 mile (T)100,000
Sat., May 6Humana Distaff (G1)F&M, 4YO & Up7 furlongs250,000
Sat., May 6Woodford Reserve Turf Classic (G1)3YO & Up1 1/8 miles (T)400,000
Sat., May 6Kentucky Derby (G1)3YO1 1/4 miles2,000,000
Sat., May 13Open Mind3YO F5 furlongs (T)100,000
Sat., May 20Matt Winn3YO6 furlongs100,000
Sat., May 2Winning ColorsF&M, 3YO & Up6 furlongs100,000
Mon., May 29Louisville Handicap (G3)3YO & Up1 3/8 miles (T)100,000
Sat., June 3Opening Verse3YO & Up1 1/16 miles (T)100,000
Sat., June 3Dogwood Breeders' Cup (G3)3YO F1 mile150,000
Sat., June 3Aristides Breeders' Cup (G3)3YO & Up6 furlongs150,000
Sat., June 18Early Times Mint Julep (G3)F&M, 3YO & Up1 1/16 miles (T)100,000
Sat., June 18Northern Dancer BC (G3)3YO1 1/16 miles200,000
Sat., June 18Regret (G3)3YO F1 1/8 miles (T)200,000
Sat., June 18Fleur De Lis Handicap (G2)F&M, 3YO & Up1 1/8 miles 300,000
Sat., June 18Jefferson Cup (G2)3YO1 1/8 miles (T)200,000
Sat., June 18Stephen Foster Handicap (G1)3YO & Up1 1/8 miles 750,000
Sat., July 1Firecracker Breeders' Cup (G2)3YO & Up1 mile (T)250,000
Sat., July 8Debutante (G3)2YO F6 furlongs100,000
Sat., July 8Bashford Manor (G3)2YO6 furlongs150,000
Sat., July 15Locust Grove Handicap (G3)F&M, 3YO & Up1 1/8 miles (T)150,000
Fall Meet
Sun., Oct. 29Pocahontas (G3)2YO F1 mile100,000
Sun., Oct. 29Iroquois (G3)2YO1 mile100,000
Thurs., Nov. 2Chilukki (G2)F&M, 3YO & Up1 mile150,000
Fri., Nov. 3Cherokee Run Breeders' Cup3YO & Up5 furlongs (T)250,000
Fri., Nov. 3River City Handicap (G3)3YO & Up1 1/8 miles (T)150,000
Sat., Nov. 4Ack Ack Handicap (G3)3YO & Up1 mile200,000
Sat., Nov. 4Very SubtleF&M, 3YO & Up6 furlongs200,000
Sun., Nov. 5Cardinal Handicap (G3)F&M, 3YO & Up1 1/8 miles (T)150,000
Sat., Nov. 11Commonwealth Turf3YO1 1/16 miles (T)150,000
Sun., Nov. 12Pent Up KissF&M, 3YO & Up5 furlongs (T)100,000
Sat., Nov. 18Mrs. Revere (G2)3YO F1 1/16 miles (T)150,000
Thurs., Nov. 23Falls City Handicap (G2)F&M, 3YO & Up1 1/8 miles300,000
Fri., Nov. 24Clark Handicap (G1)3YO & Up1 1/8 miles500,000
Sat., Nov. 25Golden Rod (G2)2YO F1 1/16 miles200,000
Sat., Nov. 25Kentucky Jockey Club (G2)2YO1 1/16 miles200,000