04/13/2006 11:00PM

Stakes races increase in number and in worth

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More than a dozen newly created or renamed races, plus the return of the track's premier stakes for sprinters, highlights a beefed-up and revamped stakes schedule for 2006 at the Charles Town Races and Slots.

In contrast to last year, when numerous stakes were canceled and 17 of the 30 added-money events that were run carried purses of less than $50,000, the list of 2006 stakes released by the track Friday contains 45 races, and all but six are worth at least $50,000. In 2005, the first stakes wasn't held until July 31. This season's stakes begin May 6.

Back on the schedule after a year's absence is the $100,000 Charles Town Dash, a 4 1/2-furlong race for 3-year-olds and up, on July 4.

There are three new races worth $75,000 apiece: the seven-furlong Crying for More for males, the seven-furlong Golden Girls for fillies and mares, and the 1 1/8-mile Frosty Brook for 3-year-olds.

Charles Town's biggest event of the year remains the West Virginia Breeders Classic, a series of eight races for statebreds, on Oct. 14. The 1 1/8-mile Classic remains the biggest race, with a $500,000 purse.

The seven-furlong Cavada for fillies and mares has received a $100,000 purse boost to $350,000.

In order to reward horsemen who race regularly at Charles Town, 14 stakes will give preference to horses who have made the most starts at the local track within their last four races.

Charles Town's purses are fueled by more than 3,800 slot machines, which produced $369 million in revenue last year.

2006 stakes schedule

DATEEVENTCONDITIONSDISTANCEPURSE
Sat.,May 6W. VA. DISTAFF F&M, 3YO & Up *4 1/2 furlongs$50,000
Fri.,May 12COSTY CARAS MEMORIAL C&G, 3YO & Up *4 1/2 furlongs50,000
Sat.,May 20COUNTRY ROAD 3YO F *4 1/2 furlongs50,000
Sat.,May 27JIVA COOLITC&G3YO *4 1/2 furlongs50,000
Sat.,June 3TURN CAPP F&M, 3YO & Up *7 furlongs50,000
Sat.,June 10CORTAN C&G, 3YO & Up *7 furlongs50,000
Sat.,June 17LADY CHARLES TOWN 3YO F *7 furlongs50,000
Sat.,June 24RED LEGEND C&G3YO *7 furlongs50,000
Tues.,July 4CHARLES TOWN DASH 3YO & Up4 furlongs100,000
Sat.,July 8CRYING FOR MORE C&G, 3YO & Up7 furlongs75,000
Sat.,July 15SADIE HAWKINS F&M, 3YO & Up*7 furlongs50,000
Sat.,July 29ROBERT G. LEAVITT MEMORIAL 3YO*7 furlongs50,000
Sun.,Aug. 6HBPA HORSEMEN'S F&M, 3YO & Up*4 1/2 furlongs50,000
Sun.,Aug. 6HBPA DASH3YO & Up*4 1/2 furlongs50,000
Sun.,Aug. 6HBPA WEST VIRGINIA F&M, 3YO & Up*7 furlongs50,000
Sun.,Aug. 6HBPA AND WVRC 3YO & Up*1 1/8 miles50,000
Sat.,Aug. 12GOLDEN GIRLS F&M, 3YO & Up7 furlongs75,000
Sat.,Aug. 19ROOKIE C&G, 2YO *4 1/2 furlongs50,000
Sat.,Aug. 26SWEETHEART 2YO F *4 1/2 furlongs50,000
Sat.,Sept. 2 ROBERT R. HILTON MEMORIAL3YO & Up*7 furlongs40,000
Sat.,Sept. 2ROGER VAN HOOZER MEMORIALF&M, 3YO & Up* 7 furlongs40,000
Sat.,Sept. 9 MILLARD HARRELL MEMORIAL3YO*7 furlongs40,000
Sat.,Sept. 9 RUTH C. FUNKHOUSER 3YO F*7 furlongs40,000
Sat.,Sept. 16 DR. ERNEST BENNER 2YO*6 1/2 furlongs40,000
Sat.,Sept. 16GOLDEN GULL2YO F*4 1/2 furlongs40,000
Fri.,Oct. 13HBPA CITY OF CHARLES TOWN 3YO & Up4 1/2 furlongs50,000
Fri.,Oct. 13HBPA CITY OF RANSON F&M, 3YO & Up7 furlongs50,000
Sat.,Oct. 14TRIPLE CROWN NUTRITION BC2YO F*4 1/2 furlongs100,000
Sat.,Oct. 14W. VA. DIVISION OF TOURISM BC3YO F*7 furlongs100,000
Sat.,Oct. 14W. VA. LOTTERY B.C.3YO*7 furlongs100,000
Sat.,Oct. 14DASH FOR CASH B.C.3YO & Up*4 1/2 furlongs100,000
Sat.,Oct. 14ONION JUICE B.C.C&G, 3YO & Up*7 furlongs100,000
Sat.,Oct. 14CAVADA B.C.F&M, 3YO & Up*7 furlongs350,000
Sat.,Oct. 14W. VA. BREEDERS CLASSIC3YO & Up*1 1/8 miles500,000
Sat.,Oct. 14VINCENT MOSCARELLI MEM. B.C.2YO*6 1/2 furlongs100,000
Sun.,Oct. 15 HBPA GOVERNOR'S CUP3YO & Up1 1/8 miles50,000
Sat.,Oct. 28 TRI-STATE FUTURITY 2YO*7 furlongs50,000
Sat.,Nov. 4SYLVIA BISHOP MEMORIAL 3YO F*7 furlongs50,000
Sat.,Nov. 11FROSTY BROOK 3YO1 1/8 miles75,000
Sat.,Nov. 18FRANK GALL MEMORIAL 3YO & Up*7 furlongs50,000
Sat.,Nov. 25 W. VA. FUTURITY 2YO*7 furlongs50,000
Sat.,Dec. 2W. VA. OAKS 3YO F *1 1/8 miles50,000
Sat.,Dec. 9PLAYERS CHOICE C&G, 3YO *1 1/8 miles50,000
Sat.,Dec. 16ELEANOR M. CASEY MEMORIAL2YO F*6 1/2 furlongs50,000
Sat.,Dec. 30LADY DIVA F&M, 3YO & Up *1 1/8 miles50,000
Sun.,Dec. 31AULD LANG SYNE C&G, 3YO & Up *1 1/8 miles50,000

*W.Va.-breds; **Md., Va., & W.Va.-breds, * Preference given to horses who have made the most starts at Charles Town within their last four races.