08/16/2005 11:00PM

Stakes schedule cut by $500,000


OCEANPORT, N.J. - The Meadowlands Racetrack has trimmed $500,000 from the stakes schedule for the upcoming meet, which gets under way Sept. 30 and runs through Nov. 12.

The Big M will offer 33 stakes races worth $2.6 million during its 30-day meet. Last year, during a 33-day meet, the track offered $3.1 million in graded and overnight stakes.

The Grade 2, $500,000 Meadowlands Breeders' Cup Stakes tops the schedule. The Cup, on Oct. 7 at 1 1/8 miles, is one of four graded stakes at meet. It is the only one of the quartet that will not be reduced $50,000 from last year's level.

The other graded races, all Grade 3's, are the $250,000 Pegasus Stakes for 3-year-olds at 1 1/8 miles on opening night, and two $150,000 grass races at 1 1/16 miles - the Cliff Hanger Stakes on Oct. 14 and the Violet Handicap for fillies and mares on Oct. 21.

In October, The Meadowlands will race Tuesday afternoons at 1:10 p.m. and Wednesday through Saturday nights at 7:30. In November, the track will race four days a week, Wednesday through Saturday nights.

2005 stakes schedule

Fri.,Sept. 30Navajo Princess StakesF&M, 3YO & Up1 1/16 miles (T)$60,000
Fri.,Sept. 30Eillo Stakes3YO & Up6 furlongs60,000
Fri.,Sept. 30Pegasus Stakes (G3)3YO1 1/8 miles250,000
Fri.,Sept. 30World Appeal Stakes2YO1 mile, 70 yds (T)50,000
Sat.,Oct. 1Salem County Stakes2YO F1 mile, 70 yds (T)50,000
Fri.,Oct. 7Long Look StakesF&M, 3YO & Up1 1/8 miles60,000
Fri.,Oct. 7Phoenix StakesF&M, 3YO & Up5 furlongs (T)50,000
Fri.,Oct. 7Bill Wheeler Handicap3YO & Up* 1 mile, 70 yards55,000
Fri.,Oct. 7Meadowlands B.C. Stakes (G2)3YO & Up1 1/8 miles500,000
Sat.,Oct. 8Ready Jet GoF&M, 3YO & Up6 furlongs60,000
Sat.,Oct. 8Queen Lib HandicapF&M, 3YO & Up* 6 furlongs55,000
Fri.,Oct. 14Cliff Hanger Stakes (G3)3YO & Up1 1/16 miles (T)150,000
Fri.,Oct. 14Paterson Stakes3YO1 1/16 miles (T)55,000
Fri.,Oct. 14Comet Stakes2YO6 furlongs50,000
Sat.,Oct. 15King Bold Reality Stakes3YO & Up5 furlongs (T)50,000
Sat.,Oct. 15Miss Liberty Stakes3YO F1 mile, 70 yds (T)55,000
Fri.,Oct. 21Violet Handicap (G3)F&M, 3YO & Up1 1/16 miles (T)150,000
Fri.,Oct 21Bergen County Stakes3YO5 furlongs (T)50,000
Sat.,Oct. 22P.G. Johnson Stakes3YO F5 furlongs (T)50,000
Sat.,Oct. 22Holly Stakes2YO F6 furlongs50,000
Fri.,Oct. 28Alysheba Stakes3YO & Up1 1/16 miles60,000
Fri.,Oct. 28John Henry Stakes3YO & Up1 3/8 miles (T)60,000
Sat.,Oct. 29Witches' Brew StakesF&M, 3YO & Up5 furlongs (T)50,000
Sat.,Oct. 29Grey Ghost Starter Handicap3YO & Up1 1/16 miles (T)35,000
Sat.,Oct. 29Accordant Handicap 3YO & Up* 6 furlongs55,000
Fri.,Nov. 4Thomas Edison Stakes3YO & Up5 furlongs (T)50,000
Fri.,Nov. 4New Jersey Futurity2YO* 6 furlongs50,000
Sat.,Nov. 5Honey BeeF&M, 3YO & Up1 1/16 miles60,000
Sat.,Nov. 5Storm Cat2YO1 1/16 miles50,000
Sat.,Nov. 11Montclair State University S.F&M, 3YO & Up6 furlongs60,000
Fri.,Nov. 11Princeton Stakes3YO1 1/16 miles55,000
Sat.,Nov. 12Rutgers University Stakes3YO & Up6 furlongs60,000
Sat.,Nov. 12Seton Hall3YO F6 furlongs55,000

* N.J.-bred