08/23/2006 12:00AM

Stakes schedule worth $2.7M


The Meadowlands Racetrack will offer $2.7 million in stakes money during the 33-day meet that gets under way Sept. 29. Four stakes are graded, with the Grade 2, $500,000 Meadowlands Breeders' Cup Stakes on Oct. 13 the biggest event of the meet.

The opening night feature is the Grade 3, $150,000 Cliff Hanger Stakes on the turf. The Grade 3, $250,000 Pegasus Stakes for 3-year-olds takes place on Oct. 6. The Grade 3, $150,000 Violet Stakes for fillies and mare on the turf closes out the graded lineup on Oct. 20.

The purse values for the four graded stakes are the same as last year.

"The positioning of each of our major events should ensure the fullest fields possible," said Dennis Dowd, senior vice president of racing for the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority.

In addition to the graded stakes, the Meadowlands has scheduled at least one overnight stakes every Friday and Saturday night.

The Meadowlands will race Tuesday afternoon at 1:10 p.m. and Wednesday through Saturday night at 7:30 p.m. There will be a Monday matinee card on Nov. 6 starting at 1:10 p.m.

The meet concludes Nov. 11.

2006 stakes schedule

Fri.Sept. 29Cliff Hanger Stakes (G3)3YO & Up1 1/16 miles (T)$150,000
Fri.Sept. 29King Bold Reality Stakes3YO & Up5 furlongs (T)55,000
Sat.Sept. 30Long Look StakesF&M, 3YO & Up1 1/8 miles60,000
Sat.Sept. 30Ready Jet Go StakesF&M, 3YO & Up6 furlongs60,000
Fri.Oct. 6Pegasus Stakes (G3)3YO1 1/8 miles250,000
Fri.Oct. 6Accordant Handicap3YO & Up*6 furlongs55,000
Fri.Oct. 6Phoenix StakesF&M, 3YO & Up5 furlongs (T)55,000
Fri.Oct. 6Paterson Stakes3YO1 1/16 miles (T)55,000
Fri.Oct. 6World Appeal Stakes2YO1 mile & 70 yds. (T)55,000
Sat.Oct. 7Bergen County Stakes3YO6 furlongs55,000
Sat.Oct. 7Salem County Stakes2YO F1 mile & 70 yds. (T)55,000
Fri.Oct. 13Meadowlands B.C. Stakes (G2)3YO & Up1 1/8 miles500,000
Fri.Oct. 13Eillo Stakes3YO & Up6 furlongs60,000
Fri.Oct. 13John Henry Stakes3YO & Up1 3/8 miles (T)60,000
Fri.Oct. 13P.G. Johnson Stakes3YO F5 furlongs (T)55,000
Sat.Oct. 14Queen Lib HandicapF&M, 3YO & Up*6 furlongs55,000
Fri.Oct. 20Violet Stakes (G3)F&M, 3YO & Up1 1/16 miles (T)150,000
Fri.Oct. 20Thomas Edison Stakes3YO & Up5 furlongs (T)55,000
Fri.Oct. 20Comet Stakes2YO6 furlongs 55,000
Sat.Oct. 21Great Falls Stakes3YO5 furlongs (T)55,000
Sat.Oct. 21Holly Stakes2YO F6 furlongs55,000
Fri.Oct. 27Without Feathers Stakes3YO F1 mile & 70 yds. (T)55,000
Fri.Oct. 27Princeton Stakes3YO1 mile & 70 yds.55,000
Sat.Oct. 28Grey Ghost Starter Handicap3YO & Up1 1/16 miles (T)35,000
Sat.Oct. 28Garden State Handicap3YO & Up*1 mile & 70 yds. 55,000
Sat.Oct. 28Witches Brew StakesF&M, 3YO & Up5 furlongs (T) 55,000
Fri.Nov. 3Alysheba Stakes3YO & Up1 1/16 miles60,000
Fri.Nov. 3Navajo Princess StakesF&M, 3YO & Up1 mile & 70 yds. (T)60,000
Sat.Nov. Honey Bee StakesF&M, 3YO & Up1 1/16 miles60,000
Sat.Nov. 4New Jersey Futurity2YO*6 furlongs55,000
Fri.Nov. 10Rutgers University Stakes3YO & Up6 furlongs60,000
Fri.Nov. 10Seton Hall University Stakes3YO F6 furlongs55,000
Sat.Nov. 11Montclair StakesF&M, 3YO & Up6 furlongs55,000
Sat.Nov. 11Storm Cat Stakes2YO1 mile & 70 yds.55,000