03/01/2006 12:00AM

Stakes slate remains same


Mountaineer Race Track is bringing back last year's stakes schedule in its entirety.

All 28 stakes will be run again in the same order as in 2005.

Nearly one-third of the stakes will be held on Aug. 6, when nine stakes, highlighted by the Grade 3, $750,000 West Virginia Derby, are conducted on a special afternoon card that will begin at 2 p.m. Eastern.

Two of the races on that program, the Harvey Arneault Memorial and the West Virginia Senate President's Cup, have gotten an additional $40,000 apiece in funding from the Breeders' Cup Fund and will be worth $125,000 apiece.

Aside from West Virginia Derby Day, the only stakes worth more than the standard $75,000 is the Mountaineer Mile, a $125,000 race for 3-year-olds and up on Nov. 11.

In contrast to most tracks, which conduct their stakes only on weekends and holidays, Mountaineer will again run seven of its stakes on Tuesdays.

2006 stakes schedule

Sat.,May 6PANHANDLE HANDICAP3YO & Up5 furlongs$75,000
Tues. May 16HANCOCK COUNTY HANDICAPF&M 3YO & Up5 furlongs 75,000
Sat..May 20WATERFORD PARK HANDICAP3YO & Up6 furlongs75,000
Mon.May 29MEMORIAL DAY HANDICAP3YO & Up1 mile (T)75,000
Mon. May 29DECORATION DAY HANDICAPF&M 3YO & Up1 mile (T)75,000
Tues. May 30OHIO VALLEY HANDICAPF&M 3YO & Up6 furlongs75,000
Sat. June 10SLIPTON FELL HANDICAP3YO & Up1 mile 70 yards75,000
Tues. June 20GOLDEN SYLVIA HANDICAPF&M 3YO & Up1 mile75,000
Mon. July 3INDEPENDENCE DAY 3YO & Up1 mile (T) 75,000
Mon. July 3FIRECRACKER F&M 3YO & Up1 mile (T)75,000
Mon. July 3MOUNTAIN STATE 3YO & Up5 1/2 furlongs75,000
Sun. Aug. 6WEST VIRGINIA DERBY (G3)3YO 1 1/8 miles750,000
Sun. Aug. 6W. VA. GOVERNOR'S 3YO & Up1 1/16 miles125,000
Sun. Aug. 6HARVEY ARNEAULT BC3YO & Up6 furlongs125,000
Sun. Aug. 6W. VA. PRESIDENT'S CUP BCF&M 3YO & Up1 mile (T)125,000
Sun. Aug. 6W. VA. SPEAKER'S CUP3YO & Up1 mile (T)85,000
Sun. Aug. 6W. VA. CHAIRMAN'S CUP3YO & Up4 1/2 furlongs85,000
Sun. Aug. 6W. VA. SECRETARY OF STATEF&M 3YO & Up6 furlongs85,000
Sun. Aug. 6MOUNTAINEER JUVENILE2YO6 furlongs85,000
Mon. Sept. 4LABOR DAY 3YO & Up1 mile (T)75,000
Mon. Sept. 4 SUMMER FINALE F&M 3YO & Up1 mile (T)75,000
Tues. Oct. 3FALL 3YO & Up1 1/8 miles75,000
Tues. Oct. 17AUTUMN LEAVES F&M 3YO & Up1 1/16 miles75,000
Sat. Nov. 11MOUNTAINEER MILE HANDICAP3YO & Up1 mile125,000
Tues. Nov. 21SOPH. SPRINT CHAMPIONSHIP3YO 6 furlongs75,000
Tue. Dec. 26CHRISTMAS 3YO & Up6 furlongs75,000
Sat. Dec. 30NEW YEAR'S EVE F&M 3YO & Up6 furlongs75,000