04/06/2006 12:00AM

Super Derby's distance and purse reduced

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The Grade 2 Super Derby will return to a 1 1/8-mile distance this year after being run at 1 1/4 miles last year for the first time since 2001. Louisiana Downs in Bossier City, La., announced the change to its marquee race on Thursday, when it also released its stakes schedule for the upcoming meet, which opens May 5.

Louisiana Downs also has reduced the purse of the Sept. 23 Super Derby to $500,000 after raising it to $750,000 for last year's running. Purse increases have been made to the supporting stakes on Super Derby Day. In the most significant change, the Marie P. DeBartolo Oaks, which last year was worth $75,000, is now worth $200,000.

Louisiana Downs has also increased the purse of the Harrah's Louisiana Downs Breeders' Cup Handicap to $200,000, up from $125,000 a year ago. That race, along with the Super Derby, DeBartolo Oaks and $100,000 Harrah's Juvenile, are worth a cumulative $1 million and will form an all-stakes pick four on Sept. 23.

In other changes to the schedule, the purse of the Prelude, which is the local prep for the Super Derby, has been increased from $50,000 to $100,000. It will be run on Sept. 1.

The annual Breeders' Festival will be run on Aug. 19, with 12 stakes for Louisiana-breds to be decided, each worth $100,000. Of the 12 stakes, four are for Quarter Horses.

Louisiana Downs originally was scheduled to race through Nov. 4, but the schedule has been revised and the meet will run through Oct. 21 instead. Last year, the meet closed on Oct. 9. Louisiana Downs is owned by casino giant Harrah's.

2006 stakes schedule

DATEEVENTCONDITIONSDISTANCEPURSE
Fri.,May 5John Franks Memorial3YO & Up*1 mile (T)$50,000
Sat.,May 6HoneymoonF&M, 3YO & Up1 mile (T)50,000
Sat.,May 13Fantasia3YO F*6 furlongs50,000
Sat.,May 20Arcadia3YO F*6 furlongs50,000
Sat.,May 27Chapel Belle3YO F1 mile (T)50,000
Mon.,May 29Barksdale Handicap3YO & Up 1 mile (T)50,000
Sat.,June 3Kings Court3YO & Up6 furlongs50,000
Sat.,June 10Airline3YO F6 furlongs50,000
Sat.,June 17Seven StarsF&M, 3YO & Up*1 1/16 miles50,000
Sat.,June 24Suthern AccentF&M, 3YO & Up6 furlongs50,000
Mon.,July 3Independence Handicap3YO & Up 1 1/16 miles (T)75,000
Sat.,July 8Excalibur3YO F1 mile (T)50,000
Fri.,July 14Elge Rasberry3YO F*1 mile (T)50,000
Sat.,July 15Dixie Miss3YO F 6 furlongs50,000
Fri.,July 21A. L. (Red) Erwin3YO F*1 mile (T)50,000
Sat.,July 22Ark-La-Tex Handicap3YO & Up1 1/16 miles75,000
Sat.,July 29Folklore Handicap3YO & Up6 1/2 furlongs75,000
Sat.,Aug. 5Senorita3YO F1 1/16 miles50,000
Sat.,Aug. 12Old South HandicapF&M, 3YO & Up1 1/16 miles (T)50,000
Sat.,Aug. 19 Stardust2YO F*6 furlongs100,000
Sat.,Aug. 19 Cajun3YO & Up*6 furlongs100,000
Sat.,Aug. 19 Shiskabob3YO & Up*1 1/16 miles (T)100,000
Sat.,Aug. 19 LA. Breeders' Derby3YO F*1 1/16 miles100,000
Sat.,Aug. 19 Laurel Lane2YO F*6 furlongs100,000
Sat.,Aug. 19 VictoriaF&M, 3YO & Up*6 furlongs100,000
Sat.,Aug. 19 Walmac Farm MatchmakerF&M, 3YO & Up*1 1/16 miles (T)100,000
Sat.,Aug. 19 LA Breeders' Oaks3YO F*1 1/16 miles100,000
Sat.,Aug. 19 La.-Bred Quarter Horse StakeSC&G, 4YO & Up, QH*400 yds.100,000
Sat.,Aug. 19 La.-Bred Quarter Horse StakeS3YO F, QH*350 yds.100,000
Sat.,Aug. 19 La.-Bred Quarter Horse StakeSF&M, 4YO & Up, QH*400 yds.100,000
Fri.,Aug. 25Minstrel2YO F6 furlongs50,000
Sat.,Aug. 26 Lyrique Handicap3YO F1 1/16 miles (T)75,000
Fri.,Sept. 1Prelude3YO F1 1/16 miles100,000
Sat.,Sept. 2Sport City Handicap3YO & Up1 1/16 miles (T)75,000
Mon.,Sept. 4 Total Rewards Breeders' Cup3YO & Up5 furlongs (T) 100,000
Sat.,Sept. 9 Princess2YO F6 furlongs50,000
Sat.,Sept. 16Majorette HandicapF&M, 3YO & Up5 furlongs (T)50,000
Sat.,Sept. 23 SUPER DERBY XXVII (G2)3YO F1 1/8 miles500,000
Sat.,Sept. 23 LAD Breeders' Cup Handicap3YO F&Up1 1/16 miles (T)200,000
Sat.,Sept. 23 Harrah's Juvenile2YO F1 1/16 miles (T)100,000
Sat.,Sept. 23 Marie P. DeBartolo Oaks HCP.3YO F1 1/16 miles (T)200,000
Sat.,Sept. 23 Donnie Wilhite Memorial3 YO1 1/16 miles (T)75,000
Sat.,Sept. 30River Cities Breeders' CupF&M, 3YO & Up1 1/16 miles (T)100,000
Sat.,Oct. 7 Lady Razorback Futurity2YO F**6 furlongs50,000
Sat.,Oct. 7 Razorback FuturityFC&G, 2YO**6 furlongs 50,000
Sat.,Oct. 14DelicadaF&M, 3YO & Up 1 1/16 miles50,000
Sat.,Oct. 21Lady Luck2YO F1 mile (T)50,000

*La.-breds; **Ark.-breds