08/23/2006 11:00PM

Turf Festival to make return


Hollywood Park has scheduled 22 stakes for its 36-day fall meeting, which runs from Nov. 1 through Dec. 18. The stakes slate is highlighted by the six-race Autumn Turf Festival, which was canceled last year because of poor turf conditions.

The six stakes of the Autumn Turf Festival, all graded, include three of the six Grade 1 races at the meeting - the Citation Handicap, Hollywood Derby, and Matriarch Stakes. The Turf Festival is held on Thanksgiving weekend, Nov. 24-26.

Last year, the turf course was not used during the fall meeting after the sod was improperly laid following the spring-summer meeting. The decision to abandon turf racing was made just before the meeting was scheduled to start, resulting in a restructuring of overnight purses for dirt racing.

The 2006 stakes schedule includes eight stakes for 2-year-olds, including the Real Quiet and Sharp Cat stakes, both over 1 1/16 miles. Those races were inaugurated last year following the cancellation of turf racing.

The Real Quiet Stakes is the first stakes of the meeting on the main track, which is in the process of being replaced by a synthetic surface, Cushion Track. The Cushion Track surface is expected to be in place by early September.

2006 stakes schedule

Wed.,Nov. 1BIEN BIEN STAKES3YO1 mile (T)$60,000
Sat.,Nov. 4REAL QUIET STAKES2YO1 1/16 miles100,000
Sun., Nov. 5SHARP CAT STAKES2YO F1 1/16 miles100,000
Sat., Nov. 11HERMOSA BEACH HANDICAPF&M, 3YO & Up1 1/2 miles (T)60,000
Sun.,Nov. 12AUDREY SKIRBALL-KENIS STAKES3YO F1 1/8 miles (T)60,000
Sat.,Nov. 18HOLLYWOOD PREVUE STAKES (G3)2YO7 furlongs100,000
Sun.,Nov. 19MOCCASIN STAKES2YO F7 furlongs100,000
Thur.,Nov. 23ON TRUST HANDICAP3YO & Up*7 1/2 furlongs100,000
Fri.,Nov. 24CAT'S CRADLE HANDICAPF&M, 3YO & Up*7 1/2 furlongs100,000
Fri.,Nov. 24CITATION HANDICAP (G1)3YO & Up1 1/16 miles (T)400,000
Fri.,Nov. 24GENEROUS STAKES (G3)2YO1 mile (T)100,000
Sat.,Nov. 25HOLLYWOOD TURF EXPRESS (G3)3YO & Up6 furlongs (T)150,000
Sat.,Nov. 25MIESQUE STAKES (G3)2YO F1 mile (T)100,000
Sun.,Nov. 26THE MATRIARCH (G1)F&M, 3YO & Up1 mile (T)500,000
Sun.,Nov. 26HOLLYWOOD DERBY (G1)3YO1 1/4 miles (T)500,000
Sat.,Dec. 2VERNON O. UNDERWOOD (G3)3YO & Up6 furlongs100,000
Sun.,Dec. 3BAYAKOA HANDICAP (G2)F&M, 3YO & Up1 1/16 miles150,000
Sat.,Dec. 9HOLLYWOOD TURF CUP (G1)3YO & Up1 1/2 miles (T)250,000
Sun.,Dec. 10NATIVE DIVER HANDICAP (G3)3YO & Up1 1/8 miles100,000
Sat., Dec. 16HOLLYWOOD FUTURITY (G1)2YO 1 1/16 miles250,000
Sun., Dec. 17HOLLYWOOD STARLET (G1)2YO F1 1/16 miles250,000
Mon.Dec. 18DAHLIA HANDICAP (G2)F&M, 3YO & Up1 1/16 miles (T)150,000