01/12/2005 1:00AM

Two stakes cut from 2005 schedule


CHICAGO - Arlington Park's 2005 stakes schedule, looking very much like 2004's, was approved Tuesday by the Illinois Racing Board.

The 2005 stakes program, however, eliminates two $75,000 stakes that were run in 2004: the Estrapade, for older turf females, run June 12 last year; and the Black Tie Affair, run July 10 in 2004 as a prep for the Washington Park Handicap. With the Estrapade gone, Arlington runs just one stakes race between its May 13 opening and June 18.

The Washington Park was one of four stakes reduced by $50,000 this season. The others are the Arlington Oaks, the Arlington Classic, and the Arlington Handicap. The $50,000 in Breeders' Cup purse money allotted to the Oaks was shifted to the Sept. 18 Arlington-Washington Lassie, which now is worth $150,000.

Arlington faces a tighter purse structure in 2005 because the Illinois Racing Board shifted purse money earned from simulcast handle during Chicago's winter dark period from Arlington to Hawthorne.

The program features three multi-stakes days, a hallmark of Arlington's parent company, Churchill Downs Inc. There are six Illinois-bred stakes June 25; three stakes on Million Preview Day, July 23; and the three Grade 1 turf stakes on Arlington Million Day, Aug. 13.

2005 Arlington Park schedule

Sat.,May 28Hanshin Cup (G3)3YO & Up1 Mile$100,000
Sat.,June 18Chicago BC Handicap (G3)F&M, 3YO & Up7 Furlongs175,000
Sat.,June 25Purple Violet Stakes3YO, F*1 Mile75,000
Sat.,June 25Springfield Stakes3YO*1 Mile75,000
Sat.,June 25Isaac Murphy HandicapF&M, 3YO & Up*6 Furlongs75,000
Sat.,June 25White Oak Handicap3YO & Up*6 Furlongs75,000
Sat.,June 25Lincoln Heritage Hcp.F&M, 3YO & Up*1 1/16 Miles (T)75,000
Sat.,June 25Black Tie Affair Handicap3YO & Up*1 1/16 Miles (T)75,000
Sat.,July 2Arlington Classic (G3)3YO1 1/16 Miles (T)150,000
Sun., July 3Stars and Stripes BC Turf (G3)3YO & Up1 1/2 Miles (T)200,000
Sat.,July 16Round Table Stakes3YO1 1/8 miles100,000
Sat.,July 23American Derby (G2)3YO1 3/16 Miles (T)250,000
Sat.,July 23Arlington Handicap (G3)3YO & Up 1 1/4 Miles (T)200,000
Sat.,July 23Modesty Handicap (G3)F&M, 3YO & Up1 3/16 Miles (T)150,000
Sat.,July 30Washington Park Hcp. (G2)3YO & Up 1 3/16 Miles300,000
Sat.,Aug. 6Sea O'Erin BC Mile3YO & Up 1 Mile (T)150,000
Sat.,Aug. 13Secretariat Stakes (G1)3YO1 1/4 Miles (T)400,000
Sat.,Aug. 13Beverly D. (G1)F&M, 3YO & Up1 3/16 Miles (T)750,000
Sat.,Aug. 13Arlington Million (G1)3YO & Up 1 1/4 Miles (T)1,000,000
Sat.,Aug. 20Arlington Oaks3YO, F1 1/8 Miles 100,000
Sat.,Aug. 27Arlington BC Sprint3YO & Up 6 Furlongs150,000
Sat.,Sept. 3Arlington Matron Hcp. (G3)F&M, 3YO & Up1 1/8 Miles150,000
Sat.,Sept. 17Pucker Up Stakes (G3)3YO, F 1 1/8 Miles (T)200,000
Sun., Sept. 18Arlington-Wash. BC Lassie (G3)2YO, F 1 Mile150,000
Sun., Sept. 18Arlington-Wash. BC Futurity (G3)2YO1 Mile200,000

* Illinois-registered