12/12/2012 5:47PM

Will Rogers Downs sets stakes for 2013


Will Rogers Downs in Claremore, Okla., will offer eight stakes worth a cumulative $420,000 during its Thoroughbred meet that opens March 4. Many of the races are positioned to run on Monday and Tuesday cards. Will Rogers will race through May 18.

The stakes action starts on Monday, March 4, with a 3-year-old fillies division of the $50,000 Oklahoma Stallion Stakes. It will be run over a mile. There will be Monday and Tuesday stakes on April 8-9, when Will Rogers runs a pair of six-furlong races catering to 3-year-olds and up bred in Oklahoma. Each is worth $55,000.

Will Rogers will put on Tuesday and Wednesday stakes on April 23-24. The $50,000 Clem McSpadden Memorial Route 66 for 3-year-olds and up at six furlongs is April 23, and the $50,000 Wilma Mankiller Memorial for fillies and mares at six furlongs is April 24. They are the lone non-restricted stakes at Will Rogers.

The meet closes with a stakes double May 18. The $55,000 Cherokee Nation Classic Cup and the $55,000 RPDC Classic Distaff are a pair of one-mile and 70-yard races for 3-year-olds and up bred in Oklahoma. The Distaff is restricted to fillies and mares.