Led by America’s biggest race, the Kentucky Derby on Saturday, May 1, Churchill Downs will provide 40 stakes races cumulatively worth a record $13.44 million throughout its 38-day Spring Meet that runs April 24-June 26.

Derby Week (April 24-May 1) begins the nine-week 147 th Spring Meet in design with 18 stakes occasions that amount to a record $10.14 million over the six-day stretch, culminating with the 147 th running of the $ 3 million Kentucky Derby provided by Woodford Reserve ( Grade 1) for 3-year-olds at 1 1/4 miles.

Half of the 14 races on Derby Day are stakes races, consisting of 4 Grade 1 occasions: the Derby; $1 million Old Forester Bourbon Grass Traditional; $ 500,000 Churchill Downs provided by Ford and $ 500,000 Derby City Distaff. There likewise will be a trio of Grade 2 occasions: the $500,000 Longines Churchill Distaff Grass Mile; $ 500,000 Pat Day Mile provided by LG&E and KU; and $ 500,000 American Grass.

One day previously, Churchill Downs will host the Derby’s female equivalent, the $ 1.25 million Longines Kentucky Oaks (G1) at 1 1/8 miles– the country’s most rewarding race for 3-year-old fillies. The 6 stakes that day overall $3 million: the Oaks; $ 500,000 La Troienne (G1); $ 400,000 Alysheba (G2); $ 300,000 8 Belles provided by Smithfield (G2); $ 300,000 Edgewood (G2); and $ 250,000 Twin Spires Grass Sprint provided by Sysco (G2).

Derby Week stakes action that precedes Oaks and Derby days consists of the $ 125,000 William Walker on Opening Night, Saturday, April 24; the newly-renamed $ 120,000 Isaac Murphy Marathon Overnight Stakes on Champions Day, Tuesday, April 27, which honors the famous African-American who was a three-time Derby winner and probably the best jockey American racing has actually ever understood; $ 125,000 Kentucky Juvenile on Wednesday, April 28; and the $ 150,000 Unbridled Sidney and $ 120,000 Opening Verse Overnight Night Stakes on Thurby, Thursday, April 29.

After Derby Week, there will be 22 stakes worth an overall of $3.3 million.

Stephen Foster Sneak Peek Day is Saturday, Might 29 with 7 stakes that amount to $825,000: the $ 125,000 Matt Winn (G3); $ 125,000 Remorse (G3); $ 125,000 Aristides (Noted); $ 125,000 Blame; $ 125,000 Shawnee; $ 100,000 Audubon; and $ 100,000 Douglas Park Overnight Stakes.

The $ 600,000 Stephen Foster (G2), which yearly draws in a few of the country’s leading older horses, is located on closing day, Saturday, June 26, for a 2nd successive year. The 1 1/8- mile race anchors a seven-race stakes treasure trove that amounts to $1.6 million and consists of the $ 250,000 Fleur de Lis (G2) for fillies and mares and $ 250,000 Wise Dan (G2) for grass horses.

The rewarding cash prize is credited to returns from historic horse racing at Derby City Video Gaming, Churchill Downs Incorporated’s $65 million center that opened September 2018 at neighboring 4520 Poplar Level Roadway.

The very first condition book of set up races includes $106,000 maiden races on Derby Week and $91,000 maiden races after Derby. The Churchill Downs steady location resumes Tuesday, March 16, and the very first day of training is Friday, March 19.

2021 CHURCHILL DOWNS SPRING MEET STAKES SCHEDULE

Date Running Grade Bag Race Conditions Range Surface Area
Saturday, April 24 6 th Noted $ 125,000 William Walker 3yo 5 1/2 F Grass
Tuesday, April 27 3 rd $ 120,000 Isaac Murphy Marathon Overnight Stakes 4&& up 1 1/2 M Dirt
Wednesday, April 28 27 th $ 125,000 Kentucky Juvenile 2yo 5 F Dirt
Thursday, April 29 11 th $ 150,000 Unbridled Sidney 3 & up, f & m 5 1/2 F Grass
Thursday, April 29 16 th $ 120,000 Opening Verse Overnight Stakes 4 & up 1 M Grass
Friday, April 30 147 th I $ 1,250,000 Longines Kentucky&Oaks 3yo f 1 1/8 M Dirt
Friday, April 30 36 th I $ 500,000 La Troienne 4 & up, f & m 1 1/16 M Dirt
Friday, April 30 18 th II $ 400,000 Alysheba 4 & up 1 1/16 M Dirt
Friday, April 30 66 th II $ 300,000 8 Belles provided by Smithfield 3yo f 7 F Dirt
Friday, April 30 37 th II $ 300,000 Edgewood 3yo f 1 1/16 M(* )Grass Friday, April 30
27 th II $ 250,000 Twin Spires Grass Sprint provided by Sysco 3 & up 5 1/2 F Grass Saturday, Might 1
147 th I $ 3,000,000 Kentucky Derby provided by Woodford Reserve 3yo 1 1/4 M Dirt Saturday, Might 1
35 th I $ 1,000,000 Old Forester Bourbon Grass Traditional 4&& up 1 1/8 M Grass Saturday, Might 1
86 th I $ 500,000 Churchill Downs provided by Ford 4&& up 7 F Dirt Saturday, Might 1
35 th I $ 500,000 Derby City Distaff 4 & up, f & m 7 F Dirt Saturday, Might 1
36 th II $ 500,000 Longines Churchill Distaff Grass Mile 4 & up, f & m 1 M Grass Saturday, Might 1
97 th II $ 500,000 Pat Day Mile provided by LG&E and KU 3yo 1 M Dirt Saturday, Might 1
30 th II $ 500,000 American Grass 3yo 1 1/16 M Grass Saturday, Might 8
2 nd $ 100,000 Mamzelle Overnight Stakes 3yo f 5 F Grass Saturday, Might 15
84 th III $ 125,000 Louisville 4 & up 1 1/2 M Grass Saturday, Might 22
18 th III $ 125,000 Winning Colors 4 & up, f & m 6 F Dirt Saturday, Might 22
8 th $ 100,000 Keertana Overnight&Stakes 4 & up, f & m 1 1/2 M Grass Saturday, Might 29
24 th III $ 125,000 Matt Winn 3yo 1 1/16 M Dirt Saturday, Might 29
52 nd III $ 125,000 Remorse 3yo f 1 1/8 M& Grass Saturday, Might 29
33 rd Noted $ 125,000 Aristides 4 & up 6&F Dirt Saturday, Might 29
2 nd $ 125,000 Blame 4 & up 1 1/8 M& Dirt Saturday, Might 29
2 nd $ 125,000 Shawnee 4 & up, f & m 1 1/16 M& Dirt Saturday, Might 29
2 nd $ 100,000 Audubon 3yo 1 1/8 M Grass Saturday, Might 29
1 st $ 100,000 Douglas Park Overnight Stakes 4&& up 1 1/16 M Grass Saturday, June 5
5& th $ 100,000 Mighty Beau Overnight Stakes 3 & up 5 F Grass Saturday, June 12
45 th III $ 125,000 Old Forester Mint Julep 4 & up, f & m 1 1/16 M Grass Saturday, June 19
11 th $ 100,000 Roxelana Overnight Stakes 3 & up, f & m 6 1/2 F Dirt Friday, June 25
11 th $ 100,000 Kelly’s Landing Overnight Stakes 3 & up 7 F Dirt Saturday, June 26
40 th II $ 600,000 Stephen Foster (* )4 & up 1 1/8 M Dirt Saturday, June 26 46(* )th(* )II
$ 250,000 (* )Fleur de Lis 4 & up, f & m 1 1/8 M Dirt Saturday, June 26 32 nd(* )II $ 250,000 Wise Dan
4 & up 1 1/16 M Grass Saturday, June 26 120 th III $ 125,000 Bashford Manor
2yo 6 F Dirt Saturday, June 26 (* )120 th Noted $ 125,000 Debutante 2yo f
6 F Dirt Saturday, June 26 2 nd $ 125,000 War Chant 3yo
1 M Grass Saturday, June 26 2 nd $ 125,000 Tepin 3yo f
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