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 $91,000 maiden races after Derby. The Churchill Downs steady location resumes Tuesday, March 16, and the very first day of training is Friday, March 19.
2021 CHURCHILL DOWNS SPRING MEET STAKES SCHEDULE
|Saturday, April 24||6 th||Noted||$ 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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