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NYRA announces 2014 Aqueduct winter/spring stakes schedule

By Jon Forbes | 12/04/2013 05:58 PM ET
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The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) has announced the stakes schedule for the 2014 winter/spring meet at Aqueduct Racetrack, with stakes purses totaling $6 million.

The Grade 1, $1 million Wood Memorial, New York's premier prep race for the Triple Crown, tops the stakes schedule and will be contested on April 5. The Wood Memorial will receive top billing on the card that also will include the Grade 1, $500,000 Carter Handicap, the Grade 2, $300,000 Gazelle, the Grade 2, $250,000 Ruffian Handicap, and the Grade 3, $300,000 Bay Shore.

In addition, Aqueduct will host three graded stakes around two turns for 3-year-olds that lead to the Wood Memorial: the Grade 2, $200,000 Jerome on January 4, the Grade 3, $250,000 Withers on February 1, and the Grade 3, $500,000 Gotham on March 1.

The minimum stakes purse is $100,000, up from $75,000 last year.

Aqueduct will predominantly race on a Thursday-through-Monday schedule in January and March, and on a four-day, Friday-through-Monday schedule in February. From April through the end of the year, NYRA generally will hold live racing on its customary Wednesday-through-Sunday schedule, with the usual exception of the Saratoga meet when there will again be live racing every day except Tuesday.

 
The 2014 Aqueduct Racetrack winter/spring stakes schedule:

DATE

CLOSES

RACE

GR.

PURSE

AGE

DISTANCE

Wed., Jan 1

Sat., Dec. 21

Interborough

 

100,000

F&M 3&UP

6 Furlongs

Wed., Jan. 1

"

Affectionately

 

100,000

F&M 3&UP

1 1/16

Sat., Jan. 4

"

Jerome

II

200,000

3YO

1 Mile 70 Yds

Sat., Jan. 4

"

Busanda

 

100,000

F 3YO

1 Mile 70 Yds

Sat., Jan 11

Sat., Dec. 28

Ruthless   

 

100,000

F 3YO

6 Furlongs

Sat., Jan. 18

Sat., Jan. 4

Evening Attire

 

100,000

3 & UP

1 1/16

Mon., Jan. 20

"

Jimmy Winkfield

 

100,000

3 YO

6 Furlongs

Sat., Jan 25

"

Ladies Hdcp

 

100,000

F&M 3&UP

1 1/8

Sat., Jan 25

 

TRIPLE CROWN (Early Closing)

 

 

 

 

Sat., Feb. 1

Sat., Jan 18

Busher

 

100,000

F 3YO

1 1/16

Sat., Feb. 1

"

Toboggan

III

150,000

3 & UP

6 Furlongs

Sat., Feb. 1

"

Correction

 

100,000

F&M 3&UP

6 Furlongs

Sat., Feb. 1

"

Withers

III

250,000

3 YO

1 1/16

Sat., Feb. 8

Sat., Jan. 25

Dearly Precious

 

100,000

F 3YO

6 Furlongs

Sat., Feb. 15

Sat., Feb. 1

Stymie

 

100,000

3 & UP

1 1/8

Mon., Feb. 17

"

Hollie Hughes (NYB)

 

100,000

3 & UP

6 Furlongs

Sat., Feb. 22

Sat., Feb 8

Kings Point (NYB)

 

100,000

3 & UP

1 1/16

Sat., Mar. 1

Sat., Feb. 15

Tom Fool Hdcp.

III

200,000

3 & UP

6 Furlongs

Sat., Mar. 1

"

Gotham

III

500,000

3YO

1 1/16

Sat., Mar. 1

"

Top Flight Hdcp.

II

200,000

F&M 3&UP

1 1/16

Sat., Mar. 8

Sat., Feb. 22

Fred "Cappy" Capossela

 

100,000

3 YO

6 Furlongs

Sat., Mar. 15

Sat., Mar. 1

Cicada

 

100,000

F 3YO

6 Furlongs

Sat., Mar. 22

 

TRIPLE CROWN (Late Closing)

 

 

 

 

Sat., Mar. 22

Sat., Mar. 8

Excelsior         

III

150,000

3 & UP

1 1/8

Sat., Mar. 29

Sat., Mar. 15

Broadway (NYB)

 

100,000

F&M 3&UP

6 Furlongs

Sat., Apr. 5

Sat., Mar. 22

Wood Memorial

I

1,000,000

3YO

1 1/8

Sat., Apr. 5

"

Carter Hdcp.

I

500,000

3&UP

7 Furlongs

Sat., Apr. 5

"

Bay Shore

III

300,000

3YO

7 Furlongs

Sat., Apr. 5

"

Gazelle

II

300,000

F 3YO

1 1/8

Sat., Apr. 5

"

Ruffian Hdcp.

II

250,000

F&M 3&UP

1 Mile

Sat., Apr. 19

Sat., Apr. 5

Distaff (Hdcp)

II

200,000

F&M 3&UP

6 Furlongs

Sat., Apr. 26

CLOSED

New York Stallion Stakes

 

100,000

F 3YO

6 1/2 Furlongs

 

 

Park Avenue Division

 

 

 

 

Sat., Apr. 26

CLOSED

New York Stallion Stakes

 

100,000

3YO

6 1/2 Furlongs

 

 

Times Square Division

 

 

 

 

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