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New York-bred stakes schedule upgraded for 2014

By NY Thoroughbred Breeders Inc. | 03/17/2014 11:37 AM ET

The schedule of New York-bred stakes races to be run at the three New York Racing Association (NYRA) racetracks and at Finger Lakes Gaming & Racetrack (FLGR) has a new and improved look for 2014.

Published in advance to make it easier for owners and trainers to map out campaigns for their horses, the 2014 stakes schedule shifts the emphasis from overnight stakes races to a defined series of races for each age group distributed among the three NYRA tracks (Belmont Park, Saratoga Race Course and Aqueduct Racetrack) and FLGR. Exciting new developments include the addition of five new races for 2-year-olds and the introduction of a Saratoga Showcase Day.

Jeffrey Cannizzo, Executive Director of the New York Thoroughbred Breeders, Inc. said, "The New York-bred stakes program is in a class by itself. No other region even comes near it and now, for the first time, we have a set schedule so that horsemen and owners can target races for the entire calendar year."

The 2014 New York racing schedule features a total of 69 New York-bred stakes races worth $8.6 million. Fifty-four stakes worth $7,475,000 will be run at the NYRA tracks and 15 stakes with purses of $1,125,000 will be hosted by FLGR. The purses for New York-bred stakes run by NYRA have increased by $485,000 over 2013.

Headlining the New York-bred stakes schedule for 2014 are five new races for 2-year-olds to be hosted by NYRA, bringing the total number of stakes races for New York-bred 2-year-olds in the state to 19 with total purses of $2,650,000. Fourteen races for New York-bred juveniles worth $2,150,000 will be run at NYRA tracks, and five races worth $500,000 will be run at FLGR. NYRA has boosted stakes purses for New York-bred 2-year-olds on its circuit by $1,050,000.

"This is the first step in what will likely be a multi-year process," said NYRA Senior Vice President of Racing Operations Martin Panza. "This year, we focused on the races for 2-year-olds, which seemed like a logical place to start. In coming years, we hope to roll out similarly structured programs for 3-year-olds and for older horses of both sexes."

Said Cannizzo, "Martin Panza and NYRA deserve credit for the enhancements to the New York-bred 2-year-old stakes program. More races and bigger purses will add to commercial appeal of New York-breds in the eyes of pinhookers and end-users alike. Every breeder with a yearling for sale stands to benefit."

Beyond the 2-year-olds, in 2014 New York-bred 3-year-olds will have 14 restricted stakes on the schedule worth $1,625,000 distributed as follows: 10 races worth $1.3 million on the NYRA tracks and four races worth $325,000 at FLGR. For horses of both sexes 3-years-old and up there will be 36 stakes races worth $4,325,000. Thirty of these, worth a total of $4,025,000, will be run at NYRA tracks. Six worth $300,000 are scheduled at FLGR.

Some of the marquee races for older horses have received significant purse enhancements. On Empire Showcase Day in the fall, the Empire Classic is now worth $300,000 and the new Empire Distaff Stakes for fillies and mares has a purse of $250,000. On the Big Apple Showcase Day, the one-mile Commentator Stakes and Critical Eye are each worth $200,000. Said Cannizzo, "It has now become even more lucrative to breed and own quality New York-breds. The money on offer here is a huge endorsement of our breeders and breeding program."
Finally, this year for the first time Saratoga Race Course will play host to one of the popular all New York-bred showcase cards. The new Saratoga Showcase card, scheduled this year for August 24, the day after the Travers Stakes, will feature six stakes races. The event is modeled on the original New York-Bred Showcase program run at Belmont in October (now, Empire Showcase Day) and the Big Apple Showcase card run at Belmont on the Saturday before the Belmont Stakes, which was added to the NYRA racing calendar in 2013.

A chronological list of all New York-bred stakes race for the year follows. This, and tables breaking down the New York-bred stakes races by conditions of age and sex, also appear on the "Stakes Schedule" page of the NYTB web site.

2014 New York-bred Stakes Schedule

Track  

Date

Stake Name

Distance

Condition

Purse

Aqueduct

1/5

Judy Soda Stakes

1 Mile

F&M 4&UP

$75,000

Aqueduct

1/16

Gold and Roses Stakes

6 Furlongs

4&UP

$75,000

Aqueduct

1/19

Whodam Stakes

1 Mile

4&UP

$75,000

Aqueduct

2/17

Hollie Hughes Stakes

6 Furlongs

3&UP

$100,000

Aqueduct

2/22

Kings Point Stakes

1 1/16 Miles

3&UP

$100,000

Aqueduct

3/29

Broadway Stakes

6 Furlongs

F&M 3&UP

$100,000

Aqueduct

4/27

NYSS, Times Square Division

6 1/2 Furlongs

3YO

$100,000

Aqueduct

4/27

NYSS, Park Avenue Division

6 1/2 Furlongs

F3YO

$100,000

Belmont

5/2

Affirmed Success Stakes

6 Furlongs

3&UP

$100,000

Finger Lakes

5/17

Susan B. Anthony Stakes

6 Furlongs

F&M 3&UP

$50,000

Finger Lakes

5/26

George W. Barker Stakes

6 Furlongs

3&UP

$50,000

Belmont

5/31

Commentator Stakes

1 Mile

3&UP

$200,000

Belmont

5/31

Critical Eye Stakes

1 Mile

F&M 3&UP

$200,000

Belmont

5/31

Kingston Stakes

1 Mile (T)

3&UP

$125,000

Belmont

5/31

Mount Vernon Stakes

1 Mile (T)

F&M 3&UP

$125,000

Belmont

5/31

Mike Lee Stakes

7 Furlongs

3YO

$125,000

Belmont

5/31

Bouwerie Stakes

7 Furlongs

F3YO

$125,000

Belmont

6/22

NYSS, Cupecoy's Joy Division

7 Furlongs (T)

F3YO

$100,000

Belmont

6/22

NYSS, Spectacular Bid Division

7 Furlongs (T)

3YO

$100,000

Belmont

7/3

Dancin Renee Stakes

6 Furlongs

F&M 3&UP

$100,000

Finger Lakes

7/4

Genesee Valley Breeders' Stakes

1 1/16 Miles

3&UP

$50,000

Finger Lakes

7/5

Jack Betta Be Rite Stakes

1 1/16 Miles

F&M 3&UP

$50,000

Belmont

7/6

Lynbrook Stakes

6 Furlongs

F2YO

$125,000

Finger Lakes

7/12

New York Derby

1 1/16 Miles

3YO

$150,000

 

 





































 

Finger Lakes

7/12

New York Oaks

1 1/16 Miles

F3YO

$75,000

Belmont

7/13

Rockville Centre Stakes

6 Furlongs

2YO

$125,000

Saratoga

7/31

Evan Shipman Stakes

1 1/8 Miles

3&UP

$100,000

Saratoga

8/4

NYSS, Cab Calloway Division

1 Mile (T)

3YO

$100,000

Saratoga

8/4

NYSS, Statue of Liberty Division

1 Mile (T)

F3YO

$100,000

Finger Lakes

8/9

Niagara Stakes

6 Furlongs

F3YO

$50,000

Saratoga

8/14

Saratoga Dew Stakes

1 1/8 Miles

F&M 3&UP

$100,000

Saratoga

8/15

John Morrissey Stakes

6 1/2 Furlongs

3&UP

$100,000

Finger Lakes

8/16

Ontario County Stakes

6 Furlongs

3YO

$50,000

Saratoga

8/21

Union Avenue Stakes

6 1/2 Furlongs

F&M 3&UP

$100,000

Saratoga

8/24

Albany Stakes

1 1/8 Miles

3YO

$250,000

Saratoga

8/24

Fleet Indian Stakes

1 1/8 Miles

F3YO

$200,000

Saratoga

8/24

West Point S. Presented by Trustco

1 1/16 Miles (T)

3&UP

$150,000

Saratoga

8/24

Yaddo Stakes

1 1/16 Miles (T)

F&M 3&UP

$150,000

Saratoga

8/24

Funny Cide Stakes

6 1/2 Furlongs

2YO

$200,000

Saratoga

8/24

Seeking the Ante Stakes

6 1/2 Furlongs

F2YO

$200,000

Finger Lakes

9/6

Aspirant Stakes

6 Furlongs

2YO

$100,000

Finger Lakes

9/6

Lady Finger Stakes

6 Furlongs

F2YO

$100,000

Belmont

9/14

Ashley T. Cole Stakes

1 1/8 Mile (T)

3&UP

$125,000

Belmont

9/14

John Hettinger Stakes

1 1/8 Mile (T)

F&M 3&UP

$125,000

Belmont

9/21

Bertram F. Bongard Stakes

7 Furlongs

2YO

$150,000

Belmont

9/21

Joseph A. Gimma Stakes

7 Furlongs

F2YO

$150,000

Finger Lakes

10/4

New York Breeders' Futurity

6 Furlongs

2YO

$200,000

Finger Lakes

10/4

Leon Reed Memorial Stakes

6 Furlongs

3&UP

$50,000

Finger Lakes

10/4

Arctic Queen Stakes

6 Furlongs

F&M 3&UP

$50,000

Belmont

10/18

Empire Classic Stakes

1 1/8 Miles

3&UP

$300,000

Belmont

10/18

Empire Distaff Stakes

1 1/16 Miles

F&M 3&UP

$250,000

Belmont

10/18

Mohawk Stakes

1 1/16 Miles (T)

3&UP

$200,000

Belmont

10/18

Ticonderoga Stakes

1 1/16 Miles (T)

F&M 3&UP

$200,000

Belmont

10/18

Sleepy Hollow Stakes

1 Mile

2YO

$250,000

Belmont

10/18

Maid of the Mist Stakes

1 Mile

F2YO

$250,000

Belmont

10/18

Hudson Stakes

6 1/2 Furlongs

3&UP

$150,000

Belmont

10/18

Iroquois Stakes

6 1/2 Furlongs

F&M 3&UP

$150,000

Finger Lakes

11/1

Tin Cup Chalice Stakes

6 Furlongs

2YO

$50,000

Finger Lakes

11/1

Shesastonecoldfox Stakes

6 Furlongs

F2YO

$50,000

Aqueduct

11/16

Notebook Stakes

6 Furlongs

2YO

$100,000

Aqueduct

11/16

Key Cents Stakes

6 Furlongs

F2YO

$100,000

Aqueduct

11/22

NYSS, Staten Island Division

7 Furlongs

F&M 3&UP

$125,000

Aqueduct

11/22

NYSS, Thunder Rumble Division

7 Furlongs

3&UP

$125,000

Aqueduct

12/14

Damon Runyon Stakes

1 Mile 70yds

2YO

$100,000

Aqueduct

12/14

East View Stakes

1 Mile 70yds

F2YO

$100,000

Aqueduct

12/28

NYSS, Great White Way Division

6 Furlongs

2YO

$150,000

Aqueduct

12/28

NYSS, Fifth Avenue Division

6 Furlongs

F2YO

$150,000

Aqueduct

12/31

Bay Ridge Stakes

1 1/16 Miles

F&M 3&UP

$100,000

Aqueduct

12/31

Alex M. Robb Stakes

1 1/16 Miles

3&UP

$100,000


ABOUT NYTB:
New York Thoroughbred Breeders, Inc. (NYTB) is a membership organization founded in 1974 for the benefit of individuals involved in New York thoroughbred breeding and racing. Since its inception, NYTB has been the official authorized representative of New York's thoroughbred breeders.

Dedicated to the advancement of the breeding and racing industries in the state, NYTB gives breeders a unified voice. The organization uses its resources to protect the interests of thoroughbred breeding in New York in the state legislature and beyond, and to promote its advantages and rewards while cooperating with all allied industry organizations that have an impact on the state's thoroughbred breeding business.

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