Aqueduct Racetrack's 13 Graded Races for Winter & Spring Schedule

Aqueduct Racetrack Press Release
Updated: December 8, 2011 -- 12:40 PM ET

The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) released the stakes schedule for Aqueduct Racetrack's 2012 winter/spring meet, with the Grade 1, $1 million Resorts World Casino New York City Wood Memorial on Saturday, April 7 the centerpiece of 13 graded stakes worth $3.75 million for the 79-day meet which begins on January 1.

The $3.75 million in graded stakes purses represents a 44 percent increase over the $2.6 million in graded stakes purses during the 2011 winter/spring meet, which had 11 graded stakes.

The increase in purses is possible due to the opening of Genting's Resorts World Casino New York City at Aqueduct Racetrack. During the first year of the casino's operations, 6.5 percent of the revenue from the Video Lottery Terminals must go to NYRA's purse structure.

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Two graded races returning to the Big A stakes schedule after a year hiatus are the Grade 3, $200,000 Withers for 3-year-olds, which will be run on Saturday, February 4, and the Grade 2, $200,000 Top Flight for 3-year-old & up fillies and mares, which will be run on Saturday, March 3.

The Withers will be run on a card with the Grade 3, $150,000 Toboggan for sprinters and will serve as a prep race for the Grade 3, $400,000 Gotham, which will be run Saturday, March 3 on a card with the Top Flight and the Grade 3, $200,000 Tom Fool for sprinters.

The 88th running of the Wood will be featured on NBC's "Road to the Kentucky Derby" series, airing April 7 from 4:30 - 6 p.m. during a broadcast that will also include live coverage of the Santa Anita Derby.

Additional stakes on Wood Day comprise the prestigious Grade 1, $400,000 Carter for 3-year-olds & up going seven furlongs, the Grade 3, $250,000 Bay Shore for 3-year-olds going seven furlongs and the Grade 3, $250,000 Comely for 3-year-old fillies going a mile.

Aqueduct's slate of graded stakes also includes the Grade 3, $150,000 Cicada on Saturday, March 10, the Grade 3, $150,000 Excelsior on Saturday, March 17, the Grade 2, $200,000 Distaff on Saturday, April 14, and the Grade 2, $200,000 Jerome on Saturday, April 21.

In addition, the Big A will offer 16 listed and New York-bred stakes, beginning New Year's Day with the $75,000 Interborough and the $75,000 Ladies.

Highlights of the listed stakes schedule include the $150,000 Count Fleet for 3-year-olds and the $100,000 Busanda for 3-year-old fillies on Saturday, January 7, the $100,000 Correction for filly and mare sprinters on Saturday, February 4, and the $100,000 Fred "Cappy" Capossela for 3-year-old sprinters on Saturday, March 10.

"We are very excited to announce this enhanced Aqueduct winter stakes schedule," said NYRA Vice President and Director of Racing P. J. Campo. "Placing the Withers in early February on a card also featuring the Toboggan and Correction creates another marquee day of racing during the meet. Additionally, with the Gotham's purse increased to $400,000 to go along with the addition of the Withers, our 3-year-old stakes program is on par with any track in the country. We are hopeful that our horsemen will respond positively to the new stakes schedule and believe it will generate a lot of interest for our fans."

The Aqueduct winter/spring stakes schedule, which was approved by the NYRA Board of Directors, now awaits approval from the New York State Racing and Wagering Board.


2012 AQUEDUCT WINTER/SPRING STAKES SCHEDULE


Date

Stake

Grade

Purse

Age

Distance

Sun. Jan. 1

Interborough

 

75,000

F&M 3&UP

6 Furlongs

Sun. Jan. 1

Ladies

 

75,000

F&M 3&UP

1 1/8

Sat. Jan. 7

Count Fleet

 

150,000

3YO

1 Mile 70 Yds

Sat. Jan 7

Busanda

 

100,000

F 3YO

1 Mile 70 Yds

Sat. Jan. 14

Ruthless

 

75,000

F 3YO

6 Furlongs

Mon. Jan 16

Jimmy Winkfield

 

75,000

3YO

6 Furlongs

Sat. Jan 21

Evening Attire

 

75,000

3 & UP

1  1/16

Sat. Jan 28

Affectionately

 

75,000

F&M 3&UP

1  1/16

Sat. Feb 4

Correction

 

100,000

F&M 3&UP

6 Furlongs

Sat. Feb 4

Withers

III

200,000

3YO

1  1/16

Sat. Feb 4

Toboggan

III

150,000

3 & UP

6 Furlongs

Sat. Feb 11

Dearly Precious

 

75,000

F 3YO

6 Furlongs

Sat. Feb 18

Stymie

 

75,000

3 & UP

1 1/8

Mon. Feb 20

Hollie Hughes (NYB)

 

75,000

3 & UP

6 Furlongs

Sat Feb 25

Busher

 

75,000

F 3YO

1  1/16

Sat. Mar 3

Gotham

III

400,000

3YO

1  1/16

Sat Mar 3

Tom Fool

III

200,000

3 & UP

6 Furlongs

Sat Mar 3

Top Flight

II

200,000

F&M 3&UP

1  1/16

Sat Mar 3

King's Point (NYB)

 

75,000

3 & UP

1  1/8

Sat Mar 10

Fred "Cappy" Capossela

 

100,000

3YO

6 Furlongs

Sat Mar 10

Cicada

III

150,000

F 3YO

6 Furlongs

Sat Mar 17

Excelsior

III

150,000

3 & UP

1 1/8

Sat Mar 24

Broadway (NYB)

 

75,000

F&M 3&UP

6 Furlongs

Sat Apr 7

Wood Memorial

I

1,000,000

3YO

1 1/8

Sat Apr 7

Carter

I

400,000

3 & UP

7 Furlongs

Sat Apr 7

Comely

III

250,000

F 3YO

1 Mile 

Sat Apr 7

Bay Shore

III

250,000

3YO

7 Furlongs

Sat Apr 14

Distaff

II

200,000

F&M 3&UP

7 Furlongs

Sat Apr 21

Jerome

II

200,000

3YO

1 Mile

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