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NYRA releases Aqueduct winter & spring stakes schedule

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TwinSpires Staff

November 13th, 2015

Edited Press Release

The New York Racing Association announced the stakes schedule for the 2016 winter and spring meets at Aqueduct Racetrack, featuring 49 stakes worth nearly $7.5 million, anchored by the 92nd running of the $1 million Wood Memorial (G1) on April 9.

The winter meet features five graded stakes, including a trio of important events around two turns for newly minted 3-year-olds: the $200,000 Jerome (G3) at one mile and 70 yards on January 2, the $250,000 Withers (G3) at 1 1/16 miles on January 30, and the $400,000 Gotham (G3), also at 1 1/16 miles, on March 5.

Rounding out the graded stakes are the $150,000 Toboggan (G3) on January 18 and the $200,000 Tom Fool Handicap (G3) on March 2, both for 4-year-olds and up at six furlongs.

The New Year kicks off with the $125,000 Lost In a Fog for sophomore sprinters on the inner track on January 1, and picks up momentum through opening weekend with the Jerome the following day, the first of four official stakes on the 2016 Road to the Kentucky Derby hosted at the Big A.
Included on the schedule are eight stakes for New York-breds, beginning with the $100,000 Maddie May for 3-year-old fillies at one mile and 70 yards on January 31 and including three six-furlong contests on Presidents Day weekend, February 13-15: the $100,000 Broadway for fillies and mares, the $125,000 Rego Park for 3-year-olds and the $100,000 Hollie Hughes for 3-year-old fillies.

The meet concludes its winter stakes schedule on Saturday, March 26 with the 24th running of the $100,000 Cicada for 3-year-old fillies at six furlongs.
The Wood Memorial will be supported by 22 other stakes totaling an additional $2.9 million when racing moves to the main track during Aqueduct's Spring Showcase meet.

 The spring meet's stakes schedule will commence with the second annual running of the New York Claiming Championship Series, featuring 10 lucrative starter allowance races with purses worth more than $700,000. Separated into different divisions, the series will again highlight the blue-collar horses who comprise the backbone of winter racing at the Big A.

The 1 1/8-mile Wood Memorial is one of five stakes on April 9. New York's traditional prep for the Kentucky Derby will be joined by the $400,000 Carter Handicap (G1) at seven furlongs, the first Grade 1 contests on the NYRA racing calendar.
Also on tap for Wood Memorial Day are the spring meet's official Kentucky Oaks qualifier, the $300,000 Gazelle (G2) for sophomore fillies, as well as pair of Grade 3's with the $300,000 Bay Shore for 3-year-old sprinters at seven furlongs, and the $200,000 Excelsior for 4-year-olds and up going 1 ¼ miles.
Turf racing returns the following day with the second running of the $100,000 Danger's Hour for 4-year-olds and up at a mile on the grass on April 10.

Rounding out the stakes schedule for the 2016 Spring Showcase meet are two traditional graded stakes for fillies and mares in the $200,000 Top Flight Handicap (G3) at 1 1/8 miles on Sunday, April 3, and the $200,000 Distaff Handicap (G2) at seven furlongs on April 17.

The 2016 Spring Showcase stakes schedule will wrap up with a pair of New York Stallion Series 3-year-old events contested at 6 ½ furlongs: the $100,000, Times Square Division on Saturday, April 23, and the $100,000 Park Avenue Division the following day, which will be joined by the $100,000 Memories of Silver, a turf route for 3-year-old fillies. 

AQUEDUCT 2016 WINTER/SPRING STAKES SCHEDULE:

AQUEDUCT WINTER MEETING

DATE RACE GRADE PURSE AGE DISTANCE

Fri., Jan. 1

Lost In A Fog

 

125,000

3YO

6 Furlongs

Sat., Jan. 2

Jerome

III

200,000

3YO

1 Mile 70 Yds

Sat., Jan. 9

Interborough

 

100,000

F&M 4&UP

6 Furlongs

Sun., Jan 10

Ladies Hdcp

 

100,000

F&M 4&UP

1 Mile 70 Yds

Sat., Jan. 16

Jazil

 

125,000

4 & UP

1   70 Yds

Sat., Jan. 16

TRIPLE CROWN (Early Closing)

 

 

 

 

Sun., Jan 17

Ruthless   

 

100,000

F 3YO

6 Furlongs

Mon., Jan. 18

Toboggan

III

150,000

4 & UP

6 Furlongs

Sat., Jan. 23

Busanda

 

100,000

F 3YO

1 Mile 70 Yds

Sat., Jan. 30

Withers

III

250,000

3 YO

1  1/16

Sun., Jan. 31

Maddie May (NYB)

 

100,000

F 3YO

1 Mile 70 Yds

Sat., Feb. 6

Fred "Cappy" Capossela

 

100,000

3 YO

6 Furlongs

Sat., Feb. 6

Gander (NYB)

 

100,000

3 YO

1 Mile 70 Yds

Sun., Feb. 7

Biogio's Rose (NYB)

 

100,000

F&M 4&UP

1  1/16

Sat., Feb. 13

Broadway  (NYB)

 

100,000

F&M 4&UP

6 Furlongs

Sat., Feb. 13

Haynesfield (NYB)

 

100,000

4 & UP

1  1/16

Sun., Feb. 14

Rego Park (NYB)

 

125,000

3 YO

6 Furlongs

Mon., Feb. 15

Hollie Hughes (NYB)

 

100,000

4 & UP

6 Furlongs

Sat., Feb. 20

Franklin Square (NYB)

 

125,000

F 3YO

6 Furlongs

Sat., Feb. 27

Busher

 

125,000

F 3YO

1  1/16

Sat., Mar. 5

Gotham

III

400,000

3YO

1  1/16

Sat., Mar. 5

Heavenly Prize Invitational

 

150,000

F&M 4&UP

1  1/16

Sun., Mar. 6

Jimmy Winkfield

 

125,000

3 YO

6 Furlongs

Sat., Mar. 12

Tom Fool Hdcp.

III

200,000

4 & UP

6 Furlongs

Sun., Mar. 13

Stymie

 

125,000

4 & UP

1  1/8

Sat., Mar. 19

Correction

 

125,000

F&M 4&UP

6 Furlongs

Sat., Mar. 26

Cicada

 

125,000

F 3YO

6 Furlongs

Mon., Mar. 21

TRIPLE CROWN (Late Closing)

 

 

 

 

AQUEDUCT SPRING MEETING

Sat., Apr. 2

New York Claiming Championship Day

 

 

 

 

Sat., Apr. 2

Mr. Sinatra (Open Starter in 2015-16)

 

90,000

4 & UP

1 1/8

Sat., Apr. 2

Caixa Eletronica (Starter $40,000 in 15-16)

 

80,000

4 & UP

7 Furlongs

Sat., Apr. 2

Karakorum Elektra (Starter $25 in 15-16)

 

80,000

F&M 4&UP

7 Furlongs

Sat., Apr. 2

Stud Muffin (Starter $25 in 15-16)

 

75,000

4 & UP

1 Mile

Sat., Apr. 2

Xtra Heat (Starter $20 in 15-16)

 

70,000

F&M 4&UP

6 Furlongs

Sat., Apr. 2

Peeping Tom (Starter $20 in 15-16)

 

70,000

4 & UP

6 Furlongs

Sat., Apr. 2

Sis City (Starter $16 in 15-16)

 

60,000

F&M 4&UP

1 Mile

Sat., Apr. 2

More To Tell (Starter $16 in 15-16)

 

60,000

4 & UP

1  1/16

Sat., Apr. 2

Videogenic (Starter $12,500 in 15-16)

 

60,000

F&M 4&UP

6 Furlongs

Sat., Apr. 2

Kelly Kip (Starter $12,500 in 15-16)

 

60,000

4 & UP

6 Furlongs

Sun., Apr. 3

Top Flight Invitational Hdcp.

III

200,000

F&M 4&UP

1  1/8

Sat., Apr. 9

Wood Memorial

I

1,000,000

3YO

1 1/8

Sat., Apr. 9

Carter Hdcp.

I

400,000

4&UP

7 Furlongs

Sat., Apr. 9

Bay Shore

III

300,000

3YO

7 Furlongs

Sat., Apr. 9

Gazelle

II

300,000

F 3YO

1 1/8

Sat., Apr. 9

Excelsior         

III

200,000

4 & UP

1  1/4

Sun., Apr. 10

Danger's Hour

 

100,000

4&UP

1 Mile (Turf)

Sat., Apr. 16

Plenty of Grace

 

100,000

F&M 4&UP

1 Mile (Turf)

Sun., Apr. 17

Distaff (Hdcp)

II

200,000

F&M 4&UP

7  Furlongs

Sat., Apr. 23

Woodhaven

 

100,000

3YO

1   1/16 (Turf)

Sat., Apr. 23

New York Stallion Stakes

 

100,000

F 3YO

6 1/2 Furlongs

 

Park Avenue Division

 

 

 

 

Sun., Apr. 24

Memories of Silver

 

100,000

F 3YO

1   1/16 (Turf)

Sun., Apr. 24

New York Stallion Stakes

 

100,000

3YO

6 1/2 Furlongs

 

Times Square Division

 

 

 

 

 

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