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From the Churchill Downs Media Team:

Led by America’s greatest race, the Kentucky Derby on Saturday, May 1, Churchill Downs will present 40 stakes races cumulatively worth a record $13.44 million during its 38-day Spring Meet that runs April 24-June 26.

Derby Week (April 24-May 1) kicks off the nine-week 147th Spring Meet in style with 18 stakes events that total a record $10.14 million over the six-day stretch, culminating with the 147th running of the $3 million Kentucky Derby presented by Woodford Reserve (Grade I) for 3-year-olds at 1 ¼ miles.

Half of the 14 races on Derby Day are stakes races, including four Grade I events: the Derby; $1 million Old Forester Bourbon Turf Classic; $500,000 Churchill Downs presented by Ford and $500,000 Derby City Distaff. There also will be a trio of Grade II events: the $500,000 Longines Churchill Distaff Turf Mile; $500,000 Pat Day Mile presented by LG&E and KU; and $500,000 American Turf.

One day earlier, Churchill Downs will host the Derby’s female counterpart, the $1.25 million Longines Kentucky Oaks (GI) at 1 1/8 miles – the nation’s most lucrative race for 3-year-old fillies. The six stakes that day total $3 million: the Oaks; $500,000 La Troienne (GI); $400,000 Alysheba (GII); $300,000 Eight Belles presented by Smithfield (GII); $300,000 Edgewood (GII); and $250,000 Twin Spires Turf Sprint presented by Sysco (GII).

Derby Week stakes action that precedes Oaks and Derby days includes 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 legendary African-American who was a three-time Derby winner and arguably the greatest jockey American racing has ever known; $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 a total of $3.3 million.

Stephen Foster Preview Day is Saturday, May 29 with seven stakes that total $825,000: the $125,000 Matt Winn (GIII); $125,000 Regret (GIII); $125,000 Aristides (Listed); $125,000 Blame; $125,000 Shawnee; $100,000 Audubon; and $100,000 Douglas Park Overnight Stakes.

The $600,000 Stephen Foster (GII), which annually attracts some of the nation’s top older horses, is situated on closing day, Saturday, June 26, for a second consecutive year. The 1 1/8-mile race anchors a seven-race stakes bonanza that totals $1.6 million and includes the $250,000 Fleur de Lis (GII) for fillies and mares and $250,000 Wise Dan (GII) for turf horses.

The lucrative prize money is attributed to returns from historical horse racing at Derby City Gaming, Churchill Downs Incorporated’s $65 million facility that opened September 2018 at nearby 4520 Poplar Level Road.

The first condition book of scheduled races features $106,000 maiden races on Derby Week and $91,000 maiden races after Derby. The Churchill Downs stable area reopens Tuesday, March 16, and the first day of training is Friday, March 19.

2021 CHURCHILL DOWNS SPRING MEET STAKES SCHEDULE

Date Running Grade Purse Race Conditions Distance Surface
Saturday, April 24 6th Listed $125,000 William Walker 3yo 5 ½ F Turf
Tuesday, April 27 3rd   $120,000 Isaac Murphy Marathon Overnight Stakes 4&up 1 ½ M Dirt
Wednesday, April 28 27th   $125,000 Kentucky Juvenile 2yo 5 F Dirt
Thursday, April 29 11th   $150,000 Unbridled Sidney 3&up, f&m 5 ½ F Turf
Thursday, April 29 16th   $120,000 Opening Verse Overnight Stakes 4&up 1 M Turf
Friday, April 30 147th I $1,250,000 Longines Kentucky Oaks 3yo f 1 1/8 M Dirt
Friday, April 30 36th I $500,000 La Troienne 4&up, f&m 1 1/16 M Dirt
Friday, April 30 18th II $400,000 Alysheba 4&up 1 1/16 M Dirt
Friday, April 30 66th II $300,000 Eight Belles presented by Smithfield 3yo f 7 F Dirt
Friday, April 30 37th II $300,000 Edgewood 3yo f 1 1/16 M Turf
Friday, April 30 27th II $250,000 Twin Spires Turf Sprint presented by Sysco 3&up 5 ½ F Turf
Saturday, May 1 147th I $3,000,000 Kentucky Derby presented by Woodford Reserve 3yo 1 ¼ M Dirt
Saturday, May 1 35th I $1,000,000 Old Forester Bourbon Turf Classic 4&up 1 1/8 M Turf
Saturday, May 1 86th I $500,000 Churchill Downs presented by Ford 4&up 7 F Dirt
Saturday, May 1 35th I $500,000 Derby City Distaff 4&up, f&m 7 F Dirt
Saturday, May 1 36th II $500,000 Longines Churchill Distaff Turf Mile 4&up, f&m 1 M Turf
Saturday, May 1 97th II $500,000 Pat Day Mile presented by LG&E and KU 3yo 1 M Dirt
Saturday, May 1 30th II $500,000 American Turf 3yo 1 1/16 M Turf
Saturday, May 8 2nd   $100,000 Mamzelle Overnight Stakes 3yo f 5 F Turf
Saturday, May 15 84th III $125,000 Louisville 4&up 1 ½ M Turf
Saturday, May 22 18th III $125,000 Winning Colors 4&up, f&m 6 F Dirt
Saturday, May 22 8th   $100,000 Keertana Overnight Stakes 4&up, f&m 1 ½ M Turf
Saturday, May 29 24th III $125,000 Matt Winn 3yo 1 1/16 M Dirt
Saturday, May 29 52nd III $125,000 Regret 3yo f 1 1/8 M Turf
Saturday, May 29 33rd Listed $125,000 Aristides 4&up 6 F Dirt
Saturday, May 29 2nd   $125,000 Blame 4&up 1 1/8 M Dirt
Saturday, May 29 2nd   $125,000 Shawnee 4&up, f&m 1 1/16 M Dirt
Saturday, May 29 2nd   $100,000 Audubon 3yo 1 1/8 M Turf
Saturday, May 29 1st   $100,000 Douglas Park Overnight Stakes 4&up 1 1/16 M Turf
Saturday, June 5 5th   $100,000 Mighty Beau Overnight Stakes 3&up 5 F Turf
Saturday, June 12 45th III $125,000 Old Forester Mint Julep 4&up, f&m 1 1/16 M Turf
Saturday, June 19 11th   $100,000 Roxelana Overnight Stakes 3&up, f&m 6 ½ F Dirt
Friday, June 25 11th   $100,000 Kelly’s Landing Overnight Stakes 3&up 7 F Dirt
Saturday, June 26 40th II $600,000 Stephen Foster 4&up 1 1/8 M Dirt
Saturday, June 26 46th II $250,000 Fleur de Lis 4&up, f&m 1 1/8 M Dirt
Saturday, June 26 32nd II $250,000 Wise Dan 4&up 1 1/16 M Turf
Saturday, June 26 120th III $125,000 Bashford Manor 2yo 6 F Dirt
Saturday, June 26 120th Listed $125,000 Debutante 2yo f 6 F Dirt
Saturday, June 26 2nd   $125,000 War Chant 3yo 1 M Turf
Saturday, June 26 2nd   $125,000 Tepin 3yo f 1 M Turf