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From the Churchill Downs Media Team:

Before the first race is run Saturday on Opening Night of the 38-day Spring Meet, Churchill Downs Racetrack has announced that purses will be raised an additional $3.1 million thanks to robust business from state-of-the-art historical racing machines at Derby City Gaming.

Total purses offered in the first condition book for horsemen, which covers 190 races over 19 dates through Thursday, May 27, have grown to $22,822,100 for a daily average of $1,201,163. That represents a 5.9% percent increase from the previously published $21,544,000.

Maiden special weight races are now worth $115,000 during Kentucky Derby Week and $100,000 post-Derby, which is up from the previously published $106,000 and $91,000, respectively. Kentucky Derby Week allowance races will range from $118,000 to $125,000 and $102,000 to $109,000 after Derby. They were $109,000 to $116,000 and $93,000 to $100,000, respectively.

Additionally, the purses for 25 stakes races were boosted. A trio of stakes received $50,000 increases: the $150,000 Audubon for 3-year-olds at 1 1/8 miles on turf on May 29; Grade II, $300,000 Fleur de Lis for fillies and mares at 1 1/8 miles on June 26; and Grade II, $300,000 Wise Dan for 4-year-olds and up at 1 1/16 miles on turf on June 26. Fourteen stakes originally worth $125,000 were boosted $25,000 to $150,000 and eight overnight stakes races received $10,000 increases.

The 40-race Spring Meet stakes schedule now totals $14.02 million.

The growth has been driven by handle on historical racing machines at Derby City Gaming, which is located at 4520 Poplar Level Road.

“Over the last 10 years, historical horse racing has allowed our equine industry to flourish, increasing purses and creating a more competitive racing circuit,” said Churchill Downs Racetrack President Mike Anderson. “It has led to new jobs, economic growth and tourism.

“Despite the challenges of the last year, we have a bright future ahead – one of growth, innovation, new jobs and development. Recently we opened our $8 million Equine Medical Center and Quarantine Facility. This summer, we’re investing $10 million to install a new turf course to improve the overall racing product. In northern Kentucky, our sister track Turfway Park saw handle grow 32.9% after we installed a new Tapeta surface, and recently we broke ground on a $145 million state-of-the-art Thoroughbred and historical horse racing venue. All of this will strengthen and bring innovation to our equine industry and ensure Kentucky remains the horse capital of the world.”

2021 CHURCHILL DOWNS SPRING MEET STAKES SCHEDULE

 

Date Running Grade Purse Race Conditions Distance Surface
Saturday, April 24 6th Listed $150,000 William Walker 3yo 5 ½ F Turf
Tuesday, April 27 3rd   $130,000 Isaac Murphy Marathon Overnight Stakes

presented by Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance

4&up 1 ½ M Dirt
Wednesday, April 28 27th   $150,000 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   $130,000 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 presented by TwinSpires.com 4&up, f&m 1 1/16 M Dirt
Friday, April 30 18th II $400,000 Alysheba presented by Sentient Jet 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

presented by Newport Racing & Gaming

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

presented by Kendall-Jackson Winery

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

presented by Derby City Gaming

3yo 1 1/16 M Turf
Saturday, May 8 2nd   $110,000 Mamzelle Overnight Stakes 3yo f 5 F Turf
Saturday, May 15 84th III $150,000 Louisville 4&up 1 ½ M Turf
Saturday, May 22 18th III $150,000 Winning Colors 4&up, f&m 6 F Dirt
Saturday, May 22 8th   $110,000 Keertana Overnight Stakes 4&up, f&m 1 ½ M Turf
Saturday, May 29 24th III $150,000 Matt Winn 3yo 1 1/16 M Dirt
Saturday, May 29 52nd III $150,000 Regret 3yo f 1 1/8 M Turf
Saturday, May 29 33rd Listed $150,000 Aristides 4&up 6 F Dirt
Saturday, May 29 2nd   $150,000 Blame 4&up 1 1/8 M Dirt
Saturday, May 29 2nd   $150,000 Shawnee 4&up, f&m 1 1/16 M Dirt
Saturday, May 29 2nd   $150,000 Audubon 3yo 1 1/8 M Turf
Saturday, May 29 1st   $110,000 Douglas Park Overnight Stakes 4&up 1 1/16 M Turf
Saturday, June 5 5th   $110,000 Mighty Beau Overnight Stakes 3&up 5 F Turf
Saturday, June 12 45th III $150,000 Old Forester Mint Julep 4&up, f&m 1 1/16 M Turf
Saturday, June 19 11th   $110,000 Roxelana Overnight Stakes 3&up, f&m 6 ½ F Dirt
Friday, June 25 11th   $110,000 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 $300,000 Fleur de Lis 4&up, f&m 1 1/8 M Dirt
Saturday, June 26 32nd II $300,000 Wise Dan 4&up 1 1/16 M Turf
Saturday, June 26 120th III $150,000 Bashford Manor 2yo 6 F Dirt
Saturday, June 26 120th Listed $150,000 Debutante 2yo f 6 F Dirt
Saturday, June 26 2nd   $150,000 War Chant 3yo 1 M Turf
Saturday, June 26 2nd   $150,000 Tepin 3yo f 1 M Turf