Churchill Downs to offer $2.25M in Stakes for Spring Meet

May 11, 2020

Average daily for purses equals $559,000.

Horsemen will be able to compete for an average of $559,000 each day when the 2020 Spring Meet at Churchill Downs begins Saturday.   

After opening weekend (May 16-17), racing at Churchill Downs will be staged Thursdays through Sundays with a special holiday Monday card on Memorial Day, May 25. Post time for the first race each day will be 1 p.m. (all times Eastern). Closing day of the shortened 26-day Spring Meet is Saturday, June 27. All racing for Spring Meet will be conducted spectator-free until government officials issue approval of fans otherwise at Churchill Downs. 

A total of 125 races cumulatively worth $7,265,000 are offered in the first condition book, which covers May 16-June 5. Maiden special weight races offer a purse of $79,000 and allowance races range between $81,000 and $88,000. All purses include prize money from the Kentucky Thoroughbred Development Fund. 

The stakes schedule throughout the meet features 16 stakes totaling $2,250,000: 

Saturday, May 23 (Stephen Foster Preview Day)

$150,000 Matt Winn (G3), 3-year-olds at 1 1/16 miles

$100,000 Blame, 4-year-olds and up at one mile

$100,000 Shawnee, fillies and mares at 1 1/16 miles

$100,000 War Chant, 3-year-olds at one mile on turf

$100,000 Tepin, 3-year-old fillies at one mile on turf.  

Saturday, May 30

$100,000 Old Forester Mint Julep (G3T), fillies and mares at 1 1/16 miles on turf

$100,000 Winning Colors (G3), fillies and mares at six furlongs. 

Saturday, June 6

$100,000 Aristides (Listed), 4-year-olds and up at six furlongs)

$100,000 Dogwood (G3), 3-year-old fillies at seven furlongs. 

Saturday, June 13

$100,000 Louisville (G3T), 4-year-olds and up at 1 ½ miles on turf. 

Saturday, June 20

$200,000 Wise Dan (G2T) 4-year-olds and up at 1 1/16 miles on turf

$100,000 Audubon, 3-year-olds at 1 1/8 miles on turf. 

Saturday, June 27 (Stephen Foster Day)

$500,000 Stephen Foster (G2), 4-year-olds and up at 1 1/8 miles

$200,000 Fleur de Lis (G2), fillies and mares at 1 1/8 miles

$100,000 Regret (G3T), 3-year-old fillies at 1 1/8 miles on turf

$100,000 Bashford Manor (G3), 2-year-olds at six furlongs.  

The second condition book for racing between June 6-27 is expected to be published by May 29.

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