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.
CDI Press Release