Parx Press Release
BENSALEM, Pa.— Parx Racing has released the 2023 stakes schedule featuring 31 stakes races with purses in excess of $6 million anchored by the $1 million Cotillion Stakes (GI) and the $1 million Pennsylvania Derby (GI) which are slated to be held on Saturday, September 23rd.
The stakes-laden Pennsylvania Derby Day card will include ten stakes races with purses totaling $3,650,000. The undercard will feature three graded stakes races – the $400,000 Gallant Bob Stakes (GII), the $250,000 Turf Monster (GIII), the $200,000 Greenwood Cup (GIII), as well as the $300,000 Parx Dirt Mile along with four other stakes races.
The spring stakes schedule kicks off on April 24th with the $100,000 Page McKenney Stakes and the $100,000 Unique Bella Stakes for fillies and mares. June will see a trio of turf stakes with the PTHA President’s Cup being contested on Father’s Day June 18th and the Crowd Pleaser and Power By Far Stakes on Monday June 26th.
After the summer break in August, the Pennsylvania breeding industry will take center stage as Parx will host Pennsylvania Day at the Races on Monday, August 21. The day will showcase Pennsylvania-bred horses with seven stakes races on the card. The stakes action continues the following day on August 22nd featuring the $200,000 Cathryn Sophia Stakes and the $300,000 Smarty Jones Stakes (GIII). Both races serve as major preps for the $1 million Cotillion Stakes (GI) and $1 million Pennsylvania Derby (GI) on September 23.
Winter racing will bring three $200,000 stakes races for two-year-olds – the Pennsylvania Nursery Stakes on November 28thalongside the Wait for it Stakes and Miss Behaviour Stakes on December 27th.