Led by the $3 million Kentucky Derby presented by Woodford Reserve (Grade I) on Saturday, May 7, a record 53 stakes races that total $20.37 million will be staged at Churchill Downs Racetrack this spring and summer.

In addition to the 44-day Spring Meet that runs April 30-July 4, Churchill Downs will host a special one-day Arlington Million Day program on Saturday, Aug. 13, thanks to cooperation from Ellis Park, the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission and Kentucky horsemen.

Overall, Churchill Downs will host nine stakes races that were previously run at Arlington Park.

Arlington Million Day on Aug. 13 will feature four stakes cumulatively worth $2 million: the $1 million Arlington Million (GI); $500,000 Beverly D. (GI); $300,000 Secretariat (GII); and $200,000 Pucker Up (GIII).

The other Arlington Park races to be staged at Churchill Downs during the Spring Meet are the $250,000 Modesty (GIII); $200,000 Arlington (GIII); $200,000 Chicago (GIII); $200,000 American Derby (Listed); and $175,000 Hanshin presented by JRA (Listed).

The record-breaking $20.37 spring/summer lineup features 15 new races and significant purse boosts for 41 of the 53 stakes events. The track’s previous record was last year’s Spring Meet, which offered $13.44 million over 40 stakes races.

Derby Week (April 30-May 7) kicks off the nine-week 148th Spring Meet with 22 stakes that total a record $12.2 million over the six-day stretch that culminates with the highlight of the annual racing calendar – the 148th running of the Kentucky Derby (GI) for 3-year-olds at 1 ¼ miles.

Eight of the 14 races on Kentucky Derby Day are stakes that total $7.16 million. In addition to the Derby, the first Saturday in May will showcase the $1 million Old Forester Bourbon Turf Classic (GI); $750,000 Churchill Downs presented by Ford (GI); $750,000 Derby City Distaff presented by Kendall-Jackson Winery (GI); $500,000 Pat Day Mile presented by LG&E and KU (GII); $500,000 American Turf (GII); $160,000 Knicks Go Overnight Stakes.

One day earlier, Churchill Downs will host 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 seven stakes that day total $4.25 million: the Oaks; $750,000 La Troienne (GI); $500,000 Alysheba presented by Sentient Jet (GII); $500,000 Eight Belles (GII); $500,000 Edgewood presented by Forcht Bank (GII); $500,000 Twin Spires Turf Sprint presented by Sysco (GII); and $250,000 Modesty (GIII).

Derby Week stakes action that precedes Oaks and Derby days includes the $160,000 Roxelana Overnight Stakes on Opening Night, Saturday, April 30; $160,000 Isaac Murphy Marathon Overnight Stakes on Champions Day, Tuesday, May 3; $200,000 William Walker (Listed) and $160,000 St. Matthews Overnight Stakes on Wednesday, May 4; and $200,000 Unbridled Sidney, $200,000 Kentucky Juvenile and $160,000 Opening Verse Overnight Stakes (Listed) on Thurby, Thursday, May 5.

Stephen Foster Preview Day is Saturday, June 4 with six stakes that total $1.2 million: the $200,000 Regret (GIII); $200,000 Arlington (GIII); $200,000 Aristides (Listed); $200,000 Blame (Listed); $200,000 Shawnee (Listed); and $200,000 Audubon.

The $750,000 Stephen Foster (GII), which annually attracts some of the nation’s top older horses, is the centerpiece of an action-packed closing weekend. The 1 1/8-mile race anchors an eight-race stakes bonanza that totals $2.33 million on Saturday, July 2, and includes the $350,000 Fleur de Lis (GII); $350,000 Wise Dan (GII); $200,000 American Derby (Listed); $200,000 Tepin; $160,000 Kelly’s Landing Overnight Stakes (Listed); $160,000 Anchorage Overnight Stakes; and $160,000 Maxfield Overnight Stakes.

The first condition book of scheduled races features $120,000 maiden races throughout the Spring Meet. Additionally, there will be a $250 bonus awarded to trainers whose starters finish fourth through last in all non-stakes races.

Grass racing will return to Churchill Downs for the 2022 Spring Meet over the recently-renovated turf course, which is Tahoma 31 Bermudagrass overseeded with ryegrass.

The Churchill Downs stable area reopens Tuesday, March 22. The first day of training on the track is Friday, March 25.

2022 CHURCHILL DOWNS SPRING MEET STAKES SCHEDULE

Date

Running

Grade

Purse

Race

Conditions

Distance

Surface

Saturday, April 30

12th


$160,000

Roxelana Overnight Stakes

4&up, f&m

6 F

Dirt

Tuesday, May 3

4th


$160,000

Isaac Murphy Marathon Overnight Stakes

4&up

1 ½ M

Dirt

Wednesday, May 4

7th

Listed

$200,000

William Walker

3yo

5 ½ F

Turf

Wednesday, May 4

1st


$160,000

St. Matthews Overnight Stakes

4&up

6 F

Dirt

Thursday, May 5

12th


$200,000

Unbridled Sidney

3&up, f&m

5 ½ F

Turf

Thursday, May 5

28th


$200,000

Kentucky Juvenile

2yo

5 F

Dirt

Thursday, May 5

17th

Listed

$160,000

Opening Verse Overnight Stakes

4&up

1 M

Turf

Friday, May 6

148th

I

$1,250,000

Longines Kentucky Oaks

3yo f

1 1/8 M

Dirt

Friday, May 6

37th

I

$750,000

La Troienne

4&up, f&m

1 1/16 M

Dirt

Friday, May 6

19th

II

$500,000

Alysheba presented by Sentient Jet

4&up

1 1/16 M

Dirt

Friday, May 6

67th

II

$500,000

Eight Belles

3yo f

7 F

Dirt

Friday, May 6

38th

II

$500,000

Edgewood presented by Forcht Bank

3yo f

1 1/16 M

Turf

Friday, May 6

28th

II

$500,000

Twin Spires Turf Sprint presented by Sysco

3&up

5 ½ F

Turf

Friday, May 6

38th

III

$250,000

Modesty

4&up, f&m

1 1/8 M

Turf

Saturday, May 7

148th

I

$3,000,000

Kentucky Derby presented by Woodford Reserve

3yo

1 ¼ M

Dirt

Saturday, May 7

36th

I

$1,000,000

Old Forester Bourbon Turf Classic

4&up

1 1/8 M

Turf

Saturday, May 7

87th

I

$750,000

Churchill Downs presented by Ford

4&up

7 F

Dirt

Saturday, May 7

36th

I

$750,000

Derby City Distaff presented by Kendall-Jackson Winery

4&up, f&m

7 F

Dirt

Saturday, May 7

37th

II

$500,000

Longines Churchill Distaff Turf Mile

4&up, f&m

1 M

Turf

Saturday, May 7

98th

II

$500,000

Pat Day Mile presented by LG&E and KU

3yo

1 M

Dirt

Saturday, May 7

31st

II

$500,000

American Turf

3yo

1 1/16 M

Turf

Saturday, May 7

1st


$160,000

Knicks Go Overnight Stakes

4&up

1 M

Dirt

Saturday, May 14

3rd

Listed

$160,000

Mamzelle Overnight Stakes

3yo f

5 F

Turf

Saturday, May 21

85th

III

$200,000

Louisville

4&up

1 ½ M

Turf

Saturday, May 28

9th


$160,000

Keertana Overnight Stakes

4&up, f&m

1 ½ M

Turf

Monday, May 30

19th

III

$200,000

Winning Colors

4&up, f&m

6 F

Dirt

Saturday, June 4

53rd

III

$200,000

Regret

3yo f

1 1/8 M

Turf

Saturday, June 4

86th

III

$200,000

Arlington

4&up

1 1/16 M

Turf

Saturday, June 4

34th

Listed

$200,000

Aristides

4&up

6 F

Dirt

Saturday, June 4

3rd

Listed

$200,000

Blame

4&up

1 1/8 M

Dirt

Saturday, June 4

3rd

Listed

$200,000

Shawnee

4&up, f&m

1 1/16 M

Dirt

Saturday, June 4

3rd


$200,000

Audubon

3yo

1 1/8 M

Turf

Sunday, June 5

46th

III

$200,000

Old Forester Mint Julep

4&up, f&m

1 1/16 M

Turf

Saturday, June 11

6th

Listed

$160,000

Mighty Beau Overnight Stakes

3&up

5 F

Turf

Sunday, June 12

25th

III

$225,000

Matt Winn

3yo

1 1/16 M

Dirt

Sunday, June 12

1st


$160,000

Leslie’s Lady Overnight Stakes

3yo f

7 F

Dirt

Saturday, June 18

1st


$160,000

Monomoy Girl Overnight Stakes

3yo f

1 1/16 M

Dirt

Saturday, June 25

32nd

III

$200,000

Chicago

4&up, f&m

7 F

Dirt

Saturday, July 2

41st

II

$750,000

Stephen Foster

4&up

1 1/8 M

Dirt

Saturday, July 2

47th

II

$350,000

Fleur de Lis

4&up, f&m

1 1/8 M

Dirt

Saturday, July 2

33rd

II

$350,000

Wise Dan

4&up

1 1/16 M

Turf

Saturday, July 2

107th

Listed

$200,000

American Derby

3yo

1 1/16 M

Turf

Saturday, July 2

3rd


$200,000

Tepin

3yo f

1 M

Turf

Saturday, July 2

12th

Listed

$160,000

Kelly’s Landing Overnight Stakes

3&up

6 ½ F

Dirt

Saturday, July 2

1st


$160,000

Anchorage Overnight Stakes

4&up, f&m

1 M

Turf

Saturday, July 2

1st


$160,000

Maxfield Overnight Stakes

3yo

7 F

Dirt

Sunday, July 3

40th

Listed

$175,000

Hanshin presented by JRA

4&up

1 M

Dirt

Monday, July 4

121st

Listed

$175,000

Bashford Manor

2yo

6 F

Dirt

Monday, July 4

121st

Listed

$175,000

Debutante

2yo f

6 F

Dirt

ARLINGTON MILLION DAY ON SATURDAY, AUG. 13

Date

Running

Grade

Purse

Race

Conditions

Distance

Surface

Saturday, Aug. 13

39th

I

$1,000,000

Arlington Million

3&up

1 1/8 M

Turf

Saturday, Aug. 13

32nd

I

$500,000

Beverly D.

3&up, f&m

1 1/8 M

Turf

Saturday, Aug. 13

45th

II

$300,000

Secretariat

3yo

1 M

Turf

Saturday, Aug. 13

58th

III

$200,000

Pucker Up

3yo f

1 1/8 M

Turf

Scenic
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