Record prize money for horsemen will be distributed at Churchill Downs’ 145th Spring Meet thanks to early returns from state-of-the-art historical racing machines at Derby City Gaming.

The first condition book, which covers the first half of the 38-day Spring Meet, was released Wednesday, and purses for the 189 offered races total $20.1 million – an unprecedented 46% increase from last spring’s $13.7 million. The daily average is $1,056,842 compared to $722,579 in 2018, or $106,243 per race versus $72,640. All purses include prize money from the Kentucky Thoroughbred Development Fund.

Purses for all six days of racing on Derby Week (April 27-May 4) have been supercharged. In years past, only the purses on Oaks and Derby days were boosted. Maiden special weight races will be $100,000. Allowance races will range from $103,000 to $110,000. Total purses on Oaks Day will exceed $3.6 million, and Derby Day prize money will be worth a record $6.9 million.

After Derby Week, maiden special weight races will be worth $85,000 (up from $53,000 in 2018), and allowance races will range from $87,000 to $94,000 (up from $55,000 to $61,000 in 2018). The daily prize money post-Derby Week will average $525,308 compared to $356,769 in 2018, or $55,975 per race versus $38,016 a year ago.

In a change from last year, the winner’s share of the purse in all overnight races will be 56% (previously 60%) and 1.5% of the purse will be distributed to the sixth- through last-place finishers (previously 0.5%) to incentivize starts and reward owners who run their horses.

More than $30 million in total prize money – $12 million in stakes races and another $18 million in overnight races – is expected to be offered during this year’s Spring Meet. Last year, total purses paid during the 372-race Spring Meet was $22.2 million.

“This is such an exciting time to be a part of Kentucky racing,” said Churchill Downs Racetrack President Kevin Flanery. “Our investment into Derby City Gaming, which opened just five months ago, continues to pay immediate dividends to Kentucky horsemen. We have reinforced our Derby Week festival concept, solidified our lucrative stakes program and tremendously strengthened our overnight racing product.We truly believe this growth and methodology will benefit all owners, trainers and jockeys that participate at Churchill Downs and make for an extremely exciting and competitive meet.”

With 75 total racing dates in 2019, Churchill Downs will offer more racing opportunities for horsemen than any other racetrack in Kentucky and increase its purses with more than an additional $10 million as a result of handle generated by Derby City Gaming’s initial year of operation. The $65 million facility opened in mid-September at nearby 4520 Poplar Level Road.

Earlier this year, Churchill Downs announced a record 34-race, $12.2 million Spring Meet stakes schedule that included a $1 million boost to the 145th running of the Kentucky Derby presented by Woodford Reserve (Grade I) on Saturday, May 4, making it worth a guaranteed $3 million. Also among the 15 stakes races that received significant increases were the Longines Kentucky Oaks (GI), which was raised to $1.25 million, and the Old Forester Turf Classic (GI), which was doubled to $1 million.

Stall applications for the highly-anticipated Spring Meet, which will begin Saturday, April 27 and continue through Saturday, June 29, are due Friday, March 8. The stable area will reopen Tuesday, March 19 and the first scheduled day of training is Friday, March 22.

View the condition book online: https://www.churchilldowns.com/horsemen/racing/condition-book/.

2019 CHURCHILL DOWNS SPRING MEET STAKES SCHEDULE

Day/Date

Running

Grade

Purse

Race

Age/Sex

Distance

Surface

Saturday, April 27

5th


$125,000

William Walker (Listed)

3yo

5 F

Turf

Tuesday, April 30

1st


$115,000

Champions Day Marathon Overnight Stakes

3&up

1 ½ M

Dirt

Wednesday, May 1

26th


$125,000

Kentucky Juvenile

2yo

5 F

Dirt

Thursday, May 2

9th


$125,000

Unbridled Sidney

3&up f/m

5 ½ F

Turf

Thursday, May 2

14th


$115,000

Opening Verse Overnight Stakes

3&up

1 M

Turf

Friday, May 3

145th

I

$1,250,000

Longines Kentucky Oaks

3yo f

1 1/8 M

Dirt

Friday, May 3

34th

I

$500,000

La Troienne

4&up f/m

1 1/16 M

Dirt

Friday, May 3

16th

II

$400,000

Alysheba

4&up

1 1/16 M

Dirt

Friday, May 3

64th

II

$250,000

Eight Belles

3yo f

7 F

Dirt

Friday, May 3

25th

II

$250,000

Twin Spires Turf Sprint

3&up

5 ½ F

Turf

Friday, May 3

35th

III

$250,000

Edgewood presented by Forcht Bank

3yo f

1 1/16 M

Turf

Saturday, May 4

145th

I

$3,000,000

Kentucky Derby presented by Woodford Reserve

3yo

1 ¼ M

Dirt

Saturday, May 4

33rd

I

$1,000,000

Old Forester Turf Classic

4&up

1 1/8 M

Turf

Saturday, May 4

85th

I

$500,000

Churchill Downs

4&up

7 F

Dirt

Saturday, May 4

33rd

I

$500,000

Humana Distaff

4&up f/m

7 F

Dirt

Saturday, May 4

34th

II

$400,000

Longines Churchill Distaff Turf Mile

4&up f/m

1 M

Turf

Saturday, May 4

28th

II

$400,000

American Turf presented by Ram Trucks

3yo

1 1/16 M

Turf

Saturday, May 4

95th

III

$400,000

Pat Day Mile presented by LG&E and KU

3yo

1 M

Dirt

Saturday, May 11

1st


$100,000

Mamzelle Overnight Stakes

3yo f

5 F

Turf

Saturday, May 18

82nd

III

$100,000

Louisville

3&up

1 ½ M

Turf

Saturday, May 25

16th

III

$100,000

Winning Colors

3&up f/m

6 F

Dirt

Saturday, May 25

7th


$100,000

Keertana Overnight Stakes

3&up f/m

1 ½ M

Turf

Saturday, June 1

31st


$100,000

Aristides (Listed)

3&up

6 F

Dirt

Saturday, June 1

4th


$100,000

Mighty Beau Overnight Stakes

3&up

5 F

Turf

Saturday, June 8

43rd

III

$100,000

Old Forester Mint Julep

3&up f/m

1 1/16 M

Turf

Saturday, June 15

38th

II

$600,000

Stephen Foster

3&up

1 1/8 M

Dirt

Saturday, June 15

44th

II

$250,000

Fleur de Lis

3&up f/m

1 1/8 M

Dirt

Saturday, June 15

30th

II

$250,000

Wise Dan

3&up

1 1/16 M

Turf

Saturday, June 15

22nd

III

$150,000

Matt Winn

3yo

1 1/16 M

Dirt

Saturday, June 15

50th

III

$150,000

Regret

3yo f

1 1/8 M

Turf

Saturday, June 22

10th


$100,000

Roxelana Overnight Stakes

3&up f/m

6 F

Dirt

Saturday, June 29

118th

III

$100,000

Bashford Manor

2yo

6 F

Dirt

Saturday, June 29

119th


$100,000

Debutante (Listed)

2yo f

6 F

Dirt

Saturday, June 29

10th


$100,000

Kelly’s Landing Overnight Stakes

3&up

7 F

Dirt

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