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Churchill Downs’ record 53 stakes include Arlington Million on special Aug. 13 card

A Churchill Downs press release (Coady Photo of Two Emmys winning the 2021 Arlington Million, called the Mr. D last year):

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Tuesday, March 15, 2022) – 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

DateRunningGradePurseRaceConditionsDistanceSurface
Saturday, April 3012th
$160,000Roxelana Overnight Stakes4&up, f&m6 FDirt
Tuesday, May 34th
$160,000Isaac Murphy Marathon Overnight Stakes4&up1 ½ MDirt
Wednesday, May 47thListed$200,000William Walker3yo5 ½ FTurf
Wednesday, May 41st
$160,000St. Matthews Overnight Stakes4&up6 FDirt
Thursday, May 512th
$200,000Unbridled Sidney3&up, f&m5 ½ FTurf
Thursday, May 528th
$200,000Kentucky Juvenile2yo5 FDirt
Thursday, May 517thListed$160,000Opening Verse Overnight Stakes4&up1 MTurf
Friday, May 6148thI$1,250,000Longines Kentucky Oaks3yo f1 1/8 MDirt
Friday, May 637thI$750,000La Troienne4&up, f&m1 1/16 MDirt
Friday, May 619thII$500,000Alysheba presented by Sentient Jet4&up1 1/16 MDirt
Friday, May 667thII$500,000Eight Belles3yo f7 FDirt
Friday, May 638thII$500,000Edgewood presented by Forcht Bank3yo f1 1/16 MTurf
Friday, May 628thII$500,000Twin Spires Turf Sprint presented by Sysco3&up5 ½ FTurf
Friday, May 638thIII$250,000Modesty4&up, f&m1 1/8 MTurf
Saturday, May 7148thI$3,000,000Kentucky Derby presented by Woodford Reserve3yo1 ¼ MDirt
Saturday, May 736thI$1,000,000Old Forester Bourbon Turf Classic4&up1 1/8 MTurf
Saturday, May 787thI$750,000Churchill Downs presented by Ford4&up7 FDirt
Saturday, May 736thI$750,000Derby City Distaff presented by Kendall-Jackson Winery4&up, f&m7 FDirt
Saturday, May 737thII$500,000Longines Churchill Distaff Turf Mile4&up, f&m1 MTurf
Saturday, May 798thII$500,000Pat Day Mile presented by LG&E and KU3yo1 MDirt
Saturday, May 731stII$500,000American Turf3yo1 1/16 MTurf
Saturday, May 71st
$160,000Knicks Go Overnight Stakes4&up1 MDirt
Saturday, May 143rdListed$160,000Mamzelle Overnight Stakes3yo f5 FTurf
Saturday, May 2185thIII$200,000Louisville4&up1 ½ MTurf
Saturday, May 289th
$160,000Keertana Overnight Stakes4&up, f&m1 ½ MTurf
Monday, May 3019thIII$200,000Winning Colors4&up, f&m6 FDirt
Saturday, June 453rdIII$200,000Regret3yo f1 1/8 MTurf
Saturday, June 486thIII$200,000Arlington4&up1 1/16 MTurf
Saturday, June 434thListed$200,000Aristides4&up6 FDirt
Saturday, June 43rdListed$200,000Blame4&up1 1/8 MDirt
Saturday, June 43rdListed$200,000Shawnee4&up, f&m1 1/16 MDirt
Saturday, June 43rd
$200,000Audubon3yo1 1/8 MTurf
Sunday, June 546thIII$200,000Old Forester Mint Julep4&up, f&m1 1/16 MTurf
Saturday, June 116thListed$160,000Mighty Beau Overnight Stakes3&up5 FTurf
Sunday, June 1225thIII$225,000Matt Winn3yo1 1/16 MDirt
Sunday, June 121st
$160,000Leslie’s Lady Overnight Stakes3yo f7 FDirt
Saturday, June 181st
$160,000Monomoy Girl Overnight Stakes3yo f1 1/16 MDirt
Saturday, June 2532ndIII$200,000Chicago4&up, f&m7 FDirt
Saturday, July 241stII$750,000Stephen Foster4&up1 1/8 MDirt
Saturday, July 247thII$350,000Fleur de Lis4&up, f&m1 1/8 MDirt
Saturday, July 233rdII$350,000Wise Dan4&up1 1/16 MTurf
Saturday, July 2107thListed$200,000American Derby3yo1 1/16 MTurf
Saturday, July 23rd
$200,000Tepin3yo f1 MTurf
Saturday, July 212thListed$160,000Kelly’s Landing Overnight Stakes3&up6 ½ FDirt
Saturday, July 21st
$160,000Anchorage Overnight Stakes4&up, f&m1 MTurf
Saturday, July 21st
$160,000Maxfield Overnight Stakes3yo7 FDirt
Sunday, July 340thListed$175,000Hanshin presented by JRA4&up1 MDirt
Monday, July 4121stListed$175,000Bashford Manor2yo6 FDirt
Monday, July 4121stListed$175,000Debutante2yo f6 FDirt

ARLINGTON MILLION DAY ON SATURDAY, AUG. 13

DateRunningGradePurseRaceConditionsDistanceSurface
Saturday, Aug. 1339thI$1,000,000Arlington Million3&up1 1/8 MTurf
Saturday, Aug. 1332ndI$500,000Beverly D.3&up, f&m1 1/8 MTurf
Saturday, Aug. 1345thII$300,000Secretariat3yo1 MTurf
Saturday, Aug. 1358thIII$200,000Pucker Up3yo f1 1/8 MTurf

Jennie Rees is a communications and advocacy specialist in the horse industry who spent 32 years covering horse racing for The (Louisville) Courier-Journal before taking a corporate buyout. In addition to handling communications for the Kentucky HBPA, Rees is Kentucky Downs’ publicity director, manages in-season racing publicity for Ellis Park and serves as a consultant to the National HBPA. Other projects include the Preakness Stakes, Indiana Grand’s Indiana Derby Week and work for various HBPA affiliates and horsemen’s associations.