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Kentucky Derby preps highlight Aqueduct’s winter stakes Program

Kentucky Derby preps highlight Aqueduct’s winter stakes schedulePhoto: Eclipse Sportswire

The New York Racing Association on Tuesday announced the race dates and stakes schedule for its 2019-20 winter meet at Aqueduct Racetrack.  Together with 45 stakes races available, the winter match begins Thursday, December 12, and continues through Sunday, March 29.

January will comprise 17 dates with live racing generally ran Thursday through Sunday with the exception of New Year’s Day, also a Wednesday card emphasized by the $150,000 Jerome for freshly minted 3-year-olds, as part of New York’s road to the 2020 Kentucky Derby.   Day holiday card, marking the birthday of the late civil rights leader, is slated for Monday, January 20 and comprises the $100,000 Interborough for fillies and mares 4-years-old and upward.  There will be no live racing on Thursday, January 2, and Thursday, January 16, to accommodate the particular holiday cards.

The February racing calendar will even include 17 dates together with live racing normally conducted Thursday through Sunday with the exception of the special Presidents’ Day card on Monday, February 17.  The graded stakes action will kick off on February 1 with the Grade 3, $250,000 Withers, the next race on New York’s street to the Kentucky Derby.  There will be no live racing on Thursday, February 13, to accommodate the Presidents’ Day card.

A total of 13 racing cards have been set for March, which will see live racing conducted Friday through Sunday.  Saturday, March 7 will comprise four stakes, such as two graded.  The centerpiece is another Derby prep, the Grade 3, $300,000 Gotham, which will observe sophomores run at one mile in the Big A with 50-20-10-5 qualifying points up for grabs.  The packed card also includes the Grade 3, $200,000 Tom Fool Handicap for 4-year-olds and up going six furlongs; the $250,000 Busher Invitational for 3-year-old fillies; and the $125,000 Stymie for 4-year-olds and upward. 

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