Churchill Downs released its first condition book of races for the 2020 Spring Meet late Sunday, and horsemen will be able to compete for an average of $559,000 each day.
The opening day of the 2020 Spring Meet will be Saturday, May 16. After opening weekend, which continues that Sunday racing at the historic Louisville racetrack will be staged Thursdays through Sundays with a special holiday Monday card on Memorial Day, May 25. Post time for the first race each day will be 1 p.m. ET. Closing day of the shortened 26-day Spring Meet is Saturday, June 27. All racing for Spring Meet will be conducted spectator-free until government officials issue approval of fans otherwise at Churchill Downs. A total of 125 races cumulatively worth $7,265,000 are offered in the first condition book, which covers May 16-June 5. Maiden special weight races offer a purse of $79,000 and allowance races range between $81,000 and $88,000. All purses include prize money from the Kentucky Thoroughbred Development Fund. The stakes schedule throughout the meet features 16 race totaling $2,250,000. Saturday, May 23: Grade 3, $150,000 Matt Winn (3-year-olds at 1 1/16 miles); $100,000 Blame (4-year-olds and up at one mile); $100,000 Shawnee (fillies and mares at 1 1/16 miles); $100,000 War Chant (3-year-olds at one mile on turf); and $100,000 Tepin (3-year-old fillies at one mile on turf). Saturday, May 30: Grade 3, $100,000 Old Forester Mint Julep (fillies and mares at 1 1/16 miles on turf) and Grade 3, $100,000 Winning Colors (fillies and mares at six furlongs). • Saturday, June 6: $100,000 Aristides (4-year-olds and up at six furlongs) and Grade 3, $100,000 Dogwood (3-year-old fillies at seven furlongs). • Saturday, June 13: Grade 3, $100,000 Louisville (4-year-olds and up at 1 ½ miles on turf). • Saturday, June 20: Grade 2, $200,000 Wise Dan (4-year-olds and up at 1 1/16 miles on turf) and $100,000 Audubon (3-year-olds at 1 1/8 miles on turf). • Saturday, June 27: Grade 2, $500,000 Stephen Foster (4-year-olds and up at 1 1/8 miles); Grade 2, $200,000 Fleur de Lis (fillies and mares at 1 1/8 miles); Grade 3, $100,000 Regret (3-year-old fillies at 1 1/8 miles on turf); and Grade 3, $100,000 Bashford Manor (2-year-olds at six furlongs). The Matt Winn for 3-year-olds has been added to an extension of the “Road to the Kentucky Derby” and offer Top 4 points on a scale of 10-4-2-1 for the series of qualifying races to the rescheduled Kentucky Derby on Sept. 5. Additional races will be added to the series schedule in the coming weeks when more information from other racetracks becomes available. The Stephen Foster and Fleur de Lis are part of the Breeders’ Cup “Win and You’re In” Challenge Series, and the winners will receive automatic berths and a travel stipend to the Classic and Distaff, respectively, on Nov. 7 at Keeneland. The second condition book for racing between June 6-27 is expected to be published by May 29. On April 29, Churchill Downs received approval from state officials to reopen its stable areas at both Churchill Downs Racetrack and the auxiliary training center Trackside on May 11 under strict guidelines to effectively mitigate the impact of COVID-19. Only authorized racetrack employees and KHRC license holders who are providing support for a horse stabled at the facility will be permitted on property. This specifically includes only trainers with horses stabled or racing on the facility grounds and those who are responsible for the care of the horses (veterinarians, grooms, exercise riders and farriers).