MIAMI -- Calder Race Course will present 50 stakes worth more than $6 million during the Calder and Tropical at Calder meets in 2010, down approximately $300,000 from the overall value of the 2009 stakes program.
The Summit of Speed and Festival of the Sun programs will again anchor the 33-race Calder schedule, although purse cuts have been made to several key races on both programs. The Summit of Speed will be held Saturday, July 10, with the Festival of the Sun to be presented Saturday, Oct. 16.
The Grade 1, $350,000 Princess Rooney Handicap and Grade 2, $350,000 Smile Sprint will retain their value and anchor the Summit of Speed card. The purse of the Grade 3 Azalea, however, was reduced from $200,000 to $150,000, while the Bob Umphrey Turf Sprint Handicap was cut from $150,000 to $100,000.
All six Florida Stallion Stakes races had their purses reduced by $25,000 compared to previous season, including both the In Reality and My Dear Girl divisions of the Florida Stallion Stakes which highlight the Festival of the Sun card. Both races will be valued at $375,000 in 2010.
Another significant change to the stakes schedule includes moving the La Prevoyante back from opening day of the Calder meet until Dec. 11 and lowering its value from $150,000 to $100,000. The La Prevoyante was downgraded from a Grade 2 to a Grade 3 this year.
The purse of the Tropical Park Oaks for 3-year-old fillies, which traditionally shares top billing with the Grade 3 Tropical Park Derby on New Year's Day, was cut from $100,000 to $65,000 next season.