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2012 Overnight Stakes Schedule Announced

| Churchill Downs Communications | 08/24/2012 #

A schedule of 13 overnight stakes races worth an aggregate $845,000 for the 2012 meet was announced by Arlington Park Director of Racing and Racing Secretary Chris Polzin.

Each race will carry a purse of $65,000.

Polzin has crafted a series of overnight stakes for 3-year-olds on the main track beginning with the King's Command Stakes at six furlongs on June 16 which will be followed by the Coach Jimi Lee Stakes at seven furlongs on Million Preview Day July 14 and concluding on Arlington Million Day Aug. 18 with the Straight Line Stakes at one mile.

Three-year-old fillies will have two overnight races to serve as preps for the Grade III $150,000 Arlington Oaks which will be run over 1 1/8 miles on July 21. The preps are the Meafara Stakes at 6 ½ furlongs on June 2 and the Mariah's Storm at one mile on June 30.

Two-year-olds can prep for the Grade III $150,000 Arlington-Washington Futurity in the seven-furlong Meadowlake Stakes on Aug. 4 while their filly counterparts can use the seven-furlong Lisa M the same day as a prep for the Grade III $150,000 Arlington-Washington Lassie.

The Sea o'Erin, which was last raced in 2009, returns on June 9 as an overnight stakes race at 1 1/16 miles on the turf while the Hatoof, a prep for the Grade III $175,000 Pucker Up Stakes, will again be part of the Million Day card on Aug. 18.

Illinois-breds will be spotlighted in the final four overnight stakes races this meet. On Sept. 15, the Lady Lionel for fillies & mares at a mile on the turf and the Tex's Zing for colts & geldings at 1 1/16 miles on the turf.

Illinois-bred horses will be featured in a pair of six-furlong main-track stakes on Sept. 22 - the Addison Camack for colts & geldings and the Josette for fillies & mares.. 

The complete overnight stakes schedule follows:

Day/Date Race Condition Distance Purse
Sat., June 2 Meafara Stakes 3yo f 6 1/2 furlongs $65,000
Sat., June 9 Sea o'Erin Stakes 3yo & up 1 1/16 miles (turf) $65,000
Sat., June 16 Kings Command Stakes 3yo 6 furlongs $65,000
Sat., June 30 Mariah's Storm Stakes 3yo f 1 mile $65,000
Sat., July 14 Coach Jimi Lee Stakes 3yo 7 furlongs $65,000
Sat., Aug. 4 Meadowlake Stakes 2yo 7 furlongs $65,000
Sat., Aug. 4 Lisa M Stakes 2yo f 7 furlongs $65,000
Sat., Aug. 18 Straight Line Stakes 3yo 1 mile $65,000
Sat., Aug. 18 Hatoof Stakes 3yo f 1 1/16 miles (turf) $65,000
Sat., Sept. 15 Lady Lionel Handicap 3yo & up, f&m, ICF 1 mile (turf) $65,000
Sat., Sept. 15 Tex's Zing Handicap 3yo & up, ICF 1 1 1/6 mile2 (turf) $65,000
Sat., Sept. 22 Addison Cammack Stakes 3yo & up, ICF 6 furlongs $65,000
Sat., Sept. 22 Josette Stakes 3yo & up f&m, ICF 6 furlongs $65,000