The stakes schedule for the 2023 spring meet at Aqueduct Racetrack, featuring 14 stakes worth nearly $2.8 million in total purses, was released Friday, Dec. 16
The 19-day spring meet will open Mar. 30 and continue through Apr. 30. Live racing will be conducted Thursday-Sunday except for Apr. 9, when live racing and pari-mutuel wagering is prohibited by New York State in observance of Easter Sunday.
The $150,000 GIII Distaff H., a seven-furlong contest for older fillies and mares, will kick off the spring meet graded stakes action Friday, Apr. 7 and a blockbuster Wood Memorial Day card Apr. 8 will feature four graded stakes, topped by the 98th running of the $750,000 GII Wood Memorial presented by Resorts World Casino. The nine-furlong test for 3-year-olds will offer 100-40-30-20-10 Kentucky Derby qualifying points to the top-five finishers.
Wood Memorial Day will also raise the curtain on Grade I racing on the NYRA circuit in 2023 with the $300,000 GI Carter Handicap presented by NYRA Bets, a seven-furlong sprint for older horses as well as include the $250,000 GIII Gazelle S. at nine furlongs for sophomore fillies offering 100-40-30-20-10 Kentucky Oaks qualifying points to the top-five finishers.
For the complete Aqueduct spring meet stakes schedule, visit the NYRA website.