Parx Releases 2024 Stakes Schedule

Media Contact:
Rich Romano

Bensalem, PA – The Parx Racing Office has released the 2024 stakes schedule, highlighted by the $1 million Pennsylvania Derby (GI) and $1 million Cotillion (GI) on Saturday, September 21.

“2024 is going to be a blast,” said Parx Director of Racing, David Osojnak. “This year Parx is offering 40 stakes races with total purses of over $6,300,000. As usual – our annual big day is Pennsylvania Derby/Cotillion Day which is Saturday, September 21.”

The loaded Pennsylvania Derby Day card will include eleven stake races with purses totaling $3,650,000. The undercard will feature three graded stakes races – the $400,000 Gallant Bob Stakes (GII), the $250,000Turf Monster (GIII), the $200,000 Greenwood Cup (GIII), as well as the $300,000 Parx Dirt Mile and the inaugural edition of the $100,000 Parx Sprint.

Spring will see the renewal of the $100,000 Page McKenney Stakes and the $100,000 Unique Bella Stakes on April 22. June racing will be headlined by a trio of turf stakes with the PTHA President’s Cup being contested on June 8 with the Crowd Pleaser and Power By Far Stakes on Monday June 24.

Late summer stake action heats up August 24 with the Pennsylvania Derby/Cotillion Preview Day which will feature six stakes races including the $200,000 Cathryn Sophia Stakes and the $200,000 Smarty Jones Stakes.

Pennsylvania’s robust breeding industry takes center stage as Parx will host the annual Pennsylvania Day at the Races on Monday, August 26. The day will showcase four $100,000 stake races for Pennsylvania-bred horses.

The Thanksgiving Eve Racing Festival will be held on November 27 anchored by the $100,000 Pennsylvania Nursery Stakes for two-year-olds and the action will conclude with the Parx Winter Festival December 30 and 31 and will feature the $100,000 Wait for it Stakes and Miss Behaviour Stakes, two races that recently produced graded stakes winner Uncle Heavy and PTHA Horse of the Year Aoife’s Magic.

Contact the Parx Racing Office to nominate at 267-223-3310 or For the complete 2024 stakes schedule visit