Gulfstream Won’t Run Princess Rooney Invitational In 2020

The Grade 2 Princess Rooney Invitational won’t be held at Gulfstream Park in 2020, the Daily Racing Form reported Monday. Earlier this year, the Breeders’ Cup “Win and You’re In” race for the Filly & Mare Sprint was rescheduled from the first week in July to Sept. 5 and the purse increased to $300,000.

“We had it all planned out, moving the date to a more attractive spot on the calendar in relation to the division, changing the distance back to six furlongs, raising the purse,” Gulfstream vice president of racing Mike Lakow told “Then Covid hit and Churchill moved the Derby as well as their Grade 1 filly and mare sprint to the same day.”

Lakow expects to bring the Princess Rooney back in 2021, with the goal of rebuilding it into a Grade 1 race.

The Grade 3 Smile Sprint will still be run, but its purse will be reduced to $100,000 this year.

Read more at the Daily Racing Form.

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