11/16/2005 12:00AM

Big Cap tops list of 74 stakes

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Gary Stevens and Rock Hard Ten win the 2005 Santa Anita Handicap, the richest race at the meet.

Santa Anita has made minimal changes to the stakes schedule for its winter-spring meeting, which runs from Dec. 26 through April 23.

The list of 74 stakes is highlighted by 10 Grade 1 events, including the $1 million Santa Anita Handicap at 1 1/4 miles on March 4. The only other seven-figure race at the meeting is the $1 million Sunshine Millions Classic on Jan. 28, one of four stakes that day for California-breds and Florida-breds. The Sunshine Millions Classic alternates between Santa Anita and Gulfstream Park in Florida each year.

The $750,000 Santa Anita Derby is run April 8, on a program that features two other graded stakes - the Arcadia Handicap and Providencia Stakes. The distances of the Providencia and La Puente stakes, both for 3-year-olds on turf, have been reduced from 1 1/8 miles to a mile.

The 2005-06 stakes schedule includes 14 overnight stakes worth $75,000. Many of the races did not appear on the pre-meet schedule last year, but were included in the condition books as the meet proceeded.

Only one stakes has a reduced purse. The San Miguel Stakes for 3-year-olds at six furlongs on Jan. 8 has been cut from $100,000 to $75,000.

Santa Anita has restored the $100,000 Pro or Con Handicap for California-bred fillies and mares at a mile on turf, a race that was not run in 2005.

2005-06 stakes schedule

DATEEVENTCONDITIONSDISTANCEPURSE
Mon.,Dec. 26Malibu Stakes (G1)3YO7 furlongs$250,000
Mon.,Dec. 26CA. Breeders Champion Stakes2YO*7 furlongs125,000
Mon.,Dec. 26Sir Beaufort Stakes3YO 1 mile (T)100,000
Wed.,Dec. 28CA. Breeders Champion Stakes2YO F*7 furlongs125,000
Sat.,Dec. 31La Brea Stakes (G1)3YO F7 furlongs250,000
Sat.,Dec. 31Monrovia Handicap (G3)F&M, 3YO & Up6 1/2 furlongs (T)100,000
Sun.,Jan. 1San Gabriel Handicap (G2)4YO & Up1 1/8 miles (T)150,000
Sun.,Jan. 1Blue Norther Stakes3YO F1 mile (T)75,000
Mon.,Jan. 2El Conejo Handicap (G3)4YO & Up5 1/2 furlongs100,000
Mon.,Jan. 2Hill Rise Stakes3YO1 mile (T)75,000
Thu.,Jan. 5Kalookan Queen HandicapF&M, 4YO & Up6 1/2 furlongs75,000
Sat.,Jan. 7San Pasqual Handicap (G2)4YO & Up1 1/16 miles150,000
Sat.,Jan. 7Santa Ysabel Stakes (G3)3YO F1 1/16 miles100,000
Sun.,Jan. 8San Gorgonio Handicap (G2)F&M, 4YO & Up1 1/8 miles (T)150,000
Sun.,Jan. 8San Miguel Stakes3YO6 furlongs75,000
Fri.,Jan. 13Paseana HandicapF&M, 4YO & Up1 1/16 miles75,000
Sat.,Jan. 14San Fernando B.C. Stakes (G2)4YO1 1/16 miles200,000
Sat.,Jan. 14San Rafael Stakes (G2)3YO1 mile150,000
Sun.,Jan. 15El Encino Stakes (G2)4YO F1 1/16 miles150,000
Mon.,Jan. 16Santa Ynez Stakes (G2)3YO F7 furlongs150,000
Sat.,Jan. 21Palos Verdes Handicap (G2)4YO & Up6 furlongs150,000
Sun.,Jan. 22San Marcos Stakes (G2)4YO & Up1 1/4 miles (T)150,000
Thu.,Jan. 26Tuzla HandicapF&M, 4YO & Up1 mile (T)75,000
Sat.,Jan. 28Sunshine Millions Classic4YO & Up*1 1/8 miles 1,000,000
Sat.,Jan. 28Sunshine Millions F&M TurfF&M, 4YO & Up*1 1/8 miles (T)500,000
Sat.,Jan. 28Sunshine Millions F&M SprintF&M, 4YO & Up*6 furlongs300,000
Sat.,Jan. 28Sunshine Millions Dash3YO*6 furlongs250,000
Sun.,Jan. 29Santa Monica Handicap (G1)F&M, 4YO & Up7 furlongs250,000
Sun.,Jan. 29Wishing Well HandicapF&M, 4YO & Up6 1/2 furlongs (T)75,000
Sat.,Feb. 4Strub Stakes (G2)4YO1 1/8 miles300,000
Sat.,Feb. 4Sham Stakes3YO1 1/8 miles100,000
Sun.,Feb. 5San Antonio Handicap (G2)4YO & Up1 1/8 miles250,000
Wed.,Feb. 8Thunder Road Handicap4YO & Up1 mile (T)75,000
Sat.,Feb. 11Las Virgenes Stakes (G1)3YO F1 mile250,000
Sat.,Feb. 11Santa Maria Handicap (G1)F&M, 4YO & Up1 1/16 miles250,000
Sun.,Feb. 12La Canada Stakes (G2)4YO F1 1/8 miles200,000
Sun.,Feb. 12San Vicente Stakes (G2)3YO7 furlongs150,000
Sat.,Feb. 18San Carlos Handicap (G2)4YO & Up7 furlongs150,000
Sun.,Feb. 19Sensational Star Handicap4YO & Up*6 1/2 furlongs (T)125,000
Sun.,Feb. 19Daytona Handicap4YO & Up6 1/2 furlongs (T)75,000
Mon.,Feb. 20Buena Vista Handicap (G2)F&M, 4YO & Up1 mile (T)150,000
Sat.,Feb. 25Las Flores Handicap (G3)F&M, 4YO & Up6 furlongs100,000
Sat.,Feb. 25Pro or Con HandicapF&M, 4YO & Up*1 mile (T)100,000
Sun.,Feb. 26San Luis Obispo Handicap (G2)4YO & Up1 1/2 miles (T)150,000
Sat.,March 4Santa Catalina Stakes (G2)YO1 1/16 miles200,000
Sat.,March 4Baldwin Stakes (G3)3YO6 1/2 furlongs (T)100,000
Sat.,March 4Santa Anita Handicap (G1)4YO & Up1 1/4 miles1,000,000
Sat.,March 4Frank E. Kilroe Mile (G1)4YO & Up1 mile (T)300,000
Sun.,March 5La Habra Stakes3YO F6 1/2 furlongs (T)100,000
Sat.,March 11Santa Margarita Handicap (G1)F&M, 4YO & Up1 1/8 miles300,000
Sat.,March 11China Doll Stakes3YO F1 mile (T)75,000
Sun.,March 12Santa Anita Oaks (G1)3YO F1 1/16 miles300,000
Sun.,March 12Santana Mile4YO & Up1 mile75,000
Fri.,March 17Irish O'Brien StakesF&M, 4YO & Up*6 1/2 furlongs (T)125,000
Sat.,March 18San Felipe Stakes (G2)3YO1 1/16 miles250,000
Sat.,March 18Pasadena Stakes3YO1 mile (T) 75,000
Sun.,March 19Crystal Water Handicap4YO & Up*1 mile (T)100,000
Sat.,March 25San Luis Rey Handicap (G2)4YO & Up1 1/2 miles (T)200,000
Sun.,March 26Santa Ana Handicap (G2)F&M, 4YO & Up1 1/8 miles (T)150,000
Sat.,April 1Santa Paula Stakes3YO F6 1/2 furlongs75,000
Sat.,April 1Tokyo City Cup (G3)4YO & Up1 1/8 miles100,000
Sun.,April 2Potrero Grande B.C. Handicap (G2)4YO & Up6 1/2 furlongs200,000
Sat.,April 8Arcadia Handicap (G2)4YO & Up1 mile (T)150,000
Sat.,April 8Santa Anita Derby (G1)3YO1 1/8 miles750,000
Sat.,April 8Providencia Stakes (G3)3YO F1 mile (T)100,000
Sun.,April 9San Pedro Stakes3YO6 1/2 furlongs75,000
Sun.,April 9Santa Lucia HandicapF&M, 4YO & Up1 1/16 miles75,000
Sat.,April 15La Puente Stakes3YO1 mile (T)100,000
Sun.,April 16Las Cienegas Handicap (G3)F&M, 4YO & Up6 1/2 furlongs (T)100,000
Sat.,April 22Santa Barbara Handicap (G2)F&M, 4YO & Up1 1/4 miles (T)200,000
Sat.,April 22San Simeon Handicap (G3)4YO & Up6 1/2 furlongs (T)100,000
Sun.,April 23San Juan Capistrano Handicap (G2)4YO & Up1 3/4 miles (T)250,000

*California-bred; *California/Florida-bred