07/04/2005 11:00PM

Cal Cup program moved to closing day


A distance change for the Las Palmas Handicap and a later date for California Cup Day are two of the most significant changes to the schedule of 28 stakes to be run during the Oak Tree at Santa Anita meeting, from Sept. 28 to Nov. 6.

The $150,000 Las Palmas Handicap for fillies and mares will be run over a mile, a reduction of one furlong from past runnings. According to director of racing Mike Harlow, the move to a shorter Las Palmas is designed to make the race more of a prep to the Grade 1 Matriarch Stakes, run over a mile on turf in late November at Hollywood Park.

The California Cup was run Saturday, Oct. 16, in 2004 and has been moved this year to Sunday, Nov. 6, the final day of the meeting. The move to a later date puts the California Cup a week after the Breeders' Cup, which will be run at Belmont Park in New York.

A later California Cup means that many starters in the 10 races on the program are likely to have prep races during the early weeks of the Oak Tree meeting.

The richest races of the meeting are preps for the Breeders' Cup, and are run on the first Saturday of the meeting, Oct. 1: the $500,000 Goodwood Breeders' Cup Handicap and $500,000 Yellow Ribbon Stakes.

2005 stakes schedule

Wed.,Sept. 28Sen. Ken Maddy Hcp. (G3)F&M, 3YO & Up6 1/2 furlongs (T)$100,000
Sat.,Oct. 1Goodwood B.C. Hcp. (G2)3YO & Up1 1/8 miles500,000
Sat.,Oct. 1Yellow Ribbon Stakes (G1)F&M 3YO & Up1 1/4 miles (T)500,000
Sat.,Oct. 1Oak Leaf Stakes (G2)2 YO F1 1/16 miles200,000
Sun.,Oct. 2C. Hirsch Turf CHAMPIONSHIP (G1)3YO & Up1 1/4 miles (T)250,000
Sun.,Oct. 2Lady's Secret BC Hcp. (G2)F&M, 3YO & Up1 1/16 miles250,000
Sun.,Oct. 2Norfolk Stakes (G2)2 YO1 1/16 miles200,000
Sat.,Oct. 8Oak Tree BC Mile (G2)3YO & Up1 mile (T)250,000
Sat.,Oct. 8Ancient Title BC Stakes (G1)3YO & Up6 furlongs250,000
Sun.,Oct. 9Cavonnier Stakes2 YO*7 furlongs75,000
Mon.,Oct. 10Cover Gal Stakes2 YO F*7 furlongs75,000
Sat.,Oct. 15Oak Tree Derby (G2)3 YO1 1/8 miles(T)150,000
Sun.,Oct. 16Harold Ramser Sr. Hcp.3 YO F1 mile (T)100,000
Sat.,Oct. 22Sunny Slope Stakes2 YO7 furlongs75,000
Sun.,Oct. 23Anoakia Stakes2 YO F7 furlongs75,000
Sat.,Oct. 29Morvich Hcp.3YO & Up6 1/2 furlongs (T)100,000
Sun.,Oct. 30Carleton Burke Hcp. (G3)3YO & Up1 1/2 miles(T)100,000
Sat.,Nov. 5Las Palmas Hcp. (G2)F&M, 3YO & Up1 mile (T)150,000
Sun.,Nov. 6California Cup Classic3YO & Up*1 1/8 miles250,000
Sun.,Nov. 6California Cup Mile3YO & Up*1 mile (T)175,000
Sun.,Nov. 6California Cup MatronF&M, 3YO & Up*1 1/16 miles150,000
Sun.,Nov. 6California Cup Sprint3YO & Up*6 furlongs150,000
Sun.,Nov. 6California Cup DistaffF&M, 3YO & Up*6 1/2 furlongs (T)150,000
Sun.,Nov. 6California Cup Juvenile2YO*1 1/16 miles125,000
Sun.,Nov. 6California Cup Juvenile FILLIES2 YO F*1 1/16 miles125,000
Sun.,Nov. 6California Cup Distance Hcp.F&M, 3YO & Up*1 1/4 miles(T)100,000
Sun.,Nov. 6California Cup Starter Hcp.3YO & Up*1 1/2 miles (T)50,000
Sun.,Nov. 6California Cup Starter Sprint Hcp.3 YO & Up*6 furlongs50,000