07/13/2006 11:00PM

Grade 1's start meet with bang


Led by four Grade 1 stakes on its first two weekends, the Oak Tree at Santa Anita meeting will feature 28 stakes. The meet runs from Sept. 27 to Oct. 29.

Three of the Grade 1 races are being run on Sept. 30 and two of them have had their purses altered. The purse for the Yellow Ribbon Stakes, for fillies and mares at 1 1/4 miles on turf, has been cut from $500,000 to $400,000. The purse for the Oak Leaf Breeders' Cup Stakes has been increased $50,000, to $250,000. The Oak Leaf, promoted from a Grade 2 since last year, is run for 2-year-old fillies at 1 1/16 miles.

The prep races for the Breeders' Cup are spread out over the first two weekends of the meet - Sept. 30 and Oct. 1 and Oct. 7-8. Last year, six Breeders' Cup preps were run on the same weekend.

The purses of four minor stakes for 2-year-olds have been cut by $10,000, to $65,000 - the Cover Gal and Cavonnier stakes for California-breds at seven furlongs, and the Anoakia and Sunny Slope stakes at six furlongs.

The California Cup on Oct. 28 is the highlight of the second half of the meeting. The program is on the final Saturday of the meeting and features 10 stakes for statebreds.

2006 stakes schedule

Wed.,Sept. 27Sen. Ken Maddy Handicap (G3)F&M, 3YO & UpAbt. 6 1/2 furlongs (T) $100,000
Sat.,Sept. 30Yellow Ribbon Stakes (G1)F&M, 3YO & Up1 1/4 miles (T)400,000
Sat.,Sept. 30Hirsch Turf Championship (G1)3YO & Up1 1/4 miles (T)250,000
Sat.,Sept. 30Oak Leaf B.C. Stakes (G1)2YO F1 1/16 miles250,000
Sun.,Oct. 1Lady's Secret B.C. Handicap (G2)F&M, 3YO & Up1 1/16 miles250,000
Sat.,Oct. 7Ancient Title B.C. Stakes (G1)3YO & Up6 furlongs250,000
Sat.,Oct. 7Goodwood B.C. Handicap (G2)3YO & Up1 1/8 miles500,000
Sat.,Oct. 7Oak Tree B.C. Mile (G2)3YO & Up1 mile (T)250,000
Sun.,Oct. 8Norfolk B.C. Stakes (G2)2YO1 1/16 miles250,000
Sun.,Oct. 8Cover Gal Stakes2YO F* 7 furlongs 65,000
Mon.,Oct. 9Cavonnier Stakes2YO*7 furlongs65,000
Sat.,Oct. 14Oak Tree Derby (G2)3YO1 1/8 miles (T)150,000
Sun.,Oct. 15Harold C. Ramser Sr. Handicap3YO F1 mile (T)100,000
Sat.,Oct. 21Anoakia Stakes2YO F6 furlongs65,000
Sat.,Oct. 21Carleton F. Burke Handicap (G3)3YO & Up1 1/2 miles (T)100,000
Sun.,Oct. 22Sunny Slope Stakes2YO6 furlongs65,000
Sat.,Oct. 28CAL CUP Classic3YO & Up*1 1/8 miles250,000
Sat.,Oct. 28CAL CUP mile3YO & Up*1 mile (T)175,000
Sat.,Oct. 28CAL CUP MatronF&M, 3YO & Up*1 1/16 miles150,000
Sat.,Oct. 28CAL CUP Sprint3YO & Up*6 furlongs150,000
Sat.,Oct. 28CAL CUP DistaffF&M, 3YO & Up*Abt. 6 1/2 furlongs (T)150,000
Sat.,Oct. 28CAL CUP Juvenile2YO*1 1/16 miles125,000
Sat.,Oct. 28CAL CUP Juvenile Fillies2YO F*1 1/16 miles125,000
Sat.,Oct. 28CAL CUP Distance HandicapF&M, 3YO & Up1 1/4 miles (T)100,000
Sat.,Oct. 28CAL CUP Starter Handicap3YO & Up*1 1/2 miles (T)50,000
Sat.,Oct. 28CAL CUP Starter Sprint Handicap3YO & Up*6 furlongs50,000
Sun.,Oct. 29Morvich Handicap (G3)3YO & UpAbt. 6 1/2 furlongs (T)100,000
Sun.,Oct. 29Las Palmas Handicap (G2)F&M, 3YO & Up1 1/8 miles (T)150,000