07/29/2009 11:00PM

Oak Tree trims some stakes, boosts others


The purses of 15 stakes, including eight California Cup races, have been reduced for the upcoming Oak Tree at Santa Anita meeting, which runs from Sept. 30 to Nov. 8. The meet is highlighted by the two-day Breeders' Cup program on Nov. 6-7.

In addition, the purses for eight early October prep races for the Breeders' Cup have been altered. The purses for three of the Breeders' Cup preps have been cut. The Goodwood Stakes was reduced $150,000, to $350,000; the Yellow Ribbon Stakes was cut $100,000, to $300,000; and the Oak Tree Mile is down $50,000, to $150,000.

The purses for five preps have been raised by $50,000 - the Ancient Title, Clement Hirsch Turf Championship, Lady's Secret, Norfolk, and Oak Leaf.

The reduction in stakes purses has been an ongoing trend in recent months as tracks struggle to attract business in a poor economic climate. Stakes purses were cut earlier this year on the Southern California circuit at Hollywood Park and Del Mar.

For the Oak Tree meeting, the Oct. 3 California Cup purses took the biggest drop, with five races reduced by $50,000 and three reduced by $25,000. The races cut $50,000 are the Classic (to $200,000), the Mile ($125,000), and the Matron, Sprint and Distaff ($100,000). The Juvenile and Juvenile Fillies were cut $25,000, to $100,000, while the Distance Handicap was reduced $25,000, to $75,000.

Three minor races will be run for less prize money. The Jack Goodman and Anoakia Stakes for 2-year-olds are down $10,000, to $65,000. The Cascapedia Stakes on closing day, Nov. 8, has been cut from $100,000, to $65,000.

The Breeders' Cup will run six races on Nov. 6, including five races for females and the $500,000 Marathon over 1 3/4 miles on the main track. The Nov. 7 program has eight Breeders' Cup races, led by the $5 million Classic.