02/01/2002 12:00AM

San Francisco Mile tops 21-stakes spring meet


ALBANY, Calif. - Twenty-one stakes will be offered during the upcoming Bay Meadows spring meeting, which runs from April 3 through June 16 in San Mateo.

The centerpiece of the stakes schedule is the San Francisco Breeders' Cup Mile, a $250,000 Grade 2 event slated for April 27 on the Longden Turf Course. The Mile is northern California's highest-graded race.

The $200,000 Bay Meadows Breeders' Cup Sprint, a Grade 3 race at six furlongs, has been shifted from the fall to the spring and will be run May 11.

The California Derby has taken a $50,000 purse cut and will be run for $150,000 at 1 1/8 miles on April 13.

In all, seven stakes with purses of at least $100,000 will be offered. Five graded stakes will be run. Eight of the stakes will be on the turf.

The other graded races, all Grade 3's, are the Ascot Handicap on May 12, Yerba Buena Handicap on May 18, and All American Handicap on June 8. The Ascot, a 1 1/16-mile turf race for 3-year-olds, has a $100,000 purse. Both the Yerba Buena at 1 3/8 miles on the turf for fillies and the All American at 1 1/16 miles have $150,000 purses.

The $100,000 Miss America for fillies and mares will be run at one mile on the Longden Turf Course on April 7.