08/20/2013 1:34PM

Santa Anita fall meet highlighted by Breeders' Cup


Highlighted by five Grade 1 races on Sept. 28 that serve as preps to the Breeders’ Cup five weeks later, Santa Anita on Tuesday announced its stakes schedule for its fall meeting, which opens on Sept. 27 and features the 30th running of the Breeders’ Cup on Nov. 1-2.

Santa Anita will have 27 graded stakes during the 24-day season which runs through Nov. 3, including the 14 that make up the two-day Breeders’ Cup. This will be the second of three consecutive years that Santa Anita will play host to the Breeders’ Cup.

The Sept. 28 card includes the Chandelier for 2-year-old fillies as a prep to the BC Juvenile Fillies, the Frontrunner for 2-year-olds as a prep to the BC Juvenile, the Rodeo Drive for female turf horses as a prep to the BC Filly and Mare Turf, the Zenyatta for older females as a prep to the BC Distaff, and the Awesome Again for older horses as a prep to the BC Classic.

The Oct. 5 card includes the Santa Anita Sprint Championship, another Grade 1 race, which will be the final local tune-up for the BC Sprint. The Grade 2 mile turf race that day, a prep to the BC Mile, has been renamed the City of Hope Mile, recognizing the cutting-edge cancer research and treatment facility just east of Santa Anita in Duarte, Calif.

The most significant change from last year’s fall schedule is the elimination of the California Cup, whose races will now be run in late January as part of the Sunshine Millions card during the main winter meeting, according to Rick Hammerle, Santa Anita’s vice president of racing. Hammerle rearranged the Cal-bred stakes schedule in concert with Doug Burge, executive vice president and general manager of the California Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association.

There will be a pair of $200,000 stakes races for California-bred 2-year-olds on the Nov. 1 card, and a pair of turf sprints for older horses – one restricted to females – will be run earlier in the meet, all as part of the enhanced Golden State program for Cal-breds.

“We view these changes as a great opportunity to better showcase our California-bred program,” Burge said.

Walter More than 1 year ago
I'm a big Santa Anita fan, but I think the BC should be held at different venues. It's only fair. And, no I don't know anything about how moms can make $5983 a month on the Internet!! I'm just a horseplayer
JDS0810 More than 1 year ago
HAHAHAHA... great comment Walter, I hate those posts. I think Del Mar will eventually go back to dirt and that will be great for BC. Had the BC been at Belmont last year they would not have been able to run it due to that horrible storm. The West Coast seems to have the weather challenge figured out in November.
Will More than 1 year ago
I'm a big SA fan and I'm tired of the BC being there. What's wrong is that the BC is basically run by the TOC. Move it around the world and lets see how good the US horses really are. Saratoga, Longchamp, Dubai, Del Mar
Greg Michaels More than 1 year ago
Are there really fools who believe that tripe $85 hour?
jeff More than 1 year ago
Totally agree with 'B', how can the BC be the world championships when held on this front runners bowling alley (see 2012, et al). Had to chuckle when the BC reps defended this redundancy by saying, 'last yrs winners came from everywhere, etc', yeah right, that's because the Euros don't send their best to SA, only their relatively few speed balls. Another yr of deprivation & be the first to the turn Yonkers style racing. Ugh!
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Greg Michaels More than 1 year ago
more bs
B More than 1 year ago
A very big boo about the BC being held here once again. If they keep this up, it will eventually become just a California event and become more and more meaningless. It is truly a shame what is happening to this once great day. Well, now it's two days and that is its other downfall.
702Ray More than 1 year ago
oh get over it. if u really dislike it that much then simply do not play till you do. for me if hey ever hold a BC race on a synthetic surface again. I will skip that but im not gonna go crying that they shouldnt do it just cuz I dont like it. Ill just have to wait. other tracks are not stepping up to meet the Breeders Cup demands.. why should BC cave in on anything? they shouldnt and they dont. and the downfall you speak will never happen.. there will always be a breeders cup they will always make plenty of money to keep operating and to say they will have a downfall pretty much is a bitter statement aimed at them because they have made u unhappy. get some perspective.
John Stevelberg More than 1 year ago
West Coast will be down to two actual tracks "beautiful" Del Mar and Baffert Anita.
Lawrence Macselwiney More than 1 year ago
Santa Anita is the easiest track to pick winners its just tough to make money, but with Santa Anita prepping the BC races expect full fields and decent payouts. Del Mar is a tough nut to crack, but when you do, you get paid!