07/25/2014 11:03AM

Santa Anita raises purses for 10 stakes at fall meeting


Santa Anita has raised the purses of 10 stakes run during its autumn meeting from Sept. 26 to Nov. 2, a season that includes the Breeders’ Cup races on Oct. 31 and Nov. 1.

To comply with national standards for graded stakes purses, prize money for six Grade 1 races have been raised from $250,000 to $300,000 – the FrontRunner, Awesome Again, Rodeo Drive, Zenyatta, Chandelier, and Santa Anita Sprint Championship. The races are run Sept. 27 and Oct. 4 and are preps for Breeders’ Cup races.

Four Grade 2 races – the John Henry Turf Championship, City of Hope Mile, Twilight Derby, and Goldikova Stakes – have been increased from $150,000 to $200,000. The John Henry Turf Championship and City of Hope Mile are Breeders’ Cup preps; the Twilight Derby and Goldikova Stakes are run on Breeders’ Cup weekend.

The track has added a $200,000 race over 1 3/4 miles on dirt to the Oct. 31 program. The Breeders’ Cup ran the $500,000 Marathon at that distance in recent years but has discontinued the event. The yet-to-be-named Oct. 31 race will serve as a replacement for horses who were pointed to the Marathon.

The 13 Breeders’ Cup races will be spread between the Oct. 31 and Nov. 1 programs.

The autumn schedule has two other minor changes.

The conditions of the $100,000 Damascus Stakes over seven furlongs on Oct. 31 have been changed from 3-year-olds to 3-year-olds and older horses.

Two $200,000 stakes for California-bred 2-year-olds on Oct. 31 and Nov. 1 – the Golden State Juvenile Fillies and Golden State Juvenile – have been reduced in distance from a mile to seven furlongs.