02/28/2014 8:18PM

Santa Anita spring-summer stakes schedule will have a familiar look


ARCADIA, Calif. – The first Santa Anita spring-summer meeting from April 25 to June 29 will look very similar to the Hollywood Park spring-summer meeting it replaces even though some of the race names have been changed.

The list of 34 stakes includes six Grade 1 races with familiar names such as the Gamely Stakes, American Oaks, Vanity Stakes, Shoemaker Mile, and Triple Bend Stakes. The Grade 1 Hollywood Gold Cup has been renamed the Gold Cup at Santa Anita, and will be run on June 28, the final Saturday of the meeting.

Hollywood Park closed for development after its autumn meeting in December.

Ten other stakes have been renamed – the Last Tycoon Stakes was the Inglewood, the Spring Fever was formerly the B. Thoughtful, the Desert Code had been run as the Harry Henson, the Precisionist Stakes was the Mervyn LeRoy, the Adoration Stakes was the Marjorie Everett Stakes, the Angels Flight Stakes was the Railbird, the Singletary Stakes was the Tsunami Slew, the Mizdirection Stakes was formerly the Great Lady M, the Summertime Oaks was previously the Hollywood Oaks, and the Santa Anita Juvenile was the Hollywood Juvenile.

The word Hollywood no longer appears in the name of a stakes at the spring-summer meeting.

One famous Santa Anita race, the $200,000 San Juan Capistrano Stakes over about 1 3/4 miles on turf, has been moved from its previous date at the end of the winter-spring meeting in April to the final day of the new meet, June 29.

The purse of the San Juan Capistrano was increased $50,000. Eight other stakes were raised $50,000 to $100,000. The Shoemaker Mile was worth $300,000 in 2013 and is worth $400,000 this year.

The purses of six races were reduced from $25,000 to $50,000. The Snow Chief Stakes for California-bred 3-year-olds has been reduced $50,000, to $200,000, and will be run on turf as part of a day of stakes for statebreds on April 26.

Santa Anita racing secretary Rick Hammerle said additional stakes will be added to the schedule as overnight stakes.

Five stakes formerly run at Hollywood Park are not part of the schedule. The A Gleam Handicap, Swaps Stakes, Willard Proctor Stakes, and Cinderella Stakes will be renamed and run at the Los Alamitos July Thoroughbred meeting. The Sunset Handicap on turf, formerly run over 1 1/2 miles in July, has not been scheduled.

Randy Baker More than 1 year ago
I'm getting excited thinking about the 2015 Los Alamitos Gold Cup! I predict Game On Dude will be morning line 8-5 favorite.
Westin Niles More than 1 year ago
Haven't they taken enough from us race fans? Now they want to rename these legendary stakes races.
Walter More than 1 year ago
Did I miss it or is there no more Landuluce Stakes either?
Cover2 More than 1 year ago
Has a Carson/Carnack ring to it.....need visitors from the east. Should of kept the SWAPS Stakes, after all did win SA Derby, with Longden up, Ellsworth took the pumper off in favor of Shoemaker for Ky Dby.....reason: Press asked Johnny to compare with Count Fleet, JL " The Count pull another horse & beat Swaps" Then here comes Rex with the BOOT....not the B S with trainer calling shots like today !
Jackson Jackson More than 1 year ago
Shows Longden was a typical pinhead jockey . Count Fleet was slug slow ! No argument on that . He damn sure shouldn't be mentioned in the same breath as Swaps.
Hadrian Marcus More than 1 year ago
In further developments, Santa Anita authorities announced that the city of Arcadia had been renamed 'Oz' and Frank Stronach had renamed himself as 'Art Vandelay'. Lastly, Santa Anita announced that the four words: holly, wood, oak and tree had been removed from the English language. How many horses does it take to run a stakes race in California? Two, Baffert will bring the other three.
Cover2 More than 1 year ago
I like it, not the way it was, when the owner, told trainer where to run, put jock on !
Gene More than 1 year ago
Harry Henson was a legend in Southern California for decades!!! To rename a stakes that bore his name ofr Desert Code??? WOW
Randy Baker More than 1 year ago
Dont worry.Ten years from now it will be renamed the Trevor Denman stakes.
Gerald More than 1 year ago
Sounds great...but will there be enough horses around.