02/20/2015 1:35PM

Vanity moved from mid-June to early May


ARCADIA, Calif. – Santa Anita has made minor revisions to the stakes schedule for its spring-summer meeting, which runs from April 25 to June 28, raising the purses of four stakes, reducing the purses of four stakes, and moving the Grade 1 Vanity Stakes from mid-June to early May.

There are 35 stakes on the calendar, including six Grade 1 races. The Grade 1 American Oaks for 3-year-old fillies at 1 1/4 miles on turf will be worth $400,000, an increase of $50,000 from the 2014 running. Three races for California-breds on the Gold Rush program May 23 have been increased $25,000 each – the $150,000 Spring Fever Stakes for female sprinters, the $125,000 Fran’s Valentine Stakes for females on turf, and the $150,000 Tiznow Stakes for milers.

Three races have been cut by $50,000 each – the Snow Chief Stakes for 3-year-old California-breds and the Melair Stakes for 3-year-old California-bred fillies, both May 23, will be worth $200,000. The San Juan Capistrano Handicap at about 1 3/4 miles on turf June 28 has been cut from $200,000 to $150,000. The Desert Stormer Stakes for female sprinters June 14 has been cut from $100,000 in 2014 to $75,000 this year.

The Vanity Stakes will be run May 9. At Hollywood Park before it closed in 2013 and at Santa Anita last year, the race was run in mid-June. The new date allows California-based runners to start in the Vanity and have enough time to come back in the Grade 1 Ogden Phipps Stakes at Belmont Park on Belmont Stakes Day. The Grade 3 Adoration Stakes for fillies and mares has been moved from May to June 13.