Santa Anita Fall Meet Has 28 Graded Stakes

Santa Anita Fall Meet Has 28 Graded Stakes
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Santa Anita Park, which will host the Breeders' Cup World Championships for an unprecedented third consecutive year this fall, will offer a total of 28 graded stakesincluding 13 Breeders' Cup eventsover the course of its 24-day autumn meet. 

The Eddie D. Stakes (gr. IIIT), for 3-year-olds and up at 6 1/2 furlongs on the hillside turf course, is the meet's initial stakes offering on opening day, Sept. 26.

Santa Anita will offer six grade I "Win and You're In" races for the Oct. 31-Nov. 1 Breeders' Cup World Championships over the first two weekends.

Five grade I Breeders' Cup preps are Sept. 27: the Frontrunner Stakes for 2-year-olds at 1 1/16 miles, the Awesome Again Stakes for 3-year-olds and up at 1 1/8 miles, the Rodeo Drive Stakes for fillies and mares at 1 1/4 miles on turf , the Zenyatta Stakes for fillies and mares at 1 1/16 miles, and the Chandelier Stakes, for 2-year-old fillies at 1 1/16 miles.

The following Saturday, Oct. 4, the Santa Anita Sprint Championship (gr. I) will serve as a springboard to the Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) Nov. 1. Also that day, Santa Anita will again partner with one of the nation's leading cancer research and treatment centers to present the City of Hope Mile (gr. IIT) on turf for 3-year-olds and up. 

"We are pleased to again be offering a comprehensive stakes schedule this fall and we're hopeful it's going to be very well received by our fans and horsemen," said Rick Hammerle, Santa Anita vice president of racing. "Horses prepping here have traditionally done very well over the course of the two-day Breeders' Cup and we're hoping that will encourage others to come in early and get ready here at Santa Anita.

"In addition to our graded stakes, our state-bred program is very important to us and we're proud to offer, in conjunction with the CTBA, the $200,000 Golden State Juvenile Fillies on Breeders' Cup Friday (Oct. 31), and the $200,000 Golden State Juvenile on Breeders' Cup Saturday (Nov. 1)," Hammerle added. 

"Both of these stakes are part of the Golden State program and they'll both get good national exposure on these two days. We'll also card a couple races at 6 1/2 furlongs down the hillside turf coursethe California Distaff Handicap for fillies and mares on Oct. 11 and the California Flag Handicap on Oct. 18."

The complete 2014 autumn meet schedule is as follows:

2014 SANTA ANITA FALL STAKES
RACE DATE RACE 2014 PURSE AGE DISTANCE 
Fri, Sep 26
EDDIE D STAKES(G III) $100,000 3 & UP abt 6 1/2 F (T)
Sat, Sep 27
FRONTRUNNER STAKES (G I)** $300,000 2 YO 1  1/16 M
Sat, Sep 27
AWESOME AGAIN STAKES (G I)** $300,000 3 & UP 1  1/8 M
Sat, Sep 27
RODEO DRIVE STAKES (G I)** $300,000 F/M, 3 & UP 1 1/4 M (T)
Sat, Sep 27
ZENYATTA STAKES (G I)** $300,000 F/M, 3 & UP 1 1/16 M
Sat, Sep 27
CHANDELIER STAKES (G I)** $300,000 F, 2 YO 1  1/16 M
Sat, Sep 27
UNZIP ME STAKES $75,000+ F, 3 YO abt 6 1/2 F (T)
Sun, Sep 28
JOHN HENRY TURF CHAMPIONSHIP (G II) $200,000 3 & UP 1 1/4 M (T)
Sat, Oct 4
CITY OF HOPE MILE (G II) $200,000 3 & UP 1 M (T)
Sat, Oct 4
SANTA ANITA SPRINT CHAMPIONSHIP (G I) ** $300,000 3 & UP 6 F
Sat, Oct 4
SWINGTIME STAKES ® $75,000+ F/M, 3 & UP 1 M (T)
Sat, Oct 4
LA WOMAN STAKES (GIII) $100,000 F/M, 3 & UP 6 1/2 F
Sun, Oct 5
ZUMA BEACH STAKES (Listed) $100,000 2 YO 1 M (T)
Sun, Oct 5
SURFER GIRL STAKES (Listed) $100,000 F, 2 YO 1 M (T)
Sat, Oct 11
CALIFORNIA DISTAFF HANDICAP $100,000 F/M, 3 & UP (CA) abt 6 1/2 F (T)
Sun, Oct 12
ANOAKIA STAKES $75,000+ F, 2 YO 6 F
Mon, Oct 13
SPEAKEASY STAKES $100,000 2 YO 6 F
Sat, Oct 18
CALIFORNIA FLAG HANDICAP $100,000 3 & UP (CA) abt 6 1/2 F (T)
Sat, Oct 25
AUTUMN MISS STAKES (G III) $100,000 F, 3 YO 1 M (T)
Sun, Oct 26
LURE STAKES ® $75,000+ 3 & UP 1 M (T)
Fri, Oct 31
Breeders' Cup Friday      
Fri, Oct 31
MARATHON (G II) $200,000 3 & UP 1 3/4 M
Fri, Oct 31
GOLDEN STATE JUVENILE FILLIES $200,000 F, 2 YO (CA) 7 F
Fri, Oct 31
DAMASCUS STAKES $100,000 3 & UP 7 F
Fri, Oct 31
TWILIGHT DERBY (G II) $200,000 3 YO 1 1/8 M (T)
Sat, Nov 1
Breeders' Cup Saturday      
Sat, Nov 1
GOLDEN STATE JUVENILE $200,000 2 YO (CA) 7 F
Sat, Nov 1
JUVENILE TURF SPRINT STAKES (Listed) $100,000 2 YO abt 6 1/2 F (T)
Sat, Nov 1
SEN. KEN MADDY STAKES (G lll) $100,000 F/M, 3 & UP abt. 6 1/2 (T)
Sun, Nov 2
GOLDIKOVA STAKES (G II) $200,000 F/M, 3 & UP 1 M (T)
 
** "Win and You're In" BC Challenge Races
Supplemental nominations available for all stakes.

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