The 19th running of the California Cup, a series of 10 races worth $1,325,000 dedicated to horses bred in California, will be staged at Oak Tree at Santa Anita on Oct. 5, earlier than usual this year.
“With the two-day Breeders’ Cup World Championships scheduled here at Oak Tree for Oct. 24 and 25, we’ve front-loaded the Cal Cup this meet to accommodate the Breeders’ Cup,” said Sherwood Chillingworth, Oak Tree's director and executive vice president . “We are hoping the timing of this year’s event will enable some of our best Cal-bred horses to use the Cal Cup as their final prep for a run in the Breeders’ Cup at the end of the meet.”
The $250,000 California Cup Classic, at 1 1/8 miles, will highlight the Cal Cup stakes races.
The Cal Cup will be co-hosted by the California Thoroughbred Breeders Association and the Oak Tree Racing Association. Thanks to the traditionally full fields the event attracts, it is anticipated that approximately 100,000 people will view the day's races statewide, either live at Santa Anita, via simulcast television, or on TVG.
First post time on Cal Cup day is scheduled for noon.
Oak Tree will begin its 40th season at Santa Anita on Sept. 24. First post time is 1 p.m. and all fans in attendance will receive a beautiful Oak Tree commemorative stein with paid admission. This year’s stein will feature the likeness of Hall of Fame trainer Richard Mandella and his record four Breeders’ Cup champions from 2003.