In order to gain live television exposure, the $250,000 San Felipe Stakes (gr. II) has been moved back a day to March 14. The $100,000 Crystal Water Handicap, originally scheduled for that day, will be run on March 13 instead.The San Felipe, a 1 1/16-mile event for 3-year-olds, is a major local prep for the $750,000 Santa Anita Derby (gr. I) on April 3 and a key steppingstone to the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) on May 1.
"The San Felipe is moving to be broadcast live on ESPN2," said Mike Ziegler, Santa Anita's vice president of administration and assistant general manager. "Obviously we want to get more TV coverage. It will be good to have a Santa Anita Triple Crown prep live."The San Felipe will be broadcast from 2 to 3 p.m., with a scheduled post time of 2:44 p.m.