Ryan Thompson

Santa Anita to Offer Unique Race Conditions

Conditions aim to open opportunities for more horsemen.

Santa Anita Park has announced that it will be offering a couple of new and innovative race conditions in an effort to stimulate entries and boost pari-mutuel handle, effective opening day of its Winter/Spring Meeting Tuesday, Dec. 26. 

With full fields for gamblers and more opportunities for horsemen of paramount concern, Santa Anita has instituted the following changes:

—Restricted Maiden Special Weight Races for two and three-year-olds. These races will be available to homebreds and horses that have been sold at public auction for $100,000 or less. (Purses on all maiden special weight races, restricted or otherwise, will be the same).

—Restricted claiming races of $20,000 or less, for 3-year-olds and up will be offered to trainers who have 20 stalls or less.

"The goal with both of these race conditions is to try and open up our game to those owners and horsemen who are breeding, claiming and buying at auction, but often face limited opportunities to protect their investments while running in competitive spots," said Santa Anita Vice President of Racing, Rick Hammerle. "We think these changes are going to be met enthusiastically by our fans and horsemen."

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