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Prestigious Santa Anita Winter Meet Stakes Schedule Released

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ARCADIA, Calif. (Nov. 13, 2015)—With a pair of prestigious Grade I stakes, the Malibu and La Brea, leading the way on opening day, Dec. 26, Santa Anita Park has announced its 2015-16 Winter Meet stakes schedule.  This comprehensive offering will present fans and horsemen with a total of eight Grade I events that include the $1 million Santa Anita Handicap on March 12 and the $1 million Santa Anita Derby on April 9.  Additionally, the prestigious Grade I Santa Margarita Stakes for older fillies and mares will now offer $500,000 in prize money on March 19, up from $400,000.  The schedule also includes 38 overall graded stakes that will be contested through closing day, April 10.

In addition to the Malibu, La Brea, Big ’Cap, Santa Anita Derby and Santa Margarita, the 2015-16 Winter Meet stakes roster is also comprised of three additional Grade I stakes; the Las Virgenes on Feb. 6, the Frank E. Kilroe Mile (turf) on March 12, and the Santa Anita Oaks on April 9.

For the second year in a row, Santa Anita will also present the Grade II, $200,000 Mathis Brothers Mile (turf) on opening day.  Formerly run as the Sir Beaufort, the Mathis Brothers Mile is sponsored by one of the nation’s largest suppliers of residential and commercial furnishings.  Traditionally one of the biggest days on the Winter Meet calendar, Sunshine Millions/California Cup Day will be held Jan. 30.  Five stakes for California bred or sired horses will be carded:  The Cal Cup Derby, Cal Cup Oaks, Sunshine Millions Filly & Mare Turf Sprint, Donald Valpredo Cal Cup Sprint and the City National Bank California Cup Turf Classic.  These races will offer horsemen $1 million in total purse money.

Santa Anita’s comprehensive schedule of traditional Derby preps will again include races worth a total of 240 Kentucky Derby qualifying points and will begin with the Grade III, $100,000 Sham Stakes (10 points) at one mile on Jan. 9, the Grade II, $200,000 Robert B. Lewis Stakes (10 points) at 1 1/16 miles on Feb. 6, and the Grade II, $400,000 San Felipe Stakes (50 points) at 1 1/16 miles on March 12.

The Santa Anita Derby, to be run for the 79th time, will reward the winner with 100 qualifying points, assuring that horse a berth in the Run for the Roses on May 7.  Seventy additional points will be allocated, with 40 to the runner-up, 20 to third and 10 to the fourth place finisher.

With recent Santa Anita Derby winners I’ll Have Another (2012) and California Chrome (2014) taking two out of the last four runnings of the Kentucky Derby, the West Coast’s premier race for 3-year-olds has produced a total of 10 Kentucky Derby winners, dating back to Calumet Farm’s Hill Gail in 1952.

Santa Anita’s Winter Meet will be anchored by a pair of Grade III stakes on April 10—the Las Cienegas and the track’s traditional closing day feature, the San Juan Capistrano, to be run at about 1 ¾ miles over the Camino Real Turf.

In addition to its graded stakes schedule, Santa Anita will card overnight stakes throughout the meet.  The complete 2015-16 Winter Meet stakes schedule is now available at santaanita.com.

First post time on Saturday, Dec. 26, is at 12 noon.  Following the Winter Meet, Santa Anita’s 2016 Spring Meet will open on Thursday, May 5, and run through July 10.  For more information, fans are encouraged to visit the track’s website or to call (626) 574-RACE.

     Run Date Race Age Distance Purse
Sat Dec 26 Malibu Stakes (Grade I) 3 YO 7 F

$300,000

Sat Dec 26 Mathis Brothers Mile (Grade II) 3 YO 1 M (T)

$200,000

Sat Dec 26 La Brea Stakes (Grade I) F, 3 YO 7 F

$300,000

Sat Dec 26 Daytona Stakes (Grade III) 3 & UP abt 6 1/2 F (T)

$100,000

Sun Dec 27 Robert J. Frankel Stakes (Grade III) F/M, 3 & UP 1 1/8 M (T)

$100,000

Sat Jan 2 Midnight Lute Stakes (Grade III) 4 & UP 6 1/2 F

$100,000

Sat Jan 2 Santa Ynez Stakes (Grade II) F, 3 YO 6 1/2 F

$200,000

Sat Jan 2 San Gabriel Stakes (Grade II) 4 & UP 1 1/8 M (T)

$200,000

Sun Jan 3 Monrovia Stakes (Grade II) F/M, 4 & UP abt 6 1/2 F (T)

$200,000

Sat Jan 9 San Pasqual Stakes (Grade II) 4 & UP 1 1/16 M

$200,000

Sat Jan 9 Sham Stakes (Grade III) 3 YO 1 M

$100,000

Sat Jan 16 La Canada Stakes (Grade II) F/M, 4 & UP 1 1/16 M

$200,000

Sat Jan 23 Santa Monica Stakes (Grade II) F/M, 4 & UP 7 F

$200,000

Sat Jan 30 California Cup Derby 3 YO (CA) 1 1/16 M

$250,000

Sat Jan 30 California Cup Oaks F, 3 YO (CA) 1 M (T)

$200,000

Sat Jan 30 Sunshine Millions F/M Turf Sprint F & M, 4 & UP (CA) abt 6 1/2 F (T)

$150,000

Sat Jan 30 California Cup Sprint 4 & UP (CA ) 6 F

$150,000

Sat Jan 30 California Cup Turf Classic 4 & UP (CA) 1 1/8 M (T)

$250,000

Sat Feb 6 Las Virgenes Stakes (Grade I) F, 3 YO 1 M

$300,000

Sat Feb 6 San Antonio Stakes (Grade II) 4 & UP 1 1/8 M

$500,000

Sat Feb 6 Robert B. Lewis Stakes (Grade III) 3 YO 1 1/16 M

$150,000

Sat Feb 6 San Marcos Stakes (Grade II) 4 & UP 1 1/4 M (T)

$200,000

Sun Feb 7 Palos Verdes Stakes (Grade II) 4 & UP 6 F

$200,000

Sat Feb 13 Arcadia Stakes (Grade II) 4 & UP 1 M (T)

$200,000

Sat Feb 13 Santa Maria Stakes (Grade II) F/M, 4 & UP 1 1/16 M

$200,000

Mon Feb 15 San Vicente Stakes (Grade II) 3 YO 7 F

$200,000

Sat Feb 20 Buena Vista Stakes (Grade II) F/M, 4 & UP 1 M (T)

$200,000

Sat Feb 27 Sensational Star Stakes 4 & UP (CA) abt 6.5 (T)

$100,000

Sat Mar 5 Santa Ysabel Stakes (Grade III) F, 3 YO 1 1/16 M

$100,000

Sat Mar 12 San Carlos Stakes (Grade II) 4 & UP 7 F

$300,000

Sat Mar 12 Santa Anita Handicap (Grade I) 4 & UP 1 1/4 M

$1,000,000

Sat Mar 12 Frank E. Kilroe Mile  (Grade I) 4 & UP 1 M (T)

$400,000

Sat Mar 12 San Felipe Stakes (Grade II) 3 YO 1 1/16 M

$400,000

Sun Mar 13 San Luis Rey Stakes (Grade II) 4 & UP 1 1/2 M (T)

$200,000

Sat Mar 19 Santa Margarita Stakes (Grade I) F/M, 4 & UP 1 1/8 M

$500,000

Sat Mar 19 Irish O’Brien Stakes F/M, 4 & UP (CA) abt 6 1/2 F (T)

$100,000

Sun Mar 20 Las Flores Stakes (Grade III) F/M, 4 & UP 6 F

$100,000

Sat Mar 26 Santa Ana Stakes (Grade II) F/M, 4 & UP 1 1/8 M (T)

$200,000

Sun Mar 27 Dream of Summer Stakes F/M, 4 & UP (CA) 1 M

$100,000

Sat Apr 2 San Simeon Stakes (Grade III) 4 & UP abt 6 1/2 F (T)

$100,000

Sun Apr 3 Tokyo City Cup (Grade III) 4 & UP 1 1/2 M

$100,000

Sat Apr 9 Echo Eddie Stakes 3 YO (CA ) 6 1/2 F

$200,000

Sat Apr 9 Evening Jewel Stakes F, 3 YO (CA) 6 1/2 F

$200,000

Sat Apr 9 Santa Anita Oaks (Grade I) F, 3 YO 1 1/16 M

$400,000

Sat Apr 9 Santa Anita Derby (Grade I) 3 YO 1 1/8 M

$1,000,000

Sat Apr 9 Providencia Stakes (Grade III) F, 3 YO 1 1/8 M (T)

$150,000

Sun Apr 10 Las Cienegas Stakes (Grade III) F/M, 4 & UP abt 6 1/2 F (T)

$100,000

Sun Apr 10 San Juan Capistrano Stakes (Grade III) 4 & UP abt 1 3/4 M (T)

$100,000

Source: Santa Anita Park

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