PRESTIGIOUS GRADE I VANITY MILE RENAMED IN HONOR OF FOUR-TIME ECLIPSE CHAMP BEHOLDER; ICONIC GRADE I GOLD CUP AT SANTA ANITA MOVED UP TO MAY 27
ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 10, 2017)–From Friday, April 14 until Tuesday, July 4, Santa Anita Park will offer fans and horsemen a total of 24 graded stakes (up from 16 a year ago), including four Grade I events, as part of its 2017 Spring Meet Stakes schedule.
In addition to moving the Grade I Gold Cup at Santa Anita up one month to May 27, Santa Anita has also announced that the prestigious Grade I Vanity Mile will now be known as the Grade I Beholder Mile, in honor of Spendthrift Farm’s four-time Eclipse Champion who was trained by Richard Mandella. The Beholder Mile will be run on June 3.
Following is a listing of four Grade I Spring Meet Stakes
–Saturday, May 27 $300,000 Gamely Stakes, fillies and mares three and up at 1 1/8 miles on turf.
–Saturday, May 27 $500,000 Gold Cup at Santa Anita, three year olds and up at 1 ¼ miles.
–Saturday, June 3 $400,000 Beholder Mile Stakes, fillies and mares three and up at one mile.
–Saturday, June 3 $400,000 Shoemaker Mile (turf), three year olds and up.
Santa Anita’s complete 2017 Spring Meet Stakes Schedule can be viewed at santaanita.com.