SANTA ANITA AUTUMN STAKES SCHEDULE TO INCLUDE 24 STAKES BEGINNING SEPT. 19 THROUGH OCT. 25 WITH 15 GRADED OFFERINGS INCLUDED THROUGH 18-DAY RACE MEETING
GRADE III, $100,000 CHILLINGWORTH STAKES TO HIGHLIGHT OPENING DAY CARD ON SEPT. 19
ARCADIA, Calif. (Aug. 7, 2020)–Santa Anita’s 2020 Autumn Meeting will kick into high gear on opening day, Saturday, Sept. 19, with the Grade III, $100,000 Chillingworth Stakes for fillies and mares at 6 ½ furlongs and will offer fans and horsemen a total of 24 stakes over 18 racing days, through closing day, Oct. 25.
(Most recently run as the Grade III LA Woman Stakes, the Chillingworth has been renamed in honor of the late Sherwood Chillingworth, a longtime Director of the Oak Tree Racing Association who was held in the highest regard throughout North American racing).
Customarily high on the Autumn Meet stakes agenda is a series of Breeders’ Cup “Win and You’re In” Challenge Races, which provides the winners of each race an automatic fees-paid berth in the Breeders’ Cup World Championships at Keeneland on Nov. 6 & 7.
In addition to the Grade III Chillingworth on Sept. 19, the $100,000 Speakeasy Stakes, for 2-year-olds at 5 ½ furlongs on turf, is the first of seven “Win and You’re In” events, with the Speakeasy serving as a prep for the Grade II Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint.
On Saturday, Sept. 26, four “Win and You’re In” stakes, the Grade I, $300,000 Rodeo Drive, a prep for the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf; the Grade I, $300,000 American Pharoah, for 2-year-olds prepping for the Grade I Breeders’ Cup Juvenile; the Grade I, $300,000 Awesome Again, for 3-year-olds an up prepping for the Grade I Breeders’ Cup Classic, and the Grade II, $200,000 Chandelier Stakes for 2-year-old fillies prepping for the Grade I Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies, will all be offered on what promises to be a blockbuster afternoon that will include a total of six stakes.
The remaining two Breeders’ Cup “Win and You’re In” stakes, the Grade II, $200,000 Zenyatta, a pivotal steppingstone to the Grade I Breeders’ Cup Distaff, and the Grade II, $200,000 Santa Anita Sprint Championship, which preps 3-year-olds and up for the Grade I Breeders’ Cup Sprint, will both be offered on Sunday, Sept. 27.
The always-popular Grade II, $200,000 Eddie D Stakes, named in honor of one of racing’s all-time great jockeys, retired Hall of Famer Eddie Delahoussaye, is for 3-year-olds and up at 5 ½ furlongs on turf and will be run Friday, Sept. 25.
Santa Anita’s complete 2020 Autumn Stakes Schedule is available at www.santaanita.com/stakes-