SANTA ANITA PARK INCREASES OVERNIGHT PURSES 10% FOR HORSEMEN AT 2020-21 SEASON, WITH AVERAGE DAILY PURSES TOPPING $533,000

84th Winter-Spring Meet Highlighted by $15-million Stakes Schedule

ARCADIA, Calif. (Nov. 21, 2020) – Santa Anita Park will raise the daily overnight purse distribution 10% for the 2020-21 season which begins on Saturday, Dec. 26.  The increase will bring the average daily purse money available to horsemen to over $533,000, totaling more than $43-million for the season which runs through June 20, 2021.

Santa Anita’s 84th season will be highlighted by a diverse stakes schedule offering over $15-million.  The prestigious Grade 1 Santa Anita Derby, which has produced 19 winners of the Kentucky Derby, including recent Breeders’ Cup Classic hero Authentic, will be run on Saturday, April 3, 2021.

“Building Santa Anita’s aggressive overnight purse schedule is a reflection of the confidence that we have in California racing even in the midst of a pandemic,” said Craig Fravel, CEO of 1/ST Racing.  “Nothing has been easy about this past year, so we are thankful to the horsemen who have continued to support our program on a daily basis.  We’ve missed the fans who have been absent from our track since March 12th, but we are grateful to be able to bring them the consistent top-quality racing that has been synonymous with Santa Anita since 1934.”

The racing program at Santa Anita has continued to evolve over the decades, and another innovation will be on display this winter.  The first major remodel of the Santa Anita turf course since the 1950s, a new turf chute will allow races up to 6 ½ furlongs to be contested on the flat oval.  Installed and covered with sod in September, the course will be ready for use on Opening Day and greatly increases the turf distance options for horsemen.

Purses at Santa Anita, like all California racetracks, are derived from a percentage of the handle wagered on the track’s races, as opposed to other jurisdictions where purses are supplemented with casino revenue and other forms of wagering.

The complete Santa Anita stakes schedule is as follows, pending approval by the Thoroughbred Owners of California.

2020 – 2021  Winter Spring Stakes Schedule
Run Date Race Age Distance 2020-21 Purse
Sat. Dec 26 Malibu Stakes  (Gr I) 3YO 7 F $300,000
Sat. Dec 26 La Brea Stakes  (Gr I) F,3YO 7 F $300,000
Sat. Dec 26 San Antonio Stakes  (Gr II) 3 &up 1 1/16 M $200,000
Sat. Dec 26 Mathis Brothers Mile  (Gr II) 3YO 1 M(T) $200,000
Sat. Dec 26 Lady of Shamrock Stakes F,3YO 1 M(T) $75,000
Sat. Dec 26 American Oaks  (Gr I) F,3YO 1 1/4 M (T) $300,000
Sun. Dec 27 Eddie Logan Stakes 2YO 1 M(T) $75,000
Sun. Dec 27 Robert J.  Frankel Stakes  (Gr III) F/M, 3&up 1 1/8 M (T) $100,000
Thurs. Dec 31 Blue Norther Stakes F,2YO 1 M(T) $75,000
Fri. Jan 1 Joe Hernandez Stakes (II) 4&up 6 1/2 F (T) $200,000
Sat. Jan 2 San Gabriel Stakes (Gr II) 4&up 1 1/8 M (T) $200,000
Sat. Jan 2 Sham Stakes  (Gr III) 3YO 1 M $100,000
Sun. Jan 3 Santa Ynez Stakes  (Gr II) F,3YO 7 F $200,000
Sat. Jan 9 La Canada Stakes  (Gr II) F/M,4&up 1 1/16 M $200,000
Sat. Jan 9 Las Cienegas Stakes  (Gr III) F/M,4&up 6 F (T) $100,000
Sun. Jan 10 Kalookan Queen Stakes F/M, 4&up 6 1/2 F $75,000
Sat. Jan 16 Unusual Heat Turf Classic 4&up (CA) 1 1/8 M (T) $200,000
Sat. Jan 16 Sunshine Millions F/M Turf Sprint F/M, 4 & up  (CA) 6 F (T) $150,000
Sat. Jan 16 California Cup Sprint 4&up (CA) 6 F $150,000
Sat. Jan 16 California Cup Derby 3 YO (CA) 1 1/16 M $200,000
Sat. Jan 16 California Cup Oaks F, 3YO  (CA) 1 M(T) $200,000
Sun. Jan 17 Astra Stakes (Gr III) F/M,4&up 1 1/2 M (T) $100,000
Mon. Jan 18 Megahertz Stakes  (Gr III) F/M,4&up 1 M(T) $100,000
Sat. Jan 23 Palos Verdes Stakes  (Gr II) 4&up 6 F $200,000
Sun. Jan 24 Clockers’ Corner Stakes 4&up 6 F (T) $70,000
Sat. Jan 30 San Pasqual Stakes  (Gr II) 4&up 1 1/8 M $200,000
Sat. Jan 30 San Marcos Stakes  (Gr II) 4&up 1 1/4 (T) $200,000
Sat. Jan 30 Robert B. Lewis Stakes  (Gr III) 3YO 1 1/16 M $100,000
Sun. Jan 31 Baffle Stakes 3YO 6 1/2 F (T) $75,000
Sat. Feb 6 Las Virgenes Stakes  (Gr II) F,3YO 1 M $200,000
Sat. Feb 6 Thunder Road Stakes  (Gr III) 4&up 1 M(T) $100,000
Sat. Feb 6 San Vicente Stakes  (Gr II) 3YO 7 F $200,000
Sat. Feb 13 Santa Monica Stakes  (Gr II) F/M, 4 & up 7 F $200,000
Sun. Feb 14 Sweet Life Stakes (GIII) F,3YO 6 F (T) $100,000
Mon. Feb 15 Wishing Well F/M,4&up 6 1/2 F (T) $75,000
Sat. Feb 20 Buena Vista Stakes  (Gr II) F/M,4&up 1 M(T) $200,000
Sun. Feb 21 Spring Fever Stakes F/M, 4 & up (CA) 6 F $100,000
Sat. Feb 27 Pasadena Stakes (Listed) 3YO 1 M(T) $100,000
Sun. Feb 28 Tiznow Stakes 4&up (CA) 1 M $100,000
Sat. Mar 6 Santa Anita Handicap  (Gr I) 4&up 1 1/4 M $400,000
Sat. Mar 6 San Carlos  (Gr II) 4&up 7F $200,000
Sat. Mar 6 San Felipe Stakes  (Gr II) 3YO 1 1/16 M $300,000
Sat. Mar 6 Frank E. Kilroe Mile  (Gr I) 4&up 1 M(T) $400,000
Sat. Mar 6 China Doll Stakes F,3YO 1 M(T) $75,000
Sun. Mar 7 Santa Ysabel Stakes  (G III) F,3YO 1 1/16 M $100,000
Sat. Mar 13 Beholder Mile  (Gr I) F/M,4&up 1 M $300,000
Sat. Mar 13 San Simeon Stakes  (Gr III) 4&up 6 F (T) $100,000
Sun. Mar 14 Irish O’Brien Stakes F/M, 4&up 6 F (T) $100,000
Sat. Mar 20 San Luis Rey Stakes  (Gr III) 4&up 1 1/2 M (T) $100,000
Sun. Mar 21 Sensational Star Stakes 4&up (CA) 6 1/2  F (T) $100,000
Sat. Mar 27 Santa Ana Stakes  (Gr III) F/M4&up 1 1/4 M (T) $100,000
Sun. Mar 28 Santana Mile 4&up 1 M $75,000
Sat. Apr 3 Santa Anita Derby  (Gr I) 3YO 1 1/8 M $750,000
Sat. Apr 3 Santa Anita Oaks  (Gr II) F,  3YO 1 1/16 M $400,000
Sat. Apr 3 Echo Eddie Stakes 3 YO (CA) 6 1/2 F $150,000
Sat. Apr 3 Evening Jewel F, 3 YO (CA) 6 1/2 F $150,000
Sat. Apr 3 Royal Heroine Stakes (Gr II) F/M4&up 1 M(T) $200,000
Sat. Apr 3 Providencia Stakes (Gr III) F,3YO 1 1/8 M (T) $100,000
Sun. Apr 4 Las Flores Stakes  (Gr III) F/M,4&up 6 F $100,000
Sat. Apr 10 Mizdirection Stakes Listed) F/M 4&up 6 F (T) $75,000
Sat. Apr 17 Californian Stakes  (Gr II) 4&up 1 1/8 M $200,000
Sun. Apr 18 Tokyo City Cup  (Gr III) 4&up 11/2 M $100,000
Sun. Apr 18 Kona Gold Stakes  (Gr III) 4&up 6 1/2 F $100,000
Sat. Apr 24 Santa Margarita Stakes  (Gr II) F/M, 4&up 1 1/8 M $200,000
Sat. Apr 24 Crystal Water Stakes 3 &up  (CA) 1 M(T) $100,000
Sun. Apr 25 Singletary Stakes 3YO 1 M(T) $100,000
Sat. May 1 Senorita Stakes  (Gr III) F,3YO 1 M(T) $100,000
Sat. May 1 Angel’s Flight Stakes F,3YO 7 F $75,000
Sat. May 8 Santa Barbara Stakes  (Gr III) F/M, 3 &up 1 1/2 M (T) $100,000
Sun. May 9 Fran’s Valentine Stakes F/M, 3 & up (CA) 1 M(T) $100,000
Sat. May 15 Lazaro Barrera Stakes  (Gr III) 3YO 7 F $100,000
Sun. May 16 Desert Stormer Stakes  (Gr III) F/M, 3 &up 6 F $100,000
Sat. May 22 Santa Maria Stakes  (Gr II) F/M,3&up 1 1/16 M $200,000
Sat. May 22 Honeymoon Stakes  (Gr III) F3YO 1 1/8 M (T) $100,000
Sun. May 23 Cinema Stakes 3YO 1 1/8 M (T) $100,000
Sat. May 29 Triple Bend Stakes  (Gr II) 4&up 7 F $200,000
Sat. May 29 Charles Whittingham Stakes  (Gr II) 3&up 1 1/4 M (T) $200,000
Sat. May 29 Daytona Stakes  (Gr III) 4&up 6 1/2 F (T) $100,000
Sun. May 30 Summertime Oaks  (Gr II) F,3YO 1 1/16 M $200,000
Mon. May 31 The Hollywood Gold Cup at  Santa Anita  (Gr I) 3&up 1 1/4 M $300,000
Mon. May 31 Shoemaker Mile  (Gr I) 3&up 1 M(T) $300,000
Mon. May 31 Gamely Stakes  (Gr I) F/M, 3 &up 1 1/8 M (T) $300,000
Sat June 5 Monrovia Stakes  (Gr II) F/M, 3 &up 6 1/2 F (T) $200,000
SUN. Jun 6 Desert Code Stakes 3YO 6 F (T) $75,000
Sat. Jun 12 Thor’s Echo Stakes 3 &up  (CA) 6 F $100,000
Sun. Jun 13 Affirmed Stakes  (Gr III) 3YO 1 1/16 M $100,000
Sun. Jun 13 Possibly Perfect Stakes (Listed) F/M, 3 &up 1 1/4 M(T) $75,000
Sat. Jun 19 Snow Chief Stakes 3 YO (CA) 1 1/8 M (T) $150,000
Sat. Jun 19 Melair Stakes F, 3 YO (CA) 1 1/16 M $150,000
Sat. Jun 19 San Juan Capistrano Stakes  (Gr III) 3&up abt 1 3/4 M(T) $100,000
Sat. Jun 19 Siren Lure Stakes 3&up 6 1/2 F (T) $75,000
Sun. Jun 20 Wilshire Stakes  (Gr. III) F/M, 3 &up 1 M(T) $100,000
Sun. Jun 20 American (Gr III) 3&up 1 M(T) $100,000
Sun Jun 20 Fasig-Tipton Futurity 2YO 5  F $75,000
Sun Jun 20 Fasig-Tipton Debutante F 2YO 5 F $75,000
* Pending TOC Approval