SANTA ANITA’S 2020-21 WINTER/SPRING STAKES SCHEDULE TO INCLUDE 10 GRADE I STAKES, HEADED BY RUNHAPPY MALIBU, LA BREA & AMERICAN OAKS ON OPENING DAY, SATURDAY, DECEMBER 26
A TOTAL OF 95 STAKES, INCLUDING 60 GRADED EVENTS, TO BE OFFERED THROUGH JUNE 20
ARCADIA, Calif. (Nov. 24, 2020)–With three prestigious Grade I stakes on opening day, Saturday, Dec. 26, Santa Anita’s 2020-21 Winter/Spring stakes schedule will offer fans and horsemen a total of 95 stakes through closing day, June 20. This will include 10 Grade I events and 60 graded stakes, available to horses on both dirt and turf.
Santa Anita’s traditional Winter/Spring opener will be highlighted by three Grade I, $300,000 stakes, the seven furlong Runhappy Malibu, for 3-year-olds, the seven furlong La Brea, for 3-year-old fillies, and the American Oaks, for 3-year-old fillies at a mile and one quarter on turf.
These Grade I races will be complemented by three other stakes on opening day, the Grade II, $200,000 Mathis Brothers Mile, the Grade II, $200,000 San Antonio and the $75,000 Lady of Shamrock.
The Grade I, $400,000 Santa Anita Handicap and the Grade I, $400,000 Frank E. Kilroe Mile will be run on March 6 and be complemented by one of American’s most important Derby preps, the Grade II, $300,000 San Felipe Stakes, the Grade II, $200,000 San Carlos Stakes and the $75,000 China Doll Stakes.
The following Saturday, March 13, the Grade I, $300,000 Beholder Mile for fillies and mares will highlight a program that will also include the Grade III, $100,000 San Simeon Stakes, which will be run out of Santa Anita’s all-new turf chute at six furlongs.
The Grade I, $750,000 Santa Anita Derby, which has produced 18 Kentucky Derby winners, will be run on April 3, as will the Grade II, $400,000 Santa Anita Oaks, as well as two Cal-bred stakes, the $200,000 Echo Eddie and the $200,000 Evening Jewel.
The iconic Grade I, $300,000 Hollywood Gold Cup will be run on May 31, as will two other Grade I stakes, both to be run on turf, the $300,000 Shoemaker Mile and the $300,000 Gamely.
The Winter/Spring Meeting will finish strong with the iconic Grade III, $100,000 San Juan Capistrano Stakes, to be run at a mile and three quarters down the track’s Camino Real Turf Course on June 19 and the Grade III, $100,000 American Stakes, at one mile on turf June 20.
In addition to the American on closing day, a pair of new stakes for 2-year-olds, the $75,000 Fasig-Tipton Futurity and the $75,000 Fasig-Tipton Debutante, will both be contested at five furlongs on the main track.
For the full stakes schedule on the Santa Anita website, click here.