Flying Start for Santa Anita

Horse Racing Radar
Frisco Bash
Frisco Bash is a Staff writer for Horse Racing Radar
Tuesday, August 17, 2021

The Great Race Place is set to deal us tremendous racing, flying right into the Breeder's Cup qualifying races as it begins its Autumn meet on Friday, Oct 1st, 2021.

The meet will feature 16 days of racing, spanning Oct. 1st to Oct. 31st. Seven Breeder's Cup "Win and You're In" races will get off the ground on opening weekend: October 1, 2 & 3.

Santa Anita Park is offering "Ship & Win'' incentives. The hope is to attract foreign competition and showcase world class talent as they prepare for the two-day Breeder's Cup Championships at Del Mar Racetrack on November 5th and 6th.

Here's a closer look at Opening Weekend:

Friday, Oct 1st:

The $200K Eddie D Stakes (G2) 

The $300K Win And You're In American Pharoah (G1) 

The $200K Win And You're In Chandelier Stakes (G1)

The $100K Win And You're In Speakeasy Stakes

Saturday, Oct 2nd:

The $300K Win And You're In Awesome Again Stakes (G1)

The $300K Win And You're In Rodeo Drive Stakes (G1)

The $200K Win And You're In Santa Anita Sprint Championship (G2)

The $200K City of Hope Mile Stakes (G2)

Sunday, Oct 3rd:

The $200K Win And You're In Zenyatta Stakes (G2)

The $200K Surfer Girl Stakes

The $200K Zuma Beach Stakes

The $100K Chillingworth Stakes (G3)

The $75K Unzip Me Stakes

"Our intention is to get the Autumn Meet off to a fast start," said Chris Merz, Santa Anita Director of Racing and Racing Secretary, per Santa Anita's Aug. 16th Press Release. "With the Breeders' Cup at Del Mar this year, we want the word to go out, far and wide, that we're offering tremendous opportunities for owners and horsemen to prep here and have their best possible chances for Championship success on Nov. 5 & 6."

Merz continued: "We anticipate great weather with optimal conditions for both training and racing.  When you factor in that we're just a 90-minute van ride away from Del Mar, we're hopeful a good many folks will choose to race here this fall.  We look forward to welcoming everyone and to providing lucrative gambling opportunities to our fans as well."

Santa Anita's complete 2021 Fall Stakes Schedule is available online here.

Source: Santa Anita

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