SANTA ANITA’S 2017 SPRING STAKES SCHEDULE TO INCLUDE 24 GRADED STAKES & WILL BE HIGHLIGHTED BY FOUR GRADE I EVENTS

first_imgSanta Anita’s complete 2017 Spring Meet Stakes Schedule can be viewed at santaanita.com. 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. 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 27last_img read more