Santa Anita: Plethora Of Graded Stakes On Tap Over Long Holiday Weekend

As America honors its patriotic men and women of the military this Memorial Day weekend, Santa Anita proudly shares in the acknowledgment of their service, showcasing seven stakes races highlighted by the Grade I Gold Cup at Santa Anita and the Grade I Gamely Stakes next Saturday.

Supporting Saturday’s bill are the Grade II, $ 200,000 Monrovia Stakes for fillies and mares, three and up, at about 6 ½ furlongs on turf, and the Grade III, $ 150,000 Daytona Stakes also over the hillside turf course at the same distance.

Sunday’s feature is the Grade II, $ 200,000 Charles Whittingham Stakes for three-year-olds and up at a mile and a quarter on turf, while on Monday, the spotlight will be on the $ 200,000 Snow Chief Stakes and the $ 200,000 Melair Stakes, part of the Golden State Series for California-bred or sired horses.

The Snow Chief, named for the Eclipse Award champion three-year-old male of 1986 trained by Mel Stute, is for three-year-olds at 1 1/8 miles on turf. The Melair is named for the John Sadler-trained champion California-bred filly of 1986 and will be decided at 1 1/16 miles for three-year-old fillies.

On Memorial Day, Monday, fans can offer their thanks to active and former service members and help support the local Veterans’ Memorial, sponsored by the Rotary Club Foundation of Arcadia.

A $ 5 donation (all proceeds go directly to the Veterans’ Memorial) includes General Admission to Santa Anita Park, a program, access to special trackside seating, and walking tours to the Paddock and Winner’s Circle throughout the day.

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