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The 60th running of the Grade 2 San Fernando Stakes comes our way from Santa Anita Park on Saturday, January 14th 2012. The race covers 1 1/16 miles (8.5 furlongs) and takes place on Santa Anita's main dirt track. Four year olds will be racing for a purse of $150,000 - $90,000 to the winner, $30,000 to second, $18,000 to third, $9,000 to fourth and $3,000 to fifth.
A field of seven Kentucky Derby hopefuls will go a mile and 70 yards over the inner track at Aqueduct on Saturday in the $150,000 Count Fleet Stakes. Three horses that were in November's Breeders Cup are in the field including Alpha who is the 4-5 favorite on the morning line.
The running of the Grade 3 Daytona Stakes, for 4-year-olds and up, on the Santa Anita downhill turf sprint course takes place January 8th. The race is 6 1/2 furlongs for a purse of $100,000. The race has attracted seven quality entrants and is the eighth race on Santa Anita's nine race program with a 4:07 p.m. PST probable post.
The $150,000 Grade 2 San Pasqual Stakes comes our way on Saturday, January 7th 2012 at Santa Anita Park. It is Race 8 on Santa Anita's packed Saturday schedule and Post Time is 4:07 PM PST. The race features horses four years old and up in a race of 1 1/16 miles on the main track.
The $100,000 Sham Stakes takes place on Saturday, January 7th at Santa Anita Park. It is Race 3 on the schedule and Post Time is scheduled for 1:31 PM PST. 3-year-olds are featured in a race of one mile on Santa Anita's main track. The Sham is the first of two big Stakes races on Santa Anita's Saturday schedule.
The revamped version of the Sunshine Millions will feature six races at Gulfstream Park, exclusively for Florida-breds, with a combined purse of $1.3 million.
The $300,000 La Brea Stakes comes our way on Saturday, December 31 at Santa Anita Park. 3-year-old fillies are featured in this 7-furlong race in the first of three legs in Santa Anita's "La Cañada Series". The race features a number of top contenders, the most exciting being Turbulent Decent who has a real shot at the Eclipse Award in the 3-year-old Filly category.
The first derby of 2012 takes place on Sunday at Gulfstream Park with the inaugural running of the Gulfstream Park Derby. The new race will be run at a mile and a sixteenth, which means it is a very good test for 3-year-old horses being pointed to the Kentucky Derby.
The 75th season at Santa Anita begins on Monday, Dec. 26th with a full card of racing. The 79-day meet runs through April 22. Opening day features four stakes races with the highlight being the Grade 1 $300,000 Malibu Stakes, which is the last race on a nine-race card with a post time of approximately 4:23 pm Pacific.
The last big money race of the year takes place on Saturday with the $750,000 CashCall Futurity at Hollywood Park. The race should give us an idea of the early favorites for next year's Kentucky Derby.
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