A total of 26 stakes–15 of them graded–will be offered during Santa Anita's 18-day Autumn Meet which opens Sept. 30. The stakes line-up will include five Breeders' Cup “Win & You're In” stakes over the first two weekends, Oct. 1 and 2 and Oct. 8 and 9. These include three Grade I events: the $300,000 Awesome Again S. Oct. 1; and the $300,000 American Pharoah S. and $300,000 Rodeo Drive S., both Oct. 8.
The Awesome Again highlights an Oct. 1 card that also includes the $200,000 GII Eddie D S.; the $200,000 GII John Henry S.; the $200,000 GII Santa Anita Sprint Championship; $200,000 GII City of Hope Mile; and the $85,000 Unzip Me S.
The Oct. 2 card features the $200,000 GII Zenyatta S.; $100,000 GIII Chillingworth S.; the $100,000 Speakeasy S.; the $100,000 Tokyo City Cup; and the $100,000 Senator Ken Maddy S.
The Golden State Juvenile and the Golden State Juvenile Fillies have had purses increased from $150,000 to $175,000, while the Unzip Me and the Anoakia S. have purses of $85,000, up from $75,000 last year. Additionally, two restricted stakes, the Swingtime S. and the Lure S., now offer purse money of $80,000, an increase of $10,000 each.