Santa Anita's Autumn Meet will kick off Friday, Oct. 1, with seven Breeders' Cup “Win & You're In” races offered on opening weekend. The GI American Pharoah S., GII Chandelier S., and the Speakeasy S. are all “Win & You're In” for various 2-year-old divisions on opening day; the GI Awesome Again S., the GI Rodeo Drive S., and the GII Santa Anita Sprint Championship S. are all Breeders' Cup targets on opening Saturday; and the GII Zenyatta S. rounds out the “Win & You're In” qualifiers on opening Sunday. A number of other black-type events will also be held opening weekend, including the GII Eddie D S. on opening day.
“Our intention is to get the Autumn Meet off to a fast start,” said Chris Merz, Santa Anita's director of racing and racing secretary. “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 and 6.”
Santa Anita will again offer “Ship & Win” incentives to attract out-of-state connections. The Autumn Meet runs through Oct. 31 with the complete schedule available here.