The 'Wild West Bonus,' offering a $1-million payday to the connections of any horse that is able to win the $400,000 GI Santa Anita H. Mar. 6, the $300,000 GI Gold Cup at Santa Anita May 31 and the $750,000 GI TVG Pacific Classic at Del Mar Aug. 21, was unveiled Monday morning by officials at Santa Anita Park and the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club. Any horse that manages a sweep would take home a total of $1,870,000.
Each of the three events is contested over the Classic distance of a mile and a quarter. The Big 'Cap is open to 4-year-olds and up, while the Gold Cup and Pacific Classic are open to horses three year olds and upward.
Santa Anita officials also announced that the purse for the China Doll S., a one-mile turf event restricted to 3-year-old fillies, will be raised by 33% to $100,000. The China Doll S. is one of five stakes on Big 'Cap day, four of which are graded.
Overnight races on the Mar. 6 undercard will see their purses increased by $15,000 each, an effort to ensure large fields and to reward owners and trainers that continue to support the local racing product on its biggest days.
For additional information on the 'Wild West Bonus,' contact the Santa Anita racing office at (626) 574-6352.