The Grade 1, $500,000 Gold Cup at Santa Anita has been moved from late June to Memorial Day weekend this year and will be the richest race of the track's spring-summer meeting, the track announced Feb. 10.
Santa Anita Park will offer fans and horsemen a total of 24 graded stakes (up from 16 a year ago), including four Grade I events, as part of its 2017 Spring Meet, which runs April 14 to July 4.
In addition to moving the Grade I Gold Cup at Santa Anita up one month to May 27, Santa Anita has also announced that the prestigious Grade I Vanity Mile will now be known as the Grade I Beholder Mile, in honor of Spendthrift Farm's four-time Eclipse Champion who was trained by Richard Mandella.The Beholder Mile will be run on June 3.
Following is a listing of four Grade I Spring Meet Stakes
–Saturday, May 27 $300,000 Gamely Stakes, fillies and mares three and up at 1 1/8 miles on turf.
–Saturday, May 27 $500,000 Gold Cup at Santa Anita, three year olds and up at 1 1/4 miles.
–Saturday, June 3 $400,000 Beholder Mile Stakes, fillies and mares three and up at one mile.
–Saturday, June 3 $400,000 Shoemaker Mile (turf), three year olds and up.
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