The purse for the 2017 Santa Anita Handicap will be cut from $1 million, where it has been for the past two years, to $750,000, according to the Daily Racing Form. Santa Anita vice president Rick Hammerle reported that the reduction would be used to run five more races that were excluded from the spring 2016 calendar.
Four additional stakes had their purses cut for the winter-spring meeting at Santa Anita:
- The G3 La Canada was cut from $200,000 to $100,000 after being downgraded from a G2.
- The G2 San Antonio was cut from $500,000 to $300,000.
- The G2 Las Virgenes was cut from $300,000 to $200,000.
- The G1 Santa Margarita was cut from $500,000 to $400,000.
In addition, the $300,000 American Oaks was shifted from the summer/late spring on the schedule to Dec. 31. Stakes omitted from the schedule earlier this year that will now be run during the winter-spring meeting include the Precisionist (older dirt horses), Wilshire (turf females), Los Angeles (dirt sprinters), and the Santa Barbara (turf females).
Read more at the Daily Racing Form.
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