Santa Anita Park continues initiative towards increasing field sizes
December 02, 2017 8:08 AM
by Robert Mann
Santa Anita Park is continuing its new initiative towards increasing field sizes with the announcement this week that it will be offering two new and different race conditions, effective opening day of its Winter/Spring Meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 26.
Full fields directly translate into higher wagering handle and an improved racing product
The new conditions, in addition to the track’s recently announced “Ship and Stay” programs that rewards the connections of newly arrived horses to Southern California, are directed towards smaller barns who may have had difficulties in spotting their horses in races in which they have the best chance to win.
“The goal with both of these race conditions is to try and open up our game to those owners and horsemen who are breeding, claiming and buying at auction, but often face limited opportunities to protect their investments while running in competitive spots,” said Santa Anita Vice President of Racing, Rick Hammerle. “We think these changes are going to be met enthusiastically by our fans and horsemen.”
The changes to the condition book are:
–Restricted Maiden Special Weight Races for two and three-year-olds. These races will be available to homebreds and horses that have been sold at public auction for $100,000 or less. (Purses on all maiden special weight races, restricted or otherwise, will be the same).
–Restricted claiming races of $20,000 or less, for 3-year-olds and up will be offered to trainers who have 20 stalls or less.