Santa Anita Park’s 2022-23 Winter/Spring Meet offers 93 stakes races — 58 graded and 10 of those Grade 1s — during what is one of the longest racing meets of the year. Santa Anita’s Winter/Spring Meet runs Dec. 26-June 19.

Ocean Road-Santa Anita Stakes
Irish-bred Ocean Road won the Grade 1 Gamely Stakes in May. The Gamely is one of 10 Grade 1 stakes on Santa Anita Park’s 2022-23 Winter/Spring Meet stakes schedule. (Image: Benoit Photo)

“We feel there is something for everyone in this stakes schedule and we are excited to offer it,” Santa Anida Director of Racing and Racing Secretary Chris Merz told Santa Anita’s Mike Willman. “We worked diligently with trainers and other industry stakeholders to create a program that suits out horse population and carters to the needs of our owners and horsemen.”

The Southern California track located 20 miles outside Los Angeles on the base of the San Gabriel Mountains opens on its traditional Dec. 26 date with three of those Grade 1s. Those are the Malibu, the La Brea and the American Oaks.

That Monday, December 26 card headlines one of the biggest days on the crowded Southern California sports calendar. Along with those three Grade 1s, horseplayers get three Grade 2s: the Mathis Mile for 3-year-olds, the 1 1/16-mile San Antonio and the 1 1/8-mile-on-turf San Gabriel. The latter two are for older horses and often feature some of the West Coast’s top older runners.

Santa Anita Big ‘Cap sets the older horse table

Santa Anita resumes its Grade 1s Saturday, March 4 with one of the most storied older horse races in the country: the Santa Anita Handicap. The race won by the likes of Seabiscuit, Affirmed, Spectacular Bid, John Henry and Lava Man headlines offerings that include the Grade 1 Frank E. Kilroe Mile and the Grade 2 San Felipe. That is one of the most important Kentucky Derby preps in the country.

The Grade 1 Beholder Mile for fillies and mares runs the following Saturday: March 11. The race is named after the four-time champion and three-time Breeders’ Cup winner who is going into the National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame this year.

The Santa Anita Derby, one of four Grade 1 Derby preps, is Saturday April 8. That race claims 19 Kentucky Derby winners. Four other stakes are on the undercard, including the Grade 2 Charles Whittingham and the Grade 2 Monrovia.

Santa Anita Park-2022-23 Key Stakes

RaceGradeDistanceEligible Horses
Dec. 26Malibu StakesI7 furlongs3-year-olds
Dec. 26La Brea StakesI7 furlongs3-year-old fillies
Dec. 26American OaksI1 1/4 miles (turf)3-year-old fillies
March 4Santa Anita HandicapI1 1/4 miles4-year-olds and up
March 4Frank E. Kilroe MileI1 mile (turf)4-year-olds and up
March 4San Felipe StakesII1 1/16 miles3-year-olds
March 11Beholder MileI1 mile3-year-olds and up, fillies & mares
April 8Santa Anita DerbyI1 1/8 miles3-year-olds
May 29Shoemaker MileI1 mile (turf)3-year-olds and up
May 29Hollywood Gold CupI1 1/4 miles3-year-olds and up
May 29Gamely StakesI1 1/8 miles (turf)3-year-olds and up, fillies & mares

Santa Anita’s Grade 1 season wraps up with a trio of Memorial Day races: the Hollywood Gold Cup, Shoemaker Mile on the turf and the Gamely.

The season ends June 19. You can find the complete list of Santa Anita’s stakes races here.