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Santa Anita Season To Kick-Off 26 Dec
Still in California, Santa Anita Park's 2013-14 racing season commences Thursday 26 December and will continue through Sunday 29 June, reports sunherald.com. The season will comprise of two meets. The track's traditional winter meeting will run through Sunday 20 April, highlighted by the US$1 million Gr1 Santa Anita Derby on Saturday 5 April. A new spring race meeting will begin Friday 25 April to help fill the void left from the closing of Hollywood Park. "We are thrilled to be able to offer US$1 million for the Santa Anita Derby and we're happy to be able to raise the purse money on a total of 20 stakes this winter and spring," said Santa Anita Vice President of Racing, Rick Hammerle. Sunshine Millions Cal Cup Day will be held Saturday 25 Jan and will include a new stakes for California-bred 3YOs, the US$250,000 Cal Cup Derby. Older horses will be aimed at the US$750,000 Santa Anita Handicap (Big 'Cap) on Saturday 8 March.