Santa Anita Oaks

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Santa Anita Oaks
Grade I race
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Location Santa Anita Park
Arcadia, California, USA
Inaugurated 1935
Race type Thoroughbred - Flat racing
Website www.santaanita.com
Race information
Distance 8.5 furlongs (​1 116 miles)
Surface Dirt
Track Left-handed
Qualification Three-year-old fillies
Weight 122 lbs.
Purse $400,000 (2015)

Santa Anita Oaks is an American Grade I Thoroughbred horse race held annually in early April at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, California. Open to three-year-old fillies willing to race 8.5 furlongs (​1 116 miles) on the dirt. The race is a Grade I event with a current purse of $400,000 and has been a prep race to the Triple Tiara of Thoroughbred Racing, including the Kentucky Oaks, the Black-Eyed Susan Stakes and Mother Goose Stakes.

Inaugurated in 1935 as a race for two-year-olds, it originated as the Santa Susana Stakes. In 1952 the race became the Santa Susana Handicap then in 1958 reverted to the Santa Susana Stakes. In 1986 it was given its current designation as the Santa Anita Oaks.

Since inception, the race has been set at various distances:

  • 1935 : 3 furlongs
  • 1937 - 1938 : 6 furlongs
  • 1939 - 1951 & 1956 : 7 furlongs
  • 1954 & 1957 : 8 furlongs
  • 1957 – present : 8.5 furlongs

Records[edit]

Stakes Record

Most wins by a jockey:

Most wins by a trainer:

Winners of the Santa Anita Oaks since 1975[edit]

Year Winner Age Jockey Trainer Owner Distance Time Grade
2018 Midnight Bisou 3 Mike E. Smith William Spawr Allen Racing LLC and Bloom Racing Stable LLC 1 116 miles 1:44.79 I
2017 Paradise Woods 3 Flavien Prat Richard Mandella Sarkowsky, Steven, Wygod, Martin J. and Wygod, Pam 1 116 miles 1:42.53 I
2016 Songbird 3 Mike E. Smith Jerry Hollendorfer Fox Hill Farms 1 116 miles 1:44.14 I
2015 Stellar Wind 3 Victor Espinoza John W. Sadler Hronis Racing 1 116 miles 1:43.26 I
2014 Fashion Plate 3 Gary Stevens Simon Callaghan Zetcher/Tabor 1 116 miles 1:42.97 I
2013 Beholder 3 Garrett K. Gomez Richard E. Mandella Spendthrift Farm 1 116 miles 1:43.16 I
2012 Willa B Awesome 3 Martin Pedroza Walther Solis Phil Daniels 1 116 miles 1:42.47 I
2011 Turbulent Descent 3 David Flores Mike Puype Blinkers On Racing 1 116 miles 1:41.05 I
2010 Crisp 3 Joel Rosario John W. Sadler Michael Talla 1 116 miles 1:43.50 I
2009 Stardom Bound 3 Mike E. Smith Robert J. Frankel IEAH Stables 1 116 miles 1:43.62 I
2008 Ariege 3 Corey Nakatani Robert J. Frankel IEAH Stables/Pegasus Group 1 116 miles 1:42.73 I
2007 Rags to Riches 3 Garrett Gomez Todd Pletcher M.Tabor & D. Smith 1 116 miles 1:42.84 I
2006 Balance 3 Victor Espinoza David Hofmans Amerman Racing 1 116 miles 1:42.99 I
2005 Sweet Catomine 3 Corey Nakatani Julio C. Canani Pam & Martin Wygod 1 116 miles 1:44.44 I
2004 Silent Sighs 3 David R. Flores Julio C. Canani Pam & Martin Wygod 1 116 miles 1:42.84 I
2003 Composure 3 Jerry Bailey Bob Baffert Robert & Beverly Lewis 1 116 miles 1:43.34 I
2002 You 3 Jerry Bailey Robert J. Frankel Edmund A. Gann 1 116 miles 1:42.70 I
2001 Golden Ballet 3 Chris McCarron Jenine Sahadi Team Valor/Heiligbrodt Stable 1 116 miles 1:41.83 I
2000 Surfside 3 Pat Day D. Wayne Lukas Overbrook Farm 1 116 miles 1:44.03 I
1999 Excellent Meeting 3 David R. Flores Bob Baffert Golden Eagle Farm 1 116 miles 1:43.26 I
1998 Hedonist 3 Kent Desormeaux Randy Bradshaw Siegel family 1 116 miles 1:44.14 I
1997 Sharp Cat 3 Corey Nakatani D. Wayne Lukas The Thoroughbred Corp. 1 116 miles 1:42.22 I
1996 Antespend 3 Chris Antley Ronald McAnally Jack Kent Cooke 1 116 miles 1:43.04 I
1995 Serena's Song 3 Corey Nakatani D. Wayne Lukas Robert & Beverly Lewis 1 116 miles 1:42.71 I
1994 Lakeway 3 Kent Desormeaux Gary F. Jones Michael G. Rutherford 1 116 miles 1:41.66 I
1993 Eliza 3 Pat Valenzuela Alex Hassinger, Jr. Allen E. Paulson 1 116 miles 1:42.97 I
1992 Golden Treat 3 Kent Desormeaux Richard Mandella Golden Eagle Farm 1 116 miles 1:43.37 I
1991 Lite Light 3 Corey Nakatani Henry Moreno Oaktown Stable 1 116 miles 1:42.40 I
1990 Hail Atlantis 3 Gary Stevens D. Wayne Lukas Tayhill Stables 1 116 miles 1:43.00 I
1989 Imaginary Lady 3 Gary Stevens D. Wayne Lukas French, Jr. & Lukas 1 116 miles 1:43.40 I
1988 Winning Colors 3 Gary Stevens D. Wayne Lukas Eugene V. Klein 1 116 miles 1:42.00 I
1987 Timely Assertion 3 Gary Stevens Henry Moreno Wichita Equine, Inc. 1 116 miles 1:43.60 I
1986 Hidden Light 3 Bill Shoemaker Charlie Whittingham Elizabeth A. Keck 1 116 miles 1:42.40 I
1985 Fran's Valentine 3 Pat Valenzuela Joseph Manzi Green Thumb Farm Stable 1 116 miles 1:42.40 I
1984 Althea 3 Laffit Pincay, Jr. D. Wayne Lukas Aykroyd, Alexander & Groves 1 116 miles 1:43.60 I
1983 Fabulous Notion 3 Donald R. Pierce James Jordan Pine Meadow Thoroughbreds 1 116 miles 1:43.60 I
1982 Blush With Pride 3 Bill Shoemaker D. Wayne Lukas Stonereath Farms 1 116 miles 1:45.80 I
1981 Nell's Briquette 3 Bill Shoemaker Jack Van Berg Triple L. Stables 1 116 miles 1:42.80 I
1980 Bold 'n Determined 3 Eddie Delahoussaye Neil Drysdale Saron Stable 1 116 miles 1:41.20 I
1979 Caline 3 Bill Shoemaker Laz Barrera Oatlands Stable 1 116 miles 1:41.60 I
1978 Grenzen 3 Darrel McHargue Lorren Rettele Woolsey,Schaffer & Delaplaine 1 116 miles 1:43.80 II
1977 Sound of Summer 3 Fernando Toro Tom Pratt Busching & Bernstein 1 116 miles 1:42.20 II
1976 Girl in Love 3 Fernando Toro Vincent Clyne Elmendorf Farm 1 116 miles 1:43.20 II
1975 Sarsar 3 Bill Shoemaker David A. Whiteley William H. Perry 1 116 miles 1:42.80 II

Earlier winners[edit]

  • 1974 - Miss Musket
  • 1973 - Belle Marie
  • 1972 - Susan's Girl
  • 1971 - Turkish Trousers
  • 1970 - Opening Bid
  • 1969 - Dumptys Lady
  • 1968 - Allie's Serenade
  • 1967 - Fish House
  • 1966 - Spearfish
  • 1965 - Desert Love
  • 1964 - Blue Norther
  • 1963 - Lamb Chop
  • 1962 - Pixie Erin
  • 1961 - Fun House
  • 1960 - Darling June
  • 1959 - Silver Spoon
  • 1958 - Penumbra
  • 1957 - Market Basket
  • 1956 - Dupatta
  • 1955 - No race
  • 1954 - Quillo Maid
  • 1953 - Femme Fatale
  • 1952 - Season's Best
  • 1951 - Ruth Lily †
  • 1950 - Special Touch
  • 1949 - Gaffery
  • 1948 - Mrs. Rabbit
  • 1947 - Hubble Bubble
  • 1946 - Enfilade
  • 1945 - Busher
  • 1941 - Cute Trick
  • 1940 - Augury
  • 1939 - Sweet Nancy
  • 1938 - Minulus
  • 1937 - Patty Cake
  • 1936 - No race
  • 1935 - Dunlin Lady
† In 1951, Sweet Talk won the race but was disqualified and placed third.

Special Bonus[edit]

Paths to the $2,200,000 Black-Eyed Susan Bonus
1) win Forward Gal Stakes + win Davona Dale Stakes + win Gulfstream Park Oaks + win Black-Eyed Susan Stakes
2) win Las Virgenes Stakes + win Santa Anita Oaks + win Gulfstream Park Oaks + win Black-Eyed Susan Stakes
3) win California Oaks + win Santa Anita Oaks + win Gulfstream Park Oaks + win Black-Eyed Susan Stakes
4) win Portland Meadows Oaks + win Santa Anita Oaks + win Gulfstream Park Oaks + win Black-Eyed Susan Stakes

Paths to the $220,000 XpressBet Bonus
1) run in Forward Gal Stakes + win, place or show in the Gulfstream Park Oaks or win, place or show in the Santa Anita Oaks + win Black-Eyed Susan Stakes
2) run in Davona Dale Stakes + win, place or show in the Gulfstream Park Oaks or win, place or show in the Santa Anita Oaks + win Black-Eyed Susan Stakes
3) run in Las Virgenes Stakes + win, place or show in the Santa Anita Oaks or win, place or show in the Gulfstream Park Oaks + win Black-Eyed Susan Stakes
4) run in California Oaks + win, place or show in the Santa Anita Oaks or win, place or show in the Gulfstream Park Oaks + win Black-Eyed Susan Stakes
5) run in Portland Meadows Oaks + win, place or show in the Santa Anita Oaks or win, place or show in the Gulfstream Park Oaks + win Black-Eyed Susan Stakes

See also[edit]