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Santa Anita’s Autumn Meet Kicks Off With Friday’s Nine-Race Card

Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif.

Entries were taken for opening day Friday at Santa Anita as the track's 18-day Autumn Meet will get underway with a nine-race card starting at 1 p.m.

Santa Anita will again offer free General Admission and parking, along with $3 beers and $5 margaritas each Friday during the Autumn Meet.

With entries now set for Friday, the stage is set for Breeders' Cup Challenge Weekend as 10 stakes will be offered on Saturday and Sunday, including the Grade 1, $300,000 Awesome Again on Saturday at 1 1/8 miles for 3-year-olds and up prepping for the $6 million Breeders' Cup Classic at Keeneland Nov. 5.

Along with the Awesome Again, five other stakes, the Grade 2, $200,000 John Henry Turf Championship, the Grade 2, $200,000 Eddie D, the Grade 2, $200,000 Santa Anita Sprint Championship, the Grade 2, $200,000 City of Hope Mile and the $85,000 Unzip Me, will all be part of a blockbuster program on Saturday with first post time at 12:30 p.m.

Four stakes will be offered on Sunday, the Grade 2, $200,000 Zenyatta, the Grade 3, $100,000 Chillingworth, the Grade 3, $100,000 Tokyo City and the $100,000 Speakeasy, which is a Breeders' Cup “Win & You're In” Challenge Race providing the winner with a fees-paid berth into the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint at Keeneland on Nov. 4.

First post time on all weekends through closing day, Sunday, Nov. 6, will be at 12:30 p.m. For additional information, please visit or call (626) 574-RACE.

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