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 1/ miles) on the dirt. The race is a Grade I event with a purse of $300,000 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
Famous quotes containing the words santa and/or oaks:
“I stopped believing in Santa Claus when I was six. Mother took me to see him in a department store and he asked for my autograph.”
—Shirley Temple Black (b. 1928)
“He had the oaks for heating and for light.
He had a hen, he had a pig in sight.
He had a well, he had the rain to catch.
He had a ten-by-twenty garden patch.
Nor did he lack for common entertainment.
That I assume was what our passing train meant.”
—Robert Frost (18741963)