Ten Things You Should Know: Santa Monica Stakes
By Kevin Martin, Hello Race Fans Contributing Editor
1) The Santa Monica Stakes is a 7-furlong race for 4-year-olds and up at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, California.
2) The race has been graded since 1973 and is currently run as a Grade 2.
3) The first running of the current incarnation of the Santa Monica Stakes came in 1957. The race has been a part of the Santa Anita winter meet for much of the raceâ€™s history and has been a sprint for fillies and mares since 1960.
4) A race named the Santa Monica Handicap was run in 1939 at Santa Anita Park. In 1951, at Hollywood Park, Bewitch beat stable-mate Coaltown in an open race also called the Santa Monica Handicap.
7) The 1972 champion older female, Typecast, won that year’s Santa Monica at 7-furlongs. Later in the year, she beat males on the turf at distances from 1 Â½ to 2-miles in the Hollywood Turf Handicap, the Sunset Handicap, and the Man o’War Stakes.
8) The current stakes record on the dirt of 1:20.60 was set by Past Forgetting in 1982. Past Forgetting is also one of three two-time winners of the Santa Monica (the others are Chop House in 1964 and 1965, Pine Tree Lance in 1987 and 1988).
9) Jockey Bill Shoemaker won a record six editions of the race in a span from 1961 to 1985.
10) Trainer D. Wayne Lukas’s six Santa Monica wins in 16 years (1980-1996) are the most by any trainer. His last came with Hall of Famer Serena’s Song.