Breeders' Cup officials apparently liked the idea of the three new races on Friday so much that they decided to double it for the next Cup on Oct. 24-25 at Saint Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif. So, there will be six races on Friday and eight on Saturday with total purses of $25.5 million.
The new races are a $1 million Turf Sprint for 3-year-olds and up at 6 1/2 furlongs, a $1 million grass race for 2-year-old fillies at 1 mile and a $500,000 Dirt Marathon for 3-year-olds and up at a mile and a half.
The grass dash figures to be an opportunity for Smart Enough, bred by the late Fitz Dixon. The 4-year-old gelding, trained at Fair Hill by Doc Fisher, won the $200,000 Turf Monster on Pa. Derby Day at Philadelphia Park as well as seven other grass stakes in a career that has seen him earn $647,543. The race will be run on Santa Anita's famous El Camino Real course which starts at the top of a hill and has the horses run downhill before making the bend on the way to the homestretch.
Friday Cup racing debuted this year at Monmouth Park with the Dirt Mile, a filly and mare sprint and a 2-year-old open grass race, all worth $1 million. Six of the eight Saturday races are worth $2 million with the day anchored by the $3 million Turf at a mile and a half and the $5 million Classic at mile and a quarter.
This latest expansion probably will be it for a while as there really are no more divisions or constituencies that need to be included. *