Sunday Stakes: Back to Business at Santa Anita

It’s a busy Sunday of stakes racing with Aqueduct, Santa Anita and Tampa Bay Downs carding a total of 10 races worth at least $100,000 in prize-money. Tampa Bay is the hotspot with six big money races.

Sunday’s Stakes races include:

Aqueduct Race 8 – $100,000 MADDIE MAY STAKES
Santa Anita Race 2 – $100,000 SENSATIONAL STAR STAKES
Santa Anita Race 4 – $100,000 SAN SIMEON STAKES GRADE III
Santa Anita Race 8 – $100,000 IRISH O’BRIEN STAKES
Tampa Bay Downs Race 5 – $115,000 TURF CLASSIC STAKES
Tampa Bay Downs Race 7 – $115,000 OCALA BREEDERS’ SALES SOPHOMORE STAKES
Tampa Bay Downs Race 8 – $115,000 SOPHOMORE TURF STAKES
Tampa Bay Downs Race 9 – $115,000 SPRINT STAKES
Tampa Bay Downs Race 10 – $115,000 SOPHOMORE FILLIES STAKES
Tampa Bay Downs Race 11 – $115,000 DISTAFF TURF STAKES

While Tampa gets the bulk of the action, Santa Anita showcases the lone Graded Stakes race. The 14th running of the San Simeon Stakes. The inaugural running was won by TSIGANE for a $75,000 purse when the race was named the Daytona Handicap.

In 2009, the Daytona Handicap was elevated to its current standing as a Grade III race. In 2011, it was renamed the Daytona Stakes and changed one-more-time to the San Simeon Stakes in 2016, which was the last time the race was held.

After a hiatus and Santa Anita’s recent racing suspension, they are back at it this Sunday in Arcadia, California. Seven, three-years-old and up will race 6.5 furlongs on Santa Anita’s downhill turf course for the San Simeon Stakes crown.

Oddsmakers believe CONQUEST TSUNAMI (PP:1) is the horse to beat. The seven-year-old is a commanding 4/5 morning-line favorite and gets to ride the 18% winning rail.

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