Santa Anita Handicap Day & Tampa Bay Derby Day are both coming up on Saturday March 11th. The “Big Cap” is one of the biggest annual races for older horses, and recent Kentucky Derby winners Street Sense and Super Saver have come out of the Tampa Bay Derby. Santa Anita also has a major Derby prep on its program — the $400,000 San Felipe Stakes.
This will be a great day to watch and wager horse racing action at the two new Off Track Betting (OTB) Centers in Richmond — at Breakers Sports Grille (9127 W. Broad St. in the TJ Maxx Shopping Center) and Ponies & Pints (110 N. 18th Street in Shockoe Bottom). Four on line betting partners of the Virginia Equine Alliance (VEA) will also carry the action if you can’t get to Richmond: TVG.com, XPressBet.com, TwinSpires.com and NYRABets.com.
Here’s the lineup:
Three Grade 1 Stakes at Santa Anita
*$750,000 Santa Anita Handicap
*$400,000 Frank Kilroe Mile
*$400,000 Triple Bend Stakes
-plus, the $400,000 San Felipe Stakes (Gr. 2) – KEY Derby prep
Three Graded Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs
*$350,000 Tampa Bay Derby (Gr. 2)
*$200,000 Hillsborough Stakes (Gr. 2)
*$200,000 Florida Oaks (Gr. 3)
-plus, 3 additional stakes on their under card