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Santa Anita Kicks Off Autumn Meeting Today

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The Great Race Place opens up their six-week Autumn Meeting today building up to the Breeders' Cup World Championships in November.

First post is at 1:00 p.m. and features the Grade III Eddie D. Stakes in the eighth race. The 6 1/2 furlong hillside turf race is named after the hall of fame jockey Eddie Delahoussaye, two-time Kentucky Derby winner, five-time Triple Crown race winner and winner of seven Breeders' Cup races.

For those who miss Opening Day, Saturday provides a full slate of races including five Grade I "Win and You're In" Breeders' Cup qualifying races highlighted by the Awesome Again Stakes. The tenth race in the 11-race program, Awesome Again Stakes, open to three-year-olds and older at 1 1/8 miles, will feature Breeders' Cup Classic runner up Mucho Macho Man ridden by Edgar Prado.

Other races include the Chandelier Stakes for two-year old fillies, Rodeo Drive Stakes for fillies and mares three and up, the Frontrunner Stakes for two-year olds and the Zenyatta Stakes for fillies and mares three and up.

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The park spent the time since the winter/spring meet undergoing a $15 million renovation that included opening up the Chandelier Room in the turf club, a complete gutting of the mezzanine and a paint job. Some areas will still be under renovation until the Breeders' Cup on Nov. 1 and 2.