Following more than 24 hours of rain in the Southern California
area, Santa Anita canceled its Feb. 6 card, which included three
important graded stakes. The synthetic surface again failed to drain,
causing the fourth cancellation during the current meet.
Five stakes were scheduled for the card, two of them major 3-year-old preps. American Lion, Tize Chrome, and Dave In Dixie were among the seven slated to run in the 1 1/16-mile Robert B. Lewis Stakes (gr. II),a $150,000 event for 3-year-olds. Blind Luck
headlined the $250,000 Las Virgenes Stakes (gr. I) for 3-year-old
fillies. Four-year-olds, led by Misremembered were to meet in the
$200,000 Strub Stakes (gr. II), an important prep for the March 6 Santa
Anita Handicap (gr. I). The program also included Battle of Hastings and Fluke in the Leroidesanimaux Handicap and older fillies and mares in the Wishing Well Handicap.
All of these stakes were rescheduled for Feb. 13. They will be
redrawn and all horses that were nominated are eligible to be entered.
The Santa Maria Handicap (gr. II) will also be carded as originally
scheduled on Feb. 13.