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Thoroughbred - Flat racing
The San Rafael Stakes was an American Thoroughbred horse race run at Santa Anita Park, located in Arcadia, California. The race was a Grade III event with a purse of $150,000 and was open to three-year-olds willing to race one mile (8 furlongs) on the facility's dirt race track.
Prior to 2005, the race was held in early March. Beginning in 2005, the race was moved to mid-January to offer a better fit to trainers to race in the Sham Stakes, the Robert B. Lewis Stakes (formerly known as the Santa Catalina Stakes) and the San Felipe Stakes. It became the year's first official prep race for the U.S. Triple Crown series. However, after Conveyance's win in 2010, Santa Anita has stopped running this event.
On November 28, 2007, this Grade II stakes race was downgraded to a Grade III by the American Graded Stakes Committee.
San Rafael Stakes Wikipedia
Speed record:1:33.37 - El Gato Malo (2008) (On Cushion Track)
1:34.40 - Prince Spellbound (1982) (on dirt)
Most wins by a jockey:5 - Chris McCarron (1983, 1984, 1986, 1991, 2002)
5 - Gary Stevens (1988, 1989, 1990, 1996, 2005)
Most wins by a trainer:2 - Laz S. Barrera (1985, 1990)
2 - Craig A. Lewis (1989, 1995)
2 - Neil Drysdale (1992, 2000)
2 - D. Wayne Lukas (1994, 1996)
2 - Wallace Dollase (1998, 1999)
Most wins by an owner:2 - Thoroughbred Corp. (1998, 1999)