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October 3, 2011

ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 3, 2011)—Santa Anita Park reestablished itself as America’s premier autumn and winter racing venue over the weekend by posting strong on-track attendance and handle numbers. “The Great Race Place” conducted Breeders’ Cup Challenge Day on Saturday, attracting 16,013 fans who bet $2,716,576, and followed that up on Sunday with an on-track crowd of 8,027 and on-track handle of $1,784,574.

Santa Anita and racing venues across the country hosted prep races on Saturday for the 2011 Breeders’ Cup World Championships.

October 2, 2011


AP Racing Writer

ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) -- Acclamation extended his winning streak to five races with a victory in the $150,000 Clement L. Hirsch Turf Championship at Santa Anita on Sunday, and Weemissfrankie took the Grade I Oak Leaf Stakes for 2-year-old fillies, keeping both on course for the Breeders' Cup.

The only suspense is which BC race the 5-year-old horse will run in next month.

Acclamation pressed pacesetter Make Music for Me until taking the lead going into the stretch and winning the Grade 2 race by three-quarters of a length under Patrick Valenzuela.

In the $250,000 Oak Leaf Stakes, Weemissfrankie rallied to win by a half-length over Candrea to earn an automatic berth in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies.

In the Hirsch, Acclamation ran 1¼ miles in 1:59.45 and paid $2.80, $2.20 and $2.10 as the 2-5 favorite.

Champ Pegasus, last year's winner, returned $2.80 and $2.10, while Imponente Purse was another 3½ lengths back in third and paid $2.20 to show.

October 1, 2011


AP Racing Writer

ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) _ Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert has won nine Triple Crown races and seven Breeders' Cup races, just not the $5 million BC Classic. Now he's got two possible shots at capturing North America's richest race.

Game On Dude held off the closing bid of Awesome Gem to win the $250,000 Goodwood Stakes by a half-length at Santa Anita on Saturday, earning his first victory since March 5 and giving him a berth next month in the BC Classic.

Baffert's horses went 1-3 in the race, with Haskell winner Coil finishing third.

The day's biggest shocker came in the $250,000 Lady's Secret Stakes, with 13-10 favorite Blind Luck finishing a stunning last while Zazu rallied to win by a half-length.

September 30, 2011

ARCADIA, Calif. (Sept. 30, 2011) – Broken Dreams validated her Hollywood Park upset of Santa Anita downhill turf course specialist Unzip Me with a furious inside rally Friday to capture Friday’s Grade III, $100,000 Senator Ken Maddy Stakes, opening day feature of Santa Anita’s 24-day Autumn Meet.

With Garrett Gomez at the controls, Broken Dreams stormed from fifth at the sixteenth pole to defeat Givine by one-half length while covering 6 ½ furlongs over Santa Anita’s unique grass layout in 1:12.23. Tanda finished a nose back in third.

September 29, 2011

ARCADIA, Calif. (Sept. 29, 2011) – Acclamation, a 5-year-old California-bred who had won but 4 of 23 starts prior to a superb four-race sweep this summer, will be two races away from becoming a serious Horse of the Year candidate when facing seven opponents in Sunday’s Grade II, $150,000 Clement L.

ARCADIA, Calif. (Sept. 29, 2011)—HRTV has announced that free, live video streaming will be available for the duration of Santa Anita’s 2011 Autumn Meet on its website, Santa Anita’s Autumn Meet runs from Sept. 30 through Nov. 6.

“We are very pleased to offer a free preview of our HRTV programming and to showcase world class racing at Santa Anita this fall,” said HRTV President Scott Daruty.

September 28, 2011

ARCADIA, Calif. (Sept. 28, 2011)—Santa Anita’s popular on-line handicapping contest, “ShowVivor,” will be available free of charge, to all fans beginning Saturday, Oct. 1, and throughout Santa Anita’s 24-day Autumn Meet.

ARCADIA, Calif. (Sept. 27, 2011) – Stretch-running distaff sensation Blind Luck, arguably North America’s most exciting Thoroughbred since Zenyatta, takes dead aim Saturday at the Nov. 4 Breeders’ Cup Ladies’ Classic with her final dress rehearsal in Santa Anita’s Grade I, $250,000 Lady’s Secret Stakes for fillies and mares at 1 1/16 miles.

The Lady’s Secret is one of four Grade I stakes races on Breeders’ Cup Challenge Day at Santa Anita with each competition offering “Win and You’re In” entrée into racing’s championship event that spans two days and concludes Nov. 5 at Churchill Downs in Kentucky. Each of the Challenge Day stakes offers a purse of $250,000.

Fans in attendance that register at the track will share part ownership of Classic qualifier
Arcadia, CA (Sept. 26, 2011)—Building on 2011 record levels of consumer awareness for its flagship asset, the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic, the Breeders’ Cup has launched a racetrack-focused consumer promotion encouraging fans to “own” a share of the winners of Breeders’ Cup Classic Challenge races.

ARCADIA, Calif. (Sept. 28, 2011)—The Southern California Golf Association (SCGA) and Santa Anita Park have announced the first-ever SCGA Day at the Races, to be held Saturday, Oct. 15.

“The SCGA is excited to partner with Santa Anita for this special event,” said SCGA Executive Director Kevin Heaney.