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July 6, 2010

ARCADIA, Calif. (July 6, 2010)—Santa Anita Park’s Amy Zimmerman has been chosen as one of 25 “Women of Influence” by The Thoroughbred Times, in the publication’s July 3, 2010 weekly issue. Zimmerman, who serves as Santa Anita’s Vice President, Business Coordination and as Director of Broadcasting, was selected from a group of 100 candidates. She has worked at Santa Anita since 1986.

June 10, 2010

ARCADIA, Calif. (June 10, 2010)—Legendary big-money rider Donald Pierce, Michael “Buster” Millerick, who gained his greatest fame as the long-time conditioner of Hall of Fame gelding Native Diver, and champion colt Harry Bassett, winner of the 1871 Belmont Stakes, were selected for induction to the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame, it was announced Wednesday by the Hall’s Historic Review Committee.

June 9, 2010

Arcadia, CA, June 9 -- HRTV (R) has received 2009 Ohio Valley Regional Emmy Award nominations in two categories: "Sports -- One Time Special" and the "Documentary -- Cultural/Topical."

The Ohio Valley Regional Emmy Awards encompasses Kentucky, and the Awards ceremony is slated for Saturday, July 31 in the Easton Town Center in Columbus, OH. Both of HRTV's nominations were productions of its popular newsmagazine show, "Inside Information."

May 26, 2010

ARCADIA, Calif. (May 26, 2010)—A Celebration of Life will be held for longtime Santa Anita employee Bonita Gould on June 2, at Peppers Mexican Restaurant in Arcadia, beginning at 4 p.m.
ARCADIA, Calif. (May 26, 2010)—Santa Anita Park has announced it will offer a terrific Father’s Day package in its world-renowned FrontRunner Restaurant, which will include barbequed ribs, steak, chicken, brats, shrimp, pizza, fish tacos, salads, sides and dessert on Father’s Day, June 20.

April 18, 2010

ARCADIA, Calif. (April 18, 2010)—Santa Anita’s 75th anniversary meeting ended on a high note Sunday as a crowd of 17,345 attended on-track and witnessed an action-packed day of racing that included the 71st running of the prestigious San Juan Capistrano Invitational Handicap, which was won by Bourbon Bay ridden by Rafael Bejarno. The San Juan Capistrano was carded as the 10th and final race, resulting in a crescendo-like finish to a meet that endured economic and weather-related challenges.

“It was great to finish-up like we did today,” said Santa Anita President Ron Charles. “The San Juan Capistrano was a great way for us to go out and despite the fact we faced a number of issues over the course of the meet, it went very quickly.”

Santa Anita continues to be America’s number-one winter racing venue in terms of all source handle, on-track handle and on-track attendance.

“We knew in December that we would be facing significant challenges,” added Charles. “The bad economy, especially here in California, is an obvious reason for some of the declines, but we also must acknowledge that the problems we continue to have with drainage on the main track and a reduced horse inventory definitely contributed as well.”

ARCADIA, Calif. (April 18, 2010) – In one of the closest votes in recent memory, queen of the turf Tuscan Evening outpolled Santa Anita Derby winner Sidney’s Candy and undefeated Santa Margarita Invitational Handicap winner Zenyatta to be named Horse of the Meet in Santa Anita’s annual Media Poll.

Tuscan Evening, a 5-year-old Irish-bred mare owned by William de Burgh and trained by Jerry Hollendorfer, completed a graded stakes “Grand Slam” by winning four of those events at the meet, at distances from about 6 1/2 furlongs on turf to a mile and a quarter on turf.

April 17, 2010

ARCADIA, Calif. (April 17, 2010) – Escalating in distance with each of four graded stakes victories on turf, Tuscan Evening conquered 1 ¼ miles and three outclassed opponents in Saturday’s Grade II, $150,000 Santa Barbara Handicap to emerge as a leading Horse of the Meet candidate as Santa Anita’s 75th anniversary season nears the finish line.

As the 3-10 favorite in the 62nd running of the Santa Barbara for fillies and mares, the 5-year-old Irish-bred mare carried 124 pounds including jockey Rafael Bejarano to a one-length victory over General Consensus while running the distance in 2:00.22.

Her accomplishment of four graded stakes wins during a Santa Anita race meet has been exceeded only by the five that Hall of Famer Round Table won in 1958. The stakes won by Round Table would not become graded until the grading system was instituted in 1974.

April 16, 2010

ARCADIA, Calif. (April 16, 2010) – She may be no Zenyatta, but Devine Actress did her best to emulate the superstar mare Friday when she ran down pace-setter Dance to My Tune in the final sixteenth of Santa Anita’s 30th running of the $58,300 Santa Lucia Handicap to win by one-half length while clocked in 1:42.47 for 1 1/16 miles.

At 8-1 the longest shot in a field of five, the 5-year-old daughter of Theatrical provided jockey Tyler Baze with his third victory of the afternoon while notching her third win in six starts and her second in as many tries over Santa Anita’s main track.

Just as she had done when a 51-1 shot in the Grade I Santa Margarita Handicap almost five weeks ago, Dance to My Tune led well into the stretch after setting comfortable early fractions under jockey Martin Garcia. Zenyatta eventually ran past her in the Santa Margarita to score by 1 ½ lengths, but Dance to My Tune gamely held on for the place.