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July 27, 2010

ARCADIA, Calif. (July, 27, 2010)—Santa Anita Park, which closed this past Sunday for training for the first time in two years, and which will host the Oak Tree at Santa Anita meeting beginning Sept. 29, began repair work on its synthetic main track on Monday and embarked upon significant scheduled maintenance of its stable area as well.

July 15, 2010

ARCADIA, Calif., (July 15, 2010)—As was announced in Daily Variety Thursday morning, Home Box Office (HBO) has committed “Luck,” a cutting-edge depiction of life on the racetrack, to an inaugural season, with shooting to commence at Santa Anita either this fall or early in 2011. Highly placed executives at HBO have indicated that “Luck’s” first season will consist of a pilot and seven to nine additional weekly episodes.

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.