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March 3, 2011

ARCADIA, Calif. (March 3, 2011)—Santa Anita Park is inviting professional and novice photographers to a one of a kind Photography Day on March 11 at The Great Race Place. All participants will be required to report to Santa Anita’s Clockers’ Corner area by 7:30 a.m. to register and then begin shooting.

With the majestic San Gabriel Mountains as a backdrop, photographers will have the unique opportunity to capture some of the nation’s finest Thoroughbreds as they go through their early morning training regimen.

March 2, 2011

AVENTURA, California/HALLANDALE, Florida - March 2, 2011,– Santa Anita Park and Gulfstream Park announced today that they have jointly entered into an agreement with Trakus, LLC to install the revolutionary Trakus wireless tracking system at their respective racetracks in California and Florida.

The Trakus system instantaneously tracks each horse during a race, enabling real-time three-dimensional camera views and recording statistical information into a database.

ARCADIA, Calif. (March 2, 2011) – Twirling Candy, who has swiftly become recognized as the nation’s premier Thoroughbred racehorse following the retirement of Zenyatta, will be heavily favored to endorse that distinction in Saturday’s 74th running of the $750,000 Santa Anita Handicap presented by San Manuel Indian Bingo & Casino.

The Big ’Cap, Santa Anita’s signature race at the classic distance of 1 ¼ miles, is one of three Grade I stakes races to be presented on an 11-race program with first post at 12 noon. Rags-to-riches California-bred Caracortado heads the $300,000 Frank E. Kilroe Mile on turf, and the $250,000 Santa Anita Oaks for 3-year-old fillies at 1 1/16 miles features Grade I winners A Z Warrior, Turbulent Descent and Zazu.

February 27, 2011

ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 27, 2011) – Quick Enough reversed a setback by Amazombie when he gamely outdueled the 13-10 favorite on Sunday to capture Santa Anita’s $100,000 Sensational Star Handicap for California-breds by one-half length while traversing 6 ½ furlongs over the track’s hillside turf course in 1:13.52.

The mild upset by the 4-1 second choice assured a Pick Six carryover of $126,305 into Thursday when racing resumes at Santa Anita. The Pick Six carryover will be the sixth of the meet that has encompassed 41 days.

February 26, 2011

ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 26, 2011) – Ultra Blend was unable to overtake 2010 California-bred Horse of the Year Evening Jewel in last month’s Sunshine Millions Distaff, but, under a crafty ride by Joel Rosario, she was able to turn the tables Saturday in Santa Anita’s $100,000 Valentine Dancer Handicap.

Originally scheduled for one mile on turf, the competition for statebreds was moved to the main track following overnight rains, and the field size was drastically pared from 11 to four starters with millionaire Evening Jewel sent off as the 4-5 choice and Ultra Blend at 13-10.

February 25, 2011

“Night School”—the racing industry’s first national, interactive online fan education forum—will offer its second of 40 weekly sessions on Monday, February 28. Presenting title sponsors of the program are the National Thoroughbred Racing Association, Daily Racing Form (DRF), the American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) and Keeneland.

Co-hosted by Horseplayernow.com owners Jeremy Plonk and Joe Kristufek, the weekly Night School lessons are offered free to any racing fan who wants to learn more about the game and will include both novice and advance-level fan education.

February 24, 2011

ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 24, 2011)—By a vote of his peers nationwide, jockey Garrett Gomez, a two-time Eclipse Award winner, and who was North America’s leading rider by money-won in 2006, ’07,’08 and ’09, will become the 62nd recipient of the prestigious Santa Anita George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award in a winner’s circle ceremony at Santa Anita on Sunday, March 20.

Gomez outpolled fellow jockeys Joe Bravo, Javier Castellano, Corey Lanerie and Gallyn Mitchell.

Nicknamed “Go-Go” for his hard-charging style, Gomez is considered one of the best finishers in modern racing history. This ability was never more evident than in the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic at Churchill Downs on Nov. 6.

February 23, 2011