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December 23, 2010

ARCADIA, Calif. (Dec. 23, 2010)—Santa Anita’s new all-natural dirt main track reopened for training Thursday morning, following record rainfall of 13 ½ inches since this past Friday—with 1 ½ inches falling late Monday afternoon.

“We’ve been out here since one o’clock this morning,” said Ted Malloy, who oversaw the installation of the new track. “It’s a very kind, yet firm surface and it drained exceptionally well. We’ve got the orange cones up 15 feet off the rail and this racetrack is fantastic this morning. We’ve been very cautious through all of this rain and we want to thank the horsemen for being so patient. Although the training track was open, we had to keep everyone off the main track until we got through this. I think the payoff is in the condition of the track this morning.

December 22, 2010

ARCADIA, Calif. (Dec. 22, 2010) – The racing surface may have been changed, but John Sadler takes aim on extending his constant of two straight training titles when Santa Anita opens its 74th season on Sunday with four stakes races – two of them Grade I events – on a nine-race program that begins at 12 noon.
ARCADIA, Calif. (Dec. 22, 2010)—Production on the pilot and first two episodes of Home Box Office’s (HBO) highly anticipated series, “Luck,” has been nearly completed and production and shooting for episode Three will resume at Santa Anita on Jan. 10.

December 21, 2010

ARCADIA, Calif. (Dec. 21, 2010)—Santa Anita Park, which has been idle as a live racing venue since April 18, will open for its 74th winter/spring meeting on Sunday, with a special first post time of 12 noon.

A nine-race card is planned, with two Grade I events, the $250,000 Malibu Stakes and the $250,000 La Brea Stakes leading the way. The Grade II, $150,000 Sir Beaufort Stakes and the $100,000 California Breeders’ Champion Stakes will serve as supporting features on what figures to be a day of great racing and entertainment.

December 17, 2010

ARCADIA, Calif. (Dec. 17, 2010)—In advance of its traditional winter/spring opener on Dec.

December 16, 2010

ARCADIA, Calif. (Dec. 20, 2010)—All fans attending Santa Anita’s opening day, Dec. 26, will receive a beautiful 2011 wall calendar, entitled “Santa Anita on the Silver Screen,” free with paid admission.

December 14, 2010

ARCADIA, Calif. (Dec. 14, 2010)—From Eddie Arcaro and Johnny Longden to Bill Shoemaker and Laffit Pincay Jr., the world’s greatest jockeys have called Santa Anita Park “home,” dating back to the mid 1930s.

As The Great Race Place readies for its most highly anticipated opener in many years, the world’s finest reinsmen are once again set to converge on Arcadia for Santa Anita’s traditional winter/spring opener on Dec. 26.

December 9, 2010

ARCADIA, Calif. (Dec. 9, 2010)—Santa Anita Park, which unveiled its new, all-natural dirt main track this past Monday, will include two-time Eclipse Award winning trainer Steve Asmussen among its lengthy list of top conditioners who have committed their stables to running at Santa Anita’s prestigious winter/spring meet, which begins Dec. 26.

December 8, 2010

ARCADIA, Calif. (Dec. 8, 2010)—Santa Anita Park, America’s premier winter racing venue, will open its gates for its traditional winter/spring meeting on Dec. 26, and its opening is eagerly awaited by not only racing fans nationwide, but by businesses of all kinds throughout Southern California and beyond.

December 7, 2010

ARCADIA, Calif. (Dec. 7, 2010)—Amid banners reading “Welcome Back,” Santa Anita Park unveiled its new all-natural dirt main track on Monday morning at 4:30 a.m, as horses and horsemen returned to Santa Anita’s historic one mile oval for the first time since July.

“It’s really exciting to welcome everyone back home, so to speak,” said Ami Atkinson, Santa Anita’s Horsemen’s Liaison and Racing Office Manager. “I’ve been working in this Liaison position for 12 years now and I’ve never seen so many people so thrilled to be back here at Santa Anita. It seems like everyone is excited about the new track and the bigger purses that we’re going to be offering.”