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January 22, 2010

ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 22, 2010)—The popular Sunshine Millions, which pits California-bred horses versus those bred in Florida, will be conducted for the eighth time on Saturday, Jan. 30, at both Santa Anita Park in Southern California and at Gulfstream Park in South Florida, with early first post time set for 11:30 a.m. at Santa Anita.

January 21, 2010

ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 21, 2010)—Live racing for Friday at Santa Anita has been cancelled due to continued wet conditions, but officials are optimistic that with a dry forecast in store for the weekend, racing will resume on Saturday.

“We’re told that the heavy rain is supposed to be clear of us by about noon tomorrow,” said Santa Anita President Ron Charles. “The weather outlook for the weekend is favorable and we are optimistic that if the forecast holds, we’re going to be able to run Saturday and Sunday. As we’ve said, safety is our number one priority and we’ll continue to make all decisions based upon that.

January 20, 2010

ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 20, 2010) — With six to eight inches of rain expected in the next 24 hours, Santa Anita officials announced Wednesday morning that live racing for Thursday would be cancelled. Santa Anita will be open for simulcast wagering on races run throughout America.

January 18, 2010

ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 18, 2010)—Live racing has been cancelled for Monday at Santa Anita due to wet track conditions and the certainty of continued heavy rain throughout the afternoon.

After consulting with jockeys, horsemen and Track Superintendent Richard Tedesco, the decision to cancel live racing was made at 11:45 a.m. “We were very much hoping to be able to race today,” said Santa Anita President Ron Charles. “Safety is always our number one priority and unfortunately, we’ve already been hit with quite a bit of rain.

January 17, 2010

ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 17, 2010) – Jockey Chantal Sutherland, who won her first graded stakes at Santa Anita on Saturday, wasted little time in adding a second Grade II on Sunday when striking with the aptly named 29-1 outsider Pretty Unusual in the 48th running of the $150,000 El Encino Stakes for 4-year-old fillies.

Whereas her victory aboard Amen Hallelujah in Saturday’s $150,000 Santa Ynez Stakes for 3-year-old fillies had not been so very unusual while aboard the 3-1 third choice, her triumph on the Unusual Heat filly was considered a stunner as evidenced by the winning mutuel of $61.40.

January 16, 2010

ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 16, 2010)—Zenyatta will race in 2010. The first female to win the Breeders’ Cup Classic and a finalist for 2009 Horse of the Year, Zenyatta’s retirement had been announced following her dramatic last-to-first victory against a stellar field in the Breeders’ Cup Classic at Santa Anita on Nov. 7.

But Saturday at Santa Anita, Jerry Moss, who owns the undefeated 6-year-old daughter of Street Cry with his wife, Ann, announced that the stretch-running mare, unbeaten in 14 career starts, will run this year.

January 15, 2010

ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 15, 2010) – Flavien Prat, a 17-year-old apprentice rider from France, registered his first United States victory Friday with a $103.40 stunner in the third race at Santa Anita that led to a Pick Six carryover of $69,998 into Saturday’s nine-race program.

With his 12th mount at the meet after having twice finished second, Prat drove Heavenly n’ Free though an opening on the rail to defeat Blame the Wine by a neck after rallying from last in the 6 ½-furlong optional claiming event for fillies and mares. Prat’s mount was so lightly regarded in the field of five that her 50-1 odds dwarfed those of the next longest shot, who was 7-1.

ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 15, 2010)—As news of the devastating 7.3 earthquake which struck the Caribbean island nation of Haiti on Tuesday continues to unfold, the Santa Anita jockeys’ colony and Santa Anita Park have joined forces to send aid via the American Red Cross beginning on Sunday.

“We initiated plans to try and help with this on Wednesday,” said Santa Anita President Ron Charles. “Alex Solis then contacted me on Thursday and said that a number of jockeys would be interested in donating mount fees or a percentage of their winnings from a designated race day, in order to try and help. We of course welcomed their support and we contacted the Arcadia chapter of the American Red Cross and they have agreed to coordinate this effort for us. This is a great gesture on the part of these jockeys and we are more than happy to partner with them in trying to help as many people as possible. As we all know, the current situation in Haiti is desperate.”

January 14, 2010

ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 14, 2010) – After competing against Grade I or Grade II competition in 9 of his previous 11 starts, 6-year-old grey gelding Monzante mowed down five allowance level rivals with a blazing final eighth Thursday to capture Santa Anita’s $56,400 one-mile turf feature by a nose over Red Alert Day.

With Garrett Gomez at the controls, even-money choice Monzante rallied from last, split horses entering the stretch, moved to the outside and just nipped Red Alert Day at the wire with a final clocking of 1:35.59.