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April 19, 2009

ARCADIA, Calif. (April 19, 2009)—Santa Anita Park concluded its 84-day winter/spring meeting in robust fashion on Sunday, posting the first gain in on-track attendance at any major California racetrack since the summer of 2007 at Del Mar.

Sadler, Bejarano Earn Honors as Top Trainer and Jockey

ARCADIA, Calif. (April 19, 2009) – Pioneerof the Nile, who won the Santa Anita Derby to remain unbeaten in three stakes at the meet and establish himself as a leading contender for the Kentucky Derby on May 2, was named Horse of the Meet in Santa Anita’s annual Media Poll.

April 18, 2009

ARCADIA, Calif. (April 18, 2009) – After a wait that seemed endless on Saturday, Black Mamba realized a fate all too similar to the one that had befallen her one year before when beaten by the shortest of noses in Santa Anita’s Grade II, $200,000 Santa Barbara Handicap, but this time it was Magical Fantasy who took her measure.

April 17, 2009

ARCADIA, Calif. (April 17, 2009)—A meet-high “Free Friday” crowd of 9,040 on-track fans contributed to a Pick Six carryover of $93,291, and the likelihood of a total pool of over $500,000 on Saturday. This is the 28th Pick Six carryover at Santa Anita’s 84-day winter/spring meeting which concludes on Sunday.

Fans also failed to select the winner of the $1 Super High Five in the last race, creating a Super High Five carryover of $104,744.

ARCADIA, Calif. (April 17, 2009) – Comebacking Globetrotter gained his first victory since taking the 2007 running of Canada’s Group III Grey Breeders’ Cup Stakes at Woodbine on Friday when he captured Santa Anita’s $56,400 allowance feature at 1 1/8 miles on turf, before a meet-high “Free Fridays” crowd of 9,040.

Joel Rosario, who had missed the previous two days of racing due to illness, guided the 2-1 favorite between horses in the stretch to emerge with a one-length win over Lease of Life and give trainer John Sadler his second victory of the afternoon.

April 16, 2009

ARCADIA, Calif. (April 16, 2009) – Silent Stalk, who has blossomed with the addition of blinkers to her racing equipment, gained her second successive victory over Santa Anita’s hillside turf course Thursday when fighting off several late challenges to gamely capture Santa Anita’s seventh race, a $51,860 allowance feature for 3-year-old fillies.

After setting the early pace under Tyler Baze in the 6 ½-furlong event, the bay daughter of Petionville prevailed by a nose over Gold Goddess with 2-1 favored Starlarks another length back in the field of seven.

April 15, 2009

ARCADIA, Calif. (April 15, 2009)—With the clock running and taxes due by midnight, no one correctly tabbed six winners in Santa Anita’s popular Pick Six wager on Wednesday, resulting in a carryover of $94,872 into Thursday and the likelihood of a total pool of more than $500,000.

The Pick Six began in race three, which was taken by Laser Point, returning $11.80 with Tyler Baze aboard. The 3-year-old California-bred gelding by Lasersport is trained by Jeff Mullins and is owned by Thane Marshall.

ARCADIA, Calif. (April 15, 2009) – A neck separated a pair of European imports making their United States debuts Wednesday when 11-1 longshot Cat by the Tale edged 9-2 Meydan Princess in Santa Anita’s featured $58,208 Linda Eder Purse, a second-condition allowance for fillies and mares at 1 1/8 miles on turf.

April 14, 2009

ARCADIA, Calif. (April 10, 2009)—The City of Arcadia has proclaimed Sunday, April 19 as “Eddie Logan Day” in honor of Santa Anita’s iconic shoeshine attendant who passed away on Jan. 31 at the age of 98. Logan, a self-proclaimed “Footman,” ran his Santa Anita shoeshine stand from opening day, Dec. 25, 1934, until the morning of Jan. 3, when he suffered a seizure and stroke from which he never recovered. Born in 1910, he would have been 99 on May 20.

April 12, 2009

ARCADIA, Calif. (April 12, 2009) – Garrett Gomez’s bid to tie Santa Anita’s record of 19 stakes races during a single season was denied on Sunday when 7-10 favorite Tuscan Evening faded to third behind victorious Gotta Have Her in the Grade III, $100,000 Las Cienegas Handicap for fillies and mares at 6 1/2 furlongs over the track’s hillside turf course.