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February 14, 2009


ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb.

ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 14, 2009)—A Pick Six carryover of $145,478 awaits fans on Sunday, as no one correctly tabbed six winners in the popular exotic wager at Santa Anita on Saturday, the 17th such occurrence though 38 days of racing. There was but one ticket with five winners, returning $62,348. It is expected the total Pick Six pool on Sunday could reach $1 million.

Saturday’s Pick Six, contested on races five through 10, got off to a rollicking start as G’s Heavenly Union under Victor Espinoza, got up to win in the final strides and paid $24.80 to win.

February 13, 2009

ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 13, 2009) – Should Evita Argentina -- the most accomplished of ten entrants – emerge victorious Monday in Santa Anita’s 68th running of the Grade II, $150,000 San Vicente Stakes for 3-year-olds, her achievement would have been unmatched in 62 years.

Only two fillies have ever won the seven-furlong event, and the last was Rex C. Ellsworth’s Hubble Bubble in 1947, just two years after the race was taken by Louis B.

February 12, 2009


ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb.

ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 12, 2009)—For the second consecutive day, no one selected six winners in Santa Anita’s Pick Six, resulting in a two-day carryover of $353,752 into Friday. This marks the 16th Pick Six carryover through 36 days of racing and it’s expected the total Pick Six pool on Friday could exceed $2 million.

Thursday’s Pick Six got off to a rocky start in race three as the 1-2 favorite, Solo Piano, finished second to 11-1 shot Unusual Strike, who was handled by Gerry Olguin. The 4-year-old California-bred daughter of Unusual Heat paid $25.40 to win.

February 8, 2009

Winless since May of 2006, which was two months after running second in the Santa Anita Handicap, 8-year-old gelding Magnum ran down Well Armed at odds of 16-1 Sunday in Santa Anita’s Grade II, $200,000 San Antonio Handicap to race back into consideration for the 2009 Big ’Cap on March 7.

February 1, 2009

Irish-bred Pasar Silbano, making her second United States start, burst to the front a couple of furlongs into Santa Anita’s 36th running of the Grade III, La Habra Stakes on Sunday and proceeded to dominate the 6 ½-furlong turf event for 3-year-old fillies.

January 31, 2009

Eddie Logan, Santa Anita’s iconic shoeshine attendant since opening day, Dec. 25, 1934, and a former boxer and Negro League baseball player, passed away at his home in nearby Monrovia early Saturday morning at the age of 98. Born in 1910, he would have been 99 on May 20.
Following her sterling four-length victory in the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint, Juddmonte Farms’ Ventura encored Saturday with a handy one-length score over stablemate Jibboom in Santa Anita’s 52nd running of the Grade I, $300,000 Santa Monica Handicap for fillies and mares.