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December 6, 2012

ARCADIA, Calif. (Dec. 6, 2012)—Santa Anita Park announced on Thursday a list of five finalists for the 64th annual Santa Anita George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award, with the winner to be announced on HRTV in January.

Javier Castellano, Perry Compton, David Flores, Mario Pino and Rodney Prescott have been selected as finalists for the 2013 Woolf Award, with the winner to be determined by a vote of jockeys nationwide.

The Woolf Award has been presented annually by Santa Anita since 1950 and is regarded as one of the most prestigious honors in all of racing, as it recognizes those riders whose careers and personal character earn esteem for the individual and the sport of Thoroughbred racing. The winner’s trophy is a replica of the life-sized statue of George Woolf, which adorns Santa Anita’s Paddock Gardens area.

December 4, 2012

November 14, 2012

ARCADIA, Calif. (Nov. 14, 2012)—Santa Anita Park, which will embark upon its 76th winter/spring meeting on Dec. 26, has announced it will offer a total of 41 graded stakes over the course of its 71-day meet, beginning with the opening day Malibu (3-year-old colts and geldings) and La Brea (3-year-old fillies) Stakes which will serve as the first of nine Grade I events. Both stakes will offer purses of $300,000 and will be run at seven furlongs.

Joining the Malibu and La Brea on opening day is the Grade II, $150,000 Sir Beaufort Stakes for 3-year-olds at one mile on turf.

November 8, 2012

ARCADIA, Calif. (Nov. 8, 2012)—Santa Anita Park has announced that stall applications are now available at www.santaanita.com, for the track’s traditional winter/spring meeting which will open on Dec. 26.

“We’d like to encourage those horsemen interested in running here to contact us immediately,” said Santa Anita Vice President of Racing Rick Hammerle. “We anticipate a great deal of interest from stables here in California and throughout the country and we’d appreciate hearing from trainers and owners as soon as possible.”

November 4, 2012

ARCADIA, Calif. (Nov. 4, 2012)—On the wings of a sensational two-day Breeders’ Cup World Championships on Friday and Saturday, Santa Anita’s 24-day Autumn Meet ended on an upbeat note Sunday as overall handle on Santa Anita races was up two percent compared to last year and on-track attendance (excluding Nov. 2 & 3), was up one percent.

With 34,619 attending on Friday and 55,123 on Saturday, The Great Race Place once again served as racing’s ultimate showcase, highlighted by the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic on Saturday.

ARCADIA, Calif. (Nov. 4, 2012) – Wise Dan, who thrust himself firmly into the picture for 2012 Horse of the Year honors by winning the Breeders’ Cup Mile at Santa Anita on Nov. 3 in track record time, was named Horse of the Meet in Santa Anita’s second annual Autumn Meet media poll.

A 5-year-old chestnut gelding owned and bred in Kentucky by Morton Fink and trained by Charles Lopresti, Wise Dan ran a mile over Santa Anita’s firm turf course in 1:31.78, breaking the mark of 1:31.89 set by Atticus in 1997.

ARCADIA, Calif. (Nov. 4, 2012)—In a racing first, English-bred Rhythm of Light, who won the Group II International Istanbul Trophy in Istanbul, Turkey, on Sept. 1, shipped to Santa Anita and won her U.S. debut on Sunday, the Grade II Goldikova Stakes for fillies and mares at one mile on turf as Santa Anita’s 24-day Autumn Meet drew to a close.

November 3, 2012

BETH HARRIS

The Hall of Fame trainers could only wince as 9-1 long shot Fort Larned won North America's richest race on Saturday night, capping a weekend of upsets in the world championships at Santa Anita.

Fort Larned ran the race of his life, leading all the way to win by a half-length over Mucho Macho Man.

The highly anticipated Classic was strictly a two-horse race to the finish in front of 55,123.

Game On Dude, the 7-5 favorite, ran what Baffert said was "probably the worst race of his life" in finishing seventh.

November 2, 2012

By BETH HARRIS

AP Racing Writer

ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) _ Royal Delta led all the way in winning the $2 million Ladies' Classic by 1½ lengths on Friday at Santa Anita, making the defending champion the only favorite to win on an upset-filled opening day of the Breeders' Cup.

Jockey Mike Smith earned his 16th victory in the event's 29-year history, breaking a tie for most wins with fellow Hall of Famer Jerry Bailey.

"I hope to be around a few more years to add to it," the 47-year-old rider said.

Royal Delta gave Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott his second consecutive win and fifth overall in the Ladies' Classic, putting him in position to sweep the weekend's biggest races, a feat he accomplished last year. He has three runners in the $5 million Classic on Saturday, a race he won last year with Drosselmeyer.

November 1, 2012

ARCADIA, Calif. (Nov. 1, 2012)—Along with her husband Mike, Amy Phipps, of Evansville, Indiana made the 1,734 mile trek to Santa Anita to attend the two-day Breeders’ Cup World Championships at Santa Anita on Friday and Saturday and was in line to make a bet on Thursday when she heard an announcement over the public address system.

“I heard the promo about a CashCall Contest,” said Amy Phipps. “I went to Patron Services and the lady gave me a form to fill out and told me where to take it.