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July 13, 2012

ARCADIA, Calif. (July 13, 2012)—Santa Anita Park, which will host the Breeders’ Cup World Championships on Nov. 2 & 3, has announced name changes for a total of 14 stakes, six of them Grade I events, effective with the opening of the 2012 Autumn Meet on Sept. 28.

“This has been an important process for all of us involved with live racing here at Santa Anita,” said Rick Hammerle, Santa Anita Vice President of Racing. “We did a lot of research and tried hard to make sure each name had a tangible meaning, either geographically, historically or culturally. We feel good about the new names and we’d like to sincerely thank all of our fans that participated in the ‘Name That Stakes Contest’ to rename the former Harold C. Ramser, Sr. Stakes. It will now be the Grade III Autumn Miss Stakes and will be run on Oct. 27.

“We’re also excited to be honoring one of the all-time best Cal Breds, with the Lava Man Cal Cup Classic on Oct. 13.”

July 3, 2012

ARCADIA, Calif. (July 3, 2012)—The Association, world-renowned for classic 1960s hits “Cherish,” “Windy,” “Never My Love,” and “Along Comes Mary,” will make a highly anticipated appearance in conjunction with the California Philharmonic Orchestra on Saturday, July 14 at Santa Anita Park, beginning at 8 p.m. in the storied track’s infield area.

Cal Phil’s “Festival on the Green” concert series, at the direction of Maestro Victor Vener, with a guest appearance by noted pop singer Vanessa Carlton, got off to a rollicking start on June 30 and it is expected their second performance on July 14 will generate a huge nighttime crowd as attendees enjoy a host of amenities including fine dining, full cocktail service and reserved seating on the infield lawn.

June 21, 2012

ARCADIA, Calif. (June 21, 2012)—Eddie Delahoussaye, widely regarded as one of the greatest riders of all time, will be so recognized on opening day of Santa Anita’s Autumn Meet on Sept. 28, as The Great Race Place will card the inaugural Grade III “Eddie D. Stakes” for 3-year-olds and up at 6 ½ furlongs down the Camino Real Turf Course.

A revered member of racing’s Hall of Fame and a two-time winner of the Kentucky Derby, Delahoussaye won the race’s precursor, the Morvich Stakes, in 1984 with the Eddie Gregson-conditioned Tsunami Slew.

“This is a great honor,” said Delahoussaye, who resides in Arcadia with his wife, Juanita, daughter Mandy, son Loren and sister Rose Ann, and is active in the Thoroughbred business as a racing and sales consultant. “My family is very excited about it and I am too. This race has a rich history and I want to thank Santa Anita for thinking of me.

June 15, 2012

A star-studded party has been scheduled to raise funds for two charities that help disabled jockeys and others involved in horse racing.

The inaugural “Jockey for a Cause” Charity Event will take place July 18, 2012 at 6:00 p.m. (PDT) at the DeHaven Estate in Rancho Santa Fe, following opening day races at Del Mar Thoroughbred Club in Del Mar, California.

The party will be hosted by California horse owner Jeff DeHaven, who promises one of the best West Coast parties of the year.

June 14, 2012

June 10, 2012

ARCADIA, Calif. (June 22, 2012)—The California Philharmonic Orchestra, along with Santa Anita Park, is readying for its highly anticipated “Summer Festival on the Green” concert series which will begin Saturday, June 30 at The Great Race Place.

The “Festival on the Green” will consist of a series of five night-time concerts which will be performed for the first time ever at Santa Anita.

“We’re very excited and so are the folks at Cal Phil,” said Santa Anita President George Haines.

June 8, 2012

ARCADIA, Calif. (June 15, 2012)—In what could be the most highly anticipated $12,500 claiming race in recent memory, Siempre Mio, owned in-part by Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant, teammate Pau Gasol and Santa Anita C.E.O. Mark Verge, will take on five other older horses at six furlongs in Hollywood Park’s first race on Sunday.

Conditioned by Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes-winning trainer Doug O’Neill, Siempre Mio, a handy 2 ¼ length winner of a $25,000 claiming event at Santa Anita on March 31, appears to be the horse to beat with Joy Scott again engaged to ride the 4-year-old California-bred gelding by Dixie Union.

ARCADIA, Calif. (June 8, 2012)—As the racing world reacts with sorrow and regret upon the news of I’ll Have Another’s defection from Saturday’s Belmont Stakes due to a tendon injury, Santa Anita officials congratulated the colt’s connections on his run to greatness following his win in the April 7 Santa Anita Derby and expressed sorrow that a bid for a Triple Crown has been vanquished.

“This is obviously a huge disappointment for our sport,” said Santa Anita C.E.O. Mark Verge. “While we congratulate Paul and Zillah Reddam, Doug O’Neill and his entire team on their run to greatness following the Santa Anita Derby, we also feel grateful this problem was detected early and that the horse is in good order.

June 7, 2012

Vanessa Carlton, USC Marching Band, Maestro Victor Vener, Seabiscuit, Fireworks And More Top Opening Night Festivities At Newly Renovated Concert-Ready Southern California Landmark

June 14, 2012, Arcadia – With an opening night worthy of a world-class orchestra, the incomparable Maestro Victor Vener and phenomenal special guests three time Grammy nominated powerhouse Vanessa Carlton and the revered USC Marching Band, Cal Phil’s highly-anticipated 2012 Festival on the Green at Santa Anita Race Track concert series, presented by Westfield Santa Anita, kicks off with a bang

June 5, 2012

ARCADIA, Calif. (June 5, 2012)—Santa Anita Park is the place to be this Saturday, as Santa Anita Derby winner I’ll Have Another seeks to become Thoroughbred racing’s first Triple Crown winner in 34 years by winning the mile and one half Belmont Stakes in New York.

“We are all at the threshold of something special,” said Santa Anita President George Haines. “This is obviously a very special horse and if he wins, it’s not only huge for the sport, but it’s huge for the Santa Anita Derby and all of us here at Santa Anita. Should he win, he would join the legendary Affirmed, who won the 1978 Santa Anita Derby, and he would thus become the 12th Triple Crown winner in history.

“Our fans are excited, our employees are excited and we’re going to put on a great show here on Saturday. If I’ll Have Another wins, I think it’s safe to say that people will remember for many years where they were at that moment in time and we certainly hope many of them will remember being right here at Santa Anita with family and friends. Win, lose or draw, it’s going to be a great day,” Haines added.