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June 4, 2012

ARCADIA, Calif. (June 4, 2012) - The Breeders' Cup and Santa Anita Park today announced that tickets are now on sale to the general public for this year’s Breeders’ Cup World Championships, Friday, November 2 and Saturday, November 3. This is the sixth time that that Santa Anita will host the event and the third time under the two-day Championship format, which will begin on Friday with a 10-race program. Saturday’s card will include 12 races and will finish with the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic at approximately 5:30 p.m.

May 30, 2012

ARCADIA, Calif. (May 30, 2012)—Santa Anita Park’s Autumn Meet, which opens on Friday, Sept. 28, will have a number of its stakes races renamed, including the Gr. III, $100,000 Harold C. Ramser Sr. Stakes. Santa Anita announced on Wednesday that it is encouraging the public to help with renaming the Ramser, which will be run on Saturday, Oct. 20. The winner will receive a choice box seat, VIP tour and will have his or her hotel accommodations paid for.

Fans are asked to email their race-name suggestions by 12 noon, on Friday June 15, to namethatstake@santaanita.com.

May 20, 2012

ARCADIA, Calif. (May 20, 2012)—Despite winning the Santa Anita Derby on April 7 and the Kentucky Derby on May 5, I’ll Have Another was once again not favored to win on Saturday at the Preakness Stakes in Baltimore, Maryland, but did so in dramatic fashion, running down favored Bodemeister to win by a neck and thus set the stage for a Triple Crown bid on Saturday, June 9 at Belmont Park in New York.

Fans are encouraged to make reservations now at (626) 574-RACE and to watch and wager on this historic run via simulcast at Santa Anita on June 9.

Owned by Paul and Zillah Reddam, trained by Doug O’Neill and ridden by Mario Gutierrez, I’ll Have Another was attentive to the pace set by Bodemeister and after saving ground around both turns, was called upon by Gutierrez at the top of the Pimlico stretch. Although Bodemeister had a full head of steam and a 3 ½ lengths advantage, the Kentucky-bred son of Flower Alley managed to engage the favorite inside the sixteenth pole and overtook him in the shadow of the wire to pay $8.40 to win.

May 7, 2012

ARCADIA, Calif. (May 7, 2012)—I’ll Have Another, who parlayed victory in the Grade I Santa Anita Derby on April 7 to victory in America’s most famous race, the Kentucky Derby on Saturday, not only brought home a winning purse of $1.2 million, he made 32-year-old Pasadena resident Greg Politano $16,300 as a result of a $1,000 win wager made by Santa Anita on his behalf.

May 6, 2012

ARCADIA, Calif. (May 6, 2012)—I’ll Have Another, winner of the Grade I Santa Anita Derby on April 7, electrified the racing world by winning the world’s most famous race, the Kentucky Derby, on Saturday. Owned by Paul and Zillah Reddam, trained by Doug O’Neill and ridden by Mario Gutierrez, I’ll Have Another ran down pace setting favorite Bodemeister to win by 1 ½ lengths while paying $32.60 to win. He got the 1 ¼ miles in 2:01.83.

At the behest of O’Neill’s brother, Dennis, Reddam purchased the colt for $35,000 at a 2-year-old in training sale in Ocala, Fla., in April of 2011.

Prior to winning the Santa Anita Derby at 4-1, I’ll Have Another won Santa Anita’s Grade II Robert B. Lewis Stakes on Feb. 4 at odds of 43-1.

May 3, 2012

2012 Marks Premiere Season of Saturday Evening’s

Cal Phil Festival on the Green at Santa Anita Race Track!

Sunday Matinees Continue At The Famed Walt Disney Concert Hall

Arcadia – The highly-anticipated 2012 Cal Phil Festival on the Green concert series, presented by Westfield Santa Anita, is gaining momentum and nearing the homestretch of its official start at its new summer home Santa Anita Race Track.

May 1, 2012

HRTV (R) will air the first-ever 2012 HRTV Film Festival at Santa Anita Top Ten Show on Wednesday, May 2 at 8:30 p.m. ET.

The one-hour show, co-hosted by HRTV's Peter Lurie and Zoe Cadman, will air at 8:30 p.m. ET, and feature the top ten submitted videos (virtually all in their entirety) from the recently-concluded Film Festival.

All videos, from both aspiring and established filmmakers, in the inaugural "A Day at the Races" competition were required to be no more than five minutes long, and had to shot entirely at the picturesque Santa Anita.

Arcadia, CA, May 1 -- HRTV's (R) extensive week-long coverage of the Kentucky Derby will also treat viewers to the premiere of a special documentary, Garrett Gomez: 118 Days, which will provide racing fans with an intimate, up-close look at the champion jockey's intense recovery from a serious injury, and uncover his steely focus of returning to the track and securing a mount in the 138th running of the Derby.

It will air on Thursday, May 3 at 8 p.m. ET.

April 24, 2012

ARCADIA, Calif. (April 24, 2012)—Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol had a night off Tuesday, but that didn’t prevent the two Lakers stars from indulging in some good old fashioned horse trading at Riviera Country Club. In fact, when the Lakers Foundation fund raiser concluded, Bryant and Gasol emerged as ownership partners on a Thoroughbred gelding named Siempre Mio, courtesy of Santa Anita C.E.O. Mark Verge.

“I decided to offer a 25 percent stake in the horse, along with A Day at the Races, as a live auction item,” said Verge. “What ended up happening was that Kobe and Pau got into a bidding war and Kobe finally outran Pau at $8,000.

“All of the money that was donated last night will go to benefit the Lakers Youth Foundation and Santa Anita is proud to support their programs,” said Verge.

April 22, 2012

ARCADIA, Calif. (April 22, 2011) – Bourbon Bay strengthened his lucrative attachment to Santa Anita’s Camino Real turf course Sunday by winning the historic San Juan Capistrano Handicap, but it took longer for the stewards to separate the even-money favorite and Eastern invader Eagle Poise than it did to run the nation’s longest graded turf stakes at 1 ¾ miles which is traditionally contested on the winter/spring meet’s closing day.

After the pair crossed the finish line in perfect sync, another six minutes was required to determine that Bourbon Bay, a one-half length winner of the event in 2010, had indeed triumphed in the 73rd running of the Grade II, $150,000 marathon run in 2:45.70. It was that close before a rapt crowd of 16,034.

Upon becoming the sixth two-time winner of the historic stakes race inaugurated in 1935, Bourbon Bay recorded his seventh win in nine starts over the course. He has won a single grass race elsewhere. His earnings from his sixth Grade II victory over the layout reached $607,800 with the $90,000 winner’s share compared to $968,536 overall in 26 career starts.