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May 17, 2014

ARCADIA, Calif. (May 17, 2014)—Santa Anita Thoroughbreds Club member Edward Pina Sr., of Los Angeles, picked up a tidy $10,000 on Saturday at Santa Anita, as he cashed a random “Mystery Mutuel” ticket voucher before the first race, which was run at 11:30 a.m.

ARCADIA, Calif. (May 17, 2014)—Although pursued relentlessly, comebacking Obviously was not to be denied in Saturday’s Grade III, $100,000 American Stakes at Santa Anita, as Joe Talamo guided the 6-year-old Irish-bred gelding to a resounding 5 ½ length win, providing Phil D’Amato with his first-ever graded victory while getting one mile on grass geared down in 1:33.39.

May 16, 2014

ARCADIA, Calif. (May 16, 2014)—Claimed for a paltry $12,500 four starts back on Dec. 28, trainer Ron Ellis’s rapidly improving Seeking the Sherif won his third race in-a-row Friday at Santa Anita, taking the track’s $60,000 allowance feature by three quarters of a length over favored Declassify while covering six furlongs under Edwin Maldonado in 1:08.75.

May 15, 2014

ZENYATTA’S HALF SISTER, EBLOUISSANTE, AMONG SUPPORTING CAST OF FILLIES & MARES

ARCADIA, Calif. (May 15, 2014)—Grade I winner Let Faith Arise heads a field of 10 fillies and mares set to go 1 1/16 miles in Sunday’s Grade III, $100,000 Adoration Stakes at Santa Anita, as she returns to Santa Anita following a fourth place run in Oaklawn Park’s Grade I Apple Blossom Handicap on April 11. Formerly run at the now-shuttered Hollywood Park, the Adoration will be contested for the first time at Santa Anita.

May 14, 2014

TRACK TAKES PRECAUTIONARY MEASURE AS LOCAL TEMPERATURES EXPECTED TO COOL CONSIDERABLY INTO THE WEEKEND

ARCADIA, Calif. (May 14, 2014)—Citing the effects of extremely dry conditions and temperatures that are expected to be more than 30 degrees above normal, Santa Anita Park has announced that live racing has been cancelled for Thursday. Santa Anita will be open as planned for simulcast wagering on Thursday. Although unseasonably hot temperatures are forecast throughout Southern California on Thursday, a cooling trend is expected to arrive Friday.

ARCADIA, Calif. (May 14, 2014)—A winner of last year’s American Handicap at the now-shuttered Hollywood Park, front-running Obviously will try to overcome a 7 ½ month layoff as he faces another front-running sort in recent Grade I winner Winning Prize, who seeks his third graded win in-a-row in Saturday’s one mile turf Grade III, $100,000 American, which will be run for the first time at Santa Anita.

May 13, 2014

Tristan de Burgh/Cassandra Brooksbank Team Wins in Judges' Voting; Chase Hagen Tabbed in Fan Favorite Category

Arcadia, CA, May, 13, 2014 — A pair of $10,000 first-prize winners were announced Saturday for the 2014 HRTV Film Festival at Santa Anita’s third annual "This is Santa Anita," a competition that required film makers to produce short subject films of under five minutes that were created solely at Santa Anita.

Tristan de Burgh (Beverly Hills) teamed with Cassandra Brooksbank and took the $10,000 Judges' Prize Award, with a film entitled, "Rush," while Chase

May 10, 2014

POPULAR JOCKEY WINS FIRST-EVER NORTH AMERICAN STAKES

ARCADIA, Calif. (May 10, 2014)—Arizona-bred Top Fortitude broke running and heavily favored Kobe’s Back didn’t, and the result was a stunning 30-1 upset in Saturday’s Grade III, $100,000 Lazaro Barrera Stakes. Ridden by Australian native Kayla Stra, who picked up her first-ever North American stakes win, Top Fortitude won by 1 ½ lengths over an unlucky Tonito M. while covering seven furlongs in 1:22.98.

JOCKEY QUOTES

KAYLA STRA, TOP FORTITUDE, WINNER: “I think seven furlongs is more like a mile, so I keep that in mind and try not to put too much pressure on them early.

“He can handle it; he’s a strong horse. I think the outside post helped. I was riding so hard my saddle slipped back; I just wanted to make sure no one would get by me.

“I thought there would be two horses on the lead, maybe not the two that I thought but it still helped in how it worked out. I think everything went to plan. When I looked at the form it seemed pretty simple.

ARCADIA, Calif. (May 10, 2014)—Trevor Denman, the Voice of Santa Anita Park for more than 30 years, will take time off in the month of June to “freshen-up” before returning to call the Grade I Gold Cup at Santa Anita on Saturday, June, 28, which will highlight the track’s closing weekend racing action. In his absence, Frank Mirahmadi, who calls full-time at Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Arkansas and in the summer at the majority of California’s Northern Fairs, will “pinch hit” for Denman for 10 racing days, beginning Thursday, June 12 through Friday, June 27.