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February 25, 2012

ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 25, 2012) – Little matter that the opposition included 2011 champion sprinter Amazombie, trainer Bob Baffert can do little wrong these days, and his torrid reign of national dominance continued on Saturday when The Factor won Santa Anita’s Grade II, $200,000 San Carlos Stakes.

The half-length victory over Sway Away in the seven-furlong event represented the 16th victory in 17 races at Santa Anita, Golden Gate Fields and Oaklawn Park for the Hall of Fame trainer. Small wonder that The Factor, sometimes enigmatic, was bet down to 7-10 favoritism in the 74th running of the San Carlos.

February 24, 2012

ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 24, 2012)—Santa Anita Park has announced plans to host its fourth Photographers Day, Friday, March 9. Photo Day IV will get underway with registration at Clockers’ Corner at 7:30 a.m. and the day will include breakfast, morning workouts and afternoon racing. Amateur and professional photographers are invited.

“The participation we’ve experienced for these events has been amazing,” said Santa Anita Vice President of Sales and Marketing Chris Quinn. “These folks come from all walks of life and their enthusiasm is contagious. They love being out here.

February 23, 2012

ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 23, 2012)—For the 14th time in 37 racing days, no one correctly tabbed all six winners in Santa Anita’s popular Pick Six wager, resulting in a carryover of $71,097 into Friday. With 3-5 favorite Matto Mondo finishing out of the money in race seven, the carryover was assured. It is expected Friday’s total Pick Six pool could reach $500,000.

ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 23, 2012) – Stoney Fleece, winner of Hollywood Park’s Grade III Generous Stakes last November, is the 122-pound high weight and likely favorite among nine entrants in Sunday’s $70,000 Baffle Stakes for 3-year-olds at 6 ½ furlongs over Santa Anita’s hillside turf course.

Sunday’s featured eighth race will mark Stoney Fleece’s first race over the unique downhill grass layout. Including the Generous, he won two competitions at one-mile on turf before most recently finishing third in Santa Anita’s Eddie Logan Stakes at the same grass distance on Dec.

"Fasig-Tipton Pursuit of the Crown, presented by" Makes Sunday Debut

Arcadia, CA, Feb. 23 -- With the action heating up on the Triple Crown trail, HRTV (R) will be on-track at two key sites this weekend -- Gulfstream Park and the Fair Grounds -- for a pair of key Derby preps, as well as other stakes races.

February 22, 2012

ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 22, 2012)—In honor of the 75th running of the Grade I, $750,000 Santa Anita Handicap, Santa Anita Park has unveiled a dazzling new logo for its signature race for older horses to be run Saturday, March 3.

“This is a truly historic occasion and we felt the Big ’Cap deserved an artistic upgrade,” said Santa Anita Vice President of Sales and Marketing Chris Quinn. “Thanks to Candace Chew and Victor Sandoval in our Graphics Department, this logo fits the bill.

ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 21, 2012)—Santa Anita Park, which has experienced significant gains in overall handle and field size through the first 31 days of its winter/spring meeting, has announced that with the approval of the California Horse Racing Board (CHRB), it will continue to run a four-day-a-week schedule through closing day, April 22.

“We’re very pleased with how the meeting is going,” said Santa Anita President George Haines. “Our overall handle is currently up seven percent and our field size has remained strong, at 8.3 horses per race, compared to 7.7 a year ago.

ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 22, 2012) – Following a weather-related delay, Amazombie sets forth on becoming only the second horse in history to gain a second successive Eclipse Award as North America’s champion sprinter when facing five challengers Saturday in Santa Anita’s 74th running of the Grade II, $200,000 San Carlos Stakes at seven furlongs.

An off-track tabled the 6-year-old California-bred gelding’s scheduled return in the Jan. 21 Palos Verdes Stakes (Grade II). Weather is not expected to be a factor when Amazombie finally resurfaces from his gutsy neck victory over Force Freeze at 7-1 odds in the Grade I, $1.5 million Breeders’ Cup Sprint at Churchill Downs on Nov. 5.