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February 11, 2012

ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 11, 2012) – British-bred Slim Shadey, whose 13-1 upset victory in a first-level allowance event one month ago halted an 11-race losing streak, turned Santa Anita’s 60th running of the Grade II, $150,000 San Marcos Stakes topsy turvy on Saturday.

With jockey David Flores at the controls, the 4-year-old gelding was never headed while registering a wire-to-wire win in the mile-and-one-quarter turf fixture at odds of 11-1. Slim Shadey gamely held on to edge 13-1 shot Utopian by a head with 4-1 Norvsky another three-quarters-of-a-length back in third. The final time was 2:01.55.

Most stunning perhaps was that Sanagas, the 4-5 favorite, and 2-1 Bourbon Bay, the San Marcos’ defending champion who had been all but unbeatable over the course, never were serious factors. Millionaire The Usual Q. T. was scratched Saturday morning after developing a hoof ailment.

ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 11, 2012)—Shooting will begin for Santa Anita and HRTV’s first-ever non-fiction documentary “A Day at the Races” Film Festival this Saturday, Feb. 11. Prospective film makers are encouraged to submit their applications to Santa Anita by Feb. 15 to take advantage of the early deadline. Fee for those who enter prior to that deadline will be $200 and students may enter for $50 with valid student identification. Those entering after Feb.

February 10, 2012

ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 10, 2012) – After winning but once in her first 10 starts, Sean S registered her third straight victory since joining the stable of Joshua Litt on Friday when triumphant by one-half length in Santa Anita’s $59,750 Wine Shed Purse for California-bred fillies and mares at 6 ½ furlongs over the track’s hillside turf course.

With Victor Espinoza again in the saddle, Sean S overtook 31-1 pacesetter Suances Flower in midstretch to extend her victory streak even though the runner-up battled back determinedly under David Flores.

February 9, 2012

ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 9, 2012)--For the first time, Santa Anita Park now offers free streaming video of racing from The Great Race Place, on the track’s website (http://santaanita.com/content/xpressbet-racechat) each Saturday and Sunday, powered by Xpressbet. Video is accompanied by Xpressbet RaceChat, a popular, fast-paced, full-card exchange of handicapping angles and insights between knowledgeable hosts, expert guests and worldwide racing fans.

ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 9, 2012) – Three European imports, Dijarvo, Indigo River and She Spirit di Su, are among the leading contenders Sunday in Santa Anita’s featured $70,000 Sweet Life Stakes for 3-year-old fillies at 6 ½ furlongs over the track’s hillside turf course.

British-bred Dijarvo, who drew the outside post in a field of eight, will make her first start for trainer Paddy Gallagher after winning twice and placing twice in four starts while sprinting in Europe.

ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 9, 2012) – Trainer Bob Baffert’s 3-year-old colt Fed Biz on Thursday enhanced his stature as one of Southern California’s top choices in the first 2012 Kentucky Derby Future Wager with a dominant $58,000 allowance race victory while covering one mile in 1:34.74 at Santa Anita.

A $950,000 sales purchase by Kaleem Shah who was bet down to 3-5 favoritism in the first-level allowance race, Fed Biz defeated 7-5 second choice Consulado by 5 ¾ lengths. When asked how good he thought Fed Biz might be, Bejarano exclaimed “This is my Derby horse buddy,” before entering the winner’s circle.

Fed Biz already had been established as a 20-1 shot in Pool 1 of Churchill Downs’ Future Wager which opens on Friday and will close late Sunday. His odds were the same as Creative Cause, I’ll Have Another, Liaison and Out of Bounds, lowest among the West Coast-based prospects.

ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 9, 2012)—The 45th annual Santa Anita Jockeys/Holy Angels Charity Basketball game will take place Thursday, Feb. 23, at La Salle High School in Pasadena with proceeds to benefit the Holy Angels athletic program and the Kentucky-based Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund (PDJF). Game time is 7 p.m.

The Eye on Jacob Foundation will co-sponsor the event which will again enjoy the support of Hall of Fame jockeys Eddie Delahoussaye, Laffit Pincay Jr., Gary Stevens and Mike Smith. All of these legendary jockeys will be available from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

New York, NY – February 9, 2012 - A broad-based group of Thoroughbred industry stakeholders announced today the establishment of the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance (TAA)—an organization designed to serve as both the accrediting body for aftercare facilities that care for Thoroughbreds following the conclusion of their racing careers and a fundraising body to support these approved facilities.

Funded initially by seed money from Breeders’ Cup, Ltd., The Jockey Club, and Keeneland Association, the TAA is comprised of owners, trainers, breeders, racetracks, jockeys, aftercare profession

February 8, 2012

ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 8, 2012)—Santa Anita Park has announced that it will offer couples a chance to get lucky with an Early Valentine’s Day in the track’s exclusive Turf Club on Sunday, Feb.