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October 10, 2011

ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 10, 2011) – Returning to the venue of his greatest triumphs, 7-year-old gelding California Flag turned back the calendar Monday to become the first three-time winner of Santa Anita’s Grade III, $100,000 Morvich Stakes and perhaps earn himself another shot at the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint that he won in 2009.

Sent off at odds of 6-1 after not having registered a victory since Del Mar’s Green Flash Handicap in August of 2010, California Flag rallied from just off the pace to defeat Excessive Passion by one-half length over the 6 ½ furlongs of Santa Anita’s hillside turf course while timed in 1:11.91.

ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 10, 2011)—Santa Anita Park’s picturesque infield area will play host to the annual Burbank Road Kings Classic Car Show on Sunday, Oct. 16. Hot rods, modifieds, street rods, sports cars, restored classics and muscle cars will all be on display and be complimented by live rock and roll provided by Captain Cardiac and The Coronaries.

ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 10, 2011)—In large part due to a 20-1 longshot, no one correctly tabbed all six winners in Santa Anita’s popular Pick Six wager on Monday, resulting in a carryover into Thursday of $76,835.

October 9, 2011

ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 9, 2011) – Home Sweet Aspen, Jenny Craig’s 3-year-old homebred daughter of Candy Ride, captured her first stakes victory Sunday with a sparkling performance in Sunday’s $67,490 Louis R.

ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 9, 2011)—Santa Anita Park has announced that it has launched an alternate website, www.santaanitalive.com, in an effort to reach a broader, younger audience by offering a wide array of content, much of which is not horseracing-specific.

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Mike Mitchell hopes to break a string of seconditis with Camp Victory in Monday’s Columbus Day holiday feature, the Grade III, $100,000 Morvich Stakes for 3-year-olds and up at about 6 ½ furlongs on Santa Anita’s downhill turf course.

Camp Victory has been second in four s

October 8, 2011

By BETH HARRIS

AP Racing Writer

ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) _ Amazombie circled the field at the top of the stretch and took the lead on his way to a three-quarters of a length victory in the $250,000 Ancient Title Stakes at Santa Anita on Saturday, while The Factor faded to fourth.

Amazombie ran six furlongs in 1:08.24 to earn an automatic berth in the Breeders' Cup Sprint next month at Churchill Downs. He paid $8.60, $3.60 and $6.60 at 3-1 odds.

Jeranimo won the $150,000 Oak Tree Mile, which could lead to a start in the BC Mile.

In the Ancient Title, Irrefutable returned $5.40 and $12.60, while Mensa Heat was another head back in third. Sent off as the overwhelming 2-5 favorite, The Factor had the lead approaching the quarter pole only to fade down the stretch.

ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 8, 2011)—Fans heading to the races on Sunday at Santa Anita will be welcomed by a Pick Six carryover of $86,558 and it’s expected the total pool on Sunday could exceed $500,000.

Saturday’s Pick Six began with race five and was immediately thrown asunder as longshot El Adelantado, under Kayla Stra, won easily and returned $118 on a $2 win ticket. Owned by La Bahia Stud, Inc., the 6-year-old Texas-bred gelding is trained by Leonard Powell.

Sunday’s Pick Six will cover races four through nine and will be highlighted by the $65,000 added Louis R.

October 7, 2011

ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 7, 2011) – Improving 3-year-old filly Anniversary Girl validated her 17-10 favoritism Friday with a one-length victory over Last Sting in Santa Anita’s $50,038 Desert Island Purse for fillies and mares at one mile on turf.

With Joel Rosario in the irons, Anniversary Girl rallied from next to last in the field of 10 to take control in the final sixteenth while running the distance in 1:35.84. Last Sting edged Born Lucky for the place by a neck.

The winner paid $5.40, $3.40 and $2.80. Last Sting, ridden by Alonso Quinonez, returned $8.80 and $5.80.

ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 7, 2011) – Although it’s been 23 months, the last two times California-bred millionaire California Flag raced over Santa Anita’s downhill turf course, he annexed his second straight Morvich Stakes en route to capturing the 2009 Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint.