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October 7, 2011

ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 7, 2011)—Santa Anita staged its second Photography Day on Friday, attracting 356 photographers who immersed themselves in a variety of activities from morning workouts, an “A List” speakers panel and an afternoon of world class racing that was deemed a tremendous success by management and participants alike.

“It is tremendous to see the enthusiasm and the passion these people have for our sport,” said Santa Anita Vice President of Sales and Marketing Chris Quinn. “In many cases, photography is a hobby for some of these people, others are professionals.

October 6, 2011

ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 6, 2011) – Home Sweet Aspen, Jenny Craig’s 3-year-old homebred daughter of Candy Ride, will be well-supported to gain her first stakes victory on Sunday when facing five rival fillies and mares in Santa Anita’s featured $65,000 Louis R. Rowan Stakes at 6 ½ furlongs on the main track.

Trained by John Sadler, Home Sweet Aspen is coming off a dominant 4 ¼ length victory in a first-condition allowance at Del Mar on Sept.

October 5, 2011

ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 5, 2011) – A leading prospect for last May’s Kentucky Derby before injuring an ankle, The Factor has dramatically rebounded as a top contender for next month’s Breeders’ Cup Sprint, a designation trainer Bob Baffert’s gray 3-year-old is expected to solidify in Saturday’s Grade I, $250,000 Ancient Title Stakes at Santa Anita.

The Ancient Title, at six furlongs, is a Breeders’ Cup “Win and You’re In” Challenge Race, guaranteeing the winner a spot in racing’s championships on Nov. 4 & 5 at Churchill Downs.

Arcadia, Calif. (Oct. 5, 2011)-- Several management and operations responsibilities at Santa Anita Park are being reorganized as part of an ongoing restructuring of management of the facility to gain operational efficiencies and to help position the landmark horse racing facility for future growth, track officials announced today. The reorganization includes merging of some departments, streamlining of finance and operations departments and a reduction in management and seasonal workforce, officials said.

October 3, 2011

ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 3, 2011)—Santa Anita Park reestablished itself as America’s premier autumn and winter racing venue over the weekend by posting strong on-track attendance and handle numbers. “The Great Race Place” conducted Breeders’ Cup Challenge Day on Saturday, attracting 16,013 fans who bet $2,716,576, and followed that up on Sunday with an on-track crowd of 8,027 and on-track handle of $1,784,574.

Santa Anita and racing venues across the country hosted prep races on Saturday for the 2011 Breeders’ Cup World Championships.

October 2, 2011

By BETH HARRIS

AP Racing Writer

ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) -- Acclamation extended his winning streak to five races with a victory in the $150,000 Clement L. Hirsch Turf Championship at Santa Anita on Sunday, and Weemissfrankie took the Grade I Oak Leaf Stakes for 2-year-old fillies, keeping both on course for the Breeders' Cup.

The only suspense is which BC race the 5-year-old horse will run in next month.

Acclamation pressed pacesetter Make Music for Me until taking the lead going into the stretch and winning the Grade 2 race by three-quarters of a length under Patrick Valenzuela.

In the $250,000 Oak Leaf Stakes, Weemissfrankie rallied to win by a half-length over Candrea to earn an automatic berth in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies.

In the Hirsch, Acclamation ran 1¼ miles in 1:59.45 and paid $2.80, $2.20 and $2.10 as the 2-5 favorite.

Champ Pegasus, last year's winner, returned $2.80 and $2.10, while Imponente Purse was another 3½ lengths back in third and paid $2.20 to show.

October 1, 2011

By BETH HARRIS

AP Racing Writer

ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) _ Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert has won nine Triple Crown races and seven Breeders' Cup races, just not the $5 million BC Classic. Now he's got two possible shots at capturing North America's richest race.

Game On Dude held off the closing bid of Awesome Gem to win the $250,000 Goodwood Stakes by a half-length at Santa Anita on Saturday, earning his first victory since March 5 and giving him a berth next month in the BC Classic.

Baffert's horses went 1-3 in the race, with Haskell winner Coil finishing third.

The day's biggest shocker came in the $250,000 Lady's Secret Stakes, with 13-10 favorite Blind Luck finishing a stunning last while Zazu rallied to win by a half-length.

September 30, 2011

ARCADIA, Calif. (Sept. 30, 2011) – Broken Dreams validated her Hollywood Park upset of Santa Anita downhill turf course specialist Unzip Me with a furious inside rally Friday to capture Friday’s Grade III, $100,000 Senator Ken Maddy Stakes, opening day feature of Santa Anita’s 24-day Autumn Meet.

With Garrett Gomez at the controls, Broken Dreams stormed from fifth at the sixteenth pole to defeat Givine by one-half length while covering 6 ½ furlongs over Santa Anita’s unique grass layout in 1:12.23. Tanda finished a nose back in third.

September 29, 2011

ARCADIA, Calif. (Sept. 29, 2011) – Acclamation, a 5-year-old California-bred who had won but 4 of 23 starts prior to a superb four-race sweep this summer, will be two races away from becoming a serious Horse of the Year candidate when facing seven opponents in Sunday’s Grade II, $150,000 Clement L.