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October 8, 2011

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.

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.