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February 23, 2014

ECLIPSE CHAMP WILL TAKE CHARGE, TWO TIME BIG ’CAP WINNER GAME ON DUDE EXPECTED TO RUN

ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 23, 2014)—Florida-based Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Mucho Macho Man stepped off a Ranch Runners Horse Transportation Van in Santa Anita’s stable area at 5:15 p.m. PST on Sunday, in advance of a highly anticipated rematch with Classic runner-up Will Take Charge and Game On Dude in the 77th running of the Grade I, $750,000 Santa Anita Handicap presented by San Manuel Indian Bingo and Casino at a mile and a quarter on March 8.

PICK SIX CARRYOVER OF $198,609 INTO THURSDAY, TOTAL POOL COULD REACH $2 MILLION

ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 23, 2014)—Sweet Swap, with Joe Talamo up, took no prisoners in easily winning Sunday’s $75,000 Joe Hernandez Stakes by 1 ¾ lengths, while covering 6 ½ furlongs down Santa Anita’s hillside turf course in 1:12.28.

February 22, 2014

ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 22, 2014)—Pending final review from the Guinness Book of World Records, Santa Anita Park, with the help of 490 “Yelp Elite” online devotees, will have established a new mark for total number of beer tasters Saturday afternoon in the track’s first-ever Largest Beer Tasting Event.

ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 22, 2014)—Ambitious Brew, ridden by Brice Blanc, got a perfect stalking trip and upset favored Lakerville to win Saturday’s $100,000 Sensational Star Stakes by 1 ½ lengths, covering 6 ½ furlongs down Santa Anita’s hillside turf course in 1:12 flat.

February 21, 2014

ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 21, 2014)—Longshot Better Bet made the early lead and withstood a stout late challenge from Lucky Views to pull off a 13-1 stunner in Friday’s featured $58,000 Silver Lining Purse allowance, winning by a nose while getting one mile on turf in 1:35.27.

February 20, 2014

ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 20, 2014)—Heavily favored San Onofre registered an impressive 1 ¼ length win in Thursday’s $60,000 Falling Star Purse, getting 6 ½ furlongs in a rapid 1:14.56 under regular rider Mike Smith. Breaking from post five, he out-footed second choice Heir of Storm around the far turn through fractions of 22.52, 44.64 and 1:08.30, and was full of run throughout.

SANTA ANITA HONORS THE MEMORY OF THE ORIGINAL ‘VOICE OF SANTA ANITA’

ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 20, 2014)—Trainer Steve Asmussen’s Unbridled’s Note, a three-time stakes winner down Santa Anita’s unique 6 ½ furlong hillside turf course, will be back to defend his title in Sunday’s $75,000 Joe Hernandez Stakes, which has attracted a field of seven older horses.

February 19, 2014

ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 19, 2014)—Owner, trainer and breeder Barry Abrams hopes for some personal “Showtime” at Santa Anita on Saturday, as his Lakerville heads a field of seven in the $100,000 Sensational Star Stakes for older California-breds going 6 ½ furlongs down the Camino Real Turf Course.

February 17, 2014

MASSIVE TOTAL PICK SIX POOL OF $1,349,508 PRODUCES 12 WINNERS WORTH $65,197.20

ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 17, 2014)—A winner of three consecutive stakes going 6 ½ furlongs down Santa Anita’s hillside turf course, the Tom Proctor-trained Pontchatrain stretched out in style Monday, winning the Grade II, $200,000 Buena Vista Stakes by a length under Gary Stevens, getting one mile on grass in 1:33.33.

ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 17, 2014)—With a carryover from Sunday of $119,278 to shoot at, bettors across North America “bet it up” on Monday, as Santa Anita’s total Pick Six pool reached $1,349,508.