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November 28, 2011

ARCADIA, Calif. (Nov. 29, 2011)—Eclipse Award winning trainer Steve Asmussen returned to Santa Anita on Tuesday for the second consecutive year and will maintain a stable of approximately 40 horses through Santa Anita’s upcoming winter/spring meeting, which will open on Dec. 26.

November 23, 2011

November 22, 2011

ARCADIA, Calif. (Nov. 22, 2011)—Santa Anita Park’s nationally recognized Champions! Gifts & Apparel is geared for the holidays and will be open Black Friday, Nov. 25. Champions! will stage an all-day Black Friday special, with 25 percent off of all clothing—jackets, hats, sweatshirts and T-shirts.

“We truly have something for everyone, no matter what age group,” said Chris Crocker, manager of Champions! “We’re excited to be getting ready for opening day on Dec.

November 21, 2011

ARCADIA, Calif. (Nov. 21, 2011)—For the very first time, Christmas Trees will be available for purchase at Santa Anita Park, beginning Friday, Nov. 25. Tahoe Christmas Tree Company will set up in the track’s southwest parking lot, Gate 1, and more than 1,000 trees will be displayed through Dec. 23.

“The majority of our trees come from Oregon direct from the growers,” said Julian Blandino of Tahoe Christmas Trees. “Our trees are hand-picked from the fields and not bought from distributors and wholesalers who buy them in bulk form for chain stores, so Tahoe trees are always fresh.

November 18, 2011

ARCADIA, Calif. (Nov. 18, 2011)—For the first time ever, Circus Vargas, America’s Favorite Big Top Circus, will be coming to Santa Anita Park, with its debut performance scheduled for Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 24 at 7:30 p.m.

Circus Vargas has announced that it will allow those are currently unemployed to bring their families (up to four members) and enjoy the opening night performance, free of charge.

“This is obviously a very generous offer on the part of Circus Vargas,” said Pete Siberell, Santa Anita’s Director of Community Services and Special Projects.

ARCADIA, Calif. (Nov. 18, 2011)—Led by the Grade I, $300,000 Malibu Stakes on opening day, Dec.

November 16, 2011

ARCADIA, Calif. (Nov. 16, 2011)—Santa Anita Park has teamed with the California Thoroughbred Breeders Association (CTBA) and the Thoroughbred Owners of California (TOC) to create a newly structured $1 million Sunshine Millions Day program on Saturday, Jan. 28.

ARCADIA, Calif. (Nov. 16, 2011)—Santa Anita Park has announced that it will be installing state-of-the-art video boards in its infield and paddock areas which will be operational opening day, Dec. 26. These boards will carry live satellite broadcast feeds of all post parades and racing at Santa Anita and will also keep fans up to date on current odds and major stakes races which are broadcast from throughout North America.

“One of our top priorities is to continually work to improve the on-track experience for our fans,” said Santa Anita Vice President of Sales and Marketing Chris Quinn. “The Big Board in the infield is going to be fantastic. It will measure 53’ x 29’ and it’s manufactured by Daktronics. The resolution it projects is the best in the world today and it will enhance everyone’s day at the races.

November 9, 2011

ARCADIA, Calif. (Nov. 9, 2011)—The Ruth and Charles Gilb Arcadia Historical Museum has announced the creation of “And They’re Off!!,” an exhibit chronicling the historical impact of Santa Anita Park on the city of Arcadia and its impact on the community at-large. The exhibit, which is fully entitled “And They’re Off!! Euphemera and Images of Santa Anita Park,” is scheduled to open at 10 a.m. on Nov. 12, and will remain open through Jan. 21.

Santa Anita Paddock Guard John Shear will be a featured speaker for the exhibit’s opening and will be available for interviews and questions.

November 6, 2011

ARCADIA, Calif. (Nov. 6, 2011)—Santa Anita’s inaugural 24-day Autumn Meet concluded Sunday, as The Great Race Place stood tall in the face of declining industry revenues, posting significant gains in on-track attendance, handle and in average-per-race field size when compared to like racing dates the past two years.

Average field size for the meet was 8.8 horses per race, a significant increase from 2009, when field size was 7.7 horses per race.