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October 31, 2011

ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 31, 2011) – Santa Anita will intersperse seven live races among its simulcast presentation of Friday’s opening day of the two-day Breeders’ Cup, racing’s championship event held this year at Churchill Downs.

With gates opening at 10 a.m. on Friday, the first of ten races from Churchill Downs will be shown at 11 a.m. Santa Anita’s first race will be run at 12:50 p.m.

October 30, 2011

October 29, 2011

ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 29, 2011) – Norvsky, who never runs a bad race, turned in his best on Saturday when bursting from fourth to first in the closing yards of Santa Anita’s $175,000 California Cup Classic presented by City National Bank to give Rafael Bejarano his fourth of five riding victories on the nine-race afternoon devoted strictly to California-bred horses.

A 5-year-old gelding who had been out of the money but once in 15 previous starts, Norvsky delivered as the 3-2 favorite with his late spurt that edged runner-up Lucky Primo by a neck. Raced for the first time on turf, the mile-and-one-eighth event was timed in 1:46.97.

October 28, 2011

ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 28, 2011) – After picking up minor awards in four races on turf, a switch to Santa Anita’s main track agreed with Pincelada, who responded by scoring her first victory in 18 months when dominating Friday’s seven-furlong feature, a $49,980 allowance event for fillies and mares.

With jockey Joe Talamo at the controls, the 4-year-old Florida-bred filly took control soon after the start, turned back close pursuer Came West on the far turn, and drew away to win by 4 ¼ lengths under a hand ride.

ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 28, 2011)—For the second time in the past four years, upstart race caller John Lies (pronounced Lees) will deputize for legendary Santa Anita announcer Trevor Denman on Nov. 3, 4 &5, as Denman will be at Churchill Downs to once again serve as the voice of the Breeders’ Cup World Championships on ESPN and ABC.

Lies, 34, filled in for Denman at Santa Anita during the 2007 Breeders’ Cup at Monmouth Park in 2007 and has been the regular track announcer at Lone Star Park in Grand Prairie, Texas for the past seven years. He has also served as Del Mar’s intertrack television host for the past five summers.

(Oct. 28,2011) - The National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) announced today that Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif., has been fully accredited by the NTRA Safety and Integrity Alliance following a complete review of all racing operations at the facility.

October 27, 2011

ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 27, 2011)—Mace Siegel, a prominent owner and breeder of Thoroughbreds for more than 47 years, died of heart failure at his home in Beverly Hills on Wednesday at the age of 86. A founding member of the Thoroughbred Owners of California (TOC), Siegel, a New Jersey native, campaigned horses in California with his wife, Jan, and daughter Samantha for three decades. He was predeceased by his wife in 2002.

The Siegels met on a blind date at Aqueduct racetrack in New York in 1962 and were married two months and five days later. Jan Siegel, who became interested in horse racing while a student at the University of Kentucky, was a singer with big bands in her youth and her favorite song was “I Love You Samantha.” Their daughter was named for the tune.

ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 27, 2011)—Game On Dude and Amazombie head a strong contingent of 41 horses that are either based or made their most recent starts at Santa Anita and were pre-entered on Wednesday for the Breeders’ Cup World Championships at Churchill Downs on Nov. 4 & 5.

Game On Dude, a winner of the Grade I Santa Anita Handicap on March 5, and was most recently victorious in the Grade I Goodwood Stakes on Oct. 1, was pre-entered for the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic.

October 26, 2011

ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 26, 2011) – Soul Candy, a 5-year-old gelding trained by Paddy Gallagher, will attempt to become the first back-to-back winner of the $175,000 California Cup Classic presented by City National Bank on Saturday when Santa Anita hosts the 22nd running of the series of stakes races exclusively for California-breds.

Not only does Soul Candy face the challenge of winning the festive day’s centerpiece in successive years. Along with seven opponents, he will have to deal with a change in surface as the mile-and-one-eighth Classic is to be contested on turf for the first time.