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October 20, 2011

ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 20, 2011) – Irish-bred Fort Hastings, who has scored victories sprinting on turf in France, Switzerland and Germany, turns back in distance on Sunday when facing eight other 3-year-olds in the $65,000 Uniformity Stakes at 6 ½ furlongs over Santa Anita’s hillside turf course.

Trained by Hall of Famer Jerry Hollendorfer for Michael Lynch, the bay ridgling made his U.S. debut on July 20 in Del Mar’s one-mile Oceanside Stakes and returned 2 ½ weeks later in the Grade II La Jolla Handicap at 1 1/16 miles.

October 19, 2011

ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 19, 2011) – Simply smashing in her racing debut nearly two months ago, Jerry and Ann Moss’s Sister Moon makes her highly anticipated return to action Saturday as the prohibitive favorite among six entrants in Santa Anita’s $65,000 Anoakia Stakes for 2-year-old fillies at six furlongs.

Trained by John Sadler, the homebred daughter of Dixie Union set a track record of 1:02.70 for 5 ½ furlongs while thoroughly dominating her opposition by 9 ¾ lengths at Del Mar on Aug. 21.

LEXINGTON, Ky. (October 19, 2011) – The Breeders’ Cup announced today the launch of its $500K Pay Day promotion that will be conducted in partnership with seventeen racetracks across the country and culminating on Breeders’ Cup Saturday, November 5.

October 16, 2011

ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 16, 2011) – British-bred Up In Time proved her 11-1 upset in Del Mar’s Grade II San Clemente Handicap was no fluke Sunday when Martin Garcia drove her to a 1 ¼ -length victory over Celestial Kitten in Santa Anita’s Grade III, $100,000 Harold C. Ramser, Sr. Stakes for 3-year-old fillies at one mile on turf.

Sent off this time at odds of 5-1 in a field of 11, Up In Time rallied from just off the pace to gain the lead in midstretch and steadily draw clear while covering the distance in 1:34.25. Celestial Kitten, with Patrick Valenzuela, edged Bauble Queen by a neck for the place after having yielded a brief midstretch lead to the winner.

October 15, 2011

ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 15, 2011) – Ultimate Eagle, a 34-1 shot making his stakes debut, gained an early lead Saturday in Santa Anita’s Grade II, $150,000 Oak Tree Derby and simply kept on going in the mile-and-one-eighth turf event to score by one-half length over late-charging French import Venomous.

Ridden by Martin Pedroza, the dark bay son of Mizzen Mast stretched his winning streak to three for owner B. J. Wright while timed in 1:47.03, but his lack of stakes experience made him an unattractive commodity on the tote board.

Pedroza directed Ultimate Eagle though relatively soft early fractions of 23.27, 47.09 and 1:10.53 after he shook off early pressure by favored Midnight Interlude. Venomous’ furious rally presented the only real scare, and the newcomer could have even been more threatening except for steadying briefly inside the sixteenth pole under jockey Joel Rosario.

October 14, 2011

ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 14, 2011) – After a change in running style that resulted in two near misses surrounding his maiden victory, 3-year-old gelding Joker Face scored with authority Friday as the 7-10 favorite in Santa Anita’s $28,050 Rosemead Purse, a starter allowance event at one mile on turf.

With Rafael Bejarano gaining his third win of the afternoon, Joker Face took command early, discouraged early pursuer Italian Channel, and drew off to win by 3 ½ lengths in 1:35.47.

October 13, 2011

ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 13, 2011) – Even-money favorite Bluegrass Reward validated his support on Thursday with a decisive, wire-to-wire victory in Santa Anita’s featured $48,350 Solvang Purse for California-breds at 1 1/16 miles.

With Joe Talamo in the saddle, the 3-year-old gelding finished 5 ¼ lengths ahead of runner-up Lodi Red while stopping the clock in 1:41.78.

October 10, 2011

ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 12, 2010) – Santa Anita Derby winner Midnight Interlude continues his promising career as a grass runner Saturday when heading a full field of 14 three-year-olds in Santa Anita’s Grade II, $150,000 Oak Tree Derby at 1 1/8 miles on turf.

Trained by Bob Baffert, Arnold Zetcher’s homebred son of War Chant is coming off an ultra-game effort in the Grade II Del Mar Derby on Sept.

ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 10, 2011) – Returning to the venue of his greatest triumphs, 7-year-old gelding California Flag turned back the calendar Monday to become the first three-time winner of Santa Anita’s Grade III, $100,000 Morvich Stakes and perhaps earn himself another shot at the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint that he won in 2009.

Sent off at odds of 6-1 after not having registered a victory since Del Mar’s Green Flash Handicap in August of 2010, California Flag rallied from just off the pace to defeat Excessive Passion by one-half length over the 6 ½ furlongs of Santa Anita’s hillside turf course while timed in 1:11.91.

ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 10, 2011)—Santa Anita Park’s picturesque infield area will play host to the annual Burbank Road Kings Classic Car Show on Sunday, Oct. 16. Hot rods, modifieds, street rods, sports cars, restored classics and muscle cars will all be on display and be complimented by live rock and roll provided by Captain Cardiac and The Coronaries.