POPULAR "UNCORKED" WINE EVENT SET FOR MAR. 29, SANTA ANITA TO HOST LOCAL WINERIES, RESTAURANTS

ARCADIA, Calif. (Mar. 20, 2009)—Santa Anita Park will play host to its second annual “Santa Anita Uncorked” wine event on Sunday, Mar. 29. The event, which includes wine tasting, cuisine sampling and an art show, will be held in Santa Anita’s beautiful Paddock Gardens area, adjacent to the Seabiscuit Walking Ring.

Fans aged 21 and over are encouraged to spend a day at Santa Anita tasting fine wines, sampling cuisine from popular area restaurants, and perusing a colorful Paddock Art Exhibit while experiencing an exciting day at the races.

“Santa Anita Uncorked” will again be sponsored by the Wine of the Month Club, based in nearby Monrovia.

Headlining an impressive list of visiting wineries is the label “Jinetes” (which translates to “rider” in Spanish). Jinetes was a popular first-ever release last year which was produced by a Mendicino, Ca. based vineyard.

Jinetes is owned by top jockeys Mike Smith and Alex Solis, along with Thoroughbred owner Tom Lenner. Categorized as a Syrah, Jinetes will be personally presented by the two jockeys, mounts permitting, and will be available along with other brands, for tasting in the Paddock Gardens area.
Jinetes will also be available by the bottle and glass in Santa Anita’s FrontRunner Restaurant.
“I’ve been collecting wine for 21 years,” said Solis, a winner of more than 4,600 races, who is once again a finalist for Thoroughbred racing’s Hall of Fame. “My number one passion is racing and wine is my number two passion.”

Smith, a winner of 14 Breeders’ Cup races in an illustrious career that included Hall of Fame induction in 2003, said “We’re very excited about this wine. If you appreciate and enjoy wine, it’s pretty incredible to have your own. We’re very proud of it and I think a lot of people are going to be surprised by just how good it is.”

Cuisine will be provided by local upscale restaurants, including Matt Denny’s, Nikki C’s, and Langham Hotels.

The “Uncorked” art exhibit will feature artist Erica Nordean and others.
“Santa Anita Uncorked” packages will include: Parking, Club House admission, including a grandstand seat, racing program, wine tasting, cuisine sampling, art exhibit and a souvenir wine glass.

Tickets for admission, parking, program and restricted-area wrist band are available for $60 each, and can be purchased at the Santa Anita ticket office, or by phone at (626) 574-RACE. Tickets can also be purchased on-line at www.santaanita.com.
Proceeds from “Santa Anita Uncorked” will go to benefit Rotary Club Youth Services and Arcadia High School Athletic Boosters.

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