ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 23, 2010)—With bright sunshine in abundance for the first time since Sunday, Santa Anita’s main track has been declared fit and ready for live racing this afternoon by jockeys and horsemen alike.

“It’s great to be back in action,” said Santa Anita President Ron Charles, after conferring with a group of jockeys and trainers early Saturday morning. “Our track superintendent, Rich Tedesco has done a tremendous job getting this track ready. Although we’ve had more than eight inches of rain this week, it’s draining much better now and we’re ready to go this afternoon.

“The forecast is good for today and tomorrow and we’re looking forward to some great racing. As we’ve said all along, safety is our number one priority and that’s why we wanted to be sure and consult with the riders this morning and get their blessing.

“A lot of people depend on our live racing here at Santa Anita, including of course, our customers. We want to welcome everyone back we’re hopeful we can get back on a regular schedule. As we’ve said, we’re going to be changing surfaces at the end of the meet in April and we’re just going to be very careful as to how we proceed in the event we get additional significant rain in the weeks to come.

“As far as the turf course goes, it is still too wet to run on today, but we’re very hopeful we’ll be able to run the (Gr. II) San Marcos on the grass tomorrow.”

Santa Anita will offer nine race cards both today and Sunday, with first post time at 12:30 p.m.