ARCADIA, Calif. (March 5, 2010)—The National Weather Service provided some highly anticipated good news on Friday afternoon, with a revised prediction of significantly less rain than originally predicted for Saturday, the day of the Gr. I Santa Anita Handicap and three other graded stakes at Santa Anita.

In a dispatch issued at 2:57 p.m., PST, the Weather Service in Los Angeles noted: “At this time…the amount of precipitation expected across the area (Southern California) will be limited…Rain is expected to become likely over San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties Saturday morning, with the rain affecting Ventura and Los Angeles Counties Saturday afternoon and night.

“…Rainfall totals with this storm are expected to range between one quarter and one half of an inch, with the shower activity ending by Sunday afternoon. Local amounts to three quarters of an inch will be possible over the foothills and mountains, especially across the San Gabriel Mountains. Rainfall rates with this storm are expected to remain below established USGS thresholds, so no significant problems are anticipated for the recent burn areas.”

In addition to the Santa Anita Handicap, two other grade one events are scheduled for Saturday, the Frank E. Kilroe Mile and the Santa Anita Oaks. The Gr. III Sham Stakes, originally scheduled for Feb. 27, will also be run as part of an 11-race program.

Although its Pro-Ride synthetic main track has experienced drainage difficulties, Santa Anita officials, based upon this updated forecast, are very confident live racing will proceed without incident on Saturday, as the main track has proven capable of handling up to one inch of rain.

First post time is 12 noon. All fans in attendance will receive a beautiful Santa Anita wall clock, with paid admission. For more information on Big ’Cap Day, fans are encouraged to visit