SANTA ANITA JOCKEYS TO SIGN AUTOGRAPHS SUNDAY, FANS ALSO OFFERED 75TH ANNIVERSARY CLOCK, SHIRT

ARCADIA, Calif. (April 15, 2010)—Santa Anita Park’s 75th anniversary season will come to a close this Sunday and fans will be treated to a jockey autograph session in the East Paddock Gardens from 11 a.m. to 12 noon. Additionally, all fans will receive their choice of a beautiful 75th anniversary Wall Clock or a Derby Day Casual Dress Shirt, with paid admission, while supplies last.

Leading rider Rafael Bejarano, Mike Smith, Tyler Baze, Joel Rosario, Joe Talamo, Martin Pedroza, Brice Blanc, Martin Garcia and Omar Berrio are among those jockeys scheduled to participate.

Santa Anita, which opened on Dec. 25, 1934, and has been in continuous operation since, excepting three years due to World War II, is an iconic figure on the Southern California sports landscape. “The Great Race Place” predates all major league sports franchises in Southern California and is regarded as America’s most beautiful racing venue.

Admission gates will open Sunday at 10:30 a.m. and first post time is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. Santa Anita’s traditional closing day feature, the Gr. II San Juan Capistrano Handicap, to be contested at 1 ¾ miles on turf, will highlight a 10-race program.

Santa Anita will be open for simulcast wagering during the upcoming Hollywood Park, Del Mar and Fairplex Park meetings and will reopen for live racing during the Oak Tree at Santa Anita meeting which will begin Sept. 29.

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