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SANTA ANITA OFFERS 10 LIVE RACES INCLUDING LURE STAKES ON SATURDAY WHICH WILL COMPLEMENT SIMULCAST OF NINE BREEDERS’ CUP EVENTS; GATES OPEN AT 8 A.M.
ARCADIA, Calif. (Nov. 2, 2011) – Santa Anita’s simulcast of Saturday’s nine Breeders’ Cup stakes races from Churchill Downs that climax racing’s two-day championship event will be complemented by 10 live races including the $65,000 Lure Stakes at one mile on turf.
Gates will open at 8 a.m. The first of 12 races simulcast from Churchill Downs will be shown at 9:05 a.m. The first of the Breeders’ Cup events, the Grade II Marathon, is scheduled to be run at 10:20 a.m. Santa Anita’s first live race goes at 10:40 a.m.
Live races will continue to be interspersed between Breeders’ Cup races which conclude with the $5 million Classic at 4 p.m. The last race on the Santa Anita card is scheduled for 4:55 p.m.
The schedule for Saturday’s Breeders’ Cup simulcast races with local times:
Grade II Marathon, 10:20 a.m.
Grade I Juvenile Turf, 11:02 a.m.
Grade I Sprint, 11:37 a.m.
Grade II Turf Sprint, 12:21 p.m.
Grade I Dirt Mile, 1:01 p.m.
Grade I Turf, 1:45 p.m.
Grade I Juvenile, 2:25 p.m.
Grade I Mile, 3:07 p.m.
Grade I Classic, 4 p.m.
Breeders’ Cup Pick Six wagering will begin with the Turf Sprint and conclude with the Classic. Churchill Downs will offer Pick Four wagers beginning with the Juvenile Turf and the Turf. A Super High Five will be available on the Classic.
Santa Anita, meanwhile, will offer its normal menu of wagering that includes the 50-cent Players’ Pick Five that commences with its first race.
The Lure, which will be contested as the ninth race, attracted a contentious field of nine that features five graded stakes winners including Blue Chagall, a 3 ½-length winner of the event in 2009 at Santa Anita.
Blue Chagall, however, will be seeking his first victory of the year to end a nine-race skid. The 6-year-old, French-bred gelding most recently finished fifth in the Grade II Oak Tree Mile on Oct. 8. Trained by Julio Canani for Prestonwood Farm, Blue Chagall has posted an overall record of 6-4-1 in 34 starts for earnings of $400,171.
Most accomplished of the entrants is three-time graded stakes winner Monterey Jazz, sixth in the Oak Tree Mile. Class Racing Stable’s 7-year-old campaigner has earned $721,454 in 27 lifetime starts while compiling an 8-2-4 record. David Flores rides for trainer Craig Dollase.
The likely favorite is John Johny Jak, who finished a solid third behind Jeranimo and Mr. Commons in the Oak Tree Mile following a nose victory over Norvsky in the Harry F. Brubaker Stakes at Del Mar on Aug. 24. Victor Espinoza will be aboard the 4-year-old ridgling whose record of 7-5-2 in 22 starts has generated earnings of $242,709. Kristin Mulhall trains John Johny Jak for Kretz Racing.
The complete field for the Lure Stakes, with jockeys and weights in post position order: Fantastic Pick, no rider, 119; War Element, Brice Blanc, 119, Monterey Jazz, David Flores, 119; Assessment, Daniel Vergara, 119; Make Music for Me, Jose Valdivia Jr., 123; John Johny Jak, Victor Espinoza, 123; Posse Power, Leslie Mawing, 119; Blue Chagall, Martin Pedroza, 119, and Leroy’s Dynameaux, Alonso Quinonez, 123.