SANTA ANITA PARK PREMIERES ITS NEW OFFICIAL SONG, “MY CALIFORNIA” ON SATURDAY, USC MARCHING BAND & SINGER FERRAS TO PERFORM

ARCADIA, Calif. (Sept. 28, 2012)--“In the great horse racing tradition of the Kentucky Derby’s ‘My Old Kentucky Home,’ and the Preakness’ ‘Oh, Maryland,’ we wanted to have a song that spoke to our story,” said Mark Verge, CEO of Santa Anita Park.

The Park tapped award-winning songwriter Jimmy Dunne, with hit songs on 28 million records and rooms full of gold and platinum records spanning the globe.

“For many generations, so many Californians have shared a unique and passionate story of having an extraordinary dream in life, and coming to California to risk it all to make that dream a reality,” said Dunne. “I tried to capture that in the song.”

“My California” debuts this Saturday, in front of an expected 25,000 Californians – and will be performed twice. First, by hit-singer Ferras, followed by the 100-member “USC Marching Band.” Fans will be invited to “follow the bouncing ball” and sing-along with the USC Marching Band.

The USC Marching Band will be directed by Dr. Arthur Bartner; and the USC Marching Band’s arrangement was created by USC’s Tony Fox.