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TOP TOURNAMENT HANDICAPPER DENNIS DECAUWER TO BE GUEST HANDICAPPER ON ‘QUIGLEY’S CORNER’ SUNDAY AT SANTA ANITA

Race Tracks | Santa Anita Park | 1 month ago
March 13, 2014 ARCADIA, Calif. (March 13, 2014)—Top handicapping tournament horseplayer Dennis Decauwer will be Tom Quigley’s special guest this Sunday for “Quigley’s Corner,” a free handicapping seminar in Santa Anita’s East Paddock Gardens, beginning at 11:20 a.m. read more Read More...

SANTA ANITA’S $1 MILLION ST. PAT’S HORSESHOE PITCH SET FOR SATURDAY, POPULAR CONTEST IS FREE TO ENTER & FIVE NAMES WILL BE DRAWN FOR A CHANCE TO ‘RING-IN’ A MILLION IN IRISH-GREEN

Race Tracks | Santa Anita Park | 1 month ago
March 12, 2014 THREE DOLLAR BUD LIGHT ‘GREEN’ & FIVE DOLLAR JAMESON SHOTS ALSO AVAILABLE ALL DAY ARCADIA, Calif. (March 12, 2013)—Santa Anita will again offer fans a shot at $1 million on Saturday, as the track’s popular $1 million St. Pat’s Horseshoe Pitch will be conducted between races. All fans attending on-track this Saturday are encouraged to fill out a free entry form no later than the fifth race in order to have a shot at being one of five finalists selected to take a “pitch” at a perfect ringer following the seventh race. read more Read More...

CLASSY DANCINGTOTHESTARS, CIAO BELLA LUNA & TRIBAL SPY HEAD $100,000 IRISH O’BRIEN STAKES SATURDAY; CALIFORNIA-BRED OR SIRED FILLIES & MARES SET TO GO 6 ½ FURLONGS DOWN HILLSIDE TURF COURSE

Race Tracks | Santa Anita Park | 1 month ago
March 12, 2014 ARCADIA, Calif. (March 12, 2014)—Classy Dancingtothestars, a winner of the one mile turf Megahertz Stake two starts back, Ciao Bella Luna, an extra game winner of the Sunshine Millions Filly & Mare Turf Sprint going 6 ½ furlongs down Santa Anita’s hillside turf course Jan. 25, and Tribal Spy, who pressed the pace and was third, beaten a half length by “Ciao,” head a competitive field of seven in Saturday’s $100,000 Irish O’Brien Stakes for older fillies and mares coming down the hill. read more Read More...

FIFTYSHADESOFHAY, IOTAPA HEAD COMPETITIVE GRADE I, $350,000 SANTA MARGARITA STAKES ON SATURDAY, OLDER FILLIES & MARES TO GO 1 1/8 MILES

Race Tracks | Santa Anita Park | 1 month ago
March 12, 2014 ARCADIA, Calif. (March 12, 2014)—Fiftyshadesofhay, a troubled fourth in the Grade II La Canada Stakes Jan. 19, and Iotapa, and impressive gate to wire winner of the Grade II Santa Maria Stakes Feb. 15, head a competitive field of eight older fillies and mares going 1 1/8 in Saturday’s Grade I, $350,000 Santa Margarita Stakes at Santa Anita. read more Read More...

JUDY THE BEAUTY EXUDES CLASS IN WINNING GRADE III LAS FLORES STAKES, JOHN VELAZQUEZ, WESLEY WARD TEAM UP TO WIN BY 4 ¾ LENGTHS

Race Tracks | Santa Anita Park | 1 month ago
March 9, 2014 ARCADIA, Calif. (March 9, 2014)—Heavily favored Judy the Beauty, idle since running second to multiple Eclipse Award winner Groupie Doll in the Grade I Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint Nov. 2, showed her class in winning Sunday’s Grade III, $100,000 Las Flores Stakes at Santa Anita by 4 ¾ lengths, negotiating six furlongs in 1:08.22. read more Read More...

GAME ON DUDE, CALIFORNIA CHROME HEADLINE WORLD-CLASS RACING ON SANTA ANITA HANDICAP DAY; TOTAL HANDLE OF $22.5 MILLION IS 23 PERCENT INCREASE OVER LAST YEAR, ON-TRACK HANDLE UP 11 PERCENT

Race Tracks | Santa Anita Park | 1 month ago
March 8, 2014 ‘DUDE’ SETS NEW BIG ’CAP STAKES RECORD OF 1:58.17, ‘CHROME’ RUNS 2ND FASTEST SAN FELIPE ONE WINNING PICK SIX TICKET PAYS $234,434.00, ‘SINGLETON’ PURCHASED THROUGH TVG ARCADIA, Calif. (March 8, 2014)—With veteran 7-year-old gelding Game On Dude and 3-year-old superstar California Chrome headlining a blockbuster 11-race program on Saturday at Santa Anita, total Santa Anita Handicap Day handle was $22,589,082, a robust 23 percent increase over last year. read more Read More...

GAME ON DUDE WINS RECORD THIRD SANTA ANITA HANDICAP; SMITH & BAFFERT TEAM FOR STAKES RECORD TIME OF 1:58.17

Race Tracks | Santa Anita Park | 1 month ago
March 8, 2014 By BETH HARRIS AP Racing Writer ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) _ On the same track where Breeders' Cup glory has eluded him, Game On Dude won the $750,000 Santa Anita Handicap by 1¾ lengths Saturday, becoming the first three-time champion in the race's 77-year history. read more Read More...

WINNING PRIZE IMPRESSIVE GATE TO WIRE WINNER OF GRADE I, $350,000 FRANK E. KILROE MILE; NAKATANI & DRYSDALE TEAM FOR HALF LENGTH WIN

Race Tracks | Santa Anita Park | 1 month ago
March 8, 2014 ARCADIA, Calif. (March 8, 2014)—Argentine-bred Winning Prize, with Corey Nakatani up, made every pole a winning one in Saturday’s Grade I, $350,000 Frank E. Kilroe Mile at Santa Anita, prevailing by a half length over Florida-based shipper Lochte while getting a mile on turf in 1:32.44. read more Read More...

SAHARA SKY SURGES LATE TO WIN GRADE II, $250,000 SAN CARLOS STAKES BY HALF LENGTH, TOP SPRINTER BACK ON GAME AFTER DISAPPOINTING COMEBACK EFFORT IN PALOS VERDES STAKES FEB. 2

Race Tracks | Santa Anita Park | 1 month ago
March 8, 2014 ARCADIA, Calif. (March 8, 2014)—Sahara Sky is back. Dead last, eight lengths off the lead with a quarter of a mile to run, the 6-year-old horse by Pleasant Tap avenged a disappointing run off the bench Feb. 2 to win Saturday’s Grade II, $250,000 San Carlos Stakes at Santa Anita by a half length under Joel Rosario, covering seven furlongs in 1:20.84. read more Read More...

CALIFORNIA CHROME HAS LOOK OF SUPERSTAR AS HE WINS GRADE II, $300,000 SAN FELIPE STAKES BY 7 ¼ LENGTHS, $1 MILLION SANTA ANITA DERBY COULD BE NEXT FOR CALIFORNIA-BRED COLT BY LUCKY PULPIT

Race Tracks | Santa Anita Park | 1 month ago
March 8, 2014 ARCADIA, Calif. (March 6, 2014)—In a breathtaking performance, California Chrome, under Victor Espinoza, won Saturday’s Grade II, $300,000 San Felipe Stakes in gate to wire fashion by 7 ¼ lengths, covering 1 1/16 miles in 1:40.59, the second fastest final time in the 77-year history of the race, potentially stamping himself as the horse to beat in the $1 million Santa Anita Derby on April 5. read more Read More...

ENGLISH-BRED RHAGORI UP TO WIN U.S. DEBUT IN $58,000 TURF ALLOWANCE FEATURE, CALLAGHAN, BEJARANO TEAM FOR NECK VICTORY

Race Tracks | Santa Anita Park | 1 month ago
March 7, 2014 ARCADIA, Calif. (March 7, 2014)—A multiple minor stakes winner in her native England, 7-5 favorite Rhagori rallied from off the pace under Rafael Bejarano in her U.S. debut Friday, taking Santa Anita’s third race by a neck in a $58,000 allowance for older fillies at one mile on turf, covering the distance in 1:35.45. read more Read More...

TRAINER DOUG O’NEILL TO HOST YOUNG MAN WITH DOWN SYNDROME ON BIG ’CAP DAY; 23-YEAR-OLD WHO IS ALSO HEARING IMPAIRED, IS LONGTIME RACING FAN & HORSE LOVER

Race Tracks | Santa Anita Park | 1 month ago
March 6, 2014 ARCADIA, Calif. (March 6, 2014)—Trainer Doug O’Neill will light up the life of a 23-year-old man with Down Syndrome on Santa Anita Handicap Day this Saturday, as Lawrence Cao has won “A Day With Doug O’Neill,” and will accompany the Kentucky Derby-winning conditioner throughout the afternoon as O’Neill will be saddling a total of four horses in three different races. read more Read More...

JOELITO TAKES $60,000 COMET PURSE ALLOWANCE UNDER NAKATANI

Race Tracks | Santa Anita Park | 1 month ago
March 6, 2014 ARCADIA, Calif. (March 6, 2014)—Joelito, with Corey Nakatani up, hugged the temporary rail turning for home and went on to a half length victory in Thursday’s $60,000 Comet Purse allowance at Santa Anita, covering 1 1/8 miles on turf in 1:46.12. read more Read More...

JUDY THE BEAUTY & HEIR KITTY HEAD SUNDAY’S GRADE III LAS FLORES; EASTERN SHIPPER MUNNINGS SISTER SEEKS FIRST GRADED WIN AS OLDER FILLIES & MARES GO SIX FURLONGS IN 62ND RUNNING

Race Tracks | Santa Anita Park | 1 month ago
March 6, 2014 ARCADIA, Calif. (March 6, 2014)—Florida-based Judy the Beauty, second, beaten a half length by multiple Eclipse Award Champion Groupie Doll in her most recent start, the Grade I, Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint Nov. 2 at Santa Anita, heads a field of five older fillies and mares in Sunday’s Grade III, $100,000 Las Flores Stakes at seven furlongs. read more Read More...

SHAKIN IT UP, SAHARA SKY HEADLINE SATURDAY’S GRADE II, $250,000 SAN CARLOS STAKES AT SEVEN FURLONGS, COMPETITIVE FIELD OF 10 ENGAGED

Race Tracks | Santa Anita Park | 1 month ago
March 5, 2014 ARCADIA, Calif. (March 5, 2014)—Versatile Shakin It Up, a winner of the Grade I, seven furlong Malibu Stakes and the Grade II, 1 1/6 miles Strub Stakes Jan. 18, and Sahara Sky, winner of last year’s San Carlos and of the Grade I Metropolitan Handicap at Belmont Park, head a competitive field of 10 sprinters in Saturday’s Grade II, $250,000 San Carlos Stakes at seven furlongs. read more Read More...

ZA APPROVAL, SILENTIO & WINNING PRIZE HEAD SATURDAY’S GRADE I, $350,000 FRANK E. KILROE MILE, FIELD OF 10 TURF SPECIALISTS SET TO GO

Race Tracks | Santa Anita Park | 1 month ago
March 5, 2014 ARCADIA, Calif. (March 5, 2014)—A deep and competitive field of 10 older horses has been assembled for Saturday’s Grade I, $350,000 Frank E. Kilroe Mile, with Breeders’ Cup Mile runner-up Za Approval, Grade II Citation Handicap winner Silentio and Grade II Arcadia Stakes winner Winning Prize heading the lineup. read more Read More...

BAFFERT’S BAYERN LIKELY FAVORITE IN SATURDAY’S GRADE II, $300,000 SAN FELIPE STAKES, FINAL MAJOR STEPPINGSTONE TO $1 MILLION SANTA ANITA DERBY ATTRACTS 10 SOPHS AT 1 1/16 MILES

Race Tracks | Santa Anita Park | 1 month ago
March 5, 2014 ARCADIA, Calif. (March 5, 2014)—A dazzling 15-length one mile allowance winner on Feb. 13, Bob Baffert’s Bayern looms the horse to beat in Saturday’s Grade II, $300,000 San Felipe Stakes for 3-year-olds at 1 1/16 miles, the final major steppingstone to the Grade I, $1 million Santa Anita Derby on April 5. read more Read More...

EPIC REMATCH BETWEEN MUCHO MACHO MAN AND WILL TAKE CHARGE SET, 77TH RUNNING OF GRADE I, $750,000 SANTA ANITA HANDICAP PRESENTED BY SAN MANUEL INDIAN BINGO & CASINO ATTRACTS FIELD OF EIGHT OLDER HORSES TO COMPETE AT 1 ¼ MILES

Race Tracks | Santa Anita Park | 1 month ago
March 5, 2014 ARCADIA, Calif. (March 5, 2014)—Separated by just a nose in the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic at Santa Anita Nov. 2, Classic winner Mucho Macho Man and runner-up Will Take Charge will again clash in the most highly anticipated Santa Anita Handicap since Alysheba and Ferdinand ran 1-2 in 1988, as they head a field of eight older horses set to contest the 77th running of the Grade I, $750,000 Big ’Cap presented by San Manuel Indian Bingo & Casino at 1 ¼ miles on Saturday. read more Read More...

BREEDERS’ CUP CLASSIC WINNER MUCHO MACHO MAN WORKS FIVE FURLONGS IN 1:01.53, STAGE SET FOR REMATCH WITH WILL TAKE CHARGE IN SATURDAY’S GRADE I, $750,000 SANTA ANITA HANDICAP

Race Tracks | Santa Anita Park | 2 months ago
March 2, 2014 ARCADIA, Calif. (March 2, 2014)—Breeders’ Cup Classic champ Mucho Macho Man worked five furlongs between races in 1:01.53 Sunday at Santa Anita, setting the stage for a highly anticipated rematch with Classic runner-up Will Take Charge in Saturday’s Grade I, $750,000 Santa Anita Handicap. read more Read More...

BREEDERS’ CUP CLASSIC WINNER MUCHO MACHO MAN TO WORK FIVE FURLONGS TODAY BETWEEN RACES FOUR AND FIVE IN FINAL PREPARATION FOR SATURDAY’S GRADE I, $750,000 SANTA ANITA HANDICAP

Race Tracks | Santa Anita Park | 2 months ago
March 2, 2014 ARCADIA, Calif. (March 2, 2014)—Trainer Kathy Ritvo announced Sunday morning that Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Mucho Macho Man will work five furlongs between races four and five today at Santa Anita. It is expected that Mucho Macho Man will enter the track from the quarter mile chute at the top of the stretch between 2:10 p.m. and 2:25 p.m. read more Read More...

WEIGHTS ASSIGNED FOR SATURDAY’S GRADE I, $750,000 SANTA ANITA HANDICAP; BREEDERS’ CUP CLASSIC WINNER MUCHO MACHO MAN TO CARRY 124, ECLIPSE CHAMPION WILL TAKE CHARGE TO TOTE 123, GAME ON DUDE 122

Race Tracks | Santa Anita Park | 2 months ago
March 1, 2014 ARCADIA, Calif. (March 1, 2014)—Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Mucho Macho Man has been assigned top weight of 124 pounds for Saturday’s Grade I, $750,000 Santa Anita Handicap presented by San Manuel Indian Bingo & Casino, with Classic runner-up and Eclipse Champion Will Take Charge assigned second-high weight of 123 pounds. Two-time Big ’Cap winner Game On Dude has been assigned 122. read more Read More...

AWESOME BABY TENACIOUS THROUGHOUT AND WINS GRADE III SANTA YSABEL BY 2 ¾ LENGTHS WITH SMITH UP FOR BAFFERT

Race Tracks | Santa Anita Park | 2 months ago
March 1, 2014 ARCADIA, Calif. (March 1, 2014)—Awesome Baby fought off a determined challenge from runner-up Artemis to win Saturday’s Grade III, $100,000 Santa Ysabel Stakes for 3-year-old fillies by 2 ¾ lengths under Mike Smith, getting 1 1/16 miles in a driving rain over a surface labeled wet/fast in 1:41.58.read more Read More...

FIND YOUR SPOT, OFF AT 25-1, REGISTERS SHOCKER IN SANTA ANITA FEATURE; MALDONADO GUIDES PENNEY TRAINEE TO HANDY 1 ¼ LENGTH WIN IN SLOP

Race Tracks | Santa Anita Park | 2 months ago
February 28, 2014 PICK SIX CARRYOVER OF $72,912 INTO SATURDAY, TOTAL POOL COULD EXCEED $500,000 ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 28, 2014)--The longest shot in the field at 25-1, Find Your Spot, with Edwin Maldonado up, routed a group of four rivals by 1 ¼ lengths in Friday’s sixth race at Santa Anita, a $58,000 allowance for 3-year-old fillies, getting six furlongs on a surface listed as wet fast in 1:08.94. read more Read More...

SANTA ANITA ANNOUNCES 2014 SUMMER STAKES SCHEDULE; MEET TO RUN FROM APRIL 25 TO JUNE 29 WITH 34 ADDED MONEY OFFERINGS THAT INCLUDE 21 GRADED STAKES—SIX OF THEM GRADE I EVENTS

Race Tracks | Santa Anita Park | 2 months ago
February 28, 2014 ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 28, 2014)—Santa Anita Park has announced its 2014 Summer Stakes schedule, which will begin April 25 and conclude June 29.read more Read More...

EASTERN-BASED RACING OFFICIAL MIKE LAKOW HIRED AS RACING DIRECTOR BY SANTA ANITA PARK, VAST EXPERIENCE INCLUDES 12-YEAR STINT WITH NYRA

Race Tracks | Santa Anita Park | 2 months ago
February 28, 2014 ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 28, 2014)—Santa Anita Park announced today that Mike Lakow, who served for 12 years as Director of Racing for the New York Racing Association (NYRA) and who is currently a racing steward at Calder Race Course, has been hired as Racing Director and will assist Santa Anita Vice President of Racing Rick Hammerle, effective March 24.read more Read More...

BIG ’CAP BEER FESTIVAL SCHEDULED FOR SANTA ANITA INFIELD ON MARCH 8; COUNTRY MUSIC, WESTERN BBQ, CRAFT BEERS & FAMILY FUN TO COMPLIMENT SANTA ANITA HANDICAP & THREE OTHER GRADED STAKES

Race Tracks | Santa Anita Park | 2 months ago
February 28, 2014 ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 28, 2014)—Santa Anita Park will offer its first-ever Big ’Cap Beer Festival, featuring Craft Beers, Country Music, Western BBQ and Family Fun in the track’s spacious Infield Area on Santa Anita Handicap Day, Saturday, March 8. read more Read More...

COUNTY LINEMAN JUST UP TO WIN FEATURED INDIAN VALLEY PURSE

Race Tracks | Santa Anita Park | 2 months ago
February 27, 2014 ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 27, 2014)—In a race originally scheduled to be run on turf, longshot County Lineman, with Corey Nakatani aboard, rallied from off the pace to win Friday’s featured $50,000 Indian River Purse by a head, getting one mile in 1:35.53. read more Read More...

LEGENDARY AGENT O’BRYAN RECALLS MAGNITUDE OF SANTA ANITA HANDICAP, ‘BLACK HEART’ WON FIRST OF FIVE BIG ’CAPS IN 1957 WITH WHITTINGHAM’S CORN HUSKER, SON CRAIG HAS THIS YEAR’S FAVORITE, MUCHO MACHO MAN

Race Tracks | Santa Anita Park | 2 months ago
February 27, 2014 ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 27, 2014)—Raised on a farm in Southern Illinois, he was delivering newspapers on horseback at the age of 12. Born Oct. 25, 1920 in Taylorville, Illinois, George O’Bryan would go on to become an exercise boy, jockey and, by the 1950s, one of America’s top jockey agents, winning five Santa Anita Handicaps while representing legendary Hall of Fame riders such as Ralph Neves, Manual Ycaza, Donald Pierce and Laffit Pincay, Jr. read more Read More...

BAFFERT’S AWESOME BABY HEADS SATURDAY’S GRADE III SANTA YSABEL, FIELD OF EIGHT 3-YEAR-OLD FILLIES TO CONTEST 1 1/16 MILES

Race Tracks | Santa Anita Park | 2 months ago
February 26, 2014 ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 26, 2014)—Awesome Baby, a gate to wire winner of the Grade II Santa Ynez Stakes going 6 ½ furlongs on Jan. 4, heads a field of eight 3-year-old fillies in Saturday’s Grade III, $100,000 Santa Ysabel at 1 1/16 miles Saturday at Santa Anita. read more Read More...

COREY LANERIE WINS 64TH ANNUAL SANTA ANITA GEORGE WOOLF MEMORIAL JOCKEY AWARD, CAJUN NATIVE ELECTED BY NATIONWIDE VOTE OF HIS PEERS

Race Tracks | Santa Anita Park | 2 months ago
February 26, 2014 ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 26, 2014)—Corey Lanerie, one of the Midwest’s most successful jockeys, has been named the winner of the 2014 Santa Anita George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award by a nationwide vote of his peers. read more Read More...

BREEDERS’ CUP CLASSIC CHAMPION MUCHO MACHO MAN ARRIVES FROM FLORIDA, RITVO CHARGE TO TRAIN UP TO MARCH 8 SANTA ANITA HANDICAP

Race Tracks | Santa Anita Park | 2 months ago
February 23, 2014 ECLIPSE CHAMP WILL TAKE CHARGE, TWO TIME BIG ’CAP WINNER GAME ON DUDE EXPECTED TO RUN ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 23, 2014)—Florida-based Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Mucho Macho Man stepped off a Ranch Runners Horse Transportation Van in Santa Anita’s stable area at 5:15 p.m. PST on Sunday, in advance of a highly anticipated rematch with Classic runner-up Will Take Charge and Game On Dude in the 77th running of the Grade I, $750,000 Santa Anita Handicap presented by San Manuel Indian Bingo and Casino at a mile and a quarter on March 8. read more Read More...

SWEET SWAP TAKES $75,000 JOE HERNANDEZ STAKES BY 1 ¾ LENGTHS

Race Tracks | Santa Anita Park | 2 months ago
February 23, 2014 PICK SIX CARRYOVER OF $198,609 INTO THURSDAY, TOTAL POOL COULD REACH $2 MILLION ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 23, 2014)—Sweet Swap, with Joe Talamo up, took no prisoners in easily winning Sunday’s $75,000 Joe Hernandez Stakes by 1 ¾ lengths, while covering 6 ½ furlongs down Santa Anita’s hillside turf course in 1:12.28. read more Read More...

SANTA ANITA PARK SURPASSES GUINNESS WORLD RECORD FOR BEER TASTING AS 490 ‘YELP ELITE’ MEMBERS SWIG BEERS ON TRACK’S GRANDSTAND APRON

Race Tracks | Santa Anita Park | 2 months ago
February 22, 2014 ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 22, 2014)—Pending final review from the Guinness Book of World Records, Santa Anita Park, with the help of 490 “Yelp Elite” online devotees, will have established a new mark for total number of beer tasters Saturday afternoon in the track’s first-ever Largest Beer Tasting Event. read more Read More...

AMBITIOUS BREW UPSETS TO WIN $100,000 SENSATIONAL STAR STAKES, JONES & BLANC COMBINE DOWN HILLSIDE TO WIN BY 1 ½ LENGTHS

Race Tracks | Santa Anita Park | 2 months ago
February 22, 2014 ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 22, 2014)—Ambitious Brew, ridden by Brice Blanc, got a perfect stalking trip and upset favored Lakerville to win Saturday’s $100,000 Sensational Star Stakes by 1 ½ lengths, covering 6 ½ furlongs down Santa Anita’s hillside turf course in 1:12 flat. read more Read More...

BETTER BET IS BIG UPSETTER IN $58,000 SILVER LINING PURSE

Race Tracks | Santa Anita Park | 2 months ago
February 21, 2014 ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 21, 2014)—Longshot Better Bet made the early lead and withstood a stout late challenge from Lucky Views to pull off a 13-1 stunner in Friday’s featured $58,000 Silver Lining Purse allowance, winning by a nose while getting one mile on turf in 1:35.27. read more Read More...

STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN

Race Tracks | Santa Anita Park | 2 months ago
February 21, 2014 • SMITH OPTIMISTIC ‘DUDE’ CAN BOUNCE BACK IN BIG ‘CAP • FOR JOCKEYS, CHARITY GAME SPARKS KINDRED SPIRIT • LAKERVILLE SEEKS TO STAY PERFECT ON DOWNHILL COURSE GAME ON DUDE HAS ROOM TO IMPROVE FOR BIG ‘CAP Generally speaking, “pace makes the race” is a dependable axiom in horse racing. It works in reverse, as well, as exemplified in the San Antonio Stakes on Feb.read more Read More...

HIGHLY REGARDED SAN ONOFRE TAKES $60,000 FALLING STAR PURSE, MIKE SMITH & KAREN HEADLEY TEAM FOR 1 ¼ LENGTH ALLOWANCE WIN

Race Tracks | Santa Anita Park | 2 months ago
February 20, 2014 ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 20, 2014)—Heavily favored San Onofre registered an impressive 1 ¼ length win in Thursday’s $60,000 Falling Star Purse, getting 6 ½ furlongs in a rapid 1:14.56 under regular rider Mike Smith. Breaking from post five, he out-footed second choice Heir of Storm around the far turn through fractions of 22.52, 44.64 and 1:08.30, and was full of run throughout. read more Read More...

MULTIPLE GRADED STAKES WINNER UNBRIDLED’S NOTE HEADS SUNDAY’S $75,000 JOE HERNANDEZ STAKES AT 6 ½ FURLONGS DOWN HILLSIDE TURF

Race Tracks | Santa Anita Park | 2 months ago
February 20, 2014 SANTA ANITA HONORS THE MEMORY OF THE ORIGINAL ‘VOICE OF SANTA ANITA’ ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 20, 2014)—Trainer Steve Asmussen’s Unbridled’s Note, a three-time stakes winner down Santa Anita’s unique 6 ½ furlong hillside turf course, will be back to defend his title in Sunday’s $75,000 Joe Hernandez Stakes, which has attracted a field of seven older horses. read more Read More...

IT’S ‘SHOWTIME’ FOR LAKERVILLE IN SATURDAY’S $100,000 SENSATIONAL STAR, ABRAMS TRAINEE BIDS FOR TWO STAKES WINS IN-A-ROW DOWN HILLSIDE TURF

Race Tracks | Santa Anita Park | 2 months ago
February 19, 2014 ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 19, 2014)—Owner, trainer and breeder Barry Abrams hopes for some personal “Showtime” at Santa Anita on Saturday, as his Lakerville heads a field of seven in the $100,000 Sensational Star Stakes for older California-breds going 6 ½ furlongs down the Camino Real Turf Course. read more Read More...

PONTCHATRAIN TAKES GRADE II BUENA VISTA, STEVENS & PROCTOR TEAM FOR ONE LENGTH VICTORY AS WAR FRONT FILLY WINS FOURTH IN-A-ROW

Race Tracks | Santa Anita Park | 2 months ago
February 17, 2014 MASSIVE TOTAL PICK SIX POOL OF $1,349,508 PRODUCES 12 WINNERS WORTH $65,197.20 ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 17, 2014)—A winner of three consecutive stakes going 6 ½ furlongs down Santa Anita’s hillside turf course, the Tom Proctor-trained Pontchatrain stretched out in style Monday, winning the Grade II, $200,000 Buena Vista Stakes by a length under Gary Stevens, getting one mile on grass in 1:33.33. read more Read More...

SPURRED BY CARRYOVER OF $119,278, TOTAL SANTA ANITA PICK SIX POOL ON MONDAY REACHES $1,349,508; TOLEDO EDDIE, WITH TALAMO UP, WINS FIRST LEG

Race Tracks | Santa Anita Park | 2 months ago
February 17, 2014 ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 17, 2014)—With a carryover from Sunday of $119,278 to shoot at, bettors across North America “bet it up” on Monday, as Santa Anita’s total Pick Six pool reached $1,349,508. read more Read More...

SANTA ANITA PARK TO HOST ‘LARGEST BEER TASTING’ CONTEST FEB. 22; GREAT RACE PLACE WILL ATTEMPT TO SET GUINNESS WORLD RECORD

Race Tracks | Santa Anita Park | 2 months ago
February 17, 2014 ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 17, 2014)—Santa Anita Park, with the help of a large number of its fans, will attempt to etch its name in the Guinness Book of World Records as it hosts its first-ever “Largest Beer Tasting” event at 12 noon on Saturday, Feb. 22, on the track’s Grandstand apron. read more Read More...

PICK SIX CARRYOVER OF $119,278 INTO PRESIDENTS’ DAY AT SANTA ANITA, TOTAL PICK SIX POOL ON MONDAY EXPECTED TO EXCEED $750,000

Race Tracks | Santa Anita Park | 2 months ago
February 16, 2014 ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 16, 2014)—Although one race remained, when 29-1 shot Rathbaun finished in front of Oscar Party in Sunday’s eighth race at Santa Anita, a Pick Six carryover of $119,278 was assured into Presidents’ Day, with the expectation that Monday’s total pool should exceed $750,000. read more Read More...

KOBE’S BACK RAMBLES FROM OFF PACE TO TAKE GRADE II SAN VICENTE BY 5 ¼ LENGTHS UNDER ROSARIO, SADLER TRAINEE CASTS HIMSELF AS TOP DERBY PROSPECT & WILL GO TWO TURNS IN NEXT START

Race Tracks | Santa Anita Park | 2 months ago
February 16, 2014 ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 16, 2014)—Last early, Kobe’s Back made an eye-catching move around the far turn and went on to an emphatic 5 ¼ length win in Sunday’s Grade II, $200,000 San Vicente Stakes, covering seven furlongs in 1:21.84 while repositioning himself as one of Southern California’s top Derby prospects. read more Read More...

RED OUTLAW GAME WINNER OF $75,000 BAFFLE STAKES, ROSARIO & MILLER COMBINE FOR HEAD VICTORY DOWN HILLSIDE TURF

Race Tracks | Santa Anita Park | 2 months ago
February 16, 2014 ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 16, 2014)—Red Outlaw, with Joel Rosario up, prevailed in a head and head battle the length of the stretch to take Sunday’s $75,000 Baffle Stakes by a head over favored Gangnam Guy and Victor Espinoza, getting 6 ½ furlongs down Santa Anita’s hillside turf course in 1:12.05. read more Read More...

IOTAPA IMPRESSIVE GATE TO WIRE WINNER OF GRADE II SANTA MARIA STAKES, TALAMO CONTROLS PACE AND WINS BY 1 ¾ LENGTHS

Race Tracks | Santa Anita Park | 2 months ago
February 15, 2014 ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 15, 2014)—With Joe Talamo at the controls, the John Sadler-trained Iotapa broke from the rail and took charge into the Club House turn, controlling the pace throughout to win Saturday’s Grade II, $200,000 Santa Maria Stakes by 1 ¾ lengths, getting 1 1/16 miles in 1:42.30. read more Read More...

ON THE BACKSTREETS TAKES $75,000 SWEET LIFE STAKES, BEJARANO GUIDES FILLY BY STREET BOSS TO 2 ¼ LENGTH WIN DOWN HILLSIDE TURF

Race Tracks | Santa Anita Park | 2 months ago
February 15, 2014 ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 15, 2014)—Relaxed early and full of run late, On the Backstreets was a prompt 2 ¼ length winner of Saturday’s $75,000 Sweet Life Stakes at Santa Anita, covering 6 ½ furlongs down the hillside turf course in 1:12.44. read more Read More...

BREEDERS’ CUP CLASSIC CHAMP MUCHO MACHO MAN COMMITTED TO RUN IN GRADE I, $750,000 SANTA ANITA HANDICAP MARCH 8TH

Race Tracks | Santa Anita Park | 2 months ago
February 15, 2014 ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 15, 2014)—Mucho Macho Man, winner of the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic at Santa Anita Nov. 2, will return to the scene of his greatest triumph, as he has been committed to run next in the Grade I, $750,000 Santa Anita Handicap presented by San Manuel Indian Bingo & Casino at a mile and a quarter on March 8, according to his trainer, Kathy Ritvo. read more Read More...

SINGLE WINNING PICK SIX TICKET PAYS $59,808 AND IS PURCHASED ON-TRACK AT SANTA ANITA FOR JUST $16.00

Race Tracks | Santa Anita Park | 2 months ago
February 14, 2014 ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 14, 2014)—For an extremely modest investment of just $16.00, one lucky fan walked home with a Pick Six jackpot of $59,808 on Friday at Santa Anita. read more Read More...

PEACE AND JUSTICE OPENS UP AND HANGS ON TO WIN ONE MILE TURF QUASAR PURSE UNDER BLANC, SHIRREFFS TRAINEE WINS BY HEAD

Race Tracks | Santa Anita Park | 2 months ago
February 14, 2014 ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 14, 2104)—With the temporary rail set at 30 feet, Peace and Justice erupted on the front end around the Club House turn and despite staying on his left lead in deep stretch, held on to take a hard-earned head victory in Friday’s $65,000 Quasar Purse under Brice Blanc, getting one mile on turf in 1:32.36. read more Read More...