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December 26, 2010

ARCADIA, Calif. (Dec. 26, 2010) – It only seemed a question of which was hotter: the training job turned in by two-time defending champion John Sadler or the new dirt racetrack Santa Anita had installed for the opening of its 74th season on Sunday.

Sadler, who happened to be at home nursing an injured knee, won a Santa Anita record three straight graded stakes races while Joel Rosario went along for the ride before an on-track crowd of 34,268.

ARCADIA, Calif. (Dec. 26, 2010)—Despite weathering 14 ¼ inches of rain over the past nine days, including three quarters of an inch overnight, venerable Santa Anita Park opened its doors for its 74th winter/spring meeting in rollicking fashion, as 34,268 came to The Great Race Place for a nine-race program that included four stakes.

December 24, 2010

WEATHER CLEAR, TRACK FAST WELCOME NEWS AT SANTA ANITA

Christmas came a day early at Santa Anita. Inundated by record rainfall of 13 ½ inches the past week, horsemen awoke Friday morning to a picture-post card setting of blue skies and sunshine caressing the San Gabriel Mountains and took full advantage of it by working nearly 350 horses over the new traditional dirt main track as they readied for Sunday’s eagerly anticipated opening day at The Great Race Place.

December 23, 2010

ARCADIA, Calif. (Dec. 23, 2010)—Santa Anita’s new all-natural dirt main track reopened for training Thursday morning, following record rainfall of 13 ½ inches since this past Friday—with 1 ½ inches falling late Monday afternoon.

“We’ve been out here since one o’clock this morning,” said Ted Malloy, who oversaw the installation of the new track. “It’s a very kind, yet firm surface and it drained exceptionally well. We’ve got the orange cones up 15 feet off the rail and this racetrack is fantastic this morning. We’ve been very cautious through all of this rain and we want to thank the horsemen for being so patient. Although the training track was open, we had to keep everyone off the main track until we got through this. I think the payoff is in the condition of the track this morning.

December 22, 2010

ARCADIA, Calif. (Dec. 22, 2010) – The racing surface may have been changed, but John Sadler takes aim on extending his constant of two straight training titles when Santa Anita opens its 74th season on Sunday with four stakes races – two of them Grade I events – on a nine-race program that begins at 12 noon.
ARCADIA, Calif. (Dec. 22, 2010)—Production on the pilot and first two episodes of Home Box Office’s (HBO) highly anticipated series, “Luck,” has been nearly completed and production and shooting for episode Three will resume at Santa Anita on Jan. 10.

December 21, 2010

ARCADIA, Calif. (Dec. 21, 2010)—Santa Anita Park, which has been idle as a live racing venue since April 18, will open for its 74th winter/spring meeting on Sunday, with a special first post time of 12 noon.

A nine-race card is planned, with two Grade I events, the $250,000 Malibu Stakes and the $250,000 La Brea Stakes leading the way. The Grade II, $150,000 Sir Beaufort Stakes and the $100,000 California Breeders’ Champion Stakes will serve as supporting features on what figures to be a day of great racing and entertainment.

December 17, 2010

ARCADIA, Calif. (Dec. 17, 2010)—In advance of its traditional winter/spring opener on Dec.

December 16, 2010

ARCADIA, Calif. (Dec. 20, 2010)—All fans attending Santa Anita’s opening day, Dec. 26, will receive a beautiful 2011 wall calendar, entitled “Santa Anita on the Silver Screen,” free with paid admission.