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September 25, 2009

ARCADIA, Calif. (Sept. 25, 2009)—Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird arrived Friday at Santa Anita by van from New Mexico at 2 a.m. and jogged one mile on Santa Anita’s Pro-Ride synthetic main track at 8 a.m. in preparation for Oak Tree’s Gr. I, $350,000 Goodwood Stakes at 1 1/8 miles on Oct. 10. Mine That Bird trained Friday morning under the watchful eye of trainer Bennie “Chip” Woolley. “He’s doing good, real good,” said Woolley from beneath his trademark black, felt-tipped cowboy hat. As is his custom, Woolley hauled the 3-year-old gelding by Birdstone himself from his New Mexico base. “It was a typical transport and he settled in well. He didn’t eat all his feed, but that’s not out of the norm for him. He ate good and drank good, so that’s all right,” he said.

September 24, 2009

ARCADIA, Calif. (Sept. 24, 2009)—The Oak Tree Racing Association has announced that HorseRacing TV (HRTV) will provide, on a non-exclusive basis, live on-site daily coverage throughout the six-week Oak Tree at Santa Anita meeting, which begins Wednesday, Sept. 30.

HRTV was launched on Jan. 1, 2003, and this meet will mark the first time the network has carried live racing from Oak Tree. HRTV currently covers racing across North America and around the world.

HRTV’s live coverage at Oak Tree will include the California Cup post position draw on Sept.

ARCADIA, Calif. (Sept. 24, 2009)—The Oak Tree Racing Association has announced that OakTreeBets.com—a new, no-fee online and telephone wagering service that enables racing fans to wager coast-to-coast on Thoroughbred and harness tracks year ‘round, is now available to fans and will enable those who subscribe to wager on live racing from Oak Tree, which begins Wednesday, Sept. 30.

September 23, 2009

ARCADIA, Calif. (Sept. 23, 2009)—For the first time in its 41-year history, the Oak Tree Racing Association has announced it will institute a full menu of “Free Fridays” throughout its six-week meeting, which begins Wednesday, Sept. 30. Friday, Oct. 2 will mark the first of five “Free Fridays” and will get underway with a special first post time of 2 p.m. All fans attending on Fridays will receive free General Admission with the exception of day-one of the Breeders’ Cup World Championships on Friday, Nov. 6.

ARCADIA, Calif. (Sept. 23, 2009)—Thoroughbred racing will return for its 41st season on Wednesday, Sept. 30, as the Oak Tree at Santa Anita meeting will get underway with all fans receiving a free Oak Tree collector’s stein featuring the likenesses of 2008 Breeders’ Cup Classic Champion Raven’s Pass and Ladies’ Classic winner Zenyatta, as well the racing colors of all 14 World Championship winners from last year. The late John Gaines, founder of the Breeders’ Cup, will also be represented, as his Gainesway Farm colors will also be depicted.

September 22, 2009

ARCADIA, Calif. (Sept. 22, 2009)—The Oak Tree Racing Association will kick off its 41st racing season on Wednesday, Sept. 30, and the highlight of the meeting will no doubt be the 26th running of the two-day Breeders’ Cup World Championships, which will be hosted by Oak Tree for an unprecedented second consecutive year on Nov. 6 and 7.

Oak Tree’s popular collector’s item commemorative stein will once again be offered free of charge to all paid attendees on opening day, Sept. 30, and this year’s issue will feature the likenesses of 2008 Breeders’ Cup Classic Champion Raven’s Pass and Ladies’ Classic Champion Zenyatta, as well as the racing colors of all 14 World Championship winners from last year. Additionally, the late founder of the Breeders’ Cup, John Gaines, will be honored as the colors of his Gainesway Farm will also be represented.

August 27, 2009

ARCADIA, Calif. (Aug. 28, 2009)—The Oak Tree Racing Association and Breeders’ Cup Limited have announced free Gold Line shuttle bus service will once again be available to fans during this year’s Breeders’ Cup World Championships on Nov. 6 and 7. The shuttle buses will provide service to Santa Anita Park from the Metro Gold Line at Sierra Madre Villa Station in East Pasadena.

All MTA riders will receive free Oak Tree visors when they show their Metro Rail ticket or Metro Monthly Pass upon arriving at Santa Anita.

On Friday, Nov.

August 10, 2009

ARCADIA, Calif. (Aug. 10, 2009)—Santa Anita President Ron Charles announced today that HRTV anchor/analyst Jon White has been named as Santa Anita’s new morning line maker, replacing the recently retired Jeff Tufts, who served in that position from 1974 through this past April. White’s appointment is effective with Oak Tree’s opening on Sept. 30.

“Jeff Tufts was without question one of the great line-makers in the history of this sport,” said Charles.

August 3, 2009

ARCADIA, Calif. (Aug 2, 2009)—The California Lottery, Breeders’ Cup Ltd. and the Oak Tree Racing Association have announced plans for a Breeders’ Cup Classic Lottery Sweepstakes offering prizes totaling $230,000, this fall at Oak Tree’s Santa Anita race meeting.

Fans 18-years of age and older can begin participating in this one-of-a-kind promotion on Oct. 16, and may purchase $5 of Hot Spot tickets up until the day of the prestigious $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic at Oak Tree on Nov.

July 14, 2009

Up to $275,000 in Prize Money on the Line on World’s Greatest Races In Two-Day Handicapping Tournament

NEW YORK (July 14, 2009) - The Breeders’ Cup and the Oak Tree Racing Association announced today the creation of the first-ever Breeders' Cup Betting Challenge, a two-day handicapping tournament that will take place during the 2009 Breeders’ Cup World Championships at Santa Anita Park on Friday, Nov. 6, and Saturday, Nov. 7. The winner of this year’s event can take home more than $100,000.