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June 22, 2009

Series To Include 62 Races In Seven Countries

NEW YORK, N.Y. (June 22, 2009)-- The Breeders' Cup Challenge, a series of automatic qualifying races for the $25.5 million 2009 Breeders' Cup World Championships, will increase in number this year with a record 62 races taking place in seven countries at the world’s greatest racing venues, it was announced today. Oak Tree Racing Association at Santa Anita Park will host eight races during the 2009 Breeders’ Cup Challenge Season beginning on September 30 with the Morvich Handicap. Click here for complete 2009 schedule:

The expanded Challenge series, with its “Win and You’re In” provision, will include 12 overseas races from premier racetracks in England, Ireland, France, Australia and Hong Kong. The 2009 Breeders' Cup Challenge races will begin in the U.S. on July 4 with qualifying events from Monmouth Park: the United Nations (gr. I) on turf, and the Salvator Mile (gr. III). This year’s Breeders' Cup World Championships will be held November 6-7, at the Oak Tree Racing Association meet at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif., and will be televised live on ABC and ESPN.

The Breeders’ Cup Challenge series will again include domestic racetracks Belmont Park in New York, Del Mar near San Diego, Calder Race Course in Miami, Arlington Park in Chicago, Emerald Downs in Seattle, Delaware Park, Monmouth Park and Philadelphia Park in the Middle Atlantic; Turfway Park and Keeneland in Kentucky; Santa Anita Park and Woodbine in Toronto.

The 2009 Challenge races will be televised on ESPN, TVG and HRTV, TSN in Canada and in more than 120 countries. Oak Tree Racing Association at Santa Anita Park will host the following Breeders’ Cup Challenge races:

DATE RACE BC QUALIFYING RACE Sept. 30, 2009 Morvich Handicap (gr. III) Turf Sprint
Oct. 4, 2009 Norfolk Stakes (gr. I) Juvenile
Oct. 4, 2009 Oak Leaf Stakes (gr. I) Juvenile Fillies
Oct. 10, 2009 Yellow Ribbon Stakes (gr. I) Filly & Mare Turf
Oct. 10, 2009 Goodwood Stakes (gr. I) Classic
Oct. 10, 2009 Lady’s Secret Stakes (gr. I) Ladies’ Classic
Oct. 10, 2009 Oak Tree Mile Stakes (gr. I) Mile
Oct. 11, 2009 Ancient Title Stakes (gr. I) Sprint

June 4, 2009

NEW YORK (June 4, 2009) - The Breeders’ Cup and Oak Tree Racing Association announced today that General Admission tickets will be $10 on both Championship Friday and Championship Saturday for the 2009 Breeders’ Cup World Championships at Santa Anita Park, Nov. 6-7, in Arcadia, Calif. General Admission tickets were $20 each day in 2008. All 2009 reserved seat tickets go on sale to the general public at www.breederscup.com/tickets beginning Friday, June 5, at 12:01 AM (ET).

May 8, 2009

2009 Ticketing Includes General Public Access to Best Seats, Online Finish Line Vantage Points and One- and Two-Day Purchase Options

NEW YORK (May 8, 2009) - The Breeders' Cup and Oak Tree Racing Association announced today sweeping changes to their ticket sales program, including the move to a convenient, fan-friendly online ticket seat selection and purchase system for the 2009 Breeders' Cup World Championships at Santa Anita Park, Nov. 6-7, in Arcadia, Calif. The Breeders' Cup also has reduced ticket prices across the board and will offer single and two-day ticket options throughout the facility.

April 29, 2009

ARCADIA, Calif. (AP)—Breeders’ Cup officials say horse racing’s year-end world championships will go on as planned at Santa Anita in November despite the track’s owner filing for bankruptcy.

Breeders’ Cup president Greg Avioli said Wednesday that a Delaware bankruptcy court affirmed Oak Tree Racing Association’s lease with Santa Anita through the end of the year.

As a result, the Breeders’ Cup will be staged as planned Nov. 6-7.

Magna Entertainment Corp. filed for bankruptcy in March.

April 19, 2009

ARCADIA, Calif. (April 19, 2009) – Finding a paceless field in North America’s longest graded stakes race, Midships took full advantage with a wire-to-wire victory by three-quarters of a length over Spring House in Sunday’s 70th running of the Grade II, $200,000 San Juan Capistrano Handicap at 1 ¾ miles over Santa Anita’s Camino Real turf course on the meet’s closing day.

ARCADIA, Calif. (April 19, 2009)—Santa Anita Park concluded its 84-day winter/spring meeting in robust fashion on Sunday, posting the first gain in on-track attendance at any major California racetrack since the summer of 2007 at Del Mar.

Sadler, Bejarano Earn Honors as Top Trainer and Jockey

ARCADIA, Calif. (April 19, 2009) – Pioneerof the Nile, who won the Santa Anita Derby to remain unbeaten in three stakes at the meet and establish himself as a leading contender for the Kentucky Derby on May 2, was named Horse of the Meet in Santa Anita’s annual Media Poll.

April 18, 2009

ARCADIA, Calif. (April 18, 2009) – After a wait that seemed endless on Saturday, Black Mamba realized a fate all too similar to the one that had befallen her one year before when beaten by the shortest of noses in Santa Anita’s Grade II, $200,000 Santa Barbara Handicap, but this time it was Magical Fantasy who took her measure.

April 17, 2009

ARCADIA, Calif. (April 17, 2009)—A meet-high “Free Friday” crowd of 9,040 on-track fans contributed to a Pick Six carryover of $93,291, and the likelihood of a total pool of over $500,000 on Saturday. This is the 28th Pick Six carryover at Santa Anita’s 84-day winter/spring meeting which concludes on Sunday.

Fans also failed to select the winner of the $1 Super High Five in the last race, creating a Super High Five carryover of $104,744.

ARCADIA, Calif. (April 17, 2009) – Comebacking Globetrotter gained his first victory since taking the 2007 running of Canada’s Group III Grey Breeders’ Cup Stakes at Woodbine on Friday when he captured Santa Anita’s $56,400 allowance feature at 1 1/8 miles on turf, before a meet-high “Free Fridays” crowd of 9,040.

Joel Rosario, who had missed the previous two days of racing due to illness, guided the 2-1 favorite between horses in the stretch to emerge with a one-length win over Lease of Life and give trainer John Sadler his second victory of the afternoon.