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November 13, 2009

ARCADIA, Calif. (Nov. 13, 2009)—The popular Sunshine Millions, which was designed to match the best California-bred horses versus the best bred Thoroughbreds from Florida, will return to both Santa Anita and Gulfstream Park on Saturday, Jan. 30, with $1.8 million in purses at stake.

Inaugurated in 2003, the Sunshine Millions program has become a popular fixture on both the Southern California and Florida racing calendars, appealing to fans and horsemen alike.

Santa Anita will play host to three Sunshine Millions races this year—The Classic, for 4-year-olds and up at 1 1/8 miles, the Filly and Mare Turf, for older distaffers at 1 1/8 miles and the Sunshine Millions Filly and Mare Sprint, for older fillies and mares at six furlongs on the main track.

Gulfstream Park, in Hallandale, Florida, will also present three races—the Filly and Mare Distaff at 1 1/8 miles on dirt, the Turf, for older horses at 1 1/8 miles, and the Sunshine Millions Sprint for older horses at six furlongs.

Due to a sluggish local and national economy, purses for the upcoming Millions program have been reduced. The Classic will offer a purse of $500,000, down from $1 million in 2009. The Filly and Mare Turf will have a purse of $300,000, down from $500,000, and the Filly and Mare Sprint will offer horsemen a purse of $200,000, down from $300,000.

At Gulfstream, the purses for the Filly and Mare Distaff and Sunshine Millions Turf have both been reduced from $500,000 to $300,000. The Sprint now offers a purse of $200,000, down from $300,000 last year.

November 8, 2009

ARCADIA, Calif. (Nov. 8, 2009) – Undefeated Zenyatta, who etched her mark indelibly into racing lore with a history-making triumph over males in the Breeders’ Cup Classic at Santa Anita on Saturday, was unanimously voted Horse of the Meet in the annual Media Poll for the Oak Tree season.
ARCADIA, Calif. (Nov. 8, 2009)—Buoyed by perhaps the greatest performance in Santa Anita history, the Oak Tree at Santa Anita meeting ended on a high note Sunday as the racing world continued to resonate with awe in the wake of superstar Zenyatta’s devastating win against males in Saturday’s Gr. I, $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic before an on-track crowd of 58,845.

November 7, 2009

ARCADIA, Calif. (Nov. 7, 2009)– Attendance for Breeders’ Cup Championships was up 11% for the two-day event Friday and Saturday at Santa Anita Park. After a 20% increase in attendance on Friday, 58,845 were on hand today for the 10-race card that included eight Breeders’ Cup World Championship races, a 6% increase from the 2008 Saturday attendance of 55,351. Total attendance for the two days increased from 86,588 to 96,496.

November 4, 2009

ARCADIA, Calif. (Nov. 4, 2009) – Bet down to 7-10 favoritism after dramatically overcoming considerable trouble to win his 2-year-old debut by five lengths last month at Turfway Park, Connemara rallied to win Oak Tree’s $40,400 Chief’s Crown Purse on Wednesday, but his apparent inexperience made it no easy task for the son of stellar sire Giant’s Causeway.

November 3, 2009

ARCADIA, Calif. (Nov. 3, 2009) – Undefeated 5-year-old mare Zenyatta drew post position 4 for Saturday’s renewal of the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic at Santa Anita Park as she bids for her 14th career victory facing 12 male rivals in the 1 ¼ miles test, including Kentucky Derby hero Mine That Bird, Belmont Stakes winner Summer Bird and European star Rip Van Winkle (IRE).

September 28, 2009

ARCADIA, Calif. (Sept. 28, 2009)—One of the most popular events on the Southern California racing calendar, the California Cup, a series of 10 races for California-bred horses with purses totaling $1 million, will be staged for the 20th time Saturday, Oct. 3, at Santa Anita’s Oak Tree meeting.

All fans attending will receive a beautiful Cal Cup t-shirt with their paid admission and Oak Tree will guarantee $500,000 in the late Pick-4.

The afternoon’s racing figures to be highlighted by the $200,000 Cal Cup Classic, presented by City National Bank. The Classic is for 3-year-olds and up at 1 1/8 miles.

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—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.