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November 8, 2009

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.

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.