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February 28, 2014

ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 28, 2014)—Santa Anita Park announced today that Mike Lakow, who served for 12 years as Director of Racing for the New York Racing Association (NYRA) and who is currently a racing steward at Calder Race Course, has been hired as Racing Director and will assist Santa Anita Vice President of Racing Rick Hammerle, effective March 24.

ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 28, 2014)—Santa Anita Park will offer its first-ever Big ’Cap Beer Festival, featuring Craft Beers, Country Music, Western BBQ and Family Fun in the track’s spacious Infield Area on Santa Anita Handicap Day, Saturday, March 8.

February 27, 2014

ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 27, 2014)—In a race originally scheduled to be run on turf, longshot County Lineman, with Corey Nakatani aboard, rallied from off the pace to win Friday’s featured $50,000 Indian River Purse by a head, getting one mile in 1:35.53.

ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 27, 2014)—Raised on a farm in Southern Illinois, he was delivering newspapers on horseback at the age of 12. Born Oct. 25, 1920 in Taylorville, Illinois, George O’Bryan would go on to become an exercise boy, jockey and, by the 1950s, one of America’s top jockey agents, winning five Santa Anita Handicaps while representing legendary Hall of Fame riders such as Ralph Neves, Manual Ycaza, Donald Pierce and Laffit Pincay, Jr.

February 26, 2014

ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 26, 2014)—Awesome Baby, a gate to wire winner of the Grade II Santa Ynez Stakes going 6 ½ furlongs on Jan. 4, heads a field of eight 3-year-old fillies in Saturday’s Grade III, $100,000 Santa Ysabel at 1 1/16 miles Saturday at Santa Anita.

ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 26, 2014)—Corey Lanerie, one of the Midwest’s most successful jockeys, has been named the winner of the 2014 Santa Anita George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award by a nationwide vote of his peers.

February 23, 2014

ECLIPSE CHAMP WILL TAKE CHARGE, TWO TIME BIG ’CAP WINNER GAME ON DUDE EXPECTED TO RUN

ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 23, 2014)—Florida-based Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Mucho Macho Man stepped off a Ranch Runners Horse Transportation Van in Santa Anita’s stable area at 5:15 p.m. PST on Sunday, in advance of a highly anticipated rematch with Classic runner-up Will Take Charge and Game On Dude in the 77th running of the Grade I, $750,000 Santa Anita Handicap presented by San Manuel Indian Bingo and Casino at a mile and a quarter on March 8.

PICK SIX CARRYOVER OF $198,609 INTO THURSDAY, TOTAL POOL COULD REACH $2 MILLION

ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 23, 2014)—Sweet Swap, with Joe Talamo up, took no prisoners in easily winning Sunday’s $75,000 Joe Hernandez Stakes by 1 ¾ lengths, while covering 6 ½ furlongs down Santa Anita’s hillside turf course in 1:12.28.

February 22, 2014

ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 22, 2014)—Pending final review from the Guinness Book of World Records, Santa Anita Park, with the help of 490 “Yelp Elite” online devotees, will have established a new mark for total number of beer tasters Saturday afternoon in the track’s first-ever Largest Beer Tasting Event.

ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 22, 2014)—Ambitious Brew, ridden by Brice Blanc, got a perfect stalking trip and upset favored Lakerville to win Saturday’s $100,000 Sensational Star Stakes by 1 ½ lengths, covering 6 ½ furlongs down Santa Anita’s hillside turf course in 1:12 flat.