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May 26, 2014

ARCADIA, Calif. (May 26, 2014)—The complexion of Monday’s Grade III, $100,000 Los Angeles Stakes at Santa Anita changed dramatically with two minutes to post, as it was announced 3-5 favorite Wild Dude had been scratched by the stewards on the recommendation of the track veterinarian. As a result, trainer Bruce Headley’s California-bred Cyclometer inherited the role of favorite and he acted accordingly, powering his way to a 2 ½ length win under Edwin Maldonado while getting six furlongs in 1:09.02.

May 25, 2014

ARCADIA, Calif. (May 25, 2014)—Ridden by Mike Smith, Sky High Gal popped the gate and went straight to the early lead in Sunday’s $75,000 Mizdirection Stakes, but willingly conceded the pole position to Biorhythm and Drayden Van Dyke going to the half mile pole, rating kindly in second position to the furlong marker before going on to an impressive 1 ¼ length score while getting 6 ½ furlongs down Santa Anita’s hillside turf course in 1:13.17.

May 24, 2014

RUN FOR THE FIRST TIME AT SANTA ANITA, DRYSDALE WINS WHITTINGHAM FOR SEVENTH TIME; SINGLE WINNING PICK SIX TICKET PURCHASED IN LAS VEGAS PAYS $113,530

ARCADIA, Calif. (May 24, 2014)—Widely considered to be a front-running sort, trainer Neil Drysdale’s Fire With Fire was taken in-hand off the pace and came roaring through the lane to win Saturday’s Grade II, $200,000 Charles Whittingham Stakes by a neck under Tyler Baze, getting a mile and a quarter on grass in 2:00.92.

May 23, 2014

HEAVILY FAVORED HEAR THE GHOST OFF THE BOARD AT ODDS OF 4-5

ARCADIA, Calif. (May 23, 2014)—Patiently handled by Mike Smith, Godolphin Racing’s Footbridge took command three sixteenths of a mile from home and won Friday’s $60,000 allowance feature at Santa Anita by an authoritative 1 ½ lengths, while covering 1 1/16 miles in 1:43.36.

PRESTIGIOUS FILLY & MARE STAKES ATTRACTS FIELD OF NINE AT 1 1/8 MILES ON TURF; UPSTART STORMY LUCY BIDS FOR THREE IN-A-ROW AND WILL BE RIDDEN FOR FIRST TIME BY TALAMO

ARCADIA, Calif. (May 23, 2014)—Trainer Bill Mott’s hard-hitting three-time Grade I winner Emollient heads a competitive field of nine fillies and mares in Monday’s Grade I, $300,000 Gamely Stakes at 1 1/8 miles on turf. Named for the three-time Eclipse Champion (1967, ’68 & ’69) Gamely, and previously run at Hollywood Park, the Gamely will be contested for the first time at Santa Anita on Monday.

ADMISSION GATES TO OPEN AS PLANNED ON MONDAY AT 11 A.M., MANDATORY ‘RAINBOW’ PAYOUT IN PLAY

ARCADIA, Calif. (May 23, 2014)—With the prospect of mandatory payout on a Rainbow Pick Six pool from Gulfstream Park that could exceed $20 million, Santa Anita Park has announced that first post time on Monday, Memorial Day, has been adjusted to 1:30 p.m., 30 minutes later than originally scheduled.

ARCADIA, Calif. (May 23, 2014)—Santa Anita Park has announced that it’s one mile main track will undergo a major renovation beginning July 11 that will result in the track transitioning to a single-source material consisting of highly coveted El Segundo Sand, a natural soil that will ensure balanced drainage during periods of wet weather and uniform, safe cushion year ’round.

May 22, 2014

ARCADIA, Calif. (May 22, 2014)—Ridden with utmost confidence by Joe Talamo, favored Sea John’s Spirit was never off the bridle in winning Thursday’s $58,000 Kings Canyon Purse allowance by 2 ¼ lengths, covering six furlongs in 1:10.39.

WAGERING AVAILABLE AT SANTA ANITA, MANDATORY PAYOUT CREATES SENSE OF PARI-MUTUEL URGENCY

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Let the Rainbow 6 handicapping begin!

ARCADIA, Calif. (May 22, 2014)—With Saturday’s Preakness Stakes still fresh in the national sports psyche, California Chrome’s trainer and jockey, Art Sherman and Victor Espinoza, were treated royally by the Los Angeles Angels Wednesday night in Anaheim, as the pair each threw out a ceremonial first pitch and were comprehensively feted throughout the evening.