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October 27, 2012

ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 27, 2012)—For the third straight time this week and the eighth time since opening day, Sept. 28, CashCall’s popular $1,000 to Win Contest produced a winner in Saturday’s ninth and final race at Santa Anita.

George Ouzounian, a 75-year-old native New Yorker and resident of North Hollywood, selected eventual 3-5 favorite Turn On the Brites and Jose Valdivia to win.

“You can’t bet against the favorite in this (contest),” said Ouzounian. “They’ve been winning all the time.”

ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 27, 2012)—Rafael Bejarano has been missing at Santa Anita. Missing from his customary perch atop the rider standings, and missing this past Thursday, Friday and, with the exception of the Grade III, $100,000 Autumn Miss Stakes, all of Saturday—his lone engagement, due to a three-day riding suspension.

And, due to the fact the Autumn Miss is classified as a designated race by track stewards, the Peruvian native made the best of his lone opportunity this week, booting home 2-1 favorite Lady Ten, while holding off a furious rally from 9-1 shot Customer Base and Garrett Gomez, to win by neck, getting the Autumn Miss distance in 1:34.95.

October 26, 2012

ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 26, 2012)—Fernando Garcia, a 57-year-old resident of El Monte, became the seventh winner of CashCall’s $1,000 to Win Contest, bagging $1,600 as 3-5 favorite Miss Communication easily took Friday’s eighth and final race with leading rider Joe Talamo up.

“I come here to have fun, relax and have a few drinks,” said Garcia, who works as a customer service representative in L.A.’s garment industry. “I come out every Friday and sometimes on Saturdays and Sundays. I play (the CashCall Contest) whenever I come, but I never expected to win.”

ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 26, 2012)—Acting upon orders from trainer Peter Miller, Garrett Gomez liked what he saw at the break and sent Guidopanzini to the front and never looked back, winning Santa Anita’s $50,000 allowance feature on Friday by 3 ¼ lengths, getting the 1 1/16 mile distance in 1:43.39.

“I told Garrett, ‘Play the break, and if you like what you see, put him on the lead’,” said Miller. “He’s won on the lead before, so it’s not like it’s totally new to him. At the quarter pole, I wasn’t so sure, but he finished up well.”

October 25, 2012

ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 25, 2012)—A Los Angeles woman made her first trip to The Great Race Place count on Thursday, as she tabbed 4-5 favorite R Doubleday and leading jockey Joe Talamo to win the day’s final race and went home with $1,900—courtesy of CashCall’s $1,000 to Win Contest.

“This is our first time coming to Santa Anita,” said Julia Bransky, who was accompanied by her husband, Howard. “We went on-line and found this Santa Anita special on Travel Zoo that included lunch and valet parking. We saw the CashCall sign when we came in, so we decided to play.”

ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 25, 2012)—Allowed to settle off of a blistering early pace, Clubhouse Ride found a path through the lane and was up to win Thursday’s $53,000 Hesperia Purse by a head under Aaron Gryder, completing 6 ½ furlongs down Santa Anita’s hillside turf course in 1:11.53.

Truest Legend, with Tyler Baze up, shot out of the outside post position eight and, with pressure from longshot Streamside and Patrick Valenzuela, set rapid fractions of 20.50, 41.89 and 1:04.83. Truest Legend held to his lead tenaciously, relinquishing command in the shadow of the wire.

ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 25, 2012)—Harris Farms’ lightly raced homebred Red Sun will try to avenge a disappointing effort on opening day and rates a big chance in Sunday’s $65,000 Lure Stakes, which attracted a field of six 3-year-olds and up going one mile on turf at Santa Anita.

The 6-year-old California-bred gelding by Redattore will be making his third start of the year and he comes off an even effort in the Grade III Eddie D Stakes on Sept. 28 at 6 ½ furlongs down the hillside turf course.

Ridden by Joe Talamo and dispatched at odds of 7-2, Red Sun ran ninth, beaten five lengths in the Eddie D. Two starts back, on Aug. 30 at Del Mar, he pressed the pace in a third-condition allowance going 1 1/16 miles on turf and finished second, beaten a half-length.

LEXINGTON, Ky. (October 25, 2012) - In its continuing support of a national program for retired racehorses, the Breeders’ Cup announced today that it has created a “Text to Donate” campaign, through Give by Cell, to allow fans to contribute to the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance (TAA).

Breeders’ Cup, along with The Jockey Club and Keeneland Association, provided initial seed money to start TAA, which is dedicated to serving as an accrediting body for aftercare facilities for Thoroughbreds following their racing careers and as a funding body to support these approved facilities across North America.

World Championships Return to Los Angeles Nov. 2-3

(LOS ANGELES, Oct. 25, 2012) – Eight celebrity racing fans and owners are being honored as Breeders’ Cup Ambassadors in the inaugural year of a program launched by the organization. The honor comes with rewards which allow the Ambassadors to enjoy horse racing all over the world, including concierge service, tickets, and more. Additionally, they will serve as spokespersons for the 2012 Breeders’ Cup World Championships and help promote this prestigious international event.

October 24, 2012

Tickets for After-Party In Honor of Popular Racing Star Selling Quickly

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ARCADIA, Calif. (October 24, 2012) – Team Zenyatta announced this week that race-goers staying for the second annual Breeders’ Cup Zenyatta After-Party Celebration on Championship Friday, Nov. 2, would be treated to more racing celebrity appearances, special live entertainment and the opportunity to bid on one-of-a-kind items during a live auction honoring “The Queen.” The After-Party Celebration will be at Santa Anita Park’s Frontrunner Lounge following the day’s race card.