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May 6, 2012

ARCADIA, Calif. (May 6, 2012)—I’ll Have Another, winner of the Grade I Santa Anita Derby on April 7, electrified the racing world by winning the world’s most famous race, the Kentucky Derby, on Saturday. Owned by Paul and Zillah Reddam, trained by Doug O’Neill and ridden by Mario Gutierrez, I’ll Have Another ran down pace setting favorite Bodemeister to win by 1 ½ lengths while paying $32.60 to win. He got the 1 ¼ miles in 2:01.83.

At the behest of O’Neill’s brother, Dennis, Reddam purchased the colt for $35,000 at a 2-year-old in training sale in Ocala, Fla., in April of 2011.

Prior to winning the Santa Anita Derby at 4-1, I’ll Have Another won Santa Anita’s Grade II Robert B. Lewis Stakes on Feb. 4 at odds of 43-1.

May 3, 2012

2012 Marks Premiere Season of Saturday Evening’s

Cal Phil Festival on the Green at Santa Anita Race Track!

Sunday Matinees Continue At The Famed Walt Disney Concert Hall

Arcadia – The highly-anticipated 2012 Cal Phil Festival on the Green concert series, presented by Westfield Santa Anita, is gaining momentum and nearing the homestretch of its official start at its new summer home Santa Anita Race Track.

May 1, 2012

HRTV (R) will air the first-ever 2012 HRTV Film Festival at Santa Anita Top Ten Show on Wednesday, May 2 at 8:30 p.m. ET.

The one-hour show, co-hosted by HRTV's Peter Lurie and Zoe Cadman, will air at 8:30 p.m. ET, and feature the top ten submitted videos (virtually all in their entirety) from the recently-concluded Film Festival.

All videos, from both aspiring and established filmmakers, in the inaugural "A Day at the Races" competition were required to be no more than five minutes long, and had to shot entirely at the picturesque Santa Anita.

Arcadia, CA, May 1 -- HRTV's (R) extensive week-long coverage of the Kentucky Derby will also treat viewers to the premiere of a special documentary, Garrett Gomez: 118 Days, which will provide racing fans with an intimate, up-close look at the champion jockey's intense recovery from a serious injury, and uncover his steely focus of returning to the track and securing a mount in the 138th running of the Derby.

It will air on Thursday, May 3 at 8 p.m. ET.

April 24, 2012

ARCADIA, Calif. (April 24, 2012)—Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol had a night off Tuesday, but that didn’t prevent the two Lakers stars from indulging in some good old fashioned horse trading at Riviera Country Club. In fact, when the Lakers Foundation fund raiser concluded, Bryant and Gasol emerged as ownership partners on a Thoroughbred gelding named Siempre Mio, courtesy of Santa Anita C.E.O. Mark Verge.

“I decided to offer a 25 percent stake in the horse, along with A Day at the Races, as a live auction item,” said Verge. “What ended up happening was that Kobe and Pau got into a bidding war and Kobe finally outran Pau at $8,000.

“All of the money that was donated last night will go to benefit the Lakers Youth Foundation and Santa Anita is proud to support their programs,” said Verge.

April 22, 2012

ARCADIA, Calif. (April 22, 2011) – Bourbon Bay strengthened his lucrative attachment to Santa Anita’s Camino Real turf course Sunday by winning the historic San Juan Capistrano Handicap, but it took longer for the stewards to separate the even-money favorite and Eastern invader Eagle Poise than it did to run the nation’s longest graded turf stakes at 1 ¾ miles which is traditionally contested on the winter/spring meet’s closing day.

After the pair crossed the finish line in perfect sync, another six minutes was required to determine that Bourbon Bay, a one-half length winner of the event in 2010, had indeed triumphed in the 73rd running of the Grade II, $150,000 marathon run in 2:45.70. It was that close before a rapt crowd of 16,034.

Upon becoming the sixth two-time winner of the historic stakes race inaugurated in 1935, Bourbon Bay recorded his seventh win in nine starts over the course. He has won a single grass race elsewhere. His earnings from his sixth Grade II victory over the layout reached $607,800 with the $90,000 winner’s share compared to $968,536 overall in 26 career starts.

ARCADIA, Calif. (April 22, 2012) – I’ll Have Another, who was dismissed as an “overnight sensation” when he won the Grade II Robert B. Lewis Stakes in a 43-1 upset on Feb. 4 but subdued skeptics when he returned at 4-1 to nose out 4-5 favorite Creative Cause in the Grade I Santa Anita Derby on April 7, was named Horse of the Meet in Santa Anita’s 2011-12 Winter/Spring Media Poll.

“This is a huge honor,” said Doug O’Neill, who trains the 3-year-old son of Flower Alley for owner J.

ARCADIA, Calif. (April 22, 2012)—Two $10,000 first prize winners were announced Sunday at Santa Anita in HRTV and Santa Anita’s inaugural “A Day at the Races” Film Festival, which required both aspiring and established film makers to produce short subject films of under five minutes that were shot entirely at The Great Race Place.

ARCADIA, Calif. (April 22, 2012)—Eddie Garcia of La Puente was glad he checked his mailbox earlier this week as he received a Santa Anita Thoroughbred’s Club Mystery Mutuel Voucher, good for redemption on Santa Anita’s closing day, Sunday, April 22. The result was that Garcia discovered he was holding a live ticket worth $10,000.

“This is incredible,” said Garcia, a native of the Philippine capital of Manila, who works as a real estate management accountant in Culver City. “The first time I came to Santa Anita was the day Manila won the Breeders’ Cup (Turf) in 1986.

ARCADIA, Calif. (April 22, 2012)—Santa Anita Park, which will host the Breeders’ Cup World Thoroughbred Championships on Nov. 2 and 3, capped its 75th winter/spring season on Sunday with gains in on-track attendance, handle and overall pari-mutuel handle.

Santa Anita’s out-of-state business was robust, propelling The Great Race Place to finish up with a seven percent increase in total pari-mutuel handle. On-track handle and attendance were up one percent over 2011, as more than 580,000 fans attended the races at Santa Anita this meet.