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October 19, 2012

Pre-entered fields for all 15 Breeders’ Cup World Championships races will be announced on Wednesday, October 24. The 29th Breeders’ Cup, Thoroughbred racing’s most prestigious global event, will be held on Friday, Nov. 2 and Saturday, Nov. 3 at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif.

A Breeders’ Cup Pre-Entry national media teleconference with key trainers will also be conducted on Wednesday, Oct. 24 at 1:00 p.m. ET.

October 18, 2012

ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 18, 2012)—Always a Chance left no doubt as to who was best in Thursday’s nine-horse Morro Bay Purse, taking the $28,000 starter allowance by 4 ¼ lengths as the 9-5 favorite and providing leading rider Joe Talamo with his third win on the day at Santa Anita.

A 3-year-old California-bred filly by Redatorre, Always a Chance had been idle since running a close third at the same distance and condition on Aug. 22 at Del Mar, came from off the pace under Talamo, getting the one mile on turf in 1:35.09, while sitting mid-pack behind fractions of 22.80, 46.22, 1:10.75 and 1:23.11.

ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 18, 2012)—Lenwood McBean, a 66-year-old retired nurse who resides in Pomona, entered Thursday’s CashCall $1,000 to Win Contest at Santa Anita and ended his day with a win ticket good for $2,000.

McBean, who was one of 10 finalists in CashCall’s daily contest, had his name drawn following the seventh race and he selected Disarm and Joe Talamo to win the nightcap. Dispatched as the even money favorite, Disarm won by one length and paid $4.00 to win. This provided leading rider Talamo with his fourth win on the card.

ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 18, 2012)—Speedy Comma to the Top, who has sprinted in seven of his last eight starts, will stretch out to one mile on Sunday as he faces four other experienced rivals in Santa Anita’s $65,000 Big Bear Handicap for 3-year-olds and up.

Second, beaten a head in the 2011 Santa Anita Derby, Comma to the Top comes off a solid fourth, beaten two lengths, in Santa Anita’s Grade III Eddie D Stakes at 6 ½ furlongs on turf Sept. 28.

Although he has been sprinting of late, Comma to the Top registered three consecutive route victories to close out his juvenile season, culminated by the Grade I CashCall Futurity at 1 1/16 miles in December, 2010.

LOS ANGELES (Oct. 18, 2012) – In celebration of the Breeders’ Cup World Championships’ return to Southern California, Los Angeles Mayor Villaraigosa, along with Breeders’ Cup officials, California Horse Racing Board Chairman Keith Brackpool and Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith, will unveil a 3D painting at a press conference at LA Live on Thursday, October 25. The interactive, 3D art installation, “BCin3D,” will be on display at LA Live through Thursday, November 1, when it will be moved to Santa Anita Park for the World Championships, November 2-3.

The Breeders’ Cup commissioned world-renowned artist, and inventor of 3D street art, Kurt Wenner, to create the painting that depicts a scene from Santa Anita Park. The painting will be staffed throughout the week with Breeders’ Cup brand ambassadors, encouraging fans to “step into” the painting.

October 17, 2012

ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 17, 2012)—Glen Hill Farm’s homebred Broken Dreams will defend her title against eight other fillies and mares in Saturday’s Grade III, $100,000 Senator Ken Maddy Stakes for fillies and mares at about 6 ½ furlongs down Santa Anita’s hillside turf course.

Trained by Tom Proctor, the 6-year-old Florida-bred mare comes off a last place finish going 1 1/16 miles on turf in the Grade II Yellow Ribbon Handicap at Del Mar Sept. 3.

October 14, 2012

ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 14, 2012)—While many punters chased a massive Pick Five carryover that resulted in a total pool of more that $1.2 million on Sunday, there was plenty of interest in the Pick Six as well. However, no one could string six winners together which resulted in a carryover into Thursday of $66,088. The total Pick Six pool on Thursday is expected to reach $400,000.

ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 14, 2012)—A Toast to You, with Tyler Baze aboard, was up to win Santa Anita’s eighth race Sunday, a $53,000 first condition allowance affair for 3-year olds at one mile on turf, getting perhaps the most fortuitous head bob of the meet and prevailing by a nose over Huntsville.

“Everybody said we lost and the longer it (decision on photo finish) went, I was hoping for a dead heat,” said trainer Peter Miller, who registered his second of three wins on the day. “When they put the number up, I was like ‘Yeah!’”

ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 14, 2012)—A group of approximately 5,000 Jet Propulsion Laboratory employees and their families were guests of Santa Anita Park in the track’s Infield Sunday as the group celebrated the recent successful Mars landing of the space rover Curiosity.

“We did five missions this year and Curiosity was the culmination of it,” said Gene Tattini, deputy director of JPL. “It was a great feeling for us all and to be honest, we feel a sense of relief.”

October 13, 2012

ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 13, 2012)—Lloyd Puett, an 83 year old retired electrical contractor from Riverside, entered Santa Anita’s CashCall $1,000 to Win Contest on Saturday and walked out with $3,100 by selecting 2-1 favorite Tilde and Rafael Bejarano to win the nightcap, the $250,000 Keith E. Card Cal Cup Juvenile Fillies.

When asked why he selected Tilde, Puett said simply, “He’s the best jock on the grounds.” Puett, who was joined Saturday by his sons, Lloyd Jr. and Rodney and daughter- in-law Darcy, noted that Saturday was the first time that he has entered the CashCall contest.