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October 20, 2012

ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 20, 2012)—Although it looked a bit hopeless a furlong from home, Garrett Gomez and Broken Dreams persevered and managed to collar pacesetter Kindle close home to successfully defend their title by a half-length in Saturday’s Grade III Senator Ken Maddy Stakes going 6 ½ furlongs on turf at Santa Anita.

Kindle, who shot to the lead at the top of the hillside course and set blistering fractions of 20.97, 42.53 and 1:05.30, was five lengths clear of Broken Dreams when crossing the dirt at the top of the lane.

ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 20, 2012)--MGM and Santa Anita will present an exclusive IMAX sneak preview of the newest James Bond movie, “Skyfall,” on Monday, Oct. 29, in Arcadia at the AMC theaters adjacent to Santa Anita Park. The film does not open in theaters until Nov.

October 19, 2012

ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 19, 2012)—Little Emily, with David Flores aboard, altered tactics and went straight to the lead and never looked back at 5-1, taking Friday’s featured $53,000 Modesto Purse at Santa Anita by a half-length, getting 1 1/8 miles on turf in 1:47.33.

Although Flores had taken her off the pace in the one mile turf Swingtime Stakes on Oct. 6, he decided a change was in order in the Modesto.

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.