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October 12, 2012

Proceeds to benefit Permanently Disabled Jockey Fund

October 12, 2012 (Arcadia, CA) – The J Wagner Group will host "Jocktails at the Breeders' Cup,” a Celebrity Jockey Bartending Charity Event with GREY GOOSE® Vodka & the Breeders’ Cup on Monday, October 29 at Santa Anita Park. Rather than working the rail, some of the world's best-known jockeys will be working the bar for tips with all proceeds benefiting the Permanently Disabled Jockey Fund.

October 11, 2012

ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 11, 2012)—Amid thunder, lightning and rain, 8-5 favorite Vionnet, with Garrett Gomez up, charged through the lane to win Santa Anita’s 10-horse, $50,000 Pebble Beach Purse for fillies and mares, winning by 1 ¼ lengths while getting a mile over a rain-dampened turf in 1:36.19.

Due to sporadic heavy rainfall throughout the afternoon, the turf course was listed as “good” prior to the Pebble Beach, which was run as the day’s seventh race.

Idle since running second in the China Doll Stakes at Santa Anita on March 10, the 3-year-old Kentucky-bred daughter of Street Sense rated kindly in mid pack going to the Club House turn under Gomez as Ricspretentiousgal and Kevin Krigger carved out fractions of 23.92, 48.55, 1:12.20 and 1:24.20 while getting early pressure from Acenda and Rafael Bejarano and from Gittel, who was ridden by Alex Bisono.

October 10, 2012

CALIFORNIA RACING INDUSTRY’S GOLDEN STATE SERIES BOLSTERS
CALIFORNIA CUP ENTRIES & INCREASES JUVENILE PURSES

ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 10, 2012)—Harris Farms’ homebred John Scott, who appears to have a new lease on life at age 5, heads a competitive eight-horse field in Saturday’s $175,000, 1 1/16 miles Lava Man California Cup Classic, presented by City National Bank, a race which headlines Santa Anita’s 23rd annual Cal Cup Day for horses bred or foaled in the Golden State.

“The Golden State Series, which was initiated this year by the California racing industry, has helped bolster entries for this year’s Cal Cup and it is responsible for significant increases in purses for both of our 2-year-old stakes,” said Santa Anita Vice President of Racing Rick Hammerle. “Both the Bob Benoit Juvenile and the Keith Card Juvenile Fillies have had their purses bumped from $100,000 to $250,000 each. This is great news for the Cal Cup and for our game here in California.”

October 8, 2012

ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 8, 2012)

WINNER’S CIRCLE STATEMENT FROM DAVID HOFMANS ON THE OCCASION OF HIS 1,000TH CAREER TRAINING VICTORY AFTER SADDLING FIRST TIME STARTER SULTRY SEASON TO WIN THE 10TH RACE AT SANTA ANITA MONDAY BY 8 ¾ LENGTHS AT A $9.40 WIN PAYOFF UNDER JOE TALAMO FOR OWNERS LAWRENCE CANCELLIERI OF NEWPORT BEACH AND PETE PARRELLA (LEGACY RANCH) OF CHINO:

ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 8, 2012)—The number 1,000 was the order of the day in Santa Anita’s nightcap, as veteran trainer David Hofmans picked up his 1,000th career win with first-time starter Sultry Season and David Hall, a 29-year-old resident of Palmdale, won $4,700 as a result of selecting Hofmans’ horse at odds of 7-2 and winning Santa Anita’s CashCall $1,000 win-bet contest.

ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 8, 2012)—California-bred Gervinho, who lost his footing momentarily approaching the quarter pole, launched a furious stretch rally under Rafael Bejarano to take the inaugural $100,000 Zuma Beach Stakes by one-half length, getting the one mile on turf in 1:34.59 and projecting himself as a likely starter in the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (mile) Turf at Santa Anita on Nov. 3.

A $49,000 Barretts October yearling purchase a year ago, Gervinho was dispatched as the even-money favorite and he validated his first-out maiden special weight win at Del Mar on Sept. 3 by stretching out to defeat a five rivals in his first try on turf.

ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 8, 2012)—Westside Rentals, which helps thousands of Southlanders find reasonably priced rental housing, has announced it will now help locals deal with the highest gasoline prices in Southern California history by issuing a $50 gas card to 10 lucky Santa Anita Thoroughbreds Club members each day for the remainder of Santa Anita’s Autumn Meet, which concludes Nov. 4.

ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 8, 2012)—Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes winning trainer Doug O’Neill, a five-time leader at Santa Anita, will loom large on California Cup Day, Saturday, Oct. 13, as all fans attending on-track will receive a Doug O’Neill Bobblehead, replete with the Santa Anita cap that O’Neill wore throughout his storied Triple Crown run earlier this year.

October 7, 2012

ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 7, 2012)—Santa Anita will not only be offering one dollar beers, sodas and hot dogs on Monday, as no one tabbed all six winners in the track’s Pick Six, resulting in a carryover into the Columbus Day card of $86,200, and the possibility of a total pool on Monday of $500,000.

ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 7, 2012)—The inaugural running of Santa Anita’s $100,000 L.A. Woman Stakes stirred speculation and resulted in a major upset, as Rumor, a Kentucky-bred filly by Indian Charlie, prevailed by a hard fought half-length under Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith while 3-5 favorite Winding Way and Rafael Bejarano finished a well beaten last in the field of four fillies and mares age three and up going 6 ½ furlongs.

The win could have Breeders’ Cup implications, according to Hall of Fame trainer Richard Mandella.