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October 14, 2012

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.

ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 13, 2012)—Lucky Primo, fresh off a nightmarish trip on turf at Del Mar, pressed the pace in Saturday’s $175,000 Lava Man California Cup Classic and finished resolutely under comebacking jockey Tyler Baze, getting the 1 1/16 mile marquee event for Cal Breds in a rapid 1:42.05, winning by a half-length in his first-ever victory on natural dirt.

The Classic, for 3-year-olds and up, was carded as the ninth race and was one of six statebred stakes on Saturday’s 10-race program, attracting a field of seven.

ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 13, 2012)—No one correctly tabbed five winners in Santa Anita’s popular 50 cent Pick 5 on Saturday, resulting in a carryover of $207,240 into Sunday, which is expected to generate a total Pick 5 pool on Sunday of more than $1.5 million.

The Pick 5, which features a fan-friendly low takeout rate of 14 percent, encompasses the first five races on each day’s card.

October 12, 2012

ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 12, 2012)—Oligarch and jockey Alonso Quinonez got loose on the lead at odds of 24-1 and stole Santa Anita’s allowance feature on Friday, the $53,000 Watsonville Purse for 3-year-olds and up at 1 1/8 miles on turf. A 4-year-old Florida-bred ridgling by Congrats, Oligarch, who last started on Sept. 8 at Calder Race Course in Florida, made his Southern California debut look easy, winning by 1 ¾ lengths for new trainer Kristin Mulhall while getting the distance in 1:46.42.

ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 12, 2012)—Santa Anita Park will host an all media press conference on Wednesday at 11 a.m. to announce its first-ever two-day 626 Night Market, which will take place in the track’s expansive Infield area on Saturday, Oct. 20 and Sunday, Oct. 21.

The highly successful 626 Night Market, which was held this past July in Pasadena, features Asian street foods and is home to a wide array of local Asian businesses and young entrepreneurs who promote their businesses, products and services. The event aims to entertain people of all ages and will feature live DJs, a dance floor, performance artists and games.

ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 12, 2012)—Jose Nava, a 59-year-old laborer from Pacoima, selected 2-5 favorite Generations to win Santa Anita’s eighth and final race on Friday and won CashCall’s $1,000 to Win Contest, collecting $1,400.

“I come out two or three times a week,” said Nava. “This is the first time I’ve played in this contest.”

When asked if he had any plans for his winnings, Nava said, “I’ve got money for Santa Anita this weekend.”

ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 12, 2012)—Friday’s second race, a six furlong sprint for maiden 2-year-olds, was declared a no contest by track stewards as a result of a loose horse running the wrong way up the homestretch.

Spinning Love was away in good order, but as he left the chute he hesitated and then jumped to his left, over the temporary inside rail, unseating jockey Alonso Quinonez. He proceeded to run the wrong way along the inside rail through the Club House turn and into the stretch.

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.