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October 7, 2012

ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 7, 2012)—Santa Anita CEO Mark Verge has declared Santa Anita a Happy Birthday Zone as The Great Race Place will grant free birthday admission to those with proof of their date of birth and a guest, effective immediately.

“Santa Anita Park has been voted the number one place in Southern California to celebrate your birthday,” said Verge. “We want people to know they can have a great time here, on any day. We’ve got great racing, football, baseball, family fun activities, concerts, contests and we’re hoping to get the word out and let people know they can blow out a few candles and party with us anytime.”

October 6, 2012

By BETH HARRIS

AP Racing Write

ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) _ Bob Baffert has a lot of decisions to make heading into the Breeders' Cup.

Coil and Capital Account made things a little more interesting with their 1-2 finish for the Hall of Fame trainer in the Grade I, $250,000 Santa Anita Sprint Championship on Saturday.

Coil edged Capital Account by a head in a finish decided by a photo.

Amazombie, last year's champion sprinter, was fourth as the 4-5 favorite ridden by Mike Smith.

Coil ran 6 furlongs in 1:09.89 under Martin Garcia and paid $17.20, $7.60 and $4 after being sent off at 7-1 odds in his ongoing transition to sprinting this year.

October 5, 2012

ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 5, 2012)—Jockey Tyler Baze, America’s Eclipse Award winning apprentice rider in the year 2000, returned to action for the first time in over a year on Friday at Santa Anita and won with his second mount, longshot Warren’s Sugarbuzz, who paid $112.60 to win in race six.

Suspended indefinitely by Del Mar’s Board of Stewards in August 2011 for refusing to submit to a random Breathalyzer test, Baze, who turns 30 on Oct. 19, was recently reinstated by Los Alamitos stewards.

“I was born to do this. This is all I know how to do,” said Baze in the winner’s circle. “Just the feeling of having horse under me and being able to get back to my dream is…I’m taking it day by day. I’m pretty fit, I’ve been working on a ranch owned by (horse owner) Mike Conboy out in Banning and I’ve been working with babies, which is what I love to do.”

ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 5, 2012)—Morocco Moon, a slightly built English-bred filly making her U.S. debut, scored in style under veteran David Flores at Santa Anita Friday, taking the afternoon’s third race, a $53,000 second-condition allowance affair by 1 ¾ lengths while negotiating 6 ½ furlongs down the hillside turf course in 1:11.38.

Idle since running at York in her native England on May 18, the 3-year-old daughter of Rock of Gibraltar came into today’s race with a solid work tab that included two moves over the Santa Anita turf course.

ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 5, 2012)—Two year old fillies and colts will take center stage on Monday, Columbus Day, as Santa Anita will offer two first-ever $100,000 stakes at one mile on turf, the Surfer Girl and the Zuma Beach.

The Surfer Girl attracted a field of seven and Bares Tripper, an impressive 6 ¼ -length winner of the restricted $100,000 Barretts Debutante at Fairplex Park on Sept. 15, could be tough to catch as she makes her fourth career start.

October 4, 2012

ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 4, 2012)—Beholder, a 2-year-old Kentucky-bred filly by Henny Hughes, demolished a first-condition allowance field at Santa Anita Thursday, winning by 11 lengths while completing the six furlong distance in 1:09.00, the fastest clocking of the Autumn Meet which kicked off on Friday.

Second, beaten a nose, in her most recent start, the Grade I Del Mar Debutante on Sept. 1, Beholder was once again ridden by Garrett Gomez.

ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 4, 2012)—For the first time ever, Santa Anita is offering “Pumpkin Patch Family Days” in its spacious Infield area every weekend throughout the current Autumn Meet, which run through Nov. 4.

Seasonal pumpkins of all sizes are available, starting at just $1.00. In addition to pumpkins, a myriad of activities are available to youngsters, including pony rides, an obstacle course, super slide, moon bounce, a chance to meet the horse who played Seabiscuit in the blockbuster movie and more.

Glendale bakery Goodie Girls creates cupcake to benefit Children Mending Hearts

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 4, 2012 – The Breeders’ Cupcake returns for the 29th running of the Breeders’ Cup World Championships, Nov. 2-3 at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, CA. Over 4,000 cupcakes are expected to be consumed during Breeders’ Cup Week. This year’s cupcake captures the official colors of the Breeders’ Cup and is created exclusively by Goodie Girls, a Glendale-based, award-winning bakery. The Blueberry LemonDrop is a blueberry cupcake with lemon Swiss merengue and purple fondant daisies.

October 3, 2012

INNAUGURAL TIM CONWAY STAKES FOR 2-YEAR-OLDS AND SWINGTIME FOR FILLIES AND MARES ADD DEPTH TO SOLID 10-RACE PROGRAM

ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 3, 2012)—California-bred Amazombie, winner of last year’s Breeders’ Cup Sprint and the 2011 Eclipse Award as the nation’s top sprinter, will defend his title against six other top sprinters in Saturday’s Grade I Santa Anita Sprint Championship (formerly run as the Ancient Title). The race will serve as a final prep for the 2012 Breeders’ Cup Sprint to be run at The Great Race Place Nov. 3.

The Santa Anita Sprint Championship, to be contested at six furlongs, is a Breeders’ Cup “Win and You’re In” Challenge Race.

October 2, 2012

ARCADIA, Calif. (October 2, 2012) - The Breeders' Cup announced today the wagering menu and post times for the 29th Breeders' Cup World Championships, to be held on Friday, November 2 and Saturday, November 3 at Santa Anita Park. This year's wagering menu on the 15 Breeders' Cup races features an abundance of betting opportunities including two all Breeders' Cup Ultra Pick Sixes, 10-cent Superfectas, 50-cent Trifectas, Pick 3’s, Pick 4’s and Pick 5’s, a Ladies' Classic - Breeders' Cup Classic daily double and two Super High 5 wagers.