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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.

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.”