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October 1, 2012

Four Weekly Online Qualifying Tournaments Begin Oct. 6

NEW YORK (October 1, 2012) – The Breeders’ Cup and Xpressbet, the official account wagering provider of the Breeders’ Cup World Championships, today announced that Xpressbet will conduct the Beat the Host Championship Round, an online handicapping tournament on Breeders’ Cup Saturday, November 3. The contest will have a minimum guaranteed $25,000 prize pool.

The Xpressbet Beat the Host Championship Round will be preceded by four weekly online qualifying tournaments – October 6, 13, 20 and 27. The weekly contests follow the popular Xpressbet ‘Beat the Host’ format, where players try to out-handicap expert hosts in order to qualify for the Championship Round. Only one entry per person is permitted in all rounds.

LOS ANGELES (October 1, 2012) – Breeders’ Cup announced today that general admission tickets are now available for purchase online for the 29th Breeders’ Cup World Championships on Nov. 2 and 3 at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif. at

• The online price for Championship Friday is $10. General Admission online price on Championship Saturday is $15. Patrons will be able to print their tickets at home and bring them to the track for admission.

• General admission prices at the gate on Championship Friday will be $15 and $20 on Championship Saturday.

• All fans attending the Breeders’ Cup will receive a complimentary official Breeders’ Cup World Championships track program.

• Fans may purchase general admission tickets online until midnight (PT) on Thursday, Nov. 1

September 30, 2012

ARCADIA, Calif. (Sept. 30, 2012)—Slim Shadey, freshened following a disappointing run in the Grade I Eddie Read Stakes at Del Mar on July 21, pulled jockey Garrett Gomez to the lead in the Grade II, $150,000 John Henry Turf Championship at 1 ¼ miles and never looked back, wiring a nine-horse field by 2 ¼ lengths while getting the distance in 1:59.17.

“Simon (trainer, Callaghan) wanted me to be laying close with him, if not, then just off the horse on the lead,” said Gomez. “Today he was fresh and he really caught me unexpectedly…I had trouble getting him to settle into a good stride. He kind of just pulled me around there and stretched me out pretty good, but he still finished well and that’s a plus.

September 29, 2012


AP Racing Writer

ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) _ The home team is looking pretty powerful for the Breeders' Cup.

Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert and Rafael Bejarano teamed to win three of the five Grade 1 stakes worth $250,000 each at Santa Anita on Saturday, including the Awesome Again with Game On Dude before an on-track crowd of 17,565.

The 5-year-old gelding earned an automatic berth in the $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic on Nov. 3 at Santa Anita, a race he finished second in last year at Churchill Downs.

"I was hoping for this kind of outcome," Baffert said. "They were all coming into their races really well. We still have a ways to go, and as long as they all stay healthy and keep moving forward, that's the main goal."

Game On Dude returned to the winner's circle under new jockey Rafael Bejarano after they won by 3 1/4 lengths.

ARCADIA, Calif. (Sept. 29, 2012)—Ed Clark, a 75-year-old resident of Marina del Rey, won $3,600 on Saturday by participating in a daily drawing sponsored by J. Paul Reddam’s CashCall and Santa Anita Park.

CashCall and Santa Anita announced that beginning Saturday, on-track fans could submit their entries earlier in the day to be part of a drawing to win a $1,000 win-bet on the last race of the day for the remainder of the 24-day Autumn Meet, with the exception of the two-day Breeders’ Cup.

September 28, 2012

ARCADIA, Calif. (Sept. 28, 2012)—Idle since running a close third in the Grade I King’s Bishop Stakes on Aug. 25 at Saratoga, the Steve Asmussen-trained Unbridled’s Note tried the turf for the first time in Santa Anita’s inaugural Grade III, $100,000 Eddie D Stakes and he relished the lawn, winning by 1 ¼ lengths while covering the 6 ½ furlong downhill turf layout in 1:12.45.

Formerly run as the Morvich Stakes, the Eddie D was named in honor of retired Hall of Fame jockey Eddie Delahoussaye, who won his 6,000 career race at Santa Anita and who was on-hand to present the trophy.

ARCADIA, CA, (SEPT. 28, 2012)—CashCall and Santa Anita Park give fans a shot at daily redemption by offering $1,000 for a randomly selected losing ticket each racing day during the upcoming 24-day Autumn Meet.

“We’re thrilled to be able to offer our fans this unique opportunity throughout our meet,” said Santa Anita CEO Mark Verge.

Instead of tossing losing tickets in the trash, fans can write their info on the back of each losing ticket and deposit it in a bin at the Winners’ Circle. At the end of each day, one ticket will be drawn for a $1,000 win bet on any horse the following day.

ARCADIA, Calif. (Sept. 28, 2012)--“In the great horse racing tradition of the Kentucky Derby’s ‘My Old Kentucky Home,’ and the Preakness’ ‘Oh, Maryland,’ we wanted to have a song that spoke to our story,” said Mark Verge, CEO of Santa Anita Park.

The Park tapped award-winning songwriter Jimmy Dunne, with hit songs on 28 million records and rooms full of gold and platinum records spanning the globe.

LOS ANGELES (Sept. 28, 2012) – The Breeders’ Cup and the Los Angeles Dodgers announced today that Monday, October 1 is “Breeders’ Cup Night” at Dodgers Stadium, in celebration of the upcoming World Championships at Santa Anita Park. The 7:10 p.m. game will pit the Dodgers against the San Francisco Giants.

The Breeders’ Cup World Championships, Thoroughbred racing’s most prestigious global event, annually attracts the best horses from around the world. The Breeders’ Cup consists of 15 races with purses totaling more than $25 million over the two-day event, being held this year on November 2 and 3 at Santa Anita Park.

September 27, 2012

ARCADIA, Calif. (Sept. 27, 2012)—Classy Bourbon Bay, who has won seven of his nine starts over Santa Anita’s Camino Real Turf Course, returns to action for the first time since winning the Grade II San Juan Capistrano Handicap on April 22 in Sunday’s Grade II John Henry Turf Championship at 1 ¼ miles, a race that has attracted 10 turf veterans.

Ridden to consecutive victories by the now-departed Joel Rosario in his last two starts, the 6-year-old Sligo Bay gelding will get the services of Rafael Bejarano on Sunday. The Peruvian native has four wins from nine tries aboard Bourbon Bay.

Owned by David and Jill Heerensperger and trained by Hall of Famer Neil Drysdale, Bourbon Bay is stabled at Betfair Hollywood Park, but has two local turf works, the most recent a six furlong drill in a pedestrian 1:16.20 on Sept. 25.