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October 5, 2012

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.

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 www.breederscup.com/tickets.

• 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

By BETH HARRIS

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.