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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.

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.

Legendary musician to sing “The Best is Yet to Come” live on NBC during Breeders’ Cup Classic Primetime Hour on November 3

NEW YORK (Sept. 27, 2012) – Over fifty years after his initial performance of the song at Carnegie Hall, Grammy-award winner Tony Bennett will perform his classic hit “The Best is Yet to Come” at the 2012 Breeders’ Cup World Championships at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif., Breeders’ Cup announced today at a media event featuring Tony Bennett at Siro’s Restaurant in Manhattan.

In May, Breeders’ Cup launched a new brand campaign that utilizes “The Best is Yet to Come” as a centerpiece, using the song itself, as well as the title, as a core element in its brand identity, advertising and media.

The $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic will air in primetime on NBC Saturday, November 3, 8-9 p.m. ET. Bennett will perform live from the Winner’s Circle as the Classic horses make their way to the starting gate for the race.

ARCADIA, Calif. (Sept. 27, 2012)—Trakus, the revolutionary wireless tracking system that enables fans to follow their horses instantaneously throughout the running of a race, will be available at Santa Anita Park beginning Friday, opening day of the 24-day Autumn Meet.

“The Trakus technology has been very well received and Santa Anita is proud to bring this information to our fans,” said Santa Anita President George Haines. “The complete run order of each race will be displayed, live, on our infield big board and on our simulcast television signal. It is of benefit to both new and experienced horseplayers.”