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September 27, 2012

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.”

ARCADIA, Calif. (Sept. 27, 2012)—Santa Anita Park will provide its fans both on-track and around the world with a high-definition, digital simulcast television presentation beginning with the opening of the 2012 Autumn Meet on Friday, Sept. 28.

Pegasus Communications will staff and manage all aspects of Santa Anita’s simulcast signal.

“This is a great development for our fans everywhere,” said Santa Anita President George Haines. “Pegasus Communications is one of the most technologically advanced companies in the racing world and we’re excited to have them involved in all aspects of our satellite presentation.

September 26, 2012

ARCADIA, (Sept. 26, 2012)—Leading Breeders’ Cup Classic candidate Game On Dude heads a deep, world-class roster of horses running at Santa Anita on Saturday in five Grade I Breeders’ Cup “Win and You’re In” stakes for those seeking to secure berths in the two-day Breeders’ Cup World Championships to be held Nov. 2 & 3 at Santa Anita.

In addition to the five Breeders’ Cup “Win and You’re In” races, Santa Anita will also run the inaugural Unzip Me, for 3-year-old fillies. The Unzip Me will be the final race on an 11-race program that will include a total of 118 horses, excluding those who are on the also-eligible list in their respective races.

ARCADIA, Calif. (Sept. 26, 2012)—The legendary Zenyatta, winner of the 2009 Breeders’ Cup Classic at Santa Anita and Horse of the Year in 2010, will be honored for all-time by Santa Anita Park as a life-sized statue of the great mare will be unveiled in Santa Anita’s Paddock Gardens area at 12 noon this Saturday.

Additionally, the inaugural Grade I, $250,000 Zenyatta Stakes (formerly the Lady’s Secret), a race won by Zenyatta over three consecutive years from 2008 through 2010, will be one of five Grade I Breeders’ Cup “Win and You’re In” stakes to be run on Saturday.

September 25, 2012

ARCADIA, Calif. (Sept. 25, 2012)—Santa Anita’s 24-day Autumn Meet will get underway in style on Friday, as a near-capacity field of 13 have signed up to contest the inaugural Grade III, $100,000 Eddie D Stakes, for 3-year-olds and up at about 6 ½ furlongs down the Camino Real Turf Course.

“The race proved to be just as popular as Eddie D.,” said Santa Anita Racing Secretary and Vice President of Racing Rick Hammerle. “Let’s hope this is a good omen for the entire meet.”

Formerly run as the Morvich Stakes, the Eddie D is named in honor of retired Hall of Fame jockey Eddie Delahoussaye, who will be on hand to sign autographs from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and he will also present the trophy for the race named in his honor later in the afternoon.

September 24, 2012

ARCADIA, Calif. (Sept. 24, 2012)—Trevor Denman celebrates his 60th birthday today and on Friday, he’ll embark upon his 30th season as the Voice of Santa Anita Park when the 2012 Santa Anita Autumn Meet gets underway at 1 p.m.

The math is staggering and it’s not lost on the Durban, South Africa native, who in the opinion of many, has ascended to a level of professional excellence reserved for the likes of the Dodgers’ Vin Scully, the Lakers’ late Chick Hearn and the Kings’ Bob Miller—all members of their respective sports’ Halls of Fame.

“I left home when I was 31 and now I’m 60,” said Denman. “It’s frightening, absolutely frightening. It feels like it’s only been seven years. I can’t get that one Jimmy Buffet song out of my head—the name of the song is ‘He went to Paris,’ and there’s a line in there that says ‘…and 20 more years just slipped away.’ That’s how I feel. I just can’t believe it.”

September 20, 2012

ARCADIA, Calif. (Sept. 20, 2012)—Santa Anita’s 2012 Autumn Meet will hit full stride on Saturday, Sept. 29, as the first 15,000 fans on-track will receive a free replica of the Santa Anita baseball cap made famous earlier this year by Kentucky Derby-winning trainer Doug O’Neill, who will also participate in an autograph session from 11 a.m. to 12 noon in the East Paddock Gardens.

In addition to the Santa Anita cap (a $25 retail value) fans will be treated to five Grade I Breeders’ Cup “Win and You’re In” stakes, a Food Truck Festival, a life-sized statue unveiling of the great Zenyatta and a $400,000 guaranteed Late Pick 4.

September 19, 2012

The National Turf Writers and Broadcasters Association will honor Kentucky Derby and Preakness-winning jockey Mario Gutierrez and his agent, Ivan Puhich, recently retired Churchill Downs track superintendent Raymond “Butch” Lehr, and two-time Eclipse Award recipient Bill Mooney at its annual awards dinner on Oct. 31 in Arcadia, Calif.

Gutierrez, 25, and Puhich, an agent since 1944, will receive the Mr. Fitz Award, named for the late Hall of Fame trainer Jim “Sunny Jim” Fitzsimmons, for typifying the spirit of racing.

September 17, 2012

ARCADIA, Calif. (Sept. 17, 2012)—The multi-faceted Jay Cohen, who has served as Santa Anita’s Bugler since Dec. 26, 1987, will continue his 25-year march at The Great Race Place when it opens for its 24-day Autumn Meet on Sept.