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March 22, 2012

ARCADIA, Calif. (March 22, 2012)—Registration for Santa Anita’s annual Santa Anita Derby Day 5K Walk and Run to be staged on Santa Anita Derby Day, April 7, is now open to the public.

March 21, 2012

ARCADIA, Calif. (March 21, 2012) – Santa Anita’s Grade III Tokyo City Cup at 1 ½ miles over a dirt surface can be a confounding contest in that it is unique to the meet and seldom offers established form. Run as the San Bernardino Handicap prior to 2005, Saturday’s 56th running of the race would appear to be little different with eight entrants. The enigmatic Eldaafer, however, could prove the exception.

Eldaafer, whose 34-race career has taken him to 17 different racetracks, clearly has no distance limitations.

March 18, 2012

ARCADIA, Calif. (March 18, 2012)—With 29-1 shot East Sky, ridden by Joy Scott, galloping home a winner in the day’s eighth and final race, Santa Anita’s popular Pick Six carried over to the tune of $94,093 into Thursday. It is expected the total Pick Six pool on Thursday will exceed $500,000.

East Sky paid $60.20 to win and provided veteran jockey Scott with her first Santa Anita win since Feb. 10, 2011.

Santa Anita will offer an eight-race program on Thursday, with the Pick Six covering races three through eight.

ARCADIA, Calif. (March 18, 2012)—Santa Anita Park announced today that effective Friday, March 23, all on-track attendees will receive free General Admission.

“’Free Fridays’ was a very popular promotion here a few years back and we feel this is a good time to reintroduce it,” said Thoroughbred owner Mark Verge, on behalf of the Stronach Group.

ARCADIA, Calif. (March 18, 2012) – Chips All In, who faltered against Grade II competition in the $200,000 Robert B.

March 17, 2012

ARCADIA, Calif. (March 17, 2012) – Jay Em Ess Stable’s Include Me Out surged to the fore among the West Coast’s older females on Saturday with a thoroughly dominant display in Santa Anita’s Grade I, $300,000 Santa Margarita Stakes contested over a “sloppy” main track at 1 1/8 miles.

The 75th running of the event that serves as the meet’s divisional championship was supposed to be little more than a recital for front-running Ellafitz, the 4-5 choice in search of her fourth straight stakes victory, but Include Me Out wasn’t buying into it.

With Joe Talamo directing the way, she shot past Ellafitz rounding the far turn and blazed to a 3 ¾-length victory over Love Theway Youare in 1:47.62. Meanwhile, the prohibitive favorite backed up to last in a field lessened to four by weather-related scratches.

March 16, 2012

ARCADIA, Calif. (March 16, 2012)—With the National Weather Service predicting a 90 percent chance of heavy rain on Saturday, Santa Anita Park has announced that its $1 million St. Patrick’s Day Horseshoe Pitch has been cancelled.

“We apologize to all of those who were looking forward to coming out for the St. Pat’s Pitch,” said Chris Quinn, Santa Anita Vice President of Sales and Marketing. “This is one of our most popular events of the year and we all look forward to it.

March 15, 2012

ARCADIA, Calif. (March 15, 2012) – Under a well-timed ride by Victor Espinoza, solidly favored Kingpin Ryno came from off the pace Thursday to secure a 1 ¼-length victory over Valley Cat in Santa Anita’s featured $59,750 Maywood Purse for California-breds at one mile on turf.

After being overtaken by one-half length as the favorite under similar conditions in his previous start, Kingpin Ryno was settled into a stalking position on Thursday as Tricky Mandate sped to a 3 ½-length lead down the backstretch.

“I didn’t want to go to the lead today,” explained Espinoza.