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May 21, 2014

ARCADIA, Calif. (May 21, 2014)—Hall of Fame trainers Ron McAnally and Neil Drysdale will again square off in Saturday’s Grade II, $200,000 Charles Whittingham Stakes, as McAnally’s Quick Casablanca and Drysdale’s Fire With Fire head a competitive field of nine 3-year-olds and up at a mile and a quarter on grass.

May 20, 2014

Santa Anita Park will be featured in a one-on-one date on an upcoming episode of The Bachelorette. The episode will feature the legendary southern California racetrack on a special one-on-one date with one lucky suitor and the newest Bachelorette, Andi Dorfman. The episode is scheduled to air Monday, May 26, 2014, at 8/7c on ABC.

Cashes $50,000 Win Bet on California Chrome in 139th Running of Preakness Stakes

May 19, 2014 (Washington, PA) –Tim Lanning, the Grand Prize Winner of Xpressbet’s $50K Preakness Big Bet Sweepstakes, is the most recent of Xpressbet’s Big Bet winners to turn winning the Sweepstakes into a significant payday at the windows. Armed with a $50,000 Win bet on the Preakness Stakes, Lanning traveled to Pimlico for the race and chose to place his wager on California Chrome, returning him a life-changing payout. Sent off as the 1-2 favorite, California Chrome stalked the pacesetters prior to striking the front and held off a late challenge from Ride On Curlin to win Saturday’s Preakness by 1 ½ lengths.

May 18, 2014

ARCADIA, Calif. (May 18, 2014)—Heavily favored at 3-5, Tommy Town Thoroughbreds homebred Let Faith Arise battled gamely through the lane to win Sunday’s Grade III, $100,000 Adoration Stakes by neck under Corey Nakatani, covering 1 1/16 miles at Santa Anita 1:43.41.

ARCADIA, Calif. (May 18, 2014)—With an expanded racing calendar that calls for live racing in Arcadia through June 29, Santa Anita Park operated as a live racing entity on Preakness Stakes Day for the first time ever Saturday, resulting in significant increases in both attendance and handle when compared to last year’s figures at the now-shuttered Hollywood Park.

ARCADIA, Calif. (May 18, 2014)—Jockey Victor Espinoza received a hero’s welcome Sunday at Santa Anita upon his return from Saturday’s 1 ½ length win in the Preakness Stakes aboard superstar California Chrome. The Preakness marked the California-bred colt’s sixth consecutive victory, which includes triumphs in the Kentucky and Santa Anita Derbies, the San Felipe Stakes, the California Cup Mile and the King Glorious Stakes—all accomplished in combination with the 41-year-old native of Mexico City.

May 17, 2014


ARCADIA, Calif. (May 17, 2014)—By winning today’s $1.5 million Preakness Stakes in Baltimore, Md., superstar California Chrome continues to touch and indeed enrich the lives of many thousands of racing fans across the world, perhaps none more profoundly than longtime Santa Anita fan, Eddie Espinoza of nearby Whittier, who stands to win a cool million dollars should “The Chrome” win the mile and one half Belmont Stakes on June 7 and thereby become racing’s first Triple Crown winner in 36 years.

ARCADIA, Calif. (May 17, 2014)—Santa Anita Thoroughbreds Club member Edward Pina Sr., of Los Angeles, picked up a tidy $10,000 on Saturday at Santa Anita, as he cashed a random “Mystery Mutuel” ticket voucher before the first race, which was run at 11:30 a.m.

ARCADIA, Calif. (May 17, 2014)—Although pursued relentlessly, comebacking Obviously was not to be denied in Saturday’s Grade III, $100,000 American Stakes at Santa Anita, as Joe Talamo guided the 6-year-old Irish-bred gelding to a resounding 5 ½ length win, providing Phil D’Amato with his first-ever graded victory while getting one mile on grass geared down in 1:33.39.

May 16, 2014

ARCADIA, Calif. (May 16, 2014)—Claimed for a paltry $12,500 four starts back on Dec. 28, trainer Ron Ellis’s rapidly improving Seeking the Sherif won his third race in-a-row Friday at Santa Anita, taking the track’s $60,000 allowance feature by three quarters of a length over favored Declassify while covering six furlongs under Edwin Maldonado in 1:08.75.