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May 18, 2014

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

COURTESY OF GREAT RACE PLACE, CALIFORNIA CHROME PROVIDING PLENTY OF GOLD FOR WHITTIER COUPLE

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.

May 15, 2014

ZENYATTA’S HALF SISTER, EBLOUISSANTE, AMONG SUPPORTING CAST OF FILLIES & MARES

ARCADIA, Calif. (May 15, 2014)—Grade I winner Let Faith Arise heads a field of 10 fillies and mares set to go 1 1/16 miles in Sunday’s Grade III, $100,000 Adoration Stakes at Santa Anita, as she returns to Santa Anita following a fourth place run in Oaklawn Park’s Grade I Apple Blossom Handicap on April 11. Formerly run at the now-shuttered Hollywood Park, the Adoration will be contested for the first time at Santa Anita.

May 14, 2014

TRACK TAKES PRECAUTIONARY MEASURE AS LOCAL TEMPERATURES EXPECTED TO COOL CONSIDERABLY INTO THE WEEKEND

ARCADIA, Calif. (May 14, 2014)—Citing the effects of extremely dry conditions and temperatures that are expected to be more than 30 degrees above normal, Santa Anita Park has announced that live racing has been cancelled for Thursday. Santa Anita will be open as planned for simulcast wagering on Thursday. Although unseasonably hot temperatures are forecast throughout Southern California on Thursday, a cooling trend is expected to arrive Friday.

ARCADIA, Calif. (May 14, 2014)—A winner of last year’s American Handicap at the now-shuttered Hollywood Park, front-running Obviously will try to overcome a 7 ½ month layoff as he faces another front-running sort in recent Grade I winner Winning Prize, who seeks his third graded win in-a-row in Saturday’s one mile turf Grade III, $100,000 American, which will be run for the first time at Santa Anita.

May 13, 2014

Tristan de Burgh/Cassandra Brooksbank Team Wins in Judges' Voting; Chase Hagen Tabbed in Fan Favorite Category

Arcadia, CA, May, 13, 2014 — A pair of $10,000 first-prize winners were announced Saturday for the 2014 HRTV Film Festival at Santa Anita’s third annual "This is Santa Anita," a competition that required film makers to produce short subject films of under five minutes that were created solely at Santa Anita.

Tristan de Burgh (Beverly Hills) teamed with Cassandra Brooksbank and took the $10,000 Judges' Prize Award, with a film entitled, "Rush," while Chase