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April 7, 2012

ARCADIA, Calif. (April 7, 2012)—A Santa Anita Derby Day crowd of 33,166 were among those who wagered a hefty $992,602 in Santa Anita’s Late Pick 4 Saturday, easily making it the largest Pick 4 pool of the winter/spring meeting.

Santa Anita guaranteed $750,000 in Saturday’s Late Pick 4, which started with race eight, the Grade III, $150,000 Providencia Stakes for 3-year-old fillies at 1 1/8 miles on turf. The Providencia was won by Lady of Shamrock, who paid $3.80 to win.

Race nine was the Grade II, $150,000 Potrero Grande Stakes for older horses at 6 ½ furlongs.

ARCADIA, Calif. (April 7, 2012) – Mike Smith reached back for all the resourcefulness of his 30-year Hall of Fame career Saturday to become the 25th jockey in history to win 5,000 races, and the achievement could not have been much more appropriate before a Santa Anita crowd of 33,166.

Smith reached the milestone in the Grade II, $150,000 Potrero Grande Stakes aboard Amazombie – whom he had ridden to a 7-1 upset victory in the 2011 Breeders’ Cup Sprint on Nov.

By BETH HARRIS

AP Racing Writer

ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) _ I'll Have Another fell through the cracks in the sales ring, going for $35,000. He was a 43-1 shot before winning the Robert Lewis Stakes in February.

The colt with the catchy name won't be overlooked any longer after winning the $750,000 Santa Anita Derby by a nose Saturday and positioning himself as one of the early favorites for the Kentucky Derby next month.

"It's just kind of sinking in right now," owner Paul Reddam said. "These things don't happen too often so I just want to savor it."

I'll Have Another edged 9-10 favorite Creative Cause in his return from a two-month layoff after winning the Lewis at Santa Anita. Sent off at 4-1 odds, I'll Have Another ran 1 1-8 miles in 1:47.88 under Mario Gutierrez in front of 33,166 fans in the West's leading prep for the Kentucky Derby.

"It's indescribable," said Gutierrez, a 25-year-old from Mexico who previously rode in Vancouver, British Columbia. "I never expected this."

ARCADIA, Calif. (April 7, 2012)—Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith became the 25th jockey in racing history to win 5,000 career races Saturday as he piloted the Bill Spawr-trained Amazombie to victory in the Grade II, $150,000 Potrero Grande Stakes at Santa Anita.

ARCADIA, Calif. (April 7, 2012)—Santa Anita’s 18th annual Derby Day 5K Walk and Run attracted a record 5,683 participants Saturday morning, setting the stage for a potentially huge day at The Great Race Place which will present the 75th running of the Grade I, $750,000 Santa Anita Derby later in the afternoon.

“We sure hope this is a precursor to a fabulous day,” said Santa Anita Vice President of Sales and Marketing Chris Quinn. “This is the best turnout we’ve ever had for this event and we had people of all ages—from 3 and 4-year-old kids, to people in their seventies.

April 6, 2012

April 5, 2012

ARCADIA, Calif. (April 5, 2012)—Joe Talamo, a 22-year-old native of Marrero, Louisiana, notched his 1,000th career victory on Thursday at Santa Anita, winning the fourth race aboard heavily favored Splendid Fortune, who is conditioned by Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert and is owned by her breeder, Arnold Zetcher. Making her second career start, Splendid Fortune was off at odds of 2-5 and won by 7 ¼ lengths.

“That was fun. It’s nice to get it out of the way early,” said Talamo.

“My mom was the one who gave me permission to ride at a young age but I had to toe the line,” said Talamo in an interview with HRTV’s Kurt Hoover. “It was ‘Yes ma’am, no ma’am,’ or I got a whipping. I really have to give all the credit to my parents for letting me start at such a young age to do what I wanted to do, and it paid off. I left school when I was in the 10th grade and they’ve always supported me.”

ARCADIA, Calif. (April 5, 2012)—Baldwin Ave. will be closed from the 210 Freeway to Huntington Drive temporarily early Saturday morning in order to accommodate Santa Anita’s annual Derby Day 5K Walk and Run. The closure will apply to vehicular traffic from 7:30 a.m.

April 4, 2012

ARCADIA, Calif. (April 4, 2012)—Voting is underway for the Fan Favorite Award in the inaugural HRTV “A Day at the Races” Film Festival at Santa Anita, with a total of $28,000 in prize money at stake. A total of 25 short, non-fiction films have been submitted and are under review.