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May 10, 2014

JOCKEY QUOTES

KAYLA STRA, TOP FORTITUDE, WINNER: “I think seven furlongs is more like a mile, so I keep that in mind and try not to put too much pressure on them early.

“He can handle it; he’s a strong horse. I think the outside post helped. I was riding so hard my saddle slipped back; I just wanted to make sure no one would get by me.

“I thought there would be two horses on the lead, maybe not the two that I thought but it still helped in how it worked out. I think everything went to plan. When I looked at the form it seemed pretty simple.

ARCADIA, Calif. (May 10, 2014)—Trevor Denman, the Voice of Santa Anita Park for more than 30 years, will take time off in the month of June to “freshen-up” before returning to call the Grade I Gold Cup at Santa Anita on Saturday, June, 28, which will highlight the track’s closing weekend racing action. In his absence, Frank Mirahmadi, who calls full-time at Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Arkansas and in the summer at the majority of California’s Northern Fairs, will “pinch hit” for Denman for 10 racing days, beginning Thursday, June 12 through Friday, June 27.

May 9, 2014

ARCADIA, Calif. (May 9, 2014)—Blake’s Magic tried two turns for the first time in her eight-race career on Friday and prevailed by a head in Santa Anita’s featured $30,000 Starfish starter allowance purse, getting one mile on turf in 1:35.20 under Aaron Gryder.

‘50 TO 1’ WILL ALSO BE SHOWN CONCURRENTLY AT KRIKORIAN PREMIERE THEATRES IN BUENA PARK, DOWNEY, PICO RIVERA, REDLANDS & VISTA

ARCADIA, Calif. (May 9, 2014)—Academy Award winning Producer Jim Wilson’s latest film, the highly acclaimed “50 to 1,” which depicts the down-home Cinderella story of 2009 Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird, will make its California debut on Friday, May 23 in nearby Monrovia at Krikorian Premiere Theatre and at six other Krikorian venues in Southern California—in Buena Park, Downey, Pico Rivera, Redlands and Vista.

May 8, 2014

ARCADIA, Calif. (May 8, 2014)—Trainer Bruce Headley’s Mangita rated kindly under Aaron Gryder and took command inside the furlong pole en route to a 1 ½ length win in Thursday’s $58,000 Sand Bar Purse allowance at Santa Anita, getting one mile on turf in 1:34.14.

May 7, 2014

ARCADIA, Calif. (May 7, 2014)—Santa Anita Park has announced that the first 10,000 fans attending The Great Race Place on Preakness Day, Saturday, May 17, will receive a free California Chrome baseball cap with paid General Admission.

PUERTO RICAN SENSATION TONITO M. TO MAKE U.S. DEBUT FOR HOLLENDORFER

ARCADIA, Calif. (May 7, 2014)—Trainer John Sadler’s Kobe’s Back appears well-suited as he heads a field of seven sophomores in Saturday’s Grade III, $100,000 Lazaro Barrera Stakes going seven furlongs at Santa Anita.

May 6, 2014

ARCADIA, Calif. (May 6, 2014)—Three days removed from victory aboard favored California Chrome in Saturday’s Kentucky Derby, winning jockey Victor Espinoza was at Santa Anita’s Clockers’ Corner Tuesday morning, feeling “relieved” in the aftermath of his second career win in the Run for the Roses. Espinoza, who continues to field a multitude of interview requests, sat down for a question and answer session at Santa Anita’s popular coffee and breakfast destination located at the top of the stretch:

May 4, 2014

ARCADIA, CA, MAY 4, 2014—Coming from well off the pace as usual under Joe Talamo, Nashoba’s Gold rolled to a stylish one-length victory in Sunday’s Grade II, $200,250, Honeymoon Stakes at Santa Anita Park, the third win from four career starts for the gray daughter of Smart Strike trained by Carla Gaines for owner/breeder Warren Williamson.

May 3, 2014

ARCADIA, Calif. (May 3, 2014)—In becoming the first California-bred to win the Kentucky Derby since 1962, California Chrome made worldwide headlines Saturday, and, he took a giant stride toward greatly enriching the life of Eddie Espinoza, 72, who resides in nearby Whittier.