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December 14, 2011

Arcadia, CA, Dec. 14 -- HRTV (R) has reached an agreement with independent broadcaster KVMD (Los Angeles), which will give Southern California racing fans television access to the upcoming Santa Anita winter/spring race meeting. The 75th anniversary of Santa Anita’s winter/spring meeting, one of Thoroughbred racing's most anticipated meetings annually, opens the day after Christmas, and will continue through Sunday, April 22.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Dec. 14, 2011) – Online voting is now open for the second annual Secretariat Vox Populi Award. Created by Secretariat's owner Penny Chenery, the Vox Populi, or “Voice of the People,” Award recognizes the racehorse whose popularity and racing excellence resounded most with the American public and gained recognition for the sport during the past year.

This year’s nominees are: Rapid Redux, who with 19 wins during 2011, equaled Citation's modern day U.S.

ARCADIA, Calif. (Dec. 14, 2011)—Trevor Denman, who aspired to be a jockey in his native Durban, South Africa, is set to embark upon his 29th anniversary year as the “Voice of Santa Anita,” when The Great Race Place opens its gates on Dec. 26.

Denman, who has called the Breeders’ Cup World Championships since 2006 and who will once again preside over the two-day extravaganza at Santa Anita next November, was first hired at Santa Anita in the fall of 1983.

An instinctive judge of equine talent, Denman’s ability to anticipate developments in a race are legendary.

December 12, 2011

ARCADIA, Calif. (Dec. 12, 2011)—Veteran trainer Mike Mitchell, who became Del Mar’s all-time leading trainer this past summer and who is among the career leaders at all major Southern California tracks, is readying for Santa Anita’s 75th winter/spring meet opener on Dec.

December 8, 2011

ARCADIA, Calif. (Dec. 8, 2011)—John Sadler, whose powerhouse stable took back-to-back Santa Anita training titles in 2009 and 2010, is girding for Santa Anita’s 75th opening day on Dec. 26 with a barn that’s poised for another run at the top of the trainer standings.

“It’s always great to be back at Santa Anita and especially for the big meet,” said Sadler, a 55-year-old native of Long Beach and life-long resident of Pasadena. “We’ve got some real nice fillies and mares and we’re looking forward to racing (multiple Grade I winner) Switch another year.

December 7, 2011

Donate New Or Gently Used Musical Instrument Toys Or Music-Themed Items For Homeless And Less Fortunate Children And Receive A $25.00 Cal Phil Gift Certificate December 1-18

December 7, 2011, Arcadia -- Cal Phil Maestro Victor Vener has temporarily trading his conductor’s hat for one of Santa’s. In the spirit of giving and sharing the gift of music with people of all ages, Cal Phil is launching its “BE INSTRUMENTAL” Initiative which was created to enrich children’s lives with the magic of music.

ARCADIA, Calif. (Dec. 7, 2011)—HBO’s highly anticipated LUCK, which stars Dustin Hoffman, Nick Nolte, Dennis Farina, John Ortiz and many others, will air for the first time in a sneak preview unveiling of its pilot on Sunday, Dec. 11, following the season’s final episode of “Boardwalk Empire.”

Created by world renowned writer/producer David Milch, LUCK is also directed and produced by the highly acclaimed Michael Mann and has been filmed in large-part at Santa Anita. The series will feature race scenes and characters from The Great Race Place including retired Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens and current rider, Chantal Sutherland.

The official LUCK pilot premier on HBO is Jan. 29 and that will be followed by eight episodes which will comprise Season One.

December 6, 2011

ARCADIA, Calif. (Dec. 6, 2011)—Santa Anita Park will open for its 75th winter/spring meeting on Dec. 26 with a new marketing approach designed to reintroduce Los Angeles area sports fans and entertainment seekers to one of the greatest sporting venues in the world.

“We’re going to take a totally different approach to how we get our message out with the goal being to reach people that might not be that familiar with us,” said Santa Anita Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Chris Quinn.

December 2, 2011

ARCADIA, Calif. (Dec. 2, 2011)—In response to unprecedented wind-related damage and power outages in the San Gabriel Valley, Southern California Edison has constructed an Emergency Operations Center in Santa Anita’s south parking lot consisting of emergency vehicles, equipment, RVs, tents and 44 emergency relief crews.

Santa Anita’s home city of Arcadia and surrounding communities were hit hard by hurricane-force winds late Wednesday night and early Thursday morning and large areas, including Santa Anita, were without power most of Thursday.

November 30, 2011

ARCADIA, Calif. (Nov. 30, 2011)—Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert, the most recognizable figure in American racing, is poised and ready to go after a record 10th Santa Anita training title as his barn readies for Santa Anita’s traditional winter/spring opener on Dec. 26.

Baffert, whose shock of gray/white hair, designer sunglasses and irreverent quips are as much a part of the American Turf as are hay, oats and water, comes off a huge winter/spring run at The Great Race Place in 2010-11.

Baffert led the trainers’ division for a record ninth time with 44 wins, 12 clear of John Sadler. The white haired wonder was also the meet’s leading stakes-winning trainer, with 11 added-money tallies, three better than Sadler’s eight.