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March 3, 2012

ARCADIA, Calif. (March 3, 2012) – Failure by each favorite in the three Grade I races that concluded Saturday’s Santa Anita Handicap Day program witnessed by an on-track crowd of 26,147 sealed a season-high, two-day Pick Six carryover of $430,581 into Sunday’s nine-race card at Santa Anita.

The huge carryover, which is expected to generate a pool in excess of $1.5 million on Sunday, became a certainty when Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott’s Eastern import Ron the Greek decisively took the 75th Big ’Cap at odds of 7-2 as 2-1 favorite Ultimate Eagle faded to 10th in the field of 13.

ARCADIA, Calif. (March 3, 2012)—Santa Anita stewards declared Saturday’s third race, run at 6 ½ furlongs down the track’s hillside turf course, a no-contest, with all single-race monies wagered on the seven runners refunded.

The trouble started when No. 3, Muny, broke through the gate prematurely. Just as he broke through, the rest of the gate doors opened, resulting in assistant starters holding on to their respective horses, No. 1, Lord’s Minister, No. 2, Circle Drive and No.

March 2, 2012

ARCADIA, Calif. (March 2, 2012) – After managing a single victory in his previous 14 starts against mostly stakes competition, Leroy’s Dynameaux reversed his fortunes with a 1 ¼-length victory Friday in Santa Anita’s $65,618 In Excess Purse at one mile on turf.

With Rafael Bejarano in the saddle, the 5-year-old gelding rallied on the extreme outside to defeat Supreme Summit as the 5-2 second choice in a field of six after favored Pathfork ran out of gas. The 3-2 choice faded to last after opening up an eight-length lead down the backstretch before yielding at the far turn.

Arcadia, CA, March 2 -- The Old English Rancho has been synonymous with California racing for nearly 80 years, and HRTV's (R) award-winning documentary show, "Inside Information: Old English Rancho," will provide an intriguing historical retrospective on the facility this Sunday, March 4 at 8:30 p.m. ET.

The 30-minute show will take a comprehensive look at the rich history surrounding Old English Rancho (OER).

March 1, 2012

ARCADIA, Calif. (March 1, 2012)—While even-money favorite Camelia Rose seemingly cried out for racing room at the rail, California-bred Chokecherymary enjoyed smooth sailing while rallying wide to take Thursday’s $71,500 Westside Story Purse by a scant nose over the French-bred favorite.

“I was in a perfect position going to the 3 ½ (furlong pole), but I knew the favorite was going to make a good run, so I wanted to get the first jump on her,” said winning jockey Rafael Bejarano.

ARCADIA, Calif. (March 1, 2012) – Mr Gruff, who has enjoyed a prosperous relationship with Santa Anita’s hillside turf course, seeks his sixth win in eight starts over the 6 ½-furlong layout as the probable favorite in Sunday’s $70,000 Joe Hernandez Handicap.

A lightly-raced 8-year-old son of Mr.

February 29, 2012

ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 29, 2012) – With defending champion Game On Dude a last-minute non-player, Ultimate Eagle swoops into the spotlight as the 5-2 morning line favorite among 13 entrants in Saturday’s 75th running of the Grade I, $750,000 Santa Anita Handicap presented by San Manuel Indian Bingo and Casino. The Big ’Cap will be run for the first time ever as the day’s last race and will follow the Las Virgenes Stakes and the Frank E. Kilroe Mile as the card concludes with three successive Grade I stakes.

The way Martin Pedroza, Ultimate Eagle’s 46-year-old jockey, sees it, Game On Dude’s absence simply removes a speed bump on his extraordinary mount’s rise to stardom. Trainer Bob Baffert announced just prior to Wednesday’s post position draw that Game On Dude would make his next start in the $10 million Dubai World Cup on March 31.

February 26, 2012

ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 26, 2012) – Along with his 31st victory of the meeting, 18-year-old apprentice jockey Eswan Flores gained his first career stakes win Sunday when driving Irish-bred Tones to a narrow upset victory in the $81,140 Baffle Stakes for 3-year-olds at 6 ½ furlongs over Santa Anita’s hillside turf course.

The high school senior maintained his third-place standing behind such nationally renowned riders as Joel Rosario (49 wins) and Rafael Bejarano (37 wins) while vigorously encouraging 13-1 Tones to hold off Stoney Fleece, the hard-charging 2-1 favorite ridden by Rosario. The winning margin was a neck.

Flores’ accomplishment was instrumental in generating a Pick Six carryover of $135,405 into Thursday’s program when racing resumes at Santa Anita. It is projected that Thursday’s Pick Six pool will exceed $750,000.

ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 26, 2012)—Two-time Eclipse Award winning jockey Ramon Dominguez has been selected by a vote of his fellow jockeys nationwide as the 63rd winner of the prestigious Santa Anita George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award.

ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 26, 2012)—Santa Anita’s popular on-line handicapping contest, Showvivor will again be available to all fans, free of charge, beginning Friday, March 2. Santa Anita’s original ShowVivor, which attracted 5,600 players earlier in the current winter/sprint meeting was hit on Feb. 11, enabling one lucky fan to win $3,000.