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November 5, 2011

ARCADIA, Calif. (Nov. 5, 2011) – It took the length of the stretch for favored John Johny Jak to get past determined 43-1 longshot Assessment, but the 3-2 choice arrived in the shadow of the wire Saturday to take Santa Anita’s $70,150 Lure Stakes by a nose.

Under a vigorous ride by Victor Espinoza, John Johny Jak ran the one-mile distance on turf in 1:35.44 to build upon a third-place finish behind Breeders’ Cup Mile competitors Jeranimo and Mr. Commons in the Grade II Oak Tree Mile on Oct. 8.

“I thought it was going to be easy at the top of the stretch,” said Espinoza.

ARCADIA, Calif. (Nov. 5, 2011) – When Santa Anita concludes it 24-day Autumn Meet on Sunday, the action will be buoyed by a Pick Six carryover of $55,422. Being closing day, there will be a mandatory payout to those with the most winners if nobody correctly selects all six.

Longshot winners in the first four legs of Saturday’s Pick Six ($20.60, $16.60, $39.20 and $44.60) sent the exotic wager into carryover territory.

November 4, 2011

ARCADIA, Calif. (Nov. 4, 2011) – Rapidly developing 3-year-old filly Include Me Out made short work of Santa Anita’s $50,964 Tizna Purse on Friday when she cruised to a 3 ½-length victory over longshot Kindle while negotiating six furlongs in 1:09.52 over a track labeled “good.”

Veteran Joe Steiner, filling in for regular rider Joe Talamo who was at the Breeders’ Cup, hardly moved while sitting atop the 17-10 favorite who took command in midstretch of the competition for fillies and mares and drew clear.

November 3, 2011

November 2, 2011

ARCADIA, Calif. (Nov. 2, 2011) – Santa Anita concludes its 24-day Autumn Meet on Sunday with eight fillies and mares set to contest the 42nd running of the Grade II, $150,000 Las Palmas Stakes at one mile on turf.

The contention includes four entrants cutting back in distance from 1 ¼ miles on turf after fighting it out in the Grade I Yellow Ribbon Stakes on Oct. 11.

ARCADIA, Calif. (Nov. 2, 2011) – Santa Anita’s simulcast of Saturday’s nine Breeders’ Cup stakes races from Churchill Downs that climax racing’s two-day championship event will be complemented by 10 live races including the $65,000 Lure Stakes at one mile on turf.

Gates will open at 8 a.m. The first of 12 races simulcast from Churchill Downs will be shown at 9:05 a.m. The first of the Breeders’ Cup events, the Grade II Marathon, is scheduled to be run at 10:20 a.m.

November 1, 2011

ARCADIA, Calif. (Nov. 1, 2011)—The Stronach Group announced today that it has entered into a long-term agreement to support the Jockeys’ Guild and its member jockeys. Under the terms of the 3-year deal, each of the six Stronach Group racetracks will make payments to the Jockeys’ Guild to help subsidize health insurance, life insurance and disability benefits as well as benefits for all jockeys who are members of the Guild and ride in the United States. The Stronach Group racetracks include Santa Anita Park, Gulfstream Park, Golden Gate Fields, Portland Meadows, Laurel Park and Pimlico Race Course, home of the Preakness Stakes.

October 31, 2011

ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 31, 2011) – Santa Anita will intersperse seven live races among its simulcast presentation of Friday’s opening day of the two-day Breeders’ Cup, racing’s championship event held this year at Churchill Downs.

With gates opening at 10 a.m. on Friday, the first of ten races from Churchill Downs will be shown at 11 a.m. Santa Anita’s first race will be run at 12:50 p.m.

October 30, 2011

October 29, 2011

ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 29, 2011) – Norvsky, who never runs a bad race, turned in his best on Saturday when bursting from fourth to first in the closing yards of Santa Anita’s $175,000 California Cup Classic presented by City National Bank to give Rafael Bejarano his fourth of five riding victories on the nine-race afternoon devoted strictly to California-bred horses.

A 5-year-old gelding who had been out of the money but once in 15 previous starts, Norvsky delivered as the 3-2 favorite with his late spurt that edged runner-up Lucky Primo by a neck. Raced for the first time on turf, the mile-and-one-eighth event was timed in 1:46.97.