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October 22, 2011

ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 22, 2011) – Nearly two months after her record-setting debut at Del Mar, Sister Moon failed to replicate that electrifying performance Saturday when unable to overtake front-running Ismene in Santa Anita’s $80,600 Anoakia Stakes for 2-year-old fillies at six furlongs.

Bet down to 1-5 favoritism in a field of six, Sister Moon broke awkwardly, but made a swooping move from fifth to take aim on Ismene, the 7-1 third choice. Sister Moon, however, came up one length short in the race run in 1:08.91.

October 21, 2011

ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 21, 2011)—Santa Anita Park and the California Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association (CTBA) have announced they will partner with Susan G. Komen For The Cure and will promote breast cancer awareness on California Cup Day, Oct. 29.

“Many businesses and sports franchises throughout the country are now getting involved in this very worthy cause,” said Santa Anita Vice President of Marketing and Sales Chris Quinn.

ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 21, 2011) – Atta Boy Roy, a 6-year-old ridgling with enviable travel and victory ledgers, posted his first win in three lifetime tries at Santa Anita Friday, and he earned it the hard way.

Racing around two turns for the first time in over two years, Atta Boy Roy hung on for a desperate nose decision over one-time Santa Anita Handicap favorite Matto Mondo in the afternoon’s $53,900 allowance feature.

October 20, 2011

ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 20, 2011) – Irish-bred Fort Hastings, who has scored victories sprinting on turf in France, Switzerland and Germany, turns back in distance on Sunday when facing eight other 3-year-olds in the $65,000 Uniformity Stakes at 6 ½ furlongs over Santa Anita’s hillside turf course.

Trained by Hall of Famer Jerry Hollendorfer for Michael Lynch, the bay ridgling made his U.S. debut on July 20 in Del Mar’s one-mile Oceanside Stakes and returned 2 ½ weeks later in the Grade II La Jolla Handicap at 1 1/16 miles.

October 19, 2011

ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 19, 2011) – Simply smashing in her racing debut nearly two months ago, Jerry and Ann Moss’s Sister Moon makes her highly anticipated return to action Saturday as the prohibitive favorite among six entrants in Santa Anita’s $65,000 Anoakia Stakes for 2-year-old fillies at six furlongs.

Trained by John Sadler, the homebred daughter of Dixie Union set a track record of 1:02.70 for 5 ½ furlongs while thoroughly dominating her opposition by 9 ¾ lengths at Del Mar on Aug. 21.

LEXINGTON, Ky. (October 19, 2011) – The Breeders’ Cup announced today the launch of its $500K Pay Day promotion that will be conducted in partnership with seventeen racetracks across the country and culminating on Breeders’ Cup Saturday, November 5.

October 16, 2011

ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 16, 2011) – British-bred Up In Time proved her 11-1 upset in Del Mar’s Grade II San Clemente Handicap was no fluke Sunday when Martin Garcia drove her to a 1 ¼ -length victory over Celestial Kitten in Santa Anita’s Grade III, $100,000 Harold C. Ramser, Sr. Stakes for 3-year-old fillies at one mile on turf.

Sent off this time at odds of 5-1 in a field of 11, Up In Time rallied from just off the pace to gain the lead in midstretch and steadily draw clear while covering the distance in 1:34.25. Celestial Kitten, with Patrick Valenzuela, edged Bauble Queen by a neck for the place after having yielded a brief midstretch lead to the winner.

October 15, 2011

ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 15, 2011) – Ultimate Eagle, a 34-1 shot making his stakes debut, gained an early lead Saturday in Santa Anita’s Grade II, $150,000 Oak Tree Derby and simply kept on going in the mile-and-one-eighth turf event to score by one-half length over late-charging French import Venomous.

Ridden by Martin Pedroza, the dark bay son of Mizzen Mast stretched his winning streak to three for owner B. J. Wright while timed in 1:47.03, but his lack of stakes experience made him an unattractive commodity on the tote board.

Pedroza directed Ultimate Eagle though relatively soft early fractions of 23.27, 47.09 and 1:10.53 after he shook off early pressure by favored Midnight Interlude. Venomous’ furious rally presented the only real scare, and the newcomer could have even been more threatening except for steadying briefly inside the sixteenth pole under jockey Joel Rosario.

October 14, 2011

ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 14, 2011) – After a change in running style that resulted in two near misses surrounding his maiden victory, 3-year-old gelding Joker Face scored with authority Friday as the 7-10 favorite in Santa Anita’s $28,050 Rosemead Purse, a starter allowance event at one mile on turf.

With Rafael Bejarano gaining his third win of the afternoon, Joker Face took command early, discouraged early pursuer Italian Channel, and drew off to win by 3 ½ lengths in 1:35.47.