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September 28, 2011

ARCADIA, Calif. (Sep. 28, 2011)—Santa Anita’s Autumn Meet figures to get off to a fast start as opening day, Friday, Sept. 30, has also been proclaimed “Arcadia Day” at the Great Race Place. All Arcadians attending will be granted free Club House admission with proof of residency throughout the afternoon. An “Arcadia Day” booth will be available to welcome and facilitate Arcadia residents and will be located just outside the Club House Admission Gate.

September 26, 2011

ARCADIA, Calif. (Sept. 26, 2011) – Unzip Me, a four-time stakes winner over Santa Anita’s unique downhill turf course, will be solidly favored to annex the Grade III, $100,000 Senator Ken Maddy Stakes on Friday when live racing returns to Santa Anita with the 2011 Autumn Meet, which runs 24 days through Nov. 6.

The Autumn Meet, which will feature racing on Thursdays through Sundays with the addition of Columbus Day on Monday, Oct. 10, will be highlighted by a stakes roster that includes 13 graded stakes and a day of state-bred racing on Oct. 29, the California Cup. This year marks the 21st running of the Cal Cup which will include five stakes, headed by the $150,000 Cal Cup Classic at 1 1/8 miles.

September 20, 2011

ARCADIA, Calif. (Sept. 20, 2011)—The City of Arcadia will honor Santa Anita President George Haines Tuesday night by officially proclaiming Sept. 20 as “George Haines Day” in his native Arcadia.
ARCADIA, Calif. (Sept. 20, 2011)—Santa Anita Park, in conjunction with the California Thoroughbred Breeders Association (CTBA), will celebrate California Cup XXII with a gala party entitled “The Art of Racing,” in Santa Anita’s Club Court and Club Plaza areas on Saturday, Oct. 29.

September 2, 2011

ARCADIA, Calif. (Sept. 2, 2011)—Santa Anita Park will pay tribute to its heroic 90-year-old Paddock Guard John Shear on Saturday, Oct.

August 31, 2011

Arcadia, CA, Aug. 31 -- A paddock guard at Santa Anita for a half-century, John Shear gained national accolades for his selfless bravery early this year when, at age 90, he saved a young girl from serious injury while doing his job.

Shear will be the featured subject on the next installment of HRTV's award-winning "Inside Information” documentary series, set for Sunday, Sept. 4 at 8:30 p.m. ET/5:30 p.m.

August 30, 2011

ARCADIA, Calif. (Aug. 30, 2011)—Santa Anita Park has announced it will again host the annual Pasadena GreekFest over a three-day period, Sept. 16, 17 & 18. The popular event features all things Greek. From food, to live music and folk dancing, GreekFest will also offer a children’s fun zone.

August 23, 2011

ARCADIA, Calif. (Aug. 23, 2011)—Santa Anita’s 2011 Autumn Meeting, which begins Sept.

August 17, 2011

ARCADIA, Calif. (Aug. 17, 2011)—Santa Anita Park has announced that it will stage its second Photography Day, on Friday, Oct. 7, beginning with registration for all participants at its popular Clockers’ Corner area, at 7:30 a.m.

Santa Anita is once again inviting professional and novice photographers with an interest in racing to take part in this one of a kind event that will include photographic opportunities at one of the world’s most spectacular sporting venues.

August 10, 2011



CHAMPIONSHIPS RETURN TO WEST COAST

LOS ANGELES, Calif. (August 10, 2011) - Returning to the site of some of the most successful events in its 27-year history, the 2012 Breeders’ Cup World Championships will be held at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif., on Friday, Nov. 2 and Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012, Breeders’ Cup Limited announced today at a press conference at LA Live.

Santa Anita has hosted the Breeders’ Cup World Championships five times, most recently back-to-back editions in 2008 and 2009, both of which set records for attendance and wagering. The decision followed a lengthy review process by the Breeders’ Cup Host Site Selection Committee, which included proposals from multiple racing venues in North America.