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March 23, 2011

ARCADIA, Calif. (March 23, 2011)—On the heels of its wildly successful first-ever Gourmet Food Truck Festival on Jan. 29, Santa Anita Park will offer 80 gourmet food trucks for Food Truck Festival II, on Saturday, April 2.

In addition to tripling the amount of trucks offered, Santa Anita’s entire infield area will be utilized and admission to the Festival is free of charge with paid $5 General Admission, which includes live music and entertainment.

ARCADIA, Calif. (March 23, 2011)—Santa Anita will honor one of the Southland’s most highly respected broadcasters and a recent inductee into the Southern California Sports Broadcasters Hall of Fame with the “Rich Marotta Hall of Fame Purse” on Sunday, April 3.

Marotta, who is a regular contributor on radio station KFI’s top rated Bill Handel Show, which airs weekday mornings from 5 a.m. to 9 a.m., is a legendary figure in the world of boxing and calls boxing on Fox Sports Net television.

March 20, 2011

ARCADIA, Calif. (March 20, 2011) – A series of “off” conditions combined with jockey Rafael Bejarano getting on board helped send 9-2 shot Juniper Pass to a one-half length victory over pacesetter Dahoud in Santa Anita’s 60th running of the Grade II, $150,000 San Luis Rey Stakes at 1 ½ miles on Sunday.

For the first time in 36 years, the marathon event was moved off the turf on a rainy, blustery afternoon. And after taking off the blinkers that he had worn in his 10 previous races, Juniper Pass responded to the off conditions of a “wet fast” main track despite never having raced over a surface other than grass. It didn’t hurt either that turf marathon standouts Champ Pegasus and Bourbon Bay were off to Dubai.

March 19, 2011

ARCADIA, Calif. (March 19, 2011) – A crafty ride by Rafael Bejarano was instrumental in propelling Malibu Pier to a one-length victory over Turning Top Saturday in Santa Anita’s 44th running of the Grade II, $150,000 Santa Ana Stakes for older fillies and mares at 1 1/8 miles on turf.

Hard pressed early by Lilly Fa Pootz, Malibu Pier was allowed to surrender her early lead nearing the far turn before Bejarano urged her to re-rally and outfinish favored Turning Top while running the distance in 1:48.05. Lilly Fa Pootz held third, 1 ¼ lengths back, in the field of six. The turf course was labeled as “good.”

March 18, 2011

ARCADIA, Calif. (March 18, 2011) – Having found his niche on grass, heavily-favored Regally Ready cruised to a 1 ¾-length victory over Leroy’s Dynameaux in Friday’s fourth running of the $79,150 Joe Hernandez Stakes at 6 ½ furlongs over Santa Anita’s downhill turf course.

Two factors had loomed large in Regally Ready’s favor: (a) his recently realized affinity for turf racing, and (b) his speed in an otherwise paceless field of seven. The public pounded him down to 1-2 favoritism with the co-second choices at 7-1, and Regally Ready delivered as expected in the race that memorializes the original voice of Santa Anita who served as the track’s announcer from its opening in 1934 until his death in February of 1972.

March 17, 2011

March 13, 2011

ARCADIA, Calif. (March 13, 2011) – After rallying strongly to take the Grade III La Habra Stakes at 6 ½ furlongs, Irish-bred Cambina was just as forceful going one mile on turf when she stretched out Sunday to capture Santa Anita’s $80,500 China Doll Stakes for 3-year-old fillies

With Garrett Gomez back in the saddle, the smallish chestnut filly split horses in midstretch before drawing off to a three-quarter-length victory over Cathy’s Crunches while covering the distance in 1:35.70.

Although Cambina had won the Feb.

ARCADIA, Calif. (March 13, 2011)—The condition of injured 90-year-old paddock guard John Shear has improved “one hundred eighty degrees” over what it was Saturday night at Huntington Memorial Hospital according to a family member.

Shear, who was injured while shielding a 6-year-old girl from a runaway loose horse, was hospitalized Saturday afternoon following the accident that occurred prior to Santa Anita’s third race.

“I went and saw him last night in I.C.U. (intensive care unit) and he didn’t look good,” said Shear’s son, Mike, 44. “His voice wasn’t good and his face was black and blue. I went back this morning to see him at 10:30 and there was a complete, 180 degree turnaround. He was sitting upright, talking, laughing and completely coherent and he’s stable.

March 12, 2011

ARCADIA, Calif. (March 12, 2011) – Premier Pegasus, a son of 2000 Kentucky Derby winner Fusaichi Pegasus, burst into 2011 Derby prominence on Saturday at Santa Anita when taking the Grade II, $250,000 San Felipe Stakes by 7 ¾ lengths, the most decisive victory in the 74-year history of the final stepping-stone to the April 9 Santa Anita Derby.

Two races earlier on a stunning day at Santa Anita, 45-1 shot Miss Match edged odds-on favorite Switch by a head in the Grade I, $300,000 Santa Margarita Invitational to generate the largest win payoff ($92.40) in the 74-year history of the race that is meant to determine the meet’s champion older filly or mare.

ARCADIA, Calif. (March 12, 2011)—With Argenine-bred Miss Match providing the biggest win mutuel, ($92.40) in the 74-year history of the Grade I Santa Margarita Stakes, Saturday’s Pick Six became an illusion to all, resulting in a carryover of $134,092 into Sunday. It’s expected the total pool on Sunday could exceed $1 million.

The Santa Margarita, run as race six, was the second leg in the Pick Six.

Race five got the popular wager off to a longshot beginning, as Cloud Man paid $29.00 to win.