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October 28, 2011

ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 28, 2011)—For the second time in the past four years, upstart race caller John Lies (pronounced Lees) will deputize for legendary Santa Anita announcer Trevor Denman on Nov. 3, 4 &5, as Denman will be at Churchill Downs to once again serve as the voice of the Breeders’ Cup World Championships on ESPN and ABC.

Lies, 34, filled in for Denman at Santa Anita during the 2007 Breeders’ Cup at Monmouth Park in 2007 and has been the regular track announcer at Lone Star Park in Grand Prairie, Texas for the past seven years. He has also served as Del Mar’s intertrack television host for the past five summers.

(Oct. 28,2011) - The National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) announced today that Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif., has been fully accredited by the NTRA Safety and Integrity Alliance following a complete review of all racing operations at the facility.

October 27, 2011

ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 27, 2011)—Mace Siegel, a prominent owner and breeder of Thoroughbreds for more than 47 years, died of heart failure at his home in Beverly Hills on Wednesday at the age of 86. A founding member of the Thoroughbred Owners of California (TOC), Siegel, a New Jersey native, campaigned horses in California with his wife, Jan, and daughter Samantha for three decades. He was predeceased by his wife in 2002.

The Siegels met on a blind date at Aqueduct racetrack in New York in 1962 and were married two months and five days later. Jan Siegel, who became interested in horse racing while a student at the University of Kentucky, was a singer with big bands in her youth and her favorite song was “I Love You Samantha.” Their daughter was named for the tune.

ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 27, 2011)—Game On Dude and Amazombie head a strong contingent of 41 horses that are either based or made their most recent starts at Santa Anita and were pre-entered on Wednesday for the Breeders’ Cup World Championships at Churchill Downs on Nov. 4 & 5.

Game On Dude, a winner of the Grade I Santa Anita Handicap on March 5, and was most recently victorious in the Grade I Goodwood Stakes on Oct. 1, was pre-entered for the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic.

October 26, 2011

ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 26, 2011) – Soul Candy, a 5-year-old gelding trained by Paddy Gallagher, will attempt to become the first back-to-back winner of the $175,000 California Cup Classic presented by City National Bank on Saturday when Santa Anita hosts the 22nd running of the series of stakes races exclusively for California-breds.

Not only does Soul Candy face the challenge of winning the festive day’s centerpiece in successive years. Along with seven opponents, he will have to deal with a change in surface as the mile-and-one-eighth Classic is to be contested on turf for the first time.

Sierra Madre, CA Oct. 26, 2011 - The Spero Foundation will be hosting their second annual “Hops for Hope” a beer and fine food pairing dinner to be held on Saturday, November 5th at the beautiful Chandelier Room at Santa Anita Park. The guests will enjoy a six course gourmet meal paired with six micro brewed / crafted beers while learning about the fundamentals of brewing the perfect glass of beer. A silent and live auction, including special sports memorabilia, will round out the evening.

October 23, 2011

ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 23, 2011) – Little matter that Irish Art showed only a maiden win routing in four previous starts, he was bet down to 7-5 favoritism, and the son of Artie Schiller made his supporters look good with a dominant 3 ¼-length victory in Sunday’s $75,840 Uniformity Stakes for 3-year-olds at 6 ½ furlongs over Santa Anita’s hillside turf course.

With Joel Rosario notching his third of four riding wins on the afternoon, Irish Art tracked pacesetter Shred the Secrets, overtook him entering the stretch and drew clear under a hand ride while running the distance in 1:11.62.

October 22, 2011

ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 22, 2011)—Santa Anita Park and Top Rank Boxing have announced that Juan Manuel Marquez, who is readying for a title fight with world welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao on Nov. 12 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, will stage a sparring exhibition at Santa Anita on Breeders’ Cup Classic Day, Nov. 5. Marquez will be facing Pacquiao for the third time and he’ll be joined at Santa Anita by undefeated WBO Junior Welterweight Champion Timothy Bradley, who will be defending his title on Nov. 12 versus Cuban native Joel Casamayor.

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.