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November 2, 2011

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.

October 28, 2011

ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 28, 2011) – After picking up minor awards in four races on turf, a switch to Santa Anita’s main track agreed with Pincelada, who responded by scoring her first victory in 18 months when dominating Friday’s seven-furlong feature, a $49,980 allowance event for fillies and mares.

With jockey Joe Talamo at the controls, the 4-year-old Florida-bred filly took control soon after the start, turned back close pursuer Came West on the far turn, and drew away to win by 4 ¼ lengths under a hand ride.

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.