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EARTHQUAKE HAS NO IMPACT ON SANTA ANITA RACE, ONE MILE TURF AFFAIR UNEVENTFUL DURING 6.9 TEMBLOR
ARCADIA, Calif. (April 4, 2010)—A 6.9 earthquake centered approximately 175 miles south near the border town of Mexicali, had no effect upon a field of seven horses running one mile on turf at Santa Anita.
The quake, which occurred at 3:40 p.m. PDT, went unnoticed by all jockeys competing in race seven: Rafael Bejarano, Joe Talamo, Jose Valdivia, Jr., Martin Garcia, Joel Rosario (who rode the winner, Well Monied), Victor Espinoza and David Flores.
“I’d say we started shaking at about the half-mile pole,” said Santa Anita’s legendary announcer Trevor Denman. “This is my second earthquake call, the first one happened about 15 years ago. With this one, it seemed like it was just going on and on. I definitely knew there was something amiss, but as they say, the show must go on. It seemed like it lasted about a minute.”
Preliminary reports indicate the quake was centered about 19 miles southeast of Mexicali, which is near Yuma, Az., on the Mexican border.
There is no apparent structural damage to the Santa Anita grandstand or barn area. Santa Anita Park, which opened on Dec. 25, 1934, hosted the 73rd running of the Gr. I Santa Anita Derby on Saturday.
Santa Anita’s 83-day winter/spring meeting will conclude April 18.