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$1 MILLION ST. PAT’S HORSESHOE PITCH MARCH 19, FESTIVE AFTERNOON TO INCLUDE 10 RACES, TWO STAKES
ARCADIA, Calif. (March 11, 2011)—All fans attending Santa Anita Park on Saturday, March 19 will have a chance to get their “Irish” up, as The Great Race Place will again stage its popular $1 million St. Patrick’s Horseshoe Pitch between races.
History was made at Santa Anita three years ago, when John Placzankis, of Rancho Cucamonga, tossed a perfect ringer and became the first-ever winner of the $1 million competition, touching off a wild scene that was captured live on HRTV.
All fans attending on Saturday will be eligible to sign up for the Horseshoe Pitch competition and five lucky finalists will have their entry cards drawn randomly earlier in the day.
“This is one of the most popular promotions we’ve ever had here at Santa Anita,” said George Haines, Santa Anita President. “There’s just a great atmosphere and the whole day has a holiday feel to it. Although it’s very difficult, we saw a few years ago that it can be done.”
A 10-race card is planned for Saturday, with the $100,000 Irish O’Brien Stakes and the Grade II, $150,000 Santa Ana Stakes serving as co-features.
The Irish O’Brien is a fans favorite, for older fillies and mares bred in California at 6 ½ furlongs down Santa Anita’s hillside turf course. The Santa Ana is for older fillies and mares at 1 1/8 miles on turf.
Fans are encouraged to enter the St. Pat’s Horseshoe contest, free of charge, when they arrive. Entries must be submitted by fifth race post time and a group of 20 prospective contestants will be posted throughout the facility. Further instructions and contest information will be available on designated television monitors.
First post time Saturday is 12:30 p.m. For more information on the St. Pat’s Horseshoe Pitch, or to make dining and seating reservations, fans are encouraged to visit www.santaanita.com, or to call (626) 574-RACE.