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SANTA ANITA, FANS GENERATE $19,324 FOR JAPAN RELIEF, TOKYO CITY CUP KEY TO SUCCESS ON MARCH 26
ARCADIA, Calif. (April 1, 2011)—As a result of fund raising efforts on Tokyo City Cup Day, March 26, Santa Anita Park and its fans raised $19,324 for the Japan Relief Fund, which has responded with aid to the victims of the devastating 9.1 earthquake which struck Japan on March 11.
“Santa Anita Park, with the help of its generous racing fans, is happy to announce that we were able to raise a significant amount of money on Tokyo City Cup Day,” said Santa Anita President George Haines. “We’re honored, on behalf of the horse racing industry in California, to help in any way we can.
“We cherish our relationship with Ohi Racetrack and our friends in Japan. Horse racing is immensely popular there and given our geographic location and the relationship we’ve built with Japanese racing officials over the years, we truly consider them to be kindred spirits.
“Our hearts go out to those who have been victimized by this horrific natural disaster and we salute the Japanese people for the way they have come together and reacted to this unprecedented situation. We hope to be able to continue to grow and develop the Tokyo City Cup and to be of further assistance to the relief effort,” continued Haines.
The Grade III Tokyo City Cup, initiated in 2005, was originally run as the San Bernardino Handicap, beginning in 1957. It is for older horses and is contested at 1 ½ miles.