CHAMPIONS! GIFTS & APPAREL OPENS NOV. 25, WIDE RANGE OF APPAREL & NEW ITEMS AVAILABLE

ARCADIA, Calif. (Nov. 22, 2011)—Santa Anita Park’s nationally recognized Champions! Gifts & Apparel is geared for the holidays and will be open Black Friday, Nov. 25. Champions! will stage an all-day Black Friday special, with 25 percent off of all clothing—jackets, hats, sweatshirts and T-shirts.

“We truly have something for everyone, no matter what age group,” said Chris Crocker, manager of Champions! “We’re excited to be getting ready for opening day on Dec. 26 and we’re looking forward to seeing many of the people who’ve made us a part of their holiday shopping over the years. We’re offering some great deals on Black Friday and it should be a lot of fun.”

Champions! 2012 merchandise catalogue is now available by visiting www.santaanita.com, and select “Gift Shop.”

The catalogue offers some spectacular photos, all of which were shot at The Great Race Place. Catalogue models include Hall of Fame jockeys Mike Smith and Julie Krone, as well as active jockeys Paul Atkinson, Hector Berrios, Martin Pedroza and Kayla Stra.

Santa Anita trainers are represented by Hall of Famer Richard Mandella, along with Matt Chew, Gary Mandella and Tim Yakteen.

Popular HRTV on-air personality Millie Ball is also featured as is Kim McCarthy, who works for the Bob Baffert stable.

Crocker has once again drawn upon her vast retail experience in selecting a myriad of gift choices for horse lovers of all ages.

What follows is a brief listing of some of the items that will be available beginning Friday, including:

--Books, from handicapping to gorgeous coffee table varieties.

--Hostess gifts, including Arthur Court serve ware—a hit with hostesses everywhere, whether they love horses or not.

--Children’s plush toys (horses of course, in all sizes and colors).

--Art. Santa Anita is privileged to be the “home” track for America’s greatest equine artist, Fred Stone. A Fred Stone book or print makes a memorable holiday gift.

(Champions! currently has “Northern Dancer,” a signed, must-have print, from the Stone collection).

--Accessories including scarves, bags and socks.

--Beautiful equine jewelry.

--Logo wear and Logo ware—Cover yourself and fill your home with THE GREAT RACE PLACE!

Champions! 2012 merchandise catalogue is now available by visiting www.santaanita.com, and select “Gift Shop.”

For more information on Black Friday at Champions! and for information on Santa Anita’s upcoming winter/spring meet, go to www.santaanita.com, or call (626) 574-RACE.

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