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TIM CONWAY JR. TO EMCEE SANTA ANITA DERBY DRAW, LIFELONG RACING FAN ADDS PIZZAZZ TO APRIL 4 EVENT
ARCADIA, Calif. (April 1, 2012)—Top rated Los Angeles talk show host Tim Conway Jr. will emcee this year’s Santa Anita Derby Draw Breakfast at the track’s FrontRunner Restaurant on Wednesday, April 4. The draw will determine the field for the Grade I, $750,000 Derby to be run Saturday, April 7.
“Tim is a great personal friend and a great friend of Santa Anita,” said Santa Anita C.E.O. Mark Verge. “I guarantee everyone this, we are going to have some fun with the draw on Wednesday. Tim’s got a great sense of humor and he knows the game inside and out. We’ve got some outstanding horses lined up and we want everyone to know they can come out to Santa Anita and have a great time and be a part of what we hope is going to be an unforgettable Derby Day on Saturday.”
Conway, son of legendary actor/comedian Tim Conway and the host of the “Tim Conway Jr. Show,” on KFI, a.m. 640, weeknights from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., is a regular attendee at The Great Race Place.
“My father told me as a child, ‘Son, one day you’ll be a part of the Santa Anita Derby.’ I thought he meant as an owner!” said Conway. “You gotta love a racetrack that gives out tee shirts the same day they’re running the Westfield Best Dressed Contest. I remember the good old days when they used to call it ‘Fewest Stains Wins.’”
This year marks the 75th running of the Santa Anita Derby, the West Coast’s premier Kentucky Derby prep, a race that has produced 15 Kentucky Derby winners over the years, most recently Giacomo in 2005.
It is expected this year’s Santa Anita Derby, for 3-year-olds to be run at 1 1/8 miles, will attract a field of as many as 10 horses, including the likely favorite Creative Cause, winner of the Grade II San Felipe Stakes on March 10.
“Along with Creative Cause, we expect to have a very exciting horse named I’ll Have Another, who was an impressive winner of the Grade II Robert B. Lewis Stakes here on Feb. 4,” said Santa Anita Vice President of Racing Rick Hammerle. “Bob Baffert could have three horses in the Derby which is good news and Carla Gaines is definite with Midnight Transfer, who was third in the San Felipe and who won the San Pedro Stakes in January.”
First post time on Santa Anita Derby Day is 12 noon. For dining and seating reservations or additional racing information, visit www.santaanita.com or call (626) 574-RACE.