SANTA ANITA PARK TO NAME GRADE II STAKES RACE IN HONOR OF CITY OF HOPE

ARCADIA, Calif. (Sept. 26, 2013)—Next month, Santa Anita Park will run a Grade ll Stakes Race, the “City of Hope Mile,” in honor of the leading cancer research and treatment center. The first running of this annual autumn race will be Saturday, October 5, at Santa Anita Park.

“We are pleased to recognize the world-renowned City of Hope by naming a stakes race in their honor and thereby acknowledging the contribution they make to the lives of people everywhere,” said George Haines, Santa Anita Park President and General Manager. “Running the City of Hope Mile will be just one small way to show our support for this amazing medical center and the incredible work they do.”

Now celebrating its centennial, City of Hope is recognized worldwide for its high-quality patient care and groundbreaking science. City of Hope’s mission is to quickly turn research ideas into better prevention strategies and cures.

“City of Hope is honored to be part of the races at Santa Anita Park,” said City of Hope Chief Philanthropy and External Relations Officer Kathleen Kane. “The support and awareness raised by the City of Hope Mile will directly benefit our mission of providing high-quality, compassionate care for cancer patients and their families. It also will, further our on-going goal of speeding scientific discoveries into treatments and cures.”

Formerly named the Arroyo Seco Mile, this year’s event will mark the 28th running of the race; it was first run at Santa Anita in 1986. The race has a guaranteed purse of $150,000.

“This is one of our best races of the season and many horses from this race will compete in the prestigious Breeders’ Cup Mile, which runs four weeks later at Santa Anita Park,” said Tom Ludt, Sr. Vice President, Racing and Gaming.

Fans are invited to support this new partnership and enjoy a day at the races. For more information, visit www.santaanita.com. For group tickets, contact 800-574-5401 or email Group_Sales@santaanita.com

About Santa Anita Park

Santa Anita Park opened its doors on Christmas Day in 1934 and is the home of the $750,000 Grade I Santa Anita Handicap, the oldest continually run "hundred-grander" in Thoroughbred racing, and the $1 million Grade I Santa Anita Derby. Selected as the site for the equestrian events in the 1984 Olympics, the track has hosted the Breeders' Cup Championships on six different occasions. The park's rich history, fine racing, beautiful facility and incomparable setting attract visitors from all over the world and have earned it the reputation as The Great Race Place. For additional information about Santa Anita Park, please refer to the website: http://www.santaanita.com.

About City of Hope

City of Hope is a leading research and treatment center for cancer, diabetes and other life-threatening diseases. Designated as a comprehensive cancer center, the highest recognition bestowed by the National Cancer Institute, City of Hope is also a founding member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, with research and treatment protocols that advance care throughout the nation. City of Hope’s main hospital is located in Duarte, Calif., just northeast of Los Angeles, with clinics in Antelope Valley and South Pasadena. It is ranked as one of "America's Best Hospitals" in cancer by U.S.News & World Report. Founded in 1913, City of Hope is a pioneer in the fields of bone marrow transplantation and genetics. For more information, visit www.cityofhope.org or follow City of Hope on facebook, twitter, youtube or flickr.