People in the Great Plains are suffering through some terrible winter weather this Christmas, but racing fans everywhere can take warmth from the traditional day after Christmas opening of Santa Anita Park, California's Great Race Place that kicks off its winter-sprint meeting with two Grade 1 races–the Malibu and La Brea Stakes–on Saturday.
A last-minute agreement between TVG and TrackNet Media has guaranteed that TVG account holders can wager on Santa Anita, but the Arcadia, Calif., track's races will be shown exclusively on HRTV. The 10-race card, which starts with an 11:30 a.m. (Pacific time) post time,has attract full fields and a total of 106 entries (the smallest field. the Grade 3 Sir Beaufort Stakes, has nine runners). Trainer Bob Baffert has the morning-line favorites in both the La Brea (Gabby's Golden Gal) and Malibu (Misremembered) as he tries to win his 11th and 12th Grade 1 races of 2009–more than any other trainer this year.
Post time for the La Brea is 3:30 p.m. PST (6:30 p.m. EST), and the Malibu goes a half-hour later. For more information on Santa Anita's opening-day program, click here.
HRTV will also be showing a big stakes card from Calder Race Course featuring the Grade 3 duo of the Kenny Noe Jr. Handicap and Stage Door Betty Handicap and the Grade 2 W.L. McKnight Handicap on turf.
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