Santa Anita opening day

Santa Anita Official: Safety Of Horses, Riders ‘Continues To Be Our North Star’

On the opening weekend of the 2020 meeting, Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif., demonstrated why it has long been known as the “The Great Race Place,” as the legendary track featured the highest levels of racing, top-of-line safety reforms and strong partnership with horsemen, horseplayers and fans. Despite challenging weather conditions pushing back Opening […]

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Baltas Carries Momentum, Quality Stable Into Santa Anita Winter Meet

Richard Baltas prides himself in having a “racing stable,” and race he will when the Winter Meet at Santa Anita in Arcadia, Calif., starts on Saturday, showcasing seven stakes, three of them Grade 1. Fresh from capturing the Del Mar training championship, Baltas has 10 horses entered on the 11-race opening day card, eight of […]

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Shirreffs A Triple Threat In Santa Anita’s Opening Day Stakes

John Shirreffs has done it all. In a career spanning a quarter century, the 74-year-old native of Fort Leavenworth, Kan., won the Kentucky Derby with 50-1 shot Giacomo in 2005 and masterfully conditioned  the magnificent mare Zenyatta, who won 19 of 20 career starts including a victory over males in the 2009 Breeders’ Cup Classic […]

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Even With Santa Anita Postponement, Plenty Of Day-After-Christmas Racing Action

While the traditional day-after-Christmas opening of Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif., has been postponed to Saturday, Dec. 28,  because of an impending rainstorm, there will be plenty of action on Thursday,  Dec. 26, to keep horseplayers across the U.S. busy. On the East Coast, Laurel Park returns after a three-day break, offering a nine-race […]

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Equibase Analysis: Who Will Make The Grade In G1 American Oaks?

The Grade 1, $300,000 American Oaks Stakes is one of six graded stakes on the opening day card at Santa Anita and one of three restricted to three year olds only. The field of eight fillies consists of two types of horses – those which have won or placed in graded stakes on turf and […]

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Santa Anita Tradition: Free Wall Calendars Available To Fans Opening Day

A “must-have” among racegoers for decades, Santa Anita’s traditional wall calendar will be available free to all fans with paid admission on opening day, Thursday, Dec. 26.  This year’s calendar will include racing highlights from the past 12 months and information about the California Retirement Management Account (CARMA), which is based at Santa Anita and […]

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Santa Anita’s Strong Start Includes All-Time Wagering Mark For Opening Day

Santa Anita Park’s 2018-19 Winter Meeting got off to a record-breaking start on Wednesday, as the Arcadia, Calif., track posted all-sources pari-mutuel handle of $20,491,016, a 19 percent increase over a year ago and an all-time opening day record. Wednesday’s opening day crowd of 41,373 contributed to an on-track handle of $3,463,535, a five percent […]

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McKinzie Roars From Off The Pace To Win Malibu Before Santa Anita Opening Day Crowd of 41,373

Karl Watson, Paul Weitman and Mike Pegram’s McKinzie began 2018 as Bob Baffert’s leading prospect for the Grade 1 Kentucky Derby, but injury forced the Street Sense colt to the sidelines while Baffert stablemate Justify made his unbeaten run through the Triple Crown. McKinzie ended the year with an overpowering 4 3/4-length victory in the […]

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Sadler Unwraps Gift Box For San Antonio Surprise

Making his first start since March and carrying the Hronis Racing silks for the first time, John Sadler-trained Gift Box posted a $15 upset over favored Battle of Midway and second choice Dabster in  Grade 2 San Antonio Stakes at Santa Anita on Wednesday. The $300,000 San Antonio was one of four graded stakes on […]

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Favored River Boyne Edges Desert Stone In Mathis Brothers Mile

With jockey Flavien Prat getting his second graded stakes win of the day, Red Baron’s Barn and Rancho Temescal’s River Boyne just held off a hard-charging and unlucky Desert Stone by a head to win Wednesday’s Grade 2 Mathis Brothers Mile Stakes on the turf for 3-year-olds on Santa Anita’s opening day program in Arcadia, […]

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