Santa Anita opening day

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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Spiced Perfection Leads California-Bred Exacta In La Brea Stakes

Dare to Dream Stable’s Spiced Perfection made the leap from California-bred competition to Grade 1 winner in Wednesday’s $300,000 La Brea Stakes for 3-year-old fillies on Wednesday, the first of four graded stakes races on the Arcadia, Calif., track’s opening day program. Spiced Perfection defeated another California-bred Hot Autumn, by 1 1/4 lengths, with Emboldened […]

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Horsemen, Jockeys Begin Santa Anita Meet With Excitement, High Hopes

With the San Gabriel Mountains offering varying shades of green from recent rains, Santa Anita in Arcadia, Calif., was abuzz with activity Wednesday morning as The Great Race Place readied for its 82nd Winter Meet opener.  Sunrise revealed clear blue skies and a temperature at Clockers’ Corner of 43 degrees as horsemen, mindful of an early […]

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Santa Anita Kicks Off Winter Meet With Grade 1 Duo Of Malibu, La Brea

Santa Anita unwraps its 82nd winter meet on Wednesday with the Arcadia, Calif., racetrack’s traditional day-after-Christmas opening card featuring 10 races, including four graded stakes, two of them – the Malibu and La Brea – Grade 1. Special first post time is 11:30 a.m. PT. This year’s opening-day program offers a vast betting menu with […]

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Santa Anita Calendar Honors Triple Crown Winners Affirmed, American Pharoah, Justify

Racegoers will again be treated to one of the best gifts of the year as Santa Anita’s 82nd Winter Meet opener Wednesday, Dec. 26, in Arcadia, Calif., will provide each attendee with a spectacular Santa Anita Wall Calendar, free with paid admission. Themed “Santa Anita Triples,” the 2019 calendar will honor three Santa Anita-based Triple Crown […]

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California-Bred Spiced Perfection Looking To Upset La Brea Stakes

Spiced Perfection, a three-time stakes winner against California-breds, ventures into open company in the Grade I La Brea Stakes for 3-year-old fillies on opening day at Santa Anita on Wednesday. “It’s the last chance this year to run with 3-year-olds and we hope to get some graded type for her,” explained Brian Koriner, who trains […]

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Opening Week Stakes Lure Leading East Coast Jockeys To Santa Anita

Five of the nation’s top six jockeys in purse earnings won this year will put their world-class talent on display opening day Wednesday at Santa Anita and on Saturday, Dec. 29, when the Grade I American Oaks will be run: the sensational Ortiz brothers, Irad Jr. and Jose; Florent Geroux, the regular rider of 2017 […]

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