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Santa Anita Announces Stewards, Other Racing Officials For Fall Meet

Led by its three-member Board of Stewards, Santa Anita Park has announced a full complement of racing officials for its upcoming 23-day Autumn Meet, which begins Friday, Sept. 27. The meeting will include a record 10th running of the Breeders’ Cup World Championships at Santa Anita on Nov. 1 & 2. Returning from earlier this year […]

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Trainer Peter Miller Suspended, Ordered To Anger Management For Seventh Disorderly Conduct Ruling

Trainer Peter Miller has been suspended for seven days, fined $2,500, and placed on probation through Oct. 31, 2019, by the Santa Anita stewards for his seventh disorderly conduct offense, according to a ruling released Sunday. The ruling describes Miller’s actions on Sept. 11, 2017, at San Luis Rey Downs as “aggressive/abusive behavior – derogatory […]

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Mike Smith Earns Three-Day Suspension For San Felipe Incident With McKinzie

Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith was given a three-day suspension by the Santa Anita stewards because of the incident in Saturday’s G2 San Felipe Stakes, which resulted in his mount McKinzie’s disqualification. According to, the dates of Smith’s suspension will be carried out on Mar. 18, 22, and 23. McKinzie, trained by Bob Baffert, […]

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Santa Anita: Single Scratch Time Among New Policies Implemented For Autumn Meet

Santa Anita has eliminated its previous policy of allowing horses to be withdrawn the morning before the actual race, and instead will enact a race-day scratch time for its upcoming meet that begins Friday. According to the Daily Racing Form, this new policy is one of several that Santa Anita will be implementing for the 19-day autumn […]

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Report: After Confusion, Controversy Over Saturday’s Pick Six, Santa Anita Stewards Seek To Prevent Future Mistakes

Santa Anita stewards are searching for ways to prevent the confusion – and controversy – that occurred over the handling of the Pick Six this past Saturday. Despite the Pick Six being hit (one lucky single-ticket winner brought down the $898,568 payout), a situation developed prior to the last race in the sequence when it was […]

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Santa Anita: Stewards Warn Desormeaux Over Training Whip Use

Jockey Kent Desormeaux was officially warned by Santa Anita stewards June 10 for his controversial actions while exercising a horse at the track May 28. The warning came as a result of Desormeaux’s actions when aboard the colt Demonslayer. As the colt was finishing up nearing the wire, Desormeaux whipped him three times, then struck […]

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Santa Anita: Nakatani, Baze Land Three-Day Suspensions

Jockeys Corey Nakatani and Tyler Baze have each received a three-day suspension after causing separate incidents of interference in the third race at Santa Anita May 26. According to a report in the Daily Racing Form, stewards cited Nakatani for “crossing over without sufficient clearance” entering the far turn while riding Diplodocus. The horse finished second, but […]

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Trainer Gus Headley Fined By Santa Anita Stewards

Santa Anita stewards have fined trainer Gus Headley $1,500 over an incident involving moving a horse from another trainer’s barn and administering medication to that horse in April 2016. The Daily Racing Form reports that Headley removed the horse Surfing the Menu from his sister Karen’s stable. The horse was entered in a claiming race, but Headley had clients […]

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Santa Anita Stewards Slap Arroyo With Three-Day Suspension For Interference

Santa Anita stewards have suspended jockey Norberto Arroyo Jr. for three days for causing interference in the first race on Sunday. According to a report in the Daily Racing Form, Arroyo was cited for his ride on Woot Woot in the six-furlong contest, which he ended up winning. According to the Form, “Woot Woot broke from the […]

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