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Refurbished Santa Anita Turf Course Ready To Roll For Fall Meet

In an exact replication of last year’s regularly scheduled maintenance, Santa Anita Park’s highly acclaimed turf course has been completely renovated and will be race-ready for the track’s Autumn Meet opener on Friday, Sept. 28. With the introduction of approximately four acres of brand new Bandera-Bermuda Turf which was installed with an emphasis on the most […]

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River Boyne Tops Sunday’s La Jolla Handicap At Del Mar

Irish-bred River Boyne, a two-time stakes-winner at Santa Anita this year, will carry highweight of 122 pounds Sunday versus five three-year-old rivals in the Grade III $150,000 La Jolla Handicap at a mile and one-sixteenth over Del Mar’s infield Jimmy Durante Turf Course. Sharing billing with the La Jolla will be the Grade II $200,000 Sorrento Stakes […]

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‘Clean Trip’ Paramount For Chrome’s Brother Faversham In Oceanside

Faversham comes into the traditional Opening Day featured Oceanside Stakes at Del Mar after breaking his maiden in his seventh career start on June 21 at Santa Anita. The victory came at the Oceanside distance of one mile on the grass. Not bad by most standards. But Faversham also carries the burden of expectations inherent […]

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Stronach Group, Fasig-Tipton To Host Sales At Santa Anita In 2019

The Stronach Group and Fasig-Tipton have reached an agreement to conduct Thoroughbred auctions at Santa Anita Park beginning in 2019. A tentative date for a 2-year-olds in training sale has been set for June 5. Tentative dates for a yearling sale are September 24 or 25. “We’re thrilled to have Fasig-Tipton back in California and to host […]

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Handle Increases 8 Percent, Tops $1 Billion During Santa Anita Meeting

With a closing day Pick 6 pool of $6,022,040 adding an exclamation point to the conclusion of Santa Anita’s Winter/Spring Meet, all sources pari-mutuel handle for the 102-day run dating back to Dec. 26, exceeded the $1 billion mark, an eight percent increase over a year ago.  With overall on-track attendance showing a one percent […]

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Storm The Hill Makes The Grade In Wilshire

With a brisk early pace laying the foundation, Storm the Hill, in her first start for Phil D’Amato rallied from mid-pack to take Santa Anita’s closing day feature on Sunday, the Grade III, $100,000 Wilshire Stakes, by 1 ½ lengths.  Ridden by Rafael Bejarano, the 4-year-old Kentucky-bred daughter of Get Stormy got a mile on turf […]

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Apprentice Espinoza Awaiting Driver’s License, Tied For Fifth In Santa Anita Standings

Asa Espinoza is far and away the meet’s leading apprentice rider, and with 21 victories, is tied for fifth overall at Santa Anita Park’s Spring Meet which ends today. Not bad for an 18-year-old kid who doesn’t even have his driver’s license yet. “He’s done really well for a guy who started from scratch here […]

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O’Neill, Prat Clinch Santa Anita Titles

Congratulations are in order for Doug O’Neill and Flavien Prat, as both have clinched titles in their respective categories. O’Neill, who coming into today had saddled by far the most horses of any trainer, 136, through 40 racing days, enjoyed a five-length advantage over both Phil D’Amato and Peter Miller with 31 wins. O’Neill thus […]

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$821,858 Pick 6 Carryover With Mandatory Payout Sunday At Santa Anita

A massive three-day combined Pick 6 carryover of $821,858 will await fans at Santa Anita on closing day, Sunday. With mandatory payouts in effect in all exotic wagers, track officials project Sunday’s total Pick 6 pool will approach $4 million. With a two-day carryover of $160,472 to shoot at on Saturday, $900,769 in “new” money […]

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American Anthem Overpowers St. Joe Bay In San Carlos

In a thrilling finish that highlighted a spectacular day, Bob Baffert’s American Anthem prevailed by what appeared to be a scant nose, but was actually labeled a head, in Saturday’s Grade II, $250,000 San Carlos Stakes.  Ridden by Mike Smith, American Anthem, who dueled with St. Joe Bay and Tyler Baze from the quarter pole to the […]

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