Due to the fact the 2008 Breeders' Cup World Championships will be held at Santa Anita Park, the California Thoroughbred Breeders Association (CTBA) confirmed that the 29th California Cup has been moved up nearly a month, to be held Oct. 5, 2008.
With strong out-of-state business leading the way, the Oak Tree Racing Association meet, which ended Nov. 4, posted significant gains in all sources mutuel handle over last year's figures. Out-of-state average daily handle was up 18% over last year and average daily total handle for the meet was up 9%.
Riding on to the track at Santa Anita for the last race of the Oak Tree meet Nov. 4, leading rider Tyler Baze will flip shaded goggles down over his eyes and take a deep breath of the fresh, dry air, and will think of how close he came to losing this, the one pursuit he loves most in life.
- By Ryan Conley
Next year's Breeders' Cup World Championships are set for the Oak Tree meet at Santa Anita Park, but which venue will host the event beyond that running is still in the works.
Jockey Patrick Valenzuela's reinstatement was on hold Oct. 24 following a brief meeting between Valenzuela and his agent, Tom Knust, with Oak Tree stewards at Santa Anita during the morning.
Gary Broad's Buzzards Bay, unable to make the Breeders' Cup Classic due to an illness incurred during the recent Del Mar meet, demonstrated his class at Santa Anita Oct. 19 when he bested Siren Lure in Oak Tree's $54,000 allowance feature.
TVG, America's Horseracing Network, will provide live coverage of the entire fall season from Oak Tree at Santa Anita, including four grade I stakes on opening weekend, and the year's final "Win and You're In" Breeders' Cup Challenge Series races.
Santa Anita racetrack will unveil racing over the Cushion Track surface Sept. 26 when the Oak Tree Racing Association begins its 39th season.
- By Tracy Gantz
After much deliberation, Santa Anita has chosen Cushion Track, the same surface as at Hollywood Park, for its synthetic track, it was announced May 23. The all-weather surface is to be installed this summer in time for the fall Oak Tree Racing Association meeting.
Richard Mandella, one of the nation's leading trainers and a member of Racing's Hall of Fame, has accepted a directorship on the board of Oak Tree Racing Association,
Richard Mandella, one of the nation's leading trainers and a member of Racing's Hall of Fame, has accepted a directorship on the board of Oak Tree Racing Association.
Both on-track attendance and handle increased in 2006 as the 38th Oak Tree Racing Association meet concluded at Santa Anita Oct. 29.
The names of 85 of some of California's best runners passed through the
entry box for Saturday's California Cup XVII, the final Saturday program for the 2006 Oak Tree at Santa Anita fall season.
Gary Stute had the only winning Pick Six ticket at Oak Tree Sunday worth $124,881, thanks in large part to a victory by the mare he trains, Da Svedonya, who paid $14.40 in winning the seventh race for $12,500 claiming fillies and mares.
More than 21 years after he won the 1984 Kentucky Derby aboard Swale, the whip Laffit Pincay Jr. used in registering his only victory in the Run for the Roses was returned to him.
Michael Wrona will fill in for Trevor Denman as the Oak Tree Racing Association's track announcer at Santa Anita Park Oct. 28-29. Denman will be in New York, fulfilling a network television commitment on NBC with the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships.
In his first opportunity to bid public farewell at Santa Anita Park, Laffit Pincay Jr. will be honored by the Oak Tree Racing Association Saturday. He'd rather be riding.
How much weight does a horse actually carry in a race? No matter what the program says, nobody seems to know for sure. The California Horse Racing Board hopes an ad hoc committee can help revamp pre-race weigh-in practices.
The Oak Tree Racing Association presented a check for $25,000 to benefit the victims of Hurricane Katrina to the Arcadia chapter of the American Red Cross Saturday at Santa Anita.
Tyler Baze resumes riding at Oak Tree Wednesday after undergoing treatment for an eating disorder that dropped his weight to about 100 pounds, according to his agent, Ivan Puhich. Santa Monica nutritionist Dr. Phil Goglia treated the 22-year-old Baze, who struggled through a 62-race losing streak during the Del Mar meet.
Laffit Pincay Jr., the world's winningest jockey who retired with 9,530 victories in a career that spanned nearly four decades, will be honored by the Oak Tree Racing Association Oct. 15 at Santa Anita Park.
The Oak Tree Racing Association begins its 37th season at Santa Anita Park Sept. 28, highlighted by 29 stakes races worth $4,725,000.
The Los Angeles Turf Club and Oak Tree Racing Association will honor the leading public handicappers at their respective Santa Anita Park meetings with memorial awards named for leading California owner/breeder Bernard J. Ridder and Los Angeles Times columnist Allan Malamud.
The Oak Tree Racing Association has contributed $100,000 to the University of Arizona Race Track Industry Program to help endow a proposed faculty chair to conduct business industry research and head the RTIP's masters degree program.
Frisk Me Now, a millionaire and multiple grade II winner, has arrived for stallion duty at Buck and Karen Wheeler's Oak Tree Farms near Ellendale, Minn.
The 36th Oak Tree Racing Association meet ended at Santa Anita Park Sunday with an increase in on-track average daily attendance of approximately 9% and overall average daily handle increased by 1.5% from last season.
Theater R.N., making her stakes debut for Hall of Fame trainer Bobby Frankel, came storming home on the outside to beat stablemate Lots of Hope by a half-length and win the grade II, $150,000 Las Palmas Handicap for fillies and mares on closing day at Oak Tree at Santa Anita Park.
If Good Student is next in a long line of South American imports to find U.S. success for trainer Ron McAnally, the 4-year-old Argentine-bred filly needs to progress when she runs in the closing day $150,000 Las Palmas Handicap (gr. IIT) at Oak Tree at Santa Anita Park.
Fog City Stable's Roman Ruler, the 1-20 betting favorite, took the lead on the turn and coasted home for a 4 1/2-length triumph in the grade II, $200,000 Norfolk Stakes for 2-year-olds Sunday at the Oak Tree at Santa Anita meeting.
A field of 10 fillies and mares will contest the Sen. Ken Maddy Handicap (gr. IIIT) that highlights Wednesday's opening card for the Oak Tree at Santa Anita Park.
The NTRA National Pick 4 wager, offered in conjunction with the "NTRA Super Saturday" telecasts airing on ABC and ESPN, makes its fifth and final appearance of the year Saturday. Three grade I stakes from Belmont Park: the Jockey Club Gold Cup, the Joe Hirsch Turf Classic Invitational, and the Vosburgh Stakes; along with the Yellow Ribbon Stakes from Oak Tree at Santa Anita make up the wager.
Six graded stakes races worth a combined $1.9 million in purse money and a possible trip to the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships will be showcased at Santa Anita Park on Oct. 2-3 as the Oak Tree Racing Association begins its 36th season.
Oak Tree Racing Association, which will hold its meet beginning Sept. 29 at Santa Anita Park, will offer a $1 pick five wager. It is believed to be a first, the racing association said.
The Oak Tree Racing Association has announced a 29-event stakes schedule worth $4,575,000 in purses for the 26-day meeting that begins on Sept. 29.
The 2004 Oak Tree season will include twilight racing on Fridays throughout the 26-day meeting as well as a daily $1 "Pick Five" wager.
Raymond M. Rogers, who began at Santa Anita as track and plant superintendent and rose to the position of executive vice president of the Oak Tree Racing Association, died July 8 in Pasadena, Calif. He was 87.
- By Ray Paulick
Random pre-race testing for "milkshakes"--the loading of bicarbonates through a stomach tube to reduce fatigue-causing buildup of lactic acid--began at Santa Anita Park in late February, but the California Horse Racing Board is referring to the program as a survey because no penalties will be applied if a horse tests positive.
Excluding the record-breaking handle figures for the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships program, the Oak Tree Racing Association season concluded Nov. 9 with a slight decline in total handle and declines in on-track handle and on-track attendance.
Does a Breeders' Cup in California mean less people attend the Cal Cup two weeks later? This year that was the case, and as a result, the Cal Cup could be in October in 2004.
Doug O'Neill broke Bob Baffert's record for most victories at Santa Anita's brief Oak Tree meeting when he saddled Long Gone Con to victory in a $62,500 optional claiming allowance event Wednesday.
Head2Head wagering, first introduced at last year's Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships, is back on the wagering menu for this year's races that will be hosted by the Oak Tree Racing Association at Santa Anita Park on Oct. 25.
Maktoum al Maktoum's odds-on favorite Storming Home, ridden by Gary Stevens, caught a determined Johar in deep stretch and went on to a half-length victory in Sunday's $245,000 Clement L. Hirsch Memorial Turf Championship (gr. IT) on opening day of the Oak Tree meeting at Santa Anita.
The 2003 Oak Tree Racing Association at Santa Anita gets an auspicious start to its 32-day meeting Sunday with four graded stakes races and plenty of Breeders' Cup possibilities. Of course, the meet is highlighted by the 20th edition of the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships on Oct. 25.
Robert B. Lewis and Trudy McCaffery have accepted invitations to join the Oak Tree Racing Association Board of Directors.
Oak Tree at Santa Anita Park has released its stakes schedule for its 2003 meeting. This year, the meet will be highlighted by the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships, which will feature eight Breeders' Cup events plus a pair of additional stakes.
- By Jack Shinar
The Oak Tree Racing Association at Santa Anita will get an additional day of racing Sept. 28, allowing it to run four Breeders' Cup prep races under a plan endorsed Friday by the California Horse Racing Board.
Jockey Julie Krone will return to riding Friday at Santa Anita. Krone, a Hall of Fame jockey, has not ridden since April of 1999. The race is also the first race for her mount, Justly Royal.
Oak Tree to honor McCarron...Belmont guarantees $500,000 Pick 4 on Sept. 28...Sam Houston prepares to open for training and offers fans a chance to win a trip to the Breeders' Cup with its marathon handicapping contest...Johnny Rivers headlines Shoemaker Dinner.
Bob Baffert has more than half of Wednesday's Del Mar Futurity (gr. II) field in his barn. Perhaps he's simply stacking the deck--if one of Baffert's horses wins the race, it will be his seventh straight victory in the event.
Oak Tree at Santa Anita announced it will run 28 stakes during its Oct. 2 to Nov. 3 meeting.
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