Breeders' Cup chat looks at dirt at Santa Anita, Jerry Hollendorfer and Blind Luck, and weekend racing. Read Blog
Santa Anita is about to become the first California racetrack to abandon the 2006-mandated synthetic surface experiment and return to dirt.
The Oak Tree Racing Association appears to be on the move once again after horsemen refused to go along with holding the fall meeting at Santa Anita over concerns with the main track's condition.
Amid concerns about track safety, horsemen representatives and Santa Anita management met the morning of Aug. 6 to discuss progress on renovation of the Pro-Ride synthetic racing surface that began July 26.
Hollywood Park plans to race through the 2011 calendar year, track president Jack Liebau said.
Citing the American concept of free enterprise, the owner of Santa Anita and Golden Gate racetracks is seeking more dates and the right to choose when to conduct live racing.
Cable network Home Box Office has approved a new series, "Luck," a cutting-edge depiction of life on the racetrack, for an inaugural season with shooting to commence at Santa Anita either this fall or early in 2011.
Ron Charles, who has served as president of Santa Anita's Los Angeles Turf Club since 2004, has resigned. His last day will be May 19.
The bankruptcy reorganization plan for Magna Entertainment that includes the transfer of Santa Anita, Gulfstream, and Golden Gate to MID Developments has been implemented, effective at 5:01 p.m. (EDT) April 30.
Overall daily average handle for the 78-day Santa Anita meeting declined 11% as its 75th winter-spring stand came to an end on April 18, the Arcadia track reported.
Top jockeys at Santa Anita Park will hold an autograph session for fans on closing day of the 75th anniversary meet April 18.
The California Horse Racing Board disputes more than $3 million that it contends belonged to off-track wagering entities when Magna Entertainment Corp. filed for bankruptcy one year ago.
The Breeders' Cup World Championships has been selected as a nominee in the sports event of the year category for the 2010 Sports Business Awards presented by Street & Smith's Sports Business Journal and Sports Business Daily
The undefeated mare will carry top weight of 127 pounds March 13 when she makes her 2010 debut in the $250,000 Santa Margarita Handicap (gr. I), spotting eight who entered from 12 to 19 pounds in the nine-furlong race.
Zenyatta, who will make her first start of the year March 13 in the Santa Margarita Invitational Handicap (gr. I) at Santa Anita, will carry top weight of 127 pounds in the race.
Terese McWilliams' California homebred Alphie's Bet pulled clear at the top of the stretch and raced home a 2 1/4-length winner in the $150,000 Sham Stakes (gr. III), a 3-year-old race rescheduled from last weekend.
Awesome Gem makes his first start since finishing seventh to Zenyatta in the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) when he runs in the $250,000 Frank E. Kilroe Mile (gr. IT).
California trainers with a top 3-year-old should bolt while they still can. Get to a track that won't cancel when it rains. Read Blog
- By Tracy Gantz
Frank Stronach will meet with owners and trainers in California trying to change the framework under which racetracks operate.
Santa Anita has canceled its live program for Feb. 27 after heavy overnight rain hit the Arcadia track.
Two-time champion Zenyatta turned her third consecutive six-furlong breeze at Hollywood Park Feb. 26 as she continues to prepare for her 6-year-old debut in the Santa Margarita Invitational Handicap (gr. I) in two weeks.
Despite an average six-furlong work on Feb. 22, trainer Bob Baffert said champion Lookin At Lucky is doing very well.
Two-time Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winning jockey Calvin Borel has been named the 2010 winner of Santa Anita's George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award in a vote of his peers.
Obrigado, who won the San Luis Obispo Handicap (gr. IIT) in 2007, will try to capture the marathon turf race for a second time against eight rivals in the Santa Anita feature on Feb. 21.
The reorganization plan for Magna Entertainment that was announced in January was filed Feb. 18 in Canada. A March 23 hearing has been scheduled for approval of the explanatory disclosure statement.
California-bred gelding Caracortado knocked off a pair of highly-touted 3-year-olds and stayed unbeaten in five lifetime starts as he was much the best in the $150,000 Robert B. Lewis Stakes (gr. II) Feb. 13 at Santa Anita.
Bob Baffert, who has won three of the last seven runnings of the San Vicente Stakes (gr. II), will saddle a pair of speedy colts in the $150,000 sprint for 3-year-olds Feb. 15 at Santa Anita.
Three important stakes that were canceled because of weather-related problems at Santa Anita Feb. 6 will return as promised a week later with the fields mostly intact.
Longtime turf writer Larry Bortstein will be remembered at the Frontrunner Restaurant at Santa Anita.
Despite heavy rain that forced cancellation of Santa Anita's stakes-heavy card Feb. 6, horsemen are making whatever adjustments are necessary and are moving forward.
Santa Anita canceled its Feb. 6 card due to heavy rains in Southern California. The wash out of the program impacts important prep races for both the Santa Anita Derby (gr. I) and Santa Anita Handicap (gr. I).
Undefeated champion Zenyatta could return to racing in the $250,000 Santa Margarita Handicap (gr. I) on March 13 at Santa Anita.
Eclipse Award finalist Blind Luck was one of 307 recorded workouts on Santa Anita's Pro-Ride surface Jan. 24.
With bright sunshine in abundance for the first time since Jan. 17, Santa Anita's main track has been declared fit and ready for live racing the afternoon of Saturday, Jan. 23 by jockeys and horsemen alike.
Grade II winner Papa Clem has been retired from racing due to an ankle injury and will stand at stud in 2010, according to owner/breeder Bo Hirsch and trainer Gary Stute.
Live racing for Jan. 22 at Santa Anita has been cancelled due to continued wet conditions, but officials are optimistic that with a dry forecast in store for the weekend, racing will resume on Jan. 23.
Dan Liebman addresses Santa Anita's decision to remove its synthetic surface and replace it with dirt. Read Blog
With six to eight inches of rain expected in the next 24 hours, Santa Anita officials announced that live racing for Jan. 21 would be cancelled. "
- By Ron Mitchell
Four-year-old filly defended her title in the Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT) at Santa Anita; won three group I races in Europe.
Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif., has noted on its Web site that due to inclement weather, live racing has been cancelled for Monday, Jan. 18.
Conveyance turned back a bid from Cardiff Giant in upper stretch and went on to post a 1 3/4-length victory in the $150,000 San Rafael Stakes (gr. III) Jan. 16 at Santa Anita.
Loup Breton, whose stretch run fell a neck short in the San Gabriel Handicap (gr. IIT) as the favorite last month, appears to be the one to beat in the $150,000 San Marcos Stakes (gr. IIT) Jan. 18 at Santa Anita
The Santa Anita jockeys' colony and Santa Anita Park have joined forces to send aid to earthquake victims via the American Red Cross.
With fresh starts to the new season, Stardom Bound and Justwhistledixie will each try to get their 4-year-old campaigns off on the right foot, as they face each other in the $150,000 El Encino Stakes (gr. I) Jan. 17
Bob Baffert may have another future star ready to make a splash when undefeated Conveyance makes his stakes debut in the $100,000 San Rafael Stakes (gr. III) Jan. 16 on the Santa Anita Pro-Ride surface.
Son of A.P. Indy scores by 1 1/2 lengths at Santa Anita Park.
Crowd of 35,292 takes in two grade I races; Breeders' Cup Classic winner paraded and John Henry statue unveiled.
Santa Anita Park announced Dec. 9 a list of five finalists for the 61st annual Santa Anita George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award, with the winner to be announced in January.
Santa Anita Park has announced the addition of a new on-line handicapping contest, "Winvivor," beginning Jan. 1.
Undefeated superstar mare Zenyatta, who was retired following her brilliant last-to-first victory against males in the $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) at Santa Anita on Nov. 7, will make her final race-day appearance at Santa Anita on opening day, Dec. 26, prior to shipping to Kentucky to begin her new career as a broodmare.
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