Santa Anita Park has taken the unusual step of renaming 14 stakes, including six grade I events, for the 2012 autumn meet that begins Sept. 28.
Moving the April 14 Las Cienegas Handicap at Santa Anita from turf to the main track resulted in the grass race losing its grade III status for this year.
Santa Anita Park capped its 75th winter/spring season April 22 reporting gains in on-track attendance and overall pari-mutuel handle.
The longest race at Santa Anita Park, the closing day San Juan Capistrano Handicap (gr. IIT), was settled by about an inch when Bourbon Bay came from far out of it at the quarter pole to tag Eagle Poise at the wire.
Capital Plan, with a perfect trip under Brice Blanc, registered a 1 1/2-length victory while making her stakes debut in the $150,000 Santa Barbara Handicap (gr. IIT) on the turf April 21 at Santa Anita Park.
Looking fresh as a daisy, California Flag humbled his rivals in the $100,000 San Simeon Handicap (gr. IIIT) with a front-running 2 1/4-length victory on the hillside turf course at Santa Anita April 21.
Trainer Gai Waterhouse won her record equalling seventh BMW Doncaster Mile (Aus-I) when More Joyous prevailed at Royal Randwick April 21 and earned the mare an automatic berth into the BC Mile.
Betfair Hollywood Park will offer some maiden allowance turf sprints for 2-year-olds in June and July, Martin Panza, racing secretary and vice president-racing, announced April 20.
Bourbon Bay will start as an overwhelming favorite in the marathon $150,000 San Juan Capistrano Handicap (gr. IIT) as the curtain comes down on Santa Anita Park for the 75th season April 22.
Hall of Fame trainer Neil Drysdale looks to get the final weekend of the Santa Anita season off to a strong start when he saddles Santa Ana Stakes winner Vamo a Galupiar in the Santa Barbara Handicap (gr. IIT) April 21.
On the sidelines since last fall's Breeder's Cup Turf Sprint (gr. IIT), California Flag returns to head a field of eight in the $100,000 San Simeon Handicap (gr. 11T) on the hillside turf course at Santa Anita Park April 21.
Trainer Peter Eurton saddled his eighth consecutive winner at Santa Anita April 14 when Chickie Charms rolled home to win by 5 1/4 lengths in the sixth race under Joe Talamo.
Jockey Mike Smith apparently will retain the mount on Bodemeister, the colt he guided to a 9 1/2-length victory in the Arkansas Derby (gr. I) April 14.
Odds-on Mizdirection made the best of what was left of the $98,000 Las Cienegas Handicap after the race was moved off the hillside turf course and contested on the main track with three rivals left.
Longshot Master of Design earned a berth in the 2012 Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint (gr. I) when he captured the AUS$1 million Darley T.J. Smith Stakes (Aus-I) at Royal Randwick April 14.
Santa Anita Park will present 'On Track To Beat Cancer' for the second year in a row on April 22, the closing day of the 2011-12 meet.
The $100,000 Las Cienegas Handicap (gr. IIIT) should determine 'Queen of the Hill' for the 2011-12 season at Santa Anita Park when Unzip Me and Mizdirection battle on the hillside turf course at about 6 1/2 furlongs.
Willa B Awesome will not advance to the May 4 Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) in spite of winning the Santa Anita Oaks (gr. I). The California-bred filly will instead be pointed to the Melair Stakes at Hollywood Park April 28.
Jockey Mike Smith earned the 5,000th victory of his Hall of Fame career when he teamed with 2011 sprint champion Amazombie to capture the $150,000 Potrero Grande Stakes (gr. II) at Santa Anita Park April 7.
Odds-on favorite Lady of Shamrock burst through an opening in deep stretch to win the $150,000 Providencia Stakes (gr. IIIT) going away April 7 on the turf at Santa Anita Park, earning her first graded stakes victory.
Lightly raced I'll Have Another, running for the first time in two months, dug in through the stretch to stave off odds-on favorite Creative Cause by a nose in a tremendous finish to the $750,000 Santa Anita Derby (gr. I).
Jockey Joe Talamo reached recorded his 1,000th career victory April 5 when he guided 2-5 choice Splendid Fortune to a 7 1/4-length victory in the fourth race at Santa Anita Park.
Creative Cause, one of the leading contenders for this year's Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), drew the rail as the 6-5 favorite for the $750,000 Santa Anita Derby (gr. I) April 7.
Take Control, the first foal out of 2002 Horse of Year Azeri and a $1.9 million purchase for Kaleem Shah in 2009, recorded his first work in more than seven months April 5 at Santa Anita Park.
Killer Graces and Charm the Maker, the first two finishers in last December's Hollywood Starlet (gr. I), will both be making their turf debuts in the $150,000 Providencia Stakes (gr. IIIT) April 7 at Santa Anita Park.
Amazombie, last year's Eclipse Award winner as the nation's outstanding sprinter, looks to get his 2012 going in the same direction when he meets eight rivals in the $150,000 Potrero Grande Stakes (gr. II) April 7.
The CHRB Medication and Track Safety Committee will conduct a public meeting April 11, for discussion and action on a number of proposals relating to the safety of racehorses and the integrity of racing.
Derby prep contenders Najjaar, My Adonis, Midnight Transfer, and I'll Have Another post timed workouts on the morning of March 30.
Rebel Stakes (gr. II) winner Secret Circle remains on edge for his expected start in the $1 million Arkansas Derby (gr. I) following a bullet five-furlong drill in :58 2/5 at Santa Anita Park March 29.
The 1 1/2-mile San Luis Rey Stakes (gr. IIT) at rainy Santa Anita came down to the final jump when favored Bourbon Bay nipped Slim Shadey by a head on the turf March 25.
Trainer John Sadler declared his 3-year-old Holy Candy fit for the trail leading to the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) following the colt's impressive maiden special weight at a mile March 23.
Two time Eclipse Award winning jockey Garrett Gomez, in his second comeback attempt since fracturing his left heel in a paddock mishap Jan. 8, piloted Kelly Leak to a second-place finish in Santa Anita's fifth race.
The Breeders' Cup announced March 22 that the 2012 Breeders' Cup Challenge series will consist of 73 automatic qualifying races into the Breeders' Cup World Championships.
Santa Anita stewards have handed jockey Martin Pedroza a seven-day suspension after citing him for willfully riding to cause interference in the seventh race on March 4.
Jockey Garrett Gomez, returning March 9 from a fractured heel sustained two months ago, decided not to continue his comeback after one race at Santa Anita.
Mike Harrington admits it's not ideal, but the trainer has decided to run both of his Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) hopefuls this weekend in the $300,000 San Felipe (gr. II) at Santa Anita.
Officials announced March 4 that they found no wrongdoing following an investigation into a $100,000 show wager canceled 10 minutes prior to the running of the first division of the Feb. 20 Southwest Stakes (gr. III).
A rare "no contest" was declared after Santa Anita's third race March 3 when the starting gate malfunctioned and only three of the seven horses came out of the gate properly.
Creative Cause, one of two Triple Crown prospects for trainer Mike Harrington, worked a quick six furlongs Feb. 28 on the Hollywood Park Cushion Track.
Two-time Eclipse Award winning jockey Ramon Dominguez has been selected as the 63rd winner of the prestigious Santa Anita George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award.
The 45th annual Santa Anita Jockeys/Holy Angels charity basketball game will take place Feb. 23, at La Salle High School in Pasadena, Calif., with proceeds to benefit the Holy Angels athletic program and disabled jockeys.
Luck, the racetrack-themed dramatic series which premiered on HBO Jan. 29, has been quickly renewed for a second season according to network officials.
The Breeders' Cup has unveiled the official event logo for the 29th running of the Breeders' Cup World Championships at Santa Anita Park, in Arcadia, Calif., on Nov. 2-3, 2012.
Teddy's Promise, upset winner of the La Brea Stakes (gr. I) last month, puts her three-race victory streak on the line in the $300,000 Santa Monica Stakes (gr. I) at Santa Anita Jan. 28.
NBC Sports Group picked up the contract to televise the Breeders' Cup beginning in 2012 in a four-year deal that gives it a monopoly on coverage of all major racing events.
With overnight rain causing Santa Anita's main track to be sealed, Eclipse Award sprint champion Amazombie was scratched on the morning of Jan. 21 from the Palos Verdes Stakes (gr. II).
The California Horse Racing Board received a surprise visit Jan. 19 from Santa Anita owner Frank Stronach, who told the board he wants to guarantee Santa Anita's long range future.
Santa Anita Park announced Jan. 12 that Tom Quigley, publisher of The HorsePlayer Magazine, has been appointed to the newly created position of VIP Player Concierge, effective immediately.
Garrett Gomez is scheduled to undergo surgery on a broken left heel Jan. 12, the jockey confirmed after seeing a specialist in California Jan. 9.
Unzip Me will be heavily favored on Santa Anita's hillside turf course Jan. 2 when seeking a repeat victory in the $100,000 Monrovia Stakes (gr. IIIT) for older fillies and mares.
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