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.
A crowd of 44,579 thronged to Santa Anita for its opening-day card Dec. 26, the largest since 1994.
Under a heady ride from Mike Smith, Mr. Commons split horses in the stretch and drew off to a convincing 3 1/4-length victory in the $150,000 Sir Beaufort Stakes (gr. IIT) on the Dec. 26 opening day card at Santa Anita.
Fog City Stable and George Bolton's The Factor zipped to a decisive victory in the Malibu Stakes (gr. I) before a crowd of 44,579 on the Dec. 26 opening day card at Santa Anita.
With The Factor giving way badly after setting a hot pace from the rail in his past two starts, trainer Bob Baffert was feeling better after his grade I winner drew the far outside post for the $300,000 Malibu Stakes (gr. I).
Longtime Santa Anita paddock guard John Shear, who was seriously injured while protecting a young girl from a loose horse on March 12, said Dec. 22 he would be back in action on opening day.
The California Horse Racing Board agreed Dec. 15 to extend the license of account wagering firm TwinSpires.com after receiving assurance that parent company Churchill Downs Inc. would meet with the Jockeys' Guild.
HRTV has reached an agreement with independent broadcaster KVMD of Los Angeles giving Southern California racing fans television access to the upcoming Santa Anita winter/spring race meeting.
Training and simulcasting resumed at Santa Anita as power was restored Dec. 2 after a severe windstorm hit the area Wednesday. No injuries to humans or horses were sustained.
Strong Santa Ana winds of up to 100 miles per hour blew through Southern California early Dec. 1, uprooting trees and damaging some barns at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia.
Eclipse Award-winning trainer Steve Asmussen returned to Santa Anita Nov. 29 with a stable of approximately 40 horses to begin preparation for a second season in Southern California this winter.
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Santa Anita announced Oct. 5 it has undertaken a reorganization that includes merging of some departments, streamlining of finance and operations departments, and a reduction in management and seasonal workforce.
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Unzip Me, a four-time stakes winner on Santa Anita's downhill turf course, will play the role of favorite in the $100,000 Senator Ken Maddy Stakes (gr. IIIT) Sept. 30 on opening day of the autumn meet.
HRTV will provide coverage of the U.S. stakes extravaganza on tap for Oct. 1, a major day of racing leading up to the Breeders' Cup World Championships, and the Oct. 2 Qatar Prix de l' Arc de Triomphe (Fr-I).
The Santa Anita autumn meet can proceed as expected after the California Horse Racing Board dropped its objection to The Stronach Group's distribution plan for its television network.
Oct. 1 race to be named for paddock guard John Shear, who shielded 6-year-old girl from runaway horse at Santa Anita March 12.
Unhappy with Santa Anita's plan for distribution of its television signal on racing network HRTV, the California Horse Racing Board suggested the track should broadcast its upcoming fall meet on rival TVG.
Blind Luck, who was under consideration for the Aug. 28 Pacific Classic (gr. I) against males, will instead point toward the Oct. 1 Lady's Secret (gr. I) at Santa Anita Park, according to trainer Jerry Hollendorfer.
The presidents of Santa Anita and Hollywood Park have asked the Thoroughbred Owners of California to reduce takout on Daily Double, exacta, quinella, and Pick 5 wagers.
Santa Anita will race its first autumn meeting under the direction of the Los Angeles Turf Club when it opens for racing Sept. 30.
Santa Anita's track president told the California Horse Racing Board that he hoped to have the track open for training by July 26.
The Cushion Track at Hollywood Park will remain open for training while the dirt surface at Santa Anita is being renovated in July, the track announced June 30.
Santa Anita plans to renovate its main track next month, adding sand to the composition during a remediation that is expected to last no longer than two weeks.
The host site for the 2012 Breeders' Cup World Championships could be announced before the end of June or in early July, with Belmont Park, Churchill Downs, and Santa Anita the three finalists.
Santa Anita's dirt racetrack will be undergoing renovation in the coming months to bring it back to the combination of sand, silt, and clay initially approved when the new dirt surface was installed late last year.
A walk April 17 after the final race of Santa Anita's winter/spring meet raised $100,000 for the Women's Cancer Program. The walk was held on the racetrack.
Martin Garcia took off the rest of his mounts at Santa Anita April 17 following a spill in the third race.
John Shear, Santa Anita's 90-year-old paddock guard who was gravely injured while protecting a 6-year-old girl from a runaway horse last month, was released from Huntington Memorial Hospital.
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Iconic actress Elizabeth Taylor, who had a lifelong interest in horses and starred in the film "National Velvet," died March 23 at age 79.
With a month left in its current winter meeting, Santa Anita is continuing to work with the California Thoroughbred Trainers and the California Horse Racing Board on its new dirt surface.
The Oak Tree Racing Association and MI Developments have reached an agreement that will allow Santa Anita Park to run the traditional fall stakes program in Southern California in 2011.
Veteran Santa Anita paddock guard John Shear was injured March 12 as he threw himself in front of a young girl in order to protect her from a loose horse.
Santa Anita will move to an expanded five-day race week beginning with the Wednesday card March 23. Racing will be conducted on a five-day-per-week basis through the end of the meet April 17.
Dancing in Silks, who has been winless since his nose victory 2009 Sentient Jet Breeders' Cup Sprint at Santa Anita, will get a chance to redeem himself with a new trainer and jockey in the Feb. 27 Sensational Star Handicap.
Pending approval from the California Horse Racing Board, Santa Anita will remain on a four-day race week schedule through March 20 and will transition to a five-day race week beginning Wednesday, March 23.
Millionaire 4-year-old filly Evening Jewel, facing possible retirement just last month, will carry high weight of 122 pounds and likely favoritism in the $150,000 Buena Vista Handicap (gr. IIT) Feb. 21 at Santa Anita.
Lightning-fast 3-year-old The Factor, who turned heads when he broke his maiden in track record time in December, will make his much-anticipated season debut in the $150,000 San Vicente Stakes (gr. II) Feb. 20 at Santa Anita.
Apprentice jockey Abel Cedillo and journeyman Victor Espinoza were injured as a result of a spill on the clubhouse turn during the first race at Santa Anita Feb. 10.
St Trinians will return off a lengthy layoff to face six fillies and mares in the $150,000 Santa Maria Stakes (gr. II) Feb. 12 at Santa Anita.
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Several hundred fans lined up well into Seabiscuit Court at Santa Anita Feb. 5 for a glimpse of Penny Chenery and Team Zenyatta on a day the 2010 Horse of the Year was to receive the first Secretariat Vox Populi Award.
Outrider Blake Heap, also a longtime Southern California trainer, was at his Monrovia home Feb. 3, five days after suffering multiple injuries in a training mishap at Santa Anita five days earlier.
Retired jockey Bill Harmatz, who won the prestigious Santa Anita George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award in 1960, died Jan. 28 at his home in Vista, Calif.
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