"I think it's nice," said Victor Espinoza, engaged in a tight battle with Patrick Valenzuela for the winter/spring meeting's riding title. "I think it's time we did something like this. We should have done this a long time ago, but it's never too late."
Santa Anita's jockeys will be available for autographs from 11 a.m. to noon on closing day Sunday in the East Paddock Gardens. "We really want to thank the fans, especially the kids, for all their support," said jockey Alex Solis. "It's been a fantastic meet here, and we just want to take time to meet and thank as many people as we can. We won't be back until Oak Tree, and we really want to let everyone know how much we appreciate them."