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CHRB Grants Waivers to MI Developments

CHRB Grants Waivers to MI Developments

MI Developments received two waivers from the California Horse Racing Board Nov. 9 allowing it to move forward with the operation of Santa Anita Park and Golden Gate Fields and complete its new dirt track at Santa Anita.

Longer Meets, Help for Owners Suggested

Longer Meets, Help for Owners Suggested

A desire for longer meets at racetracks is among the prominent themes derived from comments submitted to MI Developments vice president Dennis Mills as part of a contest at his RacingFuture.com website.

'Luck' Producer Donates to CA Charity

David Milch, who is currently involved in shooting the HBO pilot "Luck" at Santa Anita, will donate $10,000 to the Arcadia Campership Program, which provides financial assistance to young people for recreational activities.

Oak Tree Handle, Attendance Decline

Oak Tree Handle, Attendance Decline

The Oak Tree Racing Association, which for the second year in a row hosted the Breeders' Cup World Championships, reported double-digit declines in attendance and handle during the 31-day meet at Santa Anita Park that ended Nov. 8.

Gayego Will Be in His Niche in the BC Sprint

Gayego Will Be in His Niche in the BC Sprint

Gayego competed in two legs of the 2008 Triple Crown and captured the Arkansas Derby (gr. II) at 1 1/8 miles, but "we think we've found a niche for him in sprint races being a closing sprinter," said Rick Mettee, a key assistant to Godolphin Racing trainer Saeed bin Suroor.

Santa Anita Bid Timetable Set; Talks Continue

After failing to attract a qualified bid for Santa Anita Park this summer, bankrupt Magna Entertainment Corp. is prepared to try it again early next year. Meanwhile, a committee of horse owners from the Thoroughbred Owners of California is continuing to negotiate the purchase of the picturesque 303-acre racetrack, site of the 2009 Breeders' Cup.

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