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Wait a While Waits, Wins 'Gorgonio'

Wait a While Waits, Wins 'Gorgonio'

Arindel Farm's Wait a While didn't get the easiest of trips despite a five-horse field, but she found room when it counted and spurted away to a relatively easy victory in the $150,000 San Gorgonio Handicap (gr. IIT) Jan. 14 at Santa Anita Park.

Alexandra Rose Captures Monrovia

Alexandra Rose Captures Monrovia

Team Valor International's Alexandra Rose, under a patient ride by Rafael Bejarano, swept past foes in the stretch to win the Monrovia Handicap (gr. IIIT) at 6 1/2 furlongs on the turf at Santa Anita Park Jan. 1.

In Summation Takes El Conejo H.

In Summation Takes El Conejo H.

Waterford Stable's In Summation stalked a three-horse speed duel in a five-horse field and blew by late to win the Jan. 1 El Conejo Handicap (gr. III) in track-record time for 5 1/2 furlongs at Santa Anita Park.

Santa Anita Opens and Records Fall

Santa Anita Opens and Records Fall

The renovated Cushion Track at Santa Anita Park produced a track record at seven furlongs in the second race of the opening day card on Dec. 26. Bob Black Jack hit the wire in 1:20.37, .53 seconds faster than the previous mark set during the fall Oak Tree Association meet. While new surfaces always mean new records, the previous dirt record for seven furlongs set by Spectacular Bid in 1980 was 1:20.

Breeders' Cup Expansion on Agenda

The Breeders' Cup board of directors will discuss international participation in the World Championships, new races, and potential host sites for 2009 during its Dec. 7 meeting.

Divine Park Eyes Malibu Stakes

Divine Park Eyes Malibu Stakes

Divine Park, undefeated winner of the Withers (gr. III) at Aqueduct in April, will run for the first time since that race in the Dec. 26 Malibu Stakes (gr. I) at Santa Anita Park, trainer Kiaran McLaughlin said Nov. 15.

Stronach Tells CHRB He'll Use $24M on Upgrades

Trying to undo the negative fallout over comments by his company's new CEO, Magna Entertainment founder Frank Stronach pledged $24 million for installation of synthetic racing surfaces at Santa Anita Park and Golden Gate Fields as well as much needed refurbishing of the Santa Anita barn area.

Pincay Awarded $2.7 Million in Career-Ending Injury Case

Hall of Fame jockey Laffit Pincay Jr. was awarded a $2.7-million verdict in a civil case against the ambulance company that was charged with treating him after the rider suffered broken bones in his neck in a 2003 riding accident at Santa Anita Park, according to Pincay's attorney, Neil Papiano.

Racing to Bid Farewell to Trudy McCaffery Friday

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More than racing will miss Trudy McCaffery, Trudy McCaffery will miss racing. One of the most popular people in the sport, the prominent horse owner and breeder who died Feb. 12 at 62 after a long battle with cancer had an unmatched love of the game.

HRTV Preview to Kick Off Santa Anita Season

HorseRacing TV will kick off its regular coverage of the 70th season of racing from Santa Anita Park with a one-hour preview show that premieres on Dec. 24, and airs continuously throughout Christmas Day.

Magna, Caruso Announce Santa Anita Pacts

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Magna Entertainment Corp. and Caruso Affiliated announced Sept. 28 they have completed operating agreements for the proposed development of approximately 51 acres of undeveloped lands surrounding Santa Anita Park.

Santa Catalina to be Renamed for Bob Lewis

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The grade II Santa Catalina Stakes, to be run March 4 at Santa Anita Park, will be renamed to honor the memory of the late owner/breeder Robert Lewis beginning in 2007, track president Ron Charles announced Saturday.

Santa Anita Bumps Purses 5% on Brisk Start

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Santa Anita Park announced a purse increase of 5% on Feb. 10, which will result in overnight purse distribution at the Arcadia, Calif., track of approximately $300,000 per day.

TOC Hosts Free Ownership Workshop Jan. 21

California Horse Racing Board Chairman Richard Shapiro and owner J. Paul Reddam are among speakers scheduled for "Ownership 101," a free workshop on racehorse ownership Jan. 21 at Santa Anita Park.

Rider Gryder Returns to Southern Cal to Stay

Jockey Aaron Gryder, who was born in West Covina, Calif., just a few furlongs from Santa Anita, has returned to ride in Southern California full time after establishing himself on the winter circuit in New York in the past dozen years.

Horses Going for Green at Santa Anita Park

The season's first round of turf workouts took place Wednesday morning at Santa Anita Park when 34 horses breezed at distances from four furlongs to one mile. Opening day at Santa Anita is Dec. 26 and all workers were relegated to the outside portion of the course, 48 feet from the inner rail.

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