Tuesday, September 29 2009


MINE THAT BIRD DRILLS FIVE FURLONGS AT OAK TREE


ARCADIA, Calif. (Sept. 29, 2009)—Mine That Bird, upset winner of this year’s Kentucky Derby, registered his first workout at Santa Anita Tuesday morning, drilling five furlongs under Joe Talamo in 1:01.80 in preparation for Oak Tree’s Gr. I, $350,000 Goodwood Stakes Oct. 10.

As trainer Bennie “Chip” Woolley and a gaggle of media looked on, the 3-year-old gelding by Birdstone walked to Santa Anita’s Pro-Ride synthetic main track at 8:05 a.m. and jogged counter-clockwise on the outer rail under Talamo, who deputized Tuesday morning for regular rider Calvin Borel.





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POPULAR CAL CUP RETURNS TO OAK TREE OCT. 3


ARCADIA, Calif. (Sept. 28, 2009)—One of the most popular events on the Southern California racing calendar, the California Cup, a series of 10 races for California-bred horses with purses totaling $1 million, will be staged for the 20th time Saturday, Oct. 3, at Santa Anita’s Oak Tree meeting.

All fans attending will receive a beautiful Cal Cup t-shirt with their paid admission and Oak Tree will guarantee $500,000 in the late Pick-4.

The afternoon’s racing figures to be highlighted by the $200,000 Cal Cup Classic, presented by City National Bank. The Classic is for 3-year-olds and up at 1 1/8 miles.






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Saturday, September 26 2009


BREEDERS’ CUP CHAMPION DESERT CODE HEADS MORVICH FIELD


ARCADIA, Calif. (Sept. 26, 2009) – Fittingly featuring 2008 Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint champion Desert Code, the Grade III, $100,000 Morvich Handicap heads Wednesday’s nine-race program that opens Oak Tree’s 29-day season at Santa Anita, one that will be highlighted by the two-day, $25.5-million Breeders’ Cup World Championships on Nov. 6 and 7.

The 36th running of the Grade III, $100,000 Morvich, at 6 ½ furlongs down Santa Anita’s hillside turf course, also attracted defending champion California Flag among ten entrants. It is one of the Breeders’ Cup’s “Win-and-You’re-In” challenge events. The Morvich winner will earn a guaranteed spot among contestants in racing’s international extravaganza.





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Friday, September 25 2009


KY. DERBY WINNER MINE THAT BIRD AT SANTA ANITA


ARCADIA, Calif. (Sept. 25, 2009)—Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird arrived Friday at Santa Anita by van from New Mexico at 2 a.m. and jogged one mile on Santa Anita’s Pro-Ride synthetic main track at 8 a.m. in preparation for Oak Tree’s Gr. I, $350,000 Goodwood Stakes at 1 1/8 miles on Oct. 10. Mine That Bird trained Friday morning under the watchful eye of trainer Bennie “Chip” Woolley.

“He’s doing good, real good,” said Woolley from beneath his trademark black, felt-tipped cowboy hat. As is his custom, Woolley hauled the 3-year-old gelding by Birdstone himself from his New Mexico base. “It was a typical transport and he settled in well. He didn’t eat all his feed, but that’s not out of the norm for him. He ate good and drank good, so that’s all right,” he said.





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“OAK TREE BETS” OFFERED TO FANS FOR FIRST TIME


ARCADIA, Calif. (Sept. 24, 2009)—The Oak Tree Racing Association has announced that OakTreeBets.com—a new, no-fee online and telephone wagering service that enables racing fans to wager coast-to-coast on Thoroughbred and harness tracks year ‘round, is now available to fans and will enable those who subscribe to wager on live racing from Oak Tree, which begins Wednesday, Sept. 30.

OakTreeBets.com, powered by XpressBet, does not charge membership, monthly or per-wager fees and offers qualified new account holders who wager $100, a matching $100 wagering credit that will be deposited to their accounts the very next day.





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