Sunday, December 28 2008
IN SUMMATION HEADS THREE GRADE I WINNERS IN EL CONEJO THURSDAY
ARCADIA, Calif. (Dec. 28, 2008) – In Summation, fourth in October’s Breeders’ Cup Sprint, will be among three Grade I stakes winners in a field of five set to contest Santa Anita’s 28th running of the Grade III, $100,000 El Conejo Handicap at 5 ½ furlongs on Thursday, New Year’s Day.
A newly-turned 6-year-old trained by Christophe Clemente for Waterford Stable, In Summation is the defending champion after setting a stakes record of 1:01.27 when victorious one year ago.
SECOND LAST YEAR, PROUDINSKY GIVES FRANKEL ANOTHER SAN GABRIEL
ARCADIA, Calif. (Dec. 28, 2008) – German-bred Proudinsky, whose runner-up finish in last year’s $150,000 San Gabriel Handicap deprived trainer Bobby Frankel of a third successive victory in the Grade II turf event, won Sunday’s 62nd running of the mile-and-one-eighth competition by three-quarters of a length over Irish-bred Ferneley at Santa Anita.
Rafael Bejarano, deputizing for injured rider Garrett Gomez, drove the 5-year-old bay through an opening that developed between horses entering the stretch to capture the race he had lost by three-quarters of a length to Daytona the previous year when last ridden by Bejarano.
Saturday, December 27 2008
BOB BLACK JACK HOLDS WINNING HAND IN MALIBU; 33,112 ATTEND
ARCADIA, Calif. (Dec. 26, 2008) --- Front-running speedster Bob Black Jack, who set the pace in last May’s Kentucky Derby, made his first graded stakes victory a convincing one as he wired a stellar field of seven 3-year-olds in Friday’s Grade I Malibu Stakes on the opening day of Santa Anita’s 72nd season.
Under a heady ride by David Flores, Bob Black Jack led from start to finish in the 57th running of the prestigious seven-furlong event. His winning time of 1:20.20 was just one-fifth of a second off the stakes record set by racing superstar Spectacular Bid 28 years before.
GOMEZ HURT IN SPILL; FAVORED INDIAN BLESSING TAKES LA BREA STAKES
ARCADIA, Calif. (Dec. 27, 2008) – Garrett Gomez, the nation’s leading rider for a third straight year and just $109,014 shy of Jerry Bailey’s single-season purse earnings record ($23,354,660 set in 2003), was transported to Arcadia Methodist Hospital via stretcher and ambulance Saturday after his mount, Back At You, ducked into the rail during the stretch run of Santa Anita’s $78,070 Eddie Logan Stakes for 2-year-olds.
Gomez, who turns 37 on New Year’s Day, was conscious and moving his extremities after being placed on a stretcher following the sudden action of his mount, who was leading in mid-stretch. Back At You, making his third career start, appeared to duck into the rail when moving into a shadow of the grandstand overhang on a sunny afternoon.
LEADING JOCKEY GOMEZ INJURED IN SPILL
ARCADIA, Calif. (Dec. 27, 2008)—Jockey Garrett Gomez, America’s leading jockey by purse money-won for the third consecutive year, has been taken to Arcadia Methodist Hospital for X-rays following a spill in today’s seventh race at Santa Anita.
Gomez was on the lead aboard the 2-year-old colt Back at You in today’s $70,000 added Eddie Logan Stakes when his mount inexplicably ducked into the rail, causing Gomez to be thrown to the turf.
STABLE NOTES, SATURDAY, DECEMBER 27TH, 2008
SMITH FANCIES BECRUX IN SUNDAY’S SAN GABRIEL HANDICAP
Mike Smith is looking forward to Sunday’s Grade I San Gabriel Handicap and a reunion with Becrux.
The Hall of Fame jockey has ridden the 6-year-old Italian-bred gelding in his last two races, winning a seven-furlong allowance race on synthetic at Oak Tree on Oct. 24 before finishing a fast-closing third in the Grade I Citation Handicap at Hollywood Park on Nov. 28.
“He’s a neat horse,” Smith said. “I really like him a lot. He’s really coming around and the Citation was a big race. If he runs back to that race, he’ll be tough.”
Friday, December 26 2008
LUCKY J.H. RETURNS TO ACTION AS IMPRESSIVE LUCK HIGH WEIGHT
ARCADIA, Calif. (Dec. 26, 2008) – Lucky J. H., on hiatus since winning the $135,000 Sensational Star Handicap at Santa Anita in April, returns Monday as the 117-pound high weight in the $70,000 Impressive Luck Handicap at 6 ½ furlongs over Santa Anita’s hillside turf course.
The hard-hitting Harris Farms’ 6-year-old, off the board in but 3 of 17 career starts, will face seven rivals in the seventh race on an eight-race program that gets underway at 1 p.m.
STABLE NOTES, FRIDAY, DECEMBER 26, 2008
SPEEDY INDYANNE TACKLES CHAMP IN SATURDAY’S LA BREA STAKES
Indyanne has never been worse than second in seven career starts. The daughter of 1998 Santa Anita Derby winner Indian Charlie has five victories, two in Grade III events, and has shown a world of speed in each race.
Still, trainer Greg Gilchrist knows the gray filly owned by John Sikura of Lexington, Ky., faces a daunting task in Saturday’s Grade I La Brea Stakes at seven furlongs.
Thursday, December 11 2008
SANTA ANITA SET FOR DEC. 26 OPENER, FANS TO RECEIVE BONUS ADMISSIONS, 2009 CALENDAR AND MORE
ARCADIA, Calif. (Dec. 11, 2008)—Spectacular Santa Anita Park is readying for its 72nd opening day on Friday, Dec. 26, and all fans in attendance will receive an opening day bonus package of four free passes with each paid admission.
All General Admission and Clubhouse attendees will receive two free passes to the Jan. 24 Sunshine Millions program and two additional free passes good any day throughout Santa Anita’s 84-day winter/spring meeting.
FANS WIN WITH FREE FRIDAYS AT SANTA ANITA
ARCADIA, Calif. (Dec. 11, 2008)—Santa Anita Park has announced that with the exception of opening day, Dec. 26, fans will be offered free general admission on all Friday programs throughout Santa Anita’s upcoming 84-day winter/spring meeting.
“We want our fans to know that we intend to offer them outstanding value across the board, and particularly on Fridays,” said Santa Anita President Ron Charles.
Thursday, December 04 2008
Santa Anita Stakes Schedule Set for New Season
ARCADIA, Calif. (Dec. 3, 2008)—Santa Anita Park has announced its complete stakes schedule for the upcoming 2008/09 season, which will get underway on Dec. 26. This will be Santa Anita’s 72nd winter/spring meeting and a total of 75 stakes will be offered, beginning with Santa Anita’s traditional opening day feature, the Gr. I, $250,000 Malibu Stakes.
The Gr. I, $1 million Santa Anita Handicap on March 7, and the Gr. I, $750,000 Santa Anita Derby on April 4 figure to once again serve as highlights in the upcoming season.
Thursday, November 20 2008
SANTA ANITA GEORGE WOOLF FINALISTS ANNOUNCED
ARCADIA, Calif. (Nov. 19, 2008)—Santa Anita Park announced today a list of five finalists for the 60th annual Santa Anita George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award, with the winner to be announced in January. Gary Baze, Calvin Borel, Javier Castellano, David Flores and John Velazquez will face an electorate comprised of their peers and one of the five will be selected the recipient of the 2009 Woolf Award.
The Woolf Award has been presented annually by Santa Anita since 1950 and is regarded as one of the most prestigious honors in all of racing. It honors and recognizes those riders whose careers and personal character earn esteem for the individual and the sport of Thoroughbred racing. The winner’s trophy is a replica of the full-size statue of George Woolf which adorns Santa Anita’s Paddock Gardens area. The statue was created through donations from the racing public after Woolf’s death following a spill at Santa Anita on Jan. 13, 1946. Woolf, who was regarded as one of the nation’s top big-money jockeys, was affectionately known as “The Iceman,” and was revered by his colleagues as a fierce competitor and consummate professional.