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Santa Anita facts

Horse racing returns to the park in Arcadia for a four-month run.

December 25, 2012|Times staff reports
  • Trainer Bob Baffert will have several horses running in Santa Anita's two biggest races on Wednesday.
Trainer Bob Baffert will have several horses running in Santa Anita's… (Ed Reinke / Associated Press )

Post time: noon.

Main races: $300,000 Malibu Stakes (race No. 8), Grade I for 3-year-olds at seven furlongs; $300,000 La Brea Stakes (race No. 4), Grade I for 3-year-old fillies at seven furlongs; $150,000 Sir Beaufort Stakes (race No. 5), Grade II for 3-year-olds at a mile on turf.

Morning line favorites: The Lumber Guy at 3-1 in the Malibu; My Miss Aurelia at 4-5 in the La Brea and Midnight Crooner at 3-1 in the Sir Beaufort.

Story line No. 1: Trainer Bob Baffert will have four of the nine entries in the Malibu; three of the seven in the La Brea and two of the eight in the Sir Beaufort. Law of averages says bet Baffert.

Story line No. 2: Jockey Edwin Maldonado, on nobody's radar a year ago, won the recent riding title at Hollywood Park, edging out riding star Rafael Bejarano. Maldonado is getting more and more live horses now.

Promotions: The annual Santa Anita wall calendar comes with every paid admission. The late Pick Six comes with a $400,000 guarantee.

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