December 25, 2012 |
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.
December 22, 2012 |
The numbers dwindle each year for Santa Anita Park. So how can the horse racing track draw more new customers? As Santa Anita opens its winter-spring meeting Wednesday, it remains a breathtaking venue in Arcadia set against the San Gabriel Mountains. But attendance and on-track wagering at Santa Anita have declined for more than 20 years, as they have at many tracks. The main reasons: competition since the mid-1980s from state lotteries, Indian casinos and off-track betting, that is, people at other facilities and online making "simulcast" or "satellite" bets on Santa Anita's races.
December 12, 2012 |
In Southern California, one of the surest ways to get people to notice public art is to put it near a freeway. This week, officials are scheduled to unveil a new bridge in Arcadia for the Metro Gold Line extension. The bridge, designed by Minnesota artist Andrew Leicester, straddles the I-210 freeway in Arcadia. The structure will be a fully functioning light-rail bridge that doubles as a public sculpture. Leicester's design was chosen from 17 others in a competitive process.
December 6, 2012 |
CIF State Regional Championship Bowl Games Friday's schedule Division I Clovis North (12-1) vs. Long Beach Poly (11-3) at Veterans Stadium, 7:30 p.m. (TWC HD 700): After conquering La Puente Bishop Amat, Mission Viejo, Bellflower St. John Bosco and Santa Ana Mater Dei to win the Pac-5 Division, Poly continues its remarkable turnaround with this Division I regional bowl game. The performance from the offensive and defensive lines has been an important reason for Poly's success.
August 30, 2012 |
This looks like fun in the sun as Los Angeles' Greek community celebrates its heritage for the 54th time - hey, that means the first such festival was held way back in the middle of the last century in 1958. That's pre-Beatles, pre- Rolling Stones and pre-“Summer of Love.” It's a three-day affair, from Friday, Sept. 14, to Sunday, Sept. 16, held at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia. And you certainly can't beat the price of admission, just $5 and kids under 12 get in free. What's to do?
August 9, 2012 |
Santa Anita, already set to host the Breeders' Cup on Nov. 2-3, also has been awarded thoroughbred racing's world championships for a second consecutive year in 2013. Next year the Breeders' Cup will take place at the Arcadia track Nov. 1-2. Santa Anita most recently hosted back-to-back Breeders' Cups in 2008 and 2009. George Haines, president and general manager of the track, said the Breeders' Cup brings with it a "$60-million economic" infusion for the San Gabriel Valley and Los Angeles County for businesses such as hotels and restaurants.
April 7, 2012 |
Not even a dropped baton at the start of the anchor leg could prevent the Studio City Westlake High girls' distance medley relay team from running the nation's fastest prep time this year Saturday night at the 45th annual Arcadia Invitational. The Wolverines, who clocked 11 minutes, 22:23 seconds to set the national outdoor record in the event by a whopping nine seconds at the New Balance Nationals last June, overcame a mishandled exchange between Elle Wilson and Cami Chapus to outclass a loaded field in 11:45.18, easily besting this season's previous best time of 12:00.64 set by The Woodlands, Texas.
April 5, 2012
FAMILY Get in the spirit of spring with an old-fashioned Easter egg hunt at the Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden. There will also be crafts, stories and fun for kids of all ages. L.A. County Arboretum, 310 N. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sat. Adults, $8; children, $3. (626) 821-3222; http://www.arboretum.org.
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March 24, 2012 |
Horses died while racing at Santa Anita Park at more than double the rate of horses at the state's other three major thoroughbred tracks over the last fiscal year, according to state statistics. The fatality rate at Santa Anita, in Arcadia, rose significantly after a return to a dirt running surface in 2010 after three years of using a synthetic track, the data show. Track surfaces are one of several factors that experts say play a role in horses' deaths — a longtime bane of the racing industry.