January 20, 1990
A single Pick Nine ticket purchased at a Santa Anita Inter-Track Wagering site on Friday had the winners of all nine races and was worth $259,201 to the fan holding it. The ticket had not been cashed at the close of the day. This is the first time in the first 20 days of the winter-spring meeting that the Pick Nine has been won. The pool included a carryover of $240,755 from Thursday's program. The biggest longshot on the winning ticket came in the first race when No.
October 18, 1990 |
Contrary to a report in The Times on Wednesday, the Breeders' Cup will not be held at Santa Anita in 1992. A Breeders' Cup spokesman, responding to the story, said negotiations with the Oak Tree Racing Assn. for the 1992 races have broken off permanently. The Oak Tree group leases the track from Santa Anita for fall meetings and played host to the Breeders' Cup in 1986. "There is no chance that the Breeders' Cup will be held at Santa Anita in 1992," the Breeders' Cup spokesman said.
October 3, 1990 |
The specter of the Breeders' Cup--this year's and the one in 1992--hangs over the Oak Tree Racing Assn. as it begins its 22nd season today at Santa Anita. A fact of life for Oak Tree when its season isn't accompanied by a Breeders' Cup in California is that few horses use the short fall meeting to prepare for the cup, although Great Communicator went from a second-place finish in the Oak Tree Invitational to a victory in the Breeders' Cup Turf at Churchill Downs in 1988.
October 10, 1990 |
With Housebuster injured, the Breeders' Cup Sprint has gone from a race with an odds-on favorite to a scramble, and a contender might emerge today from the $100,000 Ancient Title Breeders' Cup Handicap at Santa Anita. The Ancient Title, which is at six furlongs, drew 10 starters. The favorites are Prospectors Gamble and Sensational Star.
April 1, 1991 |
Two women from Los Angeles were the only fans to select all of the winners at Santa Anita Sunday and their $24 Pick Nine ticket paid $1,015,215.80. Only one favorite--Avasaurus in the fourth race--won on the card. There was a mandatory payout of the Pick Nine because the carryover had gone over $500,000 Saturday. Sunday's payoff was the sixth-highest in Santa Anita history. The record is $1.9 million, for a Pick Nine in 1986.
December 28, 1991 |
Cliff Goodrich, president of Santa Anita, said Friday that jockeys at his track will not be making any concessions in their national dispute over accident insurance if they ride on New Year's Day. "The issue of television rights will be settled in court," Goodrich said. "The jockeys won't be giving up anything by riding here or any place else on Jan. 1 (next Wednesday)."
March 30, 1991
California Horse Racing Board approval Friday began clearing the way for a match race at Santa Anita Park on April 20 between Griswold, a quarter horse, and Olympic Prospect, a thoroughbred. "There are two necessary steps that have to be taken to allow this to happen," said Cliff Goodrich, president of Santa Anita. "The first took place when the CHRB gave its approval.
January 3, 1991 |
Santa Anita, as recently as early 1990, entered into secret discussions with a board member of Hollywood Park that would have led to the elimination of racing at the Inglewood track and the transference of most of those dates to Santa Anita. Santa Anita went so far as to commission a major study that included a map of Hollywood Park property to be sold and the redistribution of racing dates.
October 3, 1991 |
A lot of movie extras were there, but they were too busy shooting a scene for a James Caan-Nicolas Cage film to help boost the handle as Hollywood Park launched off-track betting on the Santa Anita races Wednesday. A crowd of 4,722, less than Hollywood Park's management expected, turned out at the Inglewood track to bet $818,165 on the nine races at Santa Anita, where the on-track attendance of 31,600 was more than 10,000 under last year's opening-day crowd for the Oak Tree meeting.
October 14, 1991 |
When the phone in the track announcer's booth rings after a close finish at Santa Anita, Trevor Denman knows that the stewards are calling to tell him that there has been a dead heat. If there is no dead heat, there is no phone call. When the numbers of the first four finishers light up the tote board, Denman announces them to the crowd as he sees them for the first time. On Saturday, about seven minutes after the $264,800 Goodwood Handicap, the phone at Denman's right hand rang.