January 19, 1993 |
In keeping with the unusual happenings of the strangest winter meeting in years, Santa Anita announced before the improvised 11-race card began Monday that racing for Wednesday and Thursday, normally the next two racing days, had been postponed because of continued rain-related difficulty filling fields. The next racing is scheduled for Friday, with the two lost days to be made up, probably on Mondays, before the season ends on April 18.
January 17, 1993 |
After getting permission from the California Horse Racing Board, Santa Anita and Bay Meadows have an unprecedented strategy for Monday. Unable to beat the continuing rainy weather, the two tracks joined forces to put together a Martin Luther King Day program. Neither Santa Anita nor Bay Meadows was able to fill an entire racing card, so local bettors will see six live races in Arcadia and five simulcast races from the north. Since the meeting began Dec. 26, Santa Anita has received 15.
April 27, 1990 |
The major obstacle that might have prevented Santa Anita from getting the Breeders' Cup in 1992 has been eliminated. California horsemen, unwilling to give up lucrative purse money from off-track betting the first three times the Breeders' Cup was held on the West Coast, have agreed in principle to forgo their share if the races are run at Santa Anita in 1992.
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.