April 20, 2007 |
The Breeders' Cup will return to Southern California in 2008, with Santa Anita Park poised to become the first track to stage horse racing's year-end championships on a synthetic surface. The historic Arcadia racetrack, which had the event in 1986, 1993 and 2003, is scheduled to replace its dirt main track with a synthetic track this summer under an edict to the state's major tracks by the California Horse Racing Board.
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April 18, 2007 |
The Arcadia City Council on Tuesday approved developer Rick Caruso's plan to build a huge shopping mall next to the Santa Anita racetrack. Caruso's The Shops at Santa Anita would create nearly 830,000 square feet of commercial, retail and office development on the southern parking lot of the racetrack, with about nine acres of open space and a wireless trolley.
March 3, 2007 |
It is his voice that catches your attention. The accent is at once sharp and fluid, a remnant of his youth in South Africa. And as famed thoroughbred trainer Bob Baffert puts it, "His calls give me goose bumps." Trevor Denman, the voice of Santa Anita, has been calling horse races for as long as he can remember. "When they go to a gate, I go back to being a 12-year-old," he says with a laugh. "That never changes."
December 26, 2006 |
The scenery will be as gorgeous as ever during the Santa Anita winter-spring meet that opens today with its traditional day-after-Christmas start, but the racing world has shifted a little bit. After Hollywood Park became the first track in California to install a synthetic racing surface last summer -- a move Santa Anita will follow this summer -- scores of horses were moved to Hollywood for training after enthusiastic reactions.
October 26, 2006 |
Since its inception in 1990, the $250,000 California Cup Classic has been won by some top-notch California breds such as Best Pal, Budroyale and Sky Jack. No such stars will be in the starting gate Saturday at Santa Anita for this year's Classic. Nine are scheduled to run in the 1 1/8 -mile race, which is the richest of 10 stakes worth a total of $1.2 million and restricted to state breds. With Lava Man and Brother Derek waiting for the $5-million Breeders' Cup Classic on Nov.
May 2, 2006 |
If you've been to Santa Anita racetrack but never met Eddie Logan, it's your loss. Today, Logan will turn 96, and he'll celebrate his birthday the way he lives every other day, with style, class and dignity, a heavy dose of common sense and some funny lines. "They call me the foot man," said Logan, who has run a shoeshine stand and sold Racing Forms and programs at Santa Anita since the track opened on Christmas Day 1934. "Give me leather and I get together."
February 15, 2006 |
Laffit Pincay, the world's winningest rider with 9,530 victories, has settled a lawsuit with Santa Anita regarding the spill that ended his career nearly three years ago. In the suit, Pincay alleged that Santa Anita was negligent in treating injuries he suffered in a race March 1, 2003.
October 20, 2005 |
Pat Valenzuela has been asked to appear before Santa Anita stewards today because he was late notifying track authorities that he wasn't riding Wednesday. Valenzuela, who missed five mounts, called the stewards after substitute riders had already been used in some of the races. John Herbuveaux, one of the stewards, said Valenzuela called to say there had been a mix-up between him and his agent, Ron Ebanks, about who was supposed to call the stewards.
September 28, 2005 |
Bucking competition for horses from as far away as New York and as close as Bay Meadows, the Oak Tree Racing Assn. opens a 31-day meet at Santa Anita today. Oak Tree has traditionally provided a spawning ground for Breeders' Cup races later on in the fall, but this year the Goodwood Handicap, the meet's most prestigious dirt race, has been diluted by local trainers who have elected to run their horses out of town.
April 24, 2005 |
Jack McDaniel has left as president of Santa Anita, the fourth top executive to depart since Frank Stronach's Magna Entertainment bought the track in 1998. In a statement from the Canadian-based Magna, no reason was given for McDaniel's departure, but he is believed to have had difficulties with Ron Charles, who was named executive director of Magna Entertainment California in November. Shortly after Charles arrived, and only a few days before the start of Santa Anita's meet Dec.