RACE PART OF GOLDEN STATE SERIES FOR CALIFORNIA-BRED OR SIRED RUNNERS;ONE WINNING PICK SIX TICKET, PURCHASED THROUGH ‘ELITE TURF CLUB’ PAYS $385,622.40 ARCADIA, Calif. (March 22, 2015)–Odds on favorite Wild in the Saddle made short work of three California-bred or sired fillies and mares in taking Sunday’s $100,000 Dream of Summer Stakes by 6 ¼ lengths under Rafael Bejarano. Trained by Richard Baltas, the 6-year-old mare by Silic was attentive to a fast pace and took charge midway around the far turn en route to getting a flat mile in 1:36.73.Ridden by Elvis Trujillo, Sudden Sunday, who broke from the inside, was hustled to a narrow advantage over the winner into and around the Club House turn, but Wild in the Saddle opened up leaving the quarter pole and the Dream of Summer was over.“The trainer told me to go to the lead, but when I saw Sudden Sunday rushing too much into the first turn, I just decided to let her go,” said Bejarano. “My horse doesn’t have to be on the lead and the way she was going I didn’t have to worry about the lead. I was holding her as long as I could and when we hit the three eighths pole, I asked her to pick it up and she showed me a big kick. She won easy.”With no show wagering, Wild in the Saddle was off at 3-5 and paid $3.40 and $2.40. Owned by Nadine Anderson and Cheyenne Ortiz, Wild in the Saddle was bred in California by Dinesh Maniar. The Dream of Summer marked Wild in the Saddle’s first stakes win and improved her overall mark to 34-8-1-9. With the winner’s share of $60,000, she increased her earnings to $289,318.“She’s starting to relax in her training finally,” said David Meah, assistant to Baltas, who is currently out of town. “It took a long time to get there. I think she can go a mile and a sixteenth and I think anywhere from seven furlongs, that will be her thing…It pays to have a Cal-bred.The longest shot in the field at 7-1, Melanistic, who was ridden by Tyler Baze, moved into contention when a close third going into the far turn and proved second best, finishing 4 ¼ lengths in front of Grazenette. Melanistic paid $4.40 to place.Fractions on the race were 22.63, 46.13, 1:11.15 and 1:23.94.With a Pick Six carryover of $92,696.80 coming into Sunday, today’s total Pick Six pool reached $641,020.62, and there was just one winning ticket, worth $385,622.40. The ticket was purchased for an as-yet undisclosed amount through the Elite Turf Club wagering hub.Racing resumes at Santa Anita on Thursday, with first post time at 1 p.m. Admission gates open at 11 a.m. –30–
ARCADIA, Calif. (April 19, 2015)–With scintillating performances by top older horse Shared Belief and Santa Anita Derby winner Dortmund highlighting a 68-day run that started on Dec. 26, Santa Anita Park’s 2014-15 Winter Meet drew to a close Sunday, with the track posting a three percent increase in overall pari-mutuel handle and a four percent hike in on-track attendance.For the second year in a row, Santa Anita will conduct a 39-day Spring Meeting, which will kick off on Friday, April 24 and run through June 28. First post time on Friday will be at 1 p.m., and first post each weekend, with the exception of Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont Stakes Days, will be at 12:30 p.m.Santa Anita will again offer fans free Infield admission and parking, via Gate 6 on the track’s northern perimeter.With Dortmund, American Pharoah, Firing Line and others leading a talented Santa Anita-based contingent of 3-year-olds into the May 2 Kentucky Derby, expectations are running high, as the $1 million Santa Anita Derby has produced 17 winners of the Run for the Roses, including last year’s running which was taken by California Chrome.Trained by Bob Baffert and owned by Kaleem Shah, Dortmund remained undefeated on Derby Day, April 4, as 38,647 on track fans contributed to an overall handle of $21,586,685.94.The Race of the Meet, as voted by the media, was the Grade II, $500,000 San Antonio Invitational on Feb. 7, in which Shared Belief defeated 2014 Horse of the Year California Chrome.Peruvian-born Rafael Bejarano, 33, notched his sixth Winter Meet riding title as he finished with 76wins, 18 better than runner-up Tyler Baze. In the trainers race, Jerry Hollendorfer defeated Peter Miller in a photo finish, 34-33. It was Hollendorfer’s second consecutive Winter Meet title. In the owners division, Hronis Racing, LLC, led the way with 13 wins, two more than runner-up Rockingham Ranch.Trained by John Sadler, Hronis Racing’s Stellar Wind was an emphatic 5 ¼ winner of the Grade I Santa Anita Oaks April 4, and she’ll carry the Hronis colors in the Grade I Kentucky Oaks on May 1.A number of promotions and events will be offered on Kentucky Derby Day and throughout racing’s Triple Crown, which culminates with the Belmont Stakes on June 6. For more information, fans are encouraged to visit santaanita.com/events, or call (626) 574-RACE.