Santa Anita Fall Meet
Santa Anita Park is a Thoroughbred racetrack in Arcadia, California, United States. It offers . The Oak Tree Association became the operator of the autumn meet at Santa Anita Park. .. - Wise Dan wins the Mile on his way to a Horse of the Year title; - Wise Dan goes back-to-back; - Bayern upsets California. Under the proposed schedule, Santa Anita would run from Dec. 26 through early July, and run a fall meeting from late September to late. LOGIN TO DRFREGISTER · DRF-Logo. 08/20/ PM. 08/20/ 34PM. Santa Anita fall meet highlighted by Breeders' Cup. By Jay Privman · Print.
A downhill turf course, which added a distinctly European flair to racing at Santa Anita, was added in Due to its proximity to Los Angeles, Santa Anita has traditionally been associated with the film and television industries. Mayerhave owned horses that raced at the park. The Santa Anita Derby was attended by 61, people, making the attendance that day a record crowd.
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The s brought about a major renovation of Santa Anita Park, including a much-expanded grandstand as well as major seating additions. InDel Mar Racetrack relinquished its dates for a fall meeting.
A group of horsemen including Clement Hirsch intervened and established the not-for-profit Oak Tree Racing Association. Oak Tree had no facilities of its own and rented Santa Anita Park for its first autumn meeting in This meet usually ran from the end of September until early November.
Many key stakes races were held during the Oak Tree Meeting, including many preps to the Breeders' Cup races. This prompted a renaming of many stakes races held at the fall meeting that were formerly associated with Oak Tree. InSanta Anita was the site of equestrian events at the Olympics. However, recognizing the potential revenue boon to the State of California, the California Legislature expanded off track betting, bring operating betting parlors within closer driving distance of the race-day tracks.
While the Santa Anita meeting could still draw large crowds, attendance had decreased by a third. Lily Okuru, a Japanese American woman who lived on the site during its time as a War Relocation Campposes with Seabiscuit statue, InSanta Anita Park was acquired by Meditrust when it purchased the Santa Anita Companies for its unique real estate investment trust paired share corporate structure.
Magna still owns Santa Anita Park. At Santa Anita standardbred racing was also conducted. There is also a lifesize bronze of Seabiscuit in the walking ring at Seabiscuit Court; a similar bronze of John Henry was unveiled near the Seabiscuit statue in December First post on Saturday at Fair Grounds is 1: It starts a pick-3 which includes the Silverbulletday and ends with the LeComte. He was coming off a facile win in an allowance race at Aqueduct almost three months earlier and prior to that was seventh, beaten over 24 lengths, in the Belmont Stakes.
However; when the gates opened, you could tell the Macho Uno colt was a much improved horse. This year will be a bit different with the addition of blinkers, which could help a bit of a perceived hang he has developed in his last two races. Mike Smith, aboard the last three starts, once again has the call. In front of the favorite early may be Fort Loudon and Cash Rules, both made their last start over the track. Fort Loudon was second in a state-bred stakes at seven furlongs in his last race six weeks ago.
As a three-year-old last year he ran in the Fountain of Youth and Florida Derby over the track finishing fifth and sixth in the graded races. This is the first time; however, he has been two turns since the Florida Derby. Cash Rules broke from post six in his last start at a mile and one-sixteenth and with the new track configuration he had no shot. Prior to that, Cash Rules won four straight races including a state-bred stakes at nine furlongs across town at Calder.
Look for jockey Luis Saez to break and send. Come and catch him. He has an each way chance, but needs some major help up front if is he to run them down late. The race drew a field of seven with six horses between and on the morning line.
Private Zone is a front-runner as is second choice, Comma to the Top, who drew right to the favorites inside in post five. Comma to the Top has won 11 of his 25 career starts including two-for-four at Santa Anita. He is also three-for-six at the distance. Look for the two to once again hook up early. Next in line are Justin Phillip, Drill and Canonize; all will be doing their best running late. Drill cuts back in distance after a fourth place finish in the Grade 1 Malibu, a race he had to need off the seven-month layoff.
But he said that when he took the position at the track, Santa Anita was far from being the state's pre-eminent racecourse — a title it now wears confidently given the lack of pretenders to the crown. I came here in '71, and I was blown away by Santa Anita - the scope, the size of the place. It was one of the major racing venues in California.
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But racing was on hard times then, at least at Santa Anita. Hollywood Park was the leading track in terms of attendance and handle. Santa Anita was the fourth largest track in the nation, but only second in California. The glamour days of Californian racing: Douglas Fairbanks Junior and Marlene Dietrich at Santa Anita To figure out just how to bring the crowds back to Santa Anita, Balch said that he studied the marketing techniques of other thriving companies.
I even visited the Dodgers [baseball team].
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In his last few years as director of PR in the mid s, Santa Anita averaged 60, people on Sundays. The car park regularly overflowed. Balch believes that the same principles that he applied to the task in the 70s needs to be replicated in today's changed marketplace. And right now, I don't see that except at Del Mar," said Balch.
Change, investment and reinvigoration — that's how you survive. Renovations and expansions have extended to sections of the grandstand and clubhouse in a bid to appeal to modernize the aging facade. George Haines, president and general manager of Santa Anita, said that they intend to expand their operations in "mini satellites": While Haines believes that the changes at Santa Anita are vital for attracting new customers, he sees the major problems facing racing in the state directly attributable to the trickle-down effect from one thing: The main change has been the shift of the wagering dollar from on-track to off-track wagering.
Right now, our total financial model is built upon wagering here on Santa Anita races. The advent of internet wagering, including the likes of Advanced Deposit Wagering ADWhas slashed funding for horsemen and purses, the revenue for which is primarily funded from on-track handles that traditionally progressed towards a model between the two.
Racing has sought new financial tributaries, to no avail. Attempts to implement on-track slot machines — as happened in New York —have been stymied by the state's Indian Gaming interests. Efforts over the years to legalize on-track sports-wagering have been similarly thwarted. Haines is skeptical about Californian horseracing ever enjoying the same gambling assets that other states enjoy: You always have these initiatives floating around but whether they can come to fruition, I don't know.
The initial signs are encouraging.
Some still view the measure as a double-edged sword. Jimmy "The Hat" Allard, a professional gambler and a colorful stalwart of the Californian racing scene sincesaid that any increase in the cost of the product will encourage punters to simply look to other gambling opportunities for value: He said that one of the main reasons race-goers have been deterred from going racing has been an increased complexity in the menu of bets available: Exotic wagering has become so complex, you've got highly intelligent people who come to the races intimidated by the intricate list of bets in front of them.
They don't know how to make bets any more. But here's the answer: Make the bets simple. There's no youngsters coming into the sport, they're put off from coming because they don't understand how it all works.
When you walk onto a racecourse nowadays, it's a combination of a convalescence home and a funeral parlor. Aside from making the betting experience easier for the average punter, Allard believes that racecourses could do more to entice fans through their gates. The renovations here [at Santa Anita] look beautiful.