From the Santa Anita Media Team:
WITH TRAINING SUSPENDED FOR SEVERAL DAYS, SANTA ANITA ANNOUNCES FRIDAY’S NINE-RACE CARD HAS BEEN POSTPONED TO PREPARE HORSES FOR THIS WEEKEND & UPCOMING FIVE-DAY RACE WEEK
With training suspended since Sunday due to historic rainfall from a series of storms, Santa Anita Park, in consultation with its horsemen, postponed Friday’s nine-race card to give time for horses to return to a normal routine before this weekend’s races. The Friday races will be offered back next Thursday. Per CHRB rules, they will be re-drawn when entries are taken this Saturday.
“With training suspended for the last four days, per the CHRB protocols only joggers will be allowed on Thursday and we return to regular training Friday morning,” said Nate Newby, Santa Anita Senior Vice President and General Manager. “Many of our trainers and horse owners have conveyed they would prefer an extra day for their horses to resume training before we race this weekend.
“Dennis Moore and his maintenance team have done a terrific job taking care of the track. We got over 10 inches of rain since Sunday afternoon, but the forecast looking forward is very good. We’re confident that the main track and the turf course, especially with the improved drainage that was installed last year, will be in excellent condition ready when racing resumes on Saturday.”
With a favorable weather forecast, Saturday’s races, which are being drawn this morning, will include a trio of Grade III Stakes: the $100,000 Las Virgenes, the $100,000 San Marcos and the $100,000 Palos Verdes Stakes. Regular first post time this Saturday is at 12:30 p.m. and Santa Anita will have a special early first post time on Big Game Sunday of 11 a.m. Free parking and admission will be offered along with a Big Game Watch Party in Sirona’s Bar.
Santa Anita Park will host five days of racing next week, beginning with Thursday, Feb. 15 through President’s Day Monday, Feb. 19. First post time throughout the week will be 12:30 p.m.
For additional information, please visit santaanita.com or call (626) 574-RACE.