The majority of North America’s best racehorses are scheduled to be in action that day, with Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner, California Chrome, likely to square off against Pacific Classic and Malibu Stakes victor, Shared Belief, in the San Antonio Stakes, while Lea targets a repeat in the Donn Handicap against last year’s Florida Derby winner, Constitution. January 28, 2015 (Washington, PA) – Leading online wagering provider, Xpressbet, in conjunction with Santa Anita Park, Gulfstream Park and the Stronach Group, is excited to announce its plans to offer horseplayers the opportunity to play a special Pick 4 on Saturday, February 7. The all-stakes, $500,000 guaranteed ‘X-Country’ (Cross Country) Pick 4 will combine the best races that day at Gulfstream – the Donn Handicap and Gulfstream Park Turf Handicap – and Santa Anita – the San Antonio Stakes and San Marcos Stakes – and will coincide with a live broadcast of those races on Fox Sports 1. “With world-class cards at both Santa Anita and Gulfstream Park on February 7, horseplayers can expect some great wagering opportunities, including the X-Country Pick 4.” said Santa Anita President, Tom Ludt. “We are very excited for a potential rematch of the 2014 Breeders’ Cup Classic in the Grade 2 San Antonio Stakes and an exciting day of racing.” About XpressbetXpressbet provides legal and secure online wagering services to horseplayers in the United States. It is the industry’s most comprehensive and user-friendly wagering site, allowing customers to wager on more than 300 of the world’s best racetracks from their computer, phone or mobile device. Xpressbet operates XB SELECT, the industry’s premier destination for high-volume wagering, and XB Net, which connects bet shops and wagering sites from around the world to North American racing. Xpressbet is a Stronach Group company, which also owns and operates Santa Anita Park, Gulfstream Park & Casino, Golden Gate Fields, Portland Meadows, Laurel Park and Pimlico Race Course, home of the world-famous Preakness. The company owns and operates the Palm Meadows Training Center in Florida, the award-winning Adena Springs operation, AmTote, a global leader in wagering technology, and Monarch Content Management. The Stronach Group is also a major producer of televised horseracing programming through its HRTV cable and satellite network. Customers who play the X-Country Pick 4 at Xpressbet will also receive 0% takeout for their winning wager, as well as 4-times XB Rewards Bonus Points. To sign up for an Xpressbet account and to receive an enhanced $150 Welcome Bonus, please visit www.xpressbet.com/XCountry and enter promo code XCOUNTRY. P.J. Campo, Vice President of Racing for The Stronach Group and General Manager of Gulfstream Park, added, “It’s going to be a huge weekend. Not only will our fans see four of the country’s most prestigious races and top horses, but another unique wager from The Stronach Group with a $500,000 guarantee. We’re looking forward to working with our partners at Santa Anita and Xpressbet to make this a memorable day.” In addition to the Grade 1 Donn Handicap and Grade 1 Gulfstream Park Turf Handicap, Gulfstream Park’s February 7 card also includes the Grade 3 Fred Hooper Stakes, the Grade 3 Suwannee River Stakes and the Gulfstream Park Turf Sprint. Santa Anita’s February 7 card also features the Grade 3 Robert B. Lewis Stakes, as well as the Grade 2 San Marcos Stakes and Grade 2 San Antonio. “February 7 is a day that many horseplayers and racing fans circled on their calendars weeks ago,” said Xpressbet President, Ron Luniewski. “Not only do these races historically draw exceptional fields, but this year is truly special with so many of the world’s best horses planning to run. We’re excited that the X-Country Pick 4 has become a reality, and we’re excited that horseplayers will have the opportunity to bet on all of these great horses and races as part of one wager.” New and Exciting Wager will include a $500,000 Guarantee
CALIFORNIA CHROME IS READY, WEATHER OR NOTUFC SUPERSTAR MCGREGOR SETS PEGASUS ‘BUZZ’HEAVY RAINS CAUSE THURSDAY CANCELLATION TIZ A KISS EYES FIRST STAKES WIN ON DOLLAR DAY Craig Dollase720029%29%$68,925 Jeff Mullins421050%75%$106,945 Victor Espinoza2044420%60%$236,130 -30- Richard Baltas3044513%43%$273,463 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS Luis Contreras2333613%52%$159,834 Tyler Baze4896419%40%$363,082 THURSDAY RACING CANCELLED DUE TO HEAVY RAINS Santa Anita Park officials announced that Thursday’s eight-race program has been cancelled due to continued heavy rainfall in the Arcadia area which has resulted in local flooding and road closures. Santa Anita has already received seven inches of rainfall from significant winter storms over the past week and up to two additional inches are predicted to fall along the San Gabriel Mountain foothills throughout the remainder of the day.According the National Weather Service, the most recent storm is scheduled to move out of the area later this evening resulting in predicted sunny skies over the three-day Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday weekend.Santa Anita was open for simulcast wagering on Thursday, with free parking and admission available. .Santa Anita has notified horsemen that substitute races will be offered in the coming days for all horses that were entered on Thursday’s program.First post time at Santa Anita on Friday is at 1 p.m., while first post time on Saturday, Sunday, and Martin Luther King, Jr. Day will be at 12:30 p.m. Fans are encouraged to visit santanita.com for the latest track condition updates as well as entry and morning line information. Norberto Arroyo, Jr.3872018%24%$303,780 Rafael Bejarano3843911%42%$375,663 William Spawr940244%67%$134,541 Mark Glatt1624213%50%$119,865 Corey Nakatani1532020%33%$167,690 TIZ A KISS EYES FIRST STAKES WIN IN MEGAHERTZRichard Baltas hopes Tiz a Kiss continues to outrun her odds when she goes in Monday’s Martin Luther King Jr. holiday feature, the Grade III, $100,000 Megahertz Stakes for older fillies and mares scheduled for one mile on turf.A victory would result in her first stakes win. She was second by a nose in the restricted Solana Beach last August at Del Mar.A seven-year-old California-bred daughter of Cee’s Tizzy, Tiz a Kiss has been favored only once under the direction of Baltas, that in her first start for him on Sept. 5, 2015. In 11 starts since, she has never been the favorite, going off at 10-1 when second in the Grade II Goldikova Stakes last Nov. 6 and at 21-1 when a respectable seventh in the Grade I Matriarch at Del Mar Dec. 4.“She was sitting on the rail in the Matriarch,” said Baltas, who has four wins through the first nine days at Santa Anita’s Winter Meet. “She got through and they weren’t going that fast (a mile on a firm course in 1:35). They were kind of walking, actually, I thought.“Twenty-three and change, 48 and 1:12 for Grade I horses. It was a little step up. They were the best fillies in the country she ran against.”Kent Desormeaux, who has ridden Tiz a Kiss nine times, winning twice, is back aboard.Monday is Dollar Day at Santa Anita. Beer, sodas and hot dogs will be a buck apiece. First post time is 12:30 p.m. Admission gates open at 10:30 a.m. (Current Through Sunday, Jan. 8) Gary Sherlock920122%33%$48,720 TrainerMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Philip D’Amato1533420%67%$356,325 Mike Smith1121318%55%$262,930 Stewart Elliott342466%35%$119,190 Brice Blanc1433121%50%$125,125 Joel Rosario823125%75%$302,945 Peter Eurton820025%25%$78,320 Drayden Van Dyke3746011%27%$234,060 Agapito Delgadillo1220017%17%$64,785 Martin Pedroza2955317%45%$185,520 John Sadler1354338%92%$237,104 Jamie Theriot222209%18%$60,220 Peter Miller2365326%61%$317,780 Kent Desormeaux3363518%42%$537,173 Kristin Mulhall921022%33%$27,760 FINISH LINES: Congrats to Hollywood heavyweights Gary Barber, Kevin Tsujihara and Les Moonves, CEO’s of MGM, Warner Brothers Entertainment, and CBS, respectively, on winning Sunday’s third race with Forest Blue, a chestnut gelding trained by Peter Miller. Forest Blue, who won by nearly three lengths as the $5.40 favorite, was claimed for $16,000 out of the six furlong race by trainer Jeff Mullins. “He’s a solid horse and I wish the new owner and trainer well,” said Miller, tied for the training lead through nine days with six wins and leading in stakes victories with four . . . With seven inches of rain pelting Santa Anita in just over a week, Thursday’s live races were cancelled. Live racing resumes Friday at 1 p.m. Admission gates open at 11 a.m. UFC SUPERSTAR MCGREGOR CREATES PEGASUS ‘BUZZ’ Reigning UFC Lightweight Champion Connor McGregor, who was at Santa Anita this past month to star in a series of four short comedic films entitled “The 13th Jockey,” which is intended to promote the inaugural $12 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational on Jan. 28 at Gulfstream Park, has already helped to generate five million views via Episode 1 across Pegasus World Cup and McGregor social media platforms.More importantly, these views are generating a high percentage of “shares,” which indicates The 13th Jockey is being seen by millions of people who perhaps have little or no familiarity with racing. These “shares” are thus exposing the sport in a very significant way to the highly coveted 25-34-year-old demographic that is so vital to racing’s future.In addition to wide-ranging social media exposure, Episode 1 has generated mentions in Forbes, Rolling Stone, Sports Illustrated, US Weekly, Extra TV, the Washington Post, Irish Independent, Globo Brazil, the Herald Sun (Australia), Maxim, USA Today, Yahoo, the Paulick Report, Thoroughbred Daily News, America’s Best Racing and other media outlets.Due as much to his magnetic personality as his phenomenal fighting skills, McGregor is currently one of the most highly recognized athletes in the world. His co-star in The 13th Jockey is comedian Jon Lovitz. Frank Coraci (The Wedding Singer) directed the four-part series.Episode 2, which was also shot on location at Santa Anita, was unveiled yesterday, while the remaining two episodes will be distributed on Jan.18 and on Pegasus World Cup Day, Jan. 28. The Pegasus World Cup Invitational, which could include as many as 12 horses, is scheduled to feature an epic rematch between Breeders’ Cup Classic Champion Arrogate and 2014 Horse of the Year, California Chrome.In conjunction with The 13th Jockey advertising campaign, fans can now take a chance at winning a $1 million prize by participating in the Pegasus Win-Win Contest at pegasusworldcup.com/win. JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won J. Keith Desormeaux1022220%60%$254,915 Doug O’Neill4063715%40%$258,548 Tiago Pereira1824211%44%$90,675 Mario Gutierrez2232414%41%$151,116 Robert Hess, Jr.1021020%30%$150,145 Jeff Bonde720129%43%$58,395 Patrick Gallagher621133%67%$143,890 Jerry Hollendorfer2747515%59%$514,489 Flavien Prat4494820%48%$618,043 CHROME AWAITS PEGASUS AT GULFSTREAM PARK The Chromie Countdown is on.It’s just over two weeks until the world’s most popular race horse, California Chrome, makes his final start before going to stud, this in the $12 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational at Gulfstream Park on Jan. 28. The six-year-old California-bred son of Lucky Pulpit has been in Florida with assistant trainer Alan Sherman since Jan. 6, preparing for the inaugural race at 1 1/8 miles. His trainer, Art Sherman, heads to the Sunshine State a week from today.Meanwhile, like everyone else inundated in Southern California recently, Sherman was holed up at his Los Alamitos base early Thursday morning, thankful that the highest-earning Thoroughbred in North America history ($14,502,650) was safe and sound and not at the whim of the weatherman.“He galloped this morning and he’ll work five-eighths Saturday and probably gallop out three-quarters,” Sherman said. “The horse is doing great.”Arrogate, who overtook front-running California Chrome in deep stretch to register a dramatic half-length victory in the Breeders’ Cup Classic at Santa Anita Nov. 5, is scheduled for a rematch in the Pegasus which will be his first start since the Classic.The four-year-old son of Unbridled’s Song trained by Bob Baffert for Juddmonte Farms had a public workout before the first race Sunday, and with rain due to abate over the next few days, could breeze again before departing for Florida.Fortunately, Sherman has no such concern. Wet weather didn’t bother him, especially when he was a jockey back in the day.“One meet in Vancouver it rained for 30 days and we never missed a day,” said the Brooklyn native, who turns 80 on Feb. 17. “I used to wear five sets of goggles.”But that was then and this is now.Sherman’s primary focus is on California Chrome and his well-being coming up to the Pegasus. Of course, adding a 2016 Horse of the Year title to the one he captured in 2014 would be more than welcome.“It would be a great honor to win it a second time,” Sherman said. “He won $8 million last year and no horse has done that, plus he won seven out of eight races. I don’t see how he doesn’t deserve the Eclipse Award.”That, of course, still must play out. The votes are in and Eclipse Award winners, along with Horse of the Year, will be announced at the 46th annual ceremony at Gulfstream Park on Jan. 21.There is one done deal, however. California Chrome is on site at Gulfstream to prepare for the Pegasus. “It’s the best move I ever made,” Sherman said about getting him there early and not having to fidget over the weather. “I would have had a heart attack,” he said.