Guaranteed $2M Single Ticket Pick Six Jackpots Beginning Saturday 1/19

Santa Anita cancelled Thursday due to Weather and will resume Friday

SANTA ANITA TO GUARANTEE $2 MILLION SINGLE TICKET PICK SIX JACKPOTS BEGINNING THIS SATURDAY; POPULAR 20 CENT WAGER TO HAVE JACKPOT GUARANTEE FOR EIGHT RACING DAYS PRIOR TO MANDATORY PAYOUT FEB. 2

ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 17, 2019)–In an unprecedented move, Santa Anita Park has announced that beginning this Saturday, Jan. 19, Santa Anita will guarantee a 20 cent Single Ticket Rainbow Pick Six Jackpot of $2 million for eight consecutive racing days prior to a mandatory payout (pending CHRB approval) on Feb. 2.

Entries were taken Wednesday for a 10-race card on Saturday, with special early first post time at 12 noon. The $2 million daily guaranteed Jackpot would be in effect until Feb. 2, providing there is no Single Ticket winner in the interim.

Although there is no guaranteed Jackpot at stake tomorrow, there is a hefty “live money” Jackpot carryover pool of $883,200 up for grabs heading into Friday.

First post time on Friday is at 1 p.m. and with an eight-race card on tap, the Rainbow Six will begin with race three, which has an assigned post time of 2:03 p.m. PT.

For additional racing information and specifics on Santa Anita’s 20 cent Single Ticket Rainbow Pick Six, please visit santaanita.com or call (626) 574-RACE.

Horse Racing Roulette? It’s Now a Reality

HORSE RACING ROULETTE COMES TO SANTA ANITA ON OPENING DAY, WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 26 AS THE GREAT RACE PLACE CONTINUES TO COURT NEW PLAYERS

RouletteARCADIA, Calif. (Dec. 11, 2018)—Long popular in Las Vegas and casinos around the world, Roulette will take on a new form beginning with Santa Anita’s Winter Meet opening day, Wednesday, Dec. 26, as Horse Racing Roulette will debut as a win-only wager available in all 10 opening day races which have fields of six or more horses.

As Santa Anita continues in its efforts to attract new fans, Horse Racing Roulette, which will include horses marked in the track’s racing program as red, black or green, will consist of a stand-alone Win pool and payoffs will be made according to the “color” of the winner and standard pari-mutuel calculations.

Following are the basic components and rules comprising Horse Racing Roulette at Santa Anita:

–Two dollar minimum win wager with customary industry-low 15.43 percent takeout

–Horses (minimum six-horse field) will be placed into one of three groups, Red, Black or Green.

–In most cases, the morning line favorite will be part of the Red Group.

–The Green Group will be comprised mainly of longshots.

–The three Groups, in most cases, will not have an equal number of horses.

–Whichever Group contains the race winner, wins that “game” of Horse Racing Roulette.

–In the event that ALL betting interest members of any group are scratched or declared non-starters, betting on the Group Bet pool will be stopped immediately and all Roulette wagers made on this particular race will be refunded.

–In the event of a dead heat for first between two or more divergent Group members, the Group Bet pool will be distributed as a profit split (place pool) or, if there is a triple dead heat with as many Group interests, the pool will also be distributed as a profit split (show pool).

TWO DOLLAR MINIMUM WAGER TO HAVE SAME INDUSTRY-LOW 15.43 PERCENT TAKEOUT AS STANDARD TWO DOLLAR WIN BET

Horse Racing Roulette will be offered on all races with a minimum of six runners throughout Santa Anita’s upcoming Winter Meet. Fans are encouraged to carefully consult their racing program prior to wagering.

5 Big Handicapping Contests from Santa Anita During the Autumn Meet

Contests are held both at Santa Anita and on their wagering site.

In addition to world class racing, Santa Anita Park and XpressBet have teamed to offer players a total of five big handicapping contests over the course of Santa Anita’s upcoming 22-day Autumn Meet. The contest series will begin on the second day of the meet, Breeders’ Cup “Win and You’re In” day Saturday, Sept. 29.

SATURDAY, SEPT. 29: The Opening Weekend $500 Challenge

–$500 Buy-in ($300 Bankroll & $200 prizes)

–Play on-track or online with XpressBet

PRIZES (BASED ON 150 ENTRIES)

–One Entry to the 2019 Pegasus World Cup Betting Championship

–Two Entries to the 2019 National Handicapping Championship

–Two Entries to Day One of the DOUBLEHEADER on Saturday, Oct. 6 at Santa Anita

–$10,000 Cash Prize Pool to Top Four Finishers

SATURDAY, OCT. 6: The Doubleheader–Day One

–$3,000 Buy-In ($2,000 Bankroll & $1,000 Prizes)

–Play on-track or online with XpressBet

PRIZES (BASED ON 90 ENTRIES)

–One Entry to the 2019 Pegasus World Cup Betting Championship

–One Entry to the 2018 Breeders’ Cup Betting Challenge

–Two Entries to the 2019 National Horseplayers Championship

–Two Entries to Day Two of the Doubleheader on Oct. 7 at Santa Anita

–$55,000 Cash Prize Pool to Top Five Finishers

SUNDAY, OCT. 7: The Doubleheader–Day Two

–$3,000 Buy-In ($2,000 Bankroll & $1,000 Prizes

–Play on-track or online with XpressBet

PRIZES (BASED ON 90 ENTRIES)

–Two entries to the 2019 Pegasus WCBC

–One Entry to the 2018 Breeders’ Cup Betting Challenge

–Two Entries to the 2019 National Horseplayers Championship

–$50,000 Cash Prize Pool to the Top Five Finishers

SATURDAY, OCT. 20: The $500 Autumn Challenge

–$500 Buy-In ($300 Bankroll & $200 Prizes)

–Play on-track or online with XpressBet

PRIZES (BASED ON 200 ENTRIES)

–One Entry to the 2019 Pegasus World Cup Betting Championship

–Two Entries to the 2019 National Horseplayers Championship

–$20,000 Cash Prize Pool to Top Four Finishers

SUNDAY, NOV. 4: The Closing Day Challenge

–$3,000 Buy-In ($2,000 Bankroll & $1,000 Prizes)

–Play on-track or online with XpressBet

PRIZES (BASED ON 90 ENTRIES)

–Three Entries to the 2019 World Cup Betting Championship

–Two Entries to the 2019 National Horseplayers Championship

–$50,000 Cash Prize Pool to Top Five Finishers

For additional information on Santa Anita’s 2018 Autumn Meet Handicapping Contests, please visit www.santaanita.com/contests, or call, at (626) 574-6384.

Is Horse Racing Dead? Not in California

Positive Reports from Earlier in the Year at Santa Anita

With a closing day Pick 6 pool of $6,022,040 adding an exclamation point to the conclusion of Santa Anita’s Winter/Spring Meet, all sources pari-mutuel handle for the 102-day run dating back to Dec. 26, exceeded the $1 billion mark, an eight percent increase over a year ago. With overall on-track attendance showing a one percent increase, that day’s all sources handle of $18,534,801, which included a near-$10 million increase over the corresponding date from a year ago, helped to contribute to a meet-end handle total of $1,018,268,136.

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Due to a more than $75 million increase in overall handle, Santa Anita announced a purse increase of 10 percent, which was effective June 1, 2018 through closing day, and which facilitated in attracting larger, more competitive fields to close the meet out.

“We’ve said this consistently, our customers are the economic engine that drives our business,” said Tim Ritvo, Chief Operating Officer for The Stronach Group (TSG). “We want to sincerely thank all of our fans, those here on-track and around the country for supporting our racing in such a substantial way from late December through today.

“We also want to thank the owners and trainers and all of our staff for their support and cooperation. We have many stake holders and together, we feel we can accomplish great things and build upon what we’ve been able to establish these past six months.

“Looking forward, our goals are to provide safe surfaces and larger, more attractive fields to bet on. We’ve very optimistic for the future and we look forward to welcoming everyone back for our Autumn Meet in late September.”

Hammerle Credits Turf Superintendent Martinez and Crew
Santa Anita’s Vice President, Racing and Racing Secretary, Rick Hammerle was quick to acknowledge the pivotal role Santa Anita’s turf course played in the Winter/Spring Meet’s overall success.

“We ran 70 more races on the grass than we did over the same time frame a year ago and we’ve got to give our Turf Superintendent Jesse Martinez and his crew a ton of credit,” said Hammerle. “Our customers want larger, competitive fields and grass racing really helps us to provide that. Without a doubt, the MVP’s of this meet are the main track and turf crews who gave us safe and consistent surfaces for the entire six-month season.

“To run as often as we did on the main track and turf, you need great people. Right from the top, with our Track Superintendent Dennis Moore overseeing everything, to Jesse and his guys, they really made this happen. Without their dedication and work ethic, and the commitment of their staff, we would not have been able to present as many turf races as we did this season and Santa Anita management is indebted to all of them.”

Highlights from the 2017-18 Winter/Spring Meet
Dec. 26—Opening Day
Total Handle: $18.3 million
Attendance: 40,023
City of Light, trained by Michael McCarthy, took the Grade I Malibu Stakes under Drayden Van Dyke. The Grade I La Brea went to Jerry Hollendorfer’s Unique Bella, who was ridden by Mike Smith.

Feb. 18—Bob Baffert’s Justify debuts in a seven furlong maiden special weight, winning by 9 ½ lengths under Drayden Van Dyke.

March 10—Santa Anita Handicap Day
Total Handle: $17.2 million
Attendance: 17,377
Accelerate, trained by John Sadler and ridden by Victor Espinoza, wins the Big ‘Cap by 5 ½ lengths. McCarthy’s City of Light takes the Grade I Triple Bend under Van Dyke by 1 ½ lengths. The Grade I Frank E. Kilroe Mile goes to Phil D’Amato’sBowies Hero, who won by a half length under Corey Nakatani.

March 11—Justify, in his second start, stretches out to a flat mile and defeats allowance company by 6 ½ lengths under Mike Smith.

April 7—Santa Anita Derby Day
Total Handle: $24.1 million
Attendance: 39,023
Justify remains unbeaten in the Grade I Santa Anita Derby, winning by three lengths under Smith. Trainer Bill Spawr’s Midnight Bisou, also ridden by Smith, takes the Grade I Santa Anita Oaks by 3 ½ lengths.

Spring portion of meet begins on April 13 and consists of 42 racing days, through June 24.

May 5—Kentucky Derby Day
Total Handle: $19.8 million
Attendance: 26,121
Justify becomes the 18th horse to use the Santa Anita Derby as a springboard to victory in the Kentucky Derby as Baffert and Smith again combine forces.

May 19—Preakness Day
Total Handle: $20 million
Attendance: 23,428
Ridden by Smith, Justify win his fifth straight overcoming a rugged speed duel and foggy conditions at Pimlico.

June 9—Belmont Day
Total Handle: $19 million
Attendance: 20,128
Justify joins Seattle Slew as only the second undefeated Triple Crown Champion. With Baffert and Smith again teaming for the win, the chestnut colt by Scat Daddy becomes the 13th overall Triple Crown Champ and Baffert’s second, along with American Pharoah, who did it in 2015.

June 24—Closing Day
Total Handle: $18.5 million
Attendance: 12,253
With a three-day combined Pick Six carryover of $821,858 coming into closing day, “$5,200,182 in “new” money was wagered, creating a massive total Pick Six pool of $6,022,040. This resulted in 208 winning tickets, each worth $20,255.20. The total closing day handle of $18,534,801 marked a nearly $10 million increase over the corresponding date from 2017.

Source: Santa Anita

NHC Super Qualifiers by the Big Three in Horse Racing

nhc final table vegasThe New York Racing Association, Churchill Downs Inc., and The Stronach Group are set to host three brand-new “NHC Super Qualifiers” in coming months, offering dozens of berths to February’s $3 million (estimated) NTRA National Horseplayers Championship in Las Vegas. The live-money contests, in which players compete to turn $1,000 of their own cash into the largest nut, are set for Sept. 29 at Belmont Park, Dec. 22 at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots, and Jan. 5 at Santa Anita Park (or online at Xpressbet.com).

Each on-track Super Qualifier will award one NHC berth per every 15 entries, meaning roughly the top 7 percent of entrants will move on to Treasure Island Las Vegas for the world’s richest and most prestigious handicapping contest, Feb. 8-10, 2019.

Registration for each contest costs $1,500, with $1,000 going to the starting bankroll and $200 to a cash prize pool for the Super Qualifier (the remaining $300 goes to the NHC purse and travel). The format will consist of 10 mandatory $50 Win-Place wagers. Players will keep 100 percent of their winnings and the leaders will share in the cash prize pool, with the number of winners and amounts determined (on a sliding scale) by the number of entries. Players are limited to two entries for each on-track Super Qualifier.

“These new Super Qualifiers allow us to offer a much more favorable ratio of berths to entries for players,” said NHC Tournament Director Keith Chamblin. “We’re also excited to offer live-money formats that allow players to keep their winnings and put money through the windows of the host tracks, while maintaining the traditional Win-Place format that rewards consistent excellence.”

Each winning prize package includes NHC entry, four nights at Treasure Island, and airfare reimbursement up to $400.

As added incentive, a $500,000 bonus will be up for grabs in Las Vegas for any of the three on-track Super Qualifier winners who go on to win #NHC19.

For more information on entering any of the four Super Qualifiers, contact Michele Ravencraft of the NTRA at mravencraft@ntra.com. Online and/or phone registration will be available via the host racetracks in coming weeks.

Low-cost “feeder” contests will be available for each Super Qualifier on HorsePlayers.com.

NHC Tour points, which determine year-end Tour prizes, as well as NHC entry for the top 10 percent of finishers, will be awarded in NHC Super Qualifiers. For the Santa Anita/Xpressbet.com contest only, players already double-qualified for #NHC19 can earn a first berth to #NHC20 in February 2020.

For more information on the NHC and NHC Tour, visit www.ntra.com/nhc.

 

Early Pick-5 Carryover of $251,993 Expected to Generate $2M Pool

$4.1M Rainbow Six at Gulfstream today as well

 ARCADIA, Calif. (March 23, 2018)—No one picked all five winners in Santa Anita’s popular Early Pick 5 wager on Friday, creating a massive carryover into Saturday of $251,993.  With the Grade II, $200,000 Santa Monica Stakes anchoring Saturday’s “Early 5,” track officials project Saturday’s total Early Pick 5 pool will exceed $2 million.

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Carded as race five, Saturday’s seven furlong Santa Monica attracted a field of five, included even money favorite Paradise Woods, a multiple Grade I winner, and hard-hitting distaffers Skye Diamonds and Selcourt, who have each been assigned a morning line of 5-2.

With first post time at 12 noon, entries and complete morning line information for Saturday’s 10-race card at Santa Anita are available at santaanita.com.

Santa Anita Expands Wagering Menu for 2018 Winter Meet

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Press Release

In addition to a $1 million guaranteed Late Pick 4 pool on opening day, Tuesday, Dec. 26, fans will also find a new fan-friendly Santa Anita betting menu that will include an additional 50 cent Pick 5 and rolling one dollar Super High Five wagers. Santa Anita’s Single Ticket Pick Six Jackpot will remain in place as will the popular 50 cent Early Pick 5, which offers a low 14 percent takeout on the first five races each day.

Santa Anita will also continue to offer the nation’s lowest major track takeout of 15.43 percent on win, place and show wagers. The track will also continue to offer one dollar exactas, two dollar rolling Daily Doubles, one dollar rolling Pick 3s, an early and late 50 cent Pick 4, as well as 10 cent Superfectas.

Santa Anita’s 2017-18 Winter Meet Wagering Menu will offer the following:

–Two separate 50 cent Pick 5s, to be offered on the first and last five races each day.

–Rolling one dollar Super High 5s. This wager requires bettors to correctly select the first five finishers in each race (minimum of eight runners). If no one selects the top five finishers in exact order, 100 percent of the net pool carries over to the next race featuring the Super High 5.

–$500,000 guaranteed Late Pick 4 each weekend

–$300,000 guaranteed Late Pick 4 each weekday

–$100,000 guaranteed two dollar Pick Six each weekend

–Two dollar Win, Place & Show wagering on each race, featuring the lowest takeout (15.43 percent) of any major racetrack in the nation.

–50 cent Trifectas on each race (minimum of four runners required).

–10 cent Superfectas will be offered on all races (minimum of six horses scheduled to start).

–One dollar Exactas on each race.

–The two dollar Pick Six, with a Single Ticket Jackpot, will be offered on the final six races each day.

–The 50 cent Early Pick 4 will cover races two, three, four and five, each day. The Late Pick 4 will cover the final four races on each card.

–Rolling two dollar Daily Doubles, which feature a 20 percent takeout.

–One dollar rolling Pick 3s will be offered beginning with the first race each day.

A Score of a Lifetime from $80 Pick-6 Ticket

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Purchased for just $80 at Northville Downs in Northville, Mich., there was one winning ticket in today’s Single Ticket Pick 6 Jackpot, and it resulted in a potentially life-changing payout of $549,864 Sunday at Santa Anita.

With a Single Ticket Jackpot carryover coming into Sunday of $368,281, there was $279,915 in “new money” bet into today’s popular $2 minimum wager, resulting in a total Pick 6 pool of $648,196.

In addition to the Jackpot payout of $549,864, there were 60 consolation tickets with five winners, each worth $534.

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With Corey Nakatani off all of his mounts today, Jamie Theriot picked up Irish-bred Pantsonfire for trainer Richard Baltas in the ninth and final race, a one mile turf affair for maiden special weight fillies and mares three and up.

Off as the 2-1 favorite in a field of 11, Theriot took hold of his mount in the run to the clubhouse turn, began to patiently weave his way through traffic around the far turn and was full of run through the stretch drive, winning by 1 ¾ lengths over second choice No Cats Allowed with Tyler Baze.

In what was her seventh career start, Pantsonfire, who is owned by Starry Night Racing, Jeremy Peskoff, Mark Silverstein and Jeff Ward’s Next Wave Racing, paid $6.80 to win and banked $30,000.

Sunday’s Pick 6, which began with race four, was won by 7-2 shot Van Cortlandt ($9.80); the fifth race, the $70,000 Speakeasy, went to Beautiful Shot, who upset 1-5 favorite Mourinho and paid $10.00; the sixth went to 9-5 favorite Skelton Pass ($5.60); the seventh was won by Fast Pass, who at 13-1, paid $29.00 and race eight was taken by 9-5 favorite Roman Tizzy, who paid $5.60.

Racing resumes on Thursday at Santa Anita, with first post time at 1 p.m. Admission gates open at 11 a.m. For additional racing information, please visit santaanita.com.

Santa Anita in 2017 Reports Handle, Attendance Gains

Is Horse Racing Dead?

Santa Anita Park’s all-sources handle for its 103-day racing season, which began Dec. 26 and concluded July 4, showed a $23.5 million increase over last season, a 2.5% gain, according to track officials.

Source: Santa Anita Reports Handle, Attendance Gains

A New Reality? Santa Anita Adjusts to 3-day Race Week

SANTA ANITA ADJUSTS RACING SCHEDULE OVER NEXT TWO WEEKS  

 NO LIVE RACING ON THURSDAY, JUNE 15 & THURSDAY, JUNE 22; ADDITIONAL RACES TO BE OFFERED ON FRIDAYS, SATURDAYS & SUNDAYS

 

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ARCADIA, Calif. (June, 2017)—With Santa Anita’s current Spring Summer Meet set to conclude on Tuesday, July 4, the track has modified its current racing schedule for the next two weeks, as the track will now run a pair of three-day weeks, beginning Friday, June 16 and Friday, June 23, in advance of a five-day closing week, which starts on Friday, June 30.

“It’s always been our goal to run more race dates, but as we’ve said, consistently, we need to present racing cards that provide the most value and are in the best interest of our customers,” said Joe Morris, The Stronach Group’s Senior Vice President of West Coast Operations.  “Looking forward, we will continue to evaluate our racing schedule as we strive to present the best possible product for our fans.”

                Santa Anita has added extra races today, tomorrow and Sunday, resulting in a total of 30 races for the week, compared to 34 that were run over the previous four-day week.  Additionally, entries averaged 8.7 per race this week, compared to 6.9 horses per race last week.

With the current meet set to end on July 4, Fan Appreciation will be a top priority over the final three weeks, with free Club House admission added on Fridays, along with free parking on those days as well.  The final two days of the season, July 3 and 4, will be Dollar Days, with one dollar beers, sodas and hot dogs.

                Santa Anita, which carded a nine-race program today, will offer a special 11-race card tomorrow, Belmont Stakes Day and a 10-race program on Sunday.  Admission gates open early Saturday at 8 a.m. and Santa Anita’s first live race post time is set for 12 noon.

                For complete racing information, please visit santaanita.com.