Michael Mendez, shown here holding "Carmen Santa Anita," was the first to spot the horse statue at Santa Anita.
Michael Mendez of San Gabriel, Calif., is the winner of the first "Where at the Track is Carmen Santa Anita" contest. Mendez, a regular reader of this blog, is also a regular patron of Santa Anita. He has been coming out to the Great Race Place since he was a youngster and recalled becoming hooked on horseracing when he saw Affirmed and Alydar race.
Congratulations to Michael, who won a season clubhouse admission pass for the remainder of the Winter-Spring meet, compliments of Santa Anita!
"Carmen" was found sitting on the counter at the Thoroughbreds Reward Center, located in the paddock gardens. Watch for another contest next week, when Carmen will again be hiding somewhere at the track.