Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Merry Christmas from Santa Anita!

With apologies to those in the country's frozen heartland, here in Southern California we're enjoying brisk mornings warming up to sunny afternoons as we gear up for the gift we traditionally open the day AFTER Christmas -- Santa Anita's Winter-Spring meet!

There is electricity in the air in anticipation of the 75th anniversary meet. Even the horses can sense the excitement of the approaching Opening Day. And what an opening it promises to be! There will be a final on-track appearance by the great Zenyatta, a Zenyatta poster giveaway, a free Santa Anita wall calendar for each fan in attendance, the unveiling of the new bronze life-size statue of the great John Henry in the paddock gardens, and a performance by the famous Budweiser Clydesdales -- not to mention a super race card.

The card will feature two Grade 1 stakes for 3-year-olds at seven furlongs, the traditional opening day Malibu plus the La Brea for fillies.


Mrs. Mom said...

Merry Christmas Mary!

Anonymous said...

How come there's no Zenyatta Life size statue of her yet also i like John Henry too so it like a honore so when They ever make a Zenyatta statue will would it be at hollywood park or Santa anita and Merry Christmas

( and i know it will take a long time too she can be right next to Him or Seabiscuit)

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