Pender plucked Luckarack out of a seven furlong race at Del Mar for
$50,000 on Aug. 3, then promptly won the $75,000 Governor’s Cup at
Fairplex Park on Sept. 18. Next up: Saturday’s inaugural running of the
$100,000 California Flag Handicap at about 6 ½ furlongs on Santa
Anita’s unique downhill turf course.
“He’s had 37 lifetime starts with 12 wins and six seconds,” Pender
said. “The horse is 50 percent one-two lifetime. You gotta hand it to
him. He’s proven he can do anything. He’s very versatile. Turf, dirt, it
Pender’s claim marked the third time in Luckaruck’s last five races
that he was claimed. A 5-year-old bay gelding by Lucky Pulpit bred in
California by Mr. and Mrs. Larry D. Williams, Luckarack has a 12-6-6
record from 37 starts with earnings of $493,595.
NATE NEWBY NAMED VICE PRESIDENT, MARKETING FOR SANTA ANITA
Newby, who has served in various capacities in Santa Anita’s Marketing
Department for more than 11 years, has been named Vice President of
Marketing, effective today.
“We are very fortunate to have someone with Nate’s vast experience and
understanding of our business model available to us at this point in
time,” said Tom Ludt, Senior Vice President, Racing & Gaming for the
Stronach Group. “Nate has great experience being involved in the
planning, marketing and coordination of four successful Breeders’ Cup
World Championship events here at Santa Anita in 2003, 2008, 2009 and
“He brings great passion to our marketing and promotions efforts that
have and will continue to serve us well. I know I speak for our entire
management team when I say Nate is universally liked and respected.
We’re looking forward to working with him as we move forward into an
exciting, new era at Santa Anita Park.”
Newby, 35, majored in Business Finance at Colorado State University and
currently resides in Pasadena with his wife, Sterling. The Newbys are
longtime Thoroughbred breeders, owners and horse enthusiasts. Nate’s
work experience while enrolled at Colorado State included a stint as an
assistant Thoroughbred trainer at Arapahoe Park.
The two-day Breeders’ Cup World Championships will again be hosted by
Santa Anita Park on Nov. 1 & 2, and the Breeders’ Cup will return to
The Great Race Place in November, 2014.