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Luckarack Seeks Another Stakes Win

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Trainer Michael 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 doesn’t matter.”

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, 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 2012. 

“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.




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