09/22/2010 12:42PM

Santa Anita asks for fall dates next year


Santa Anita officials on Wednesday submitted a proposed racing calendar for 2011 to the California Horse Racing Board that would include a fall meeting conducted at the track by Santa Anita.

Until this year, the Oak Tree Racing Association had leased Santa Anita annually for a fall meeting since 1969. Hollywood Park, which is hosting the Oak Tree meeting this year, submitted a proposed calendar that included the Oak Tree meeting at that venue next fall.

The dates in question for the fall of 2011 are Sept. 28-Nov. 6. The proposed Santa Anita 2011 fall meeting would be operated by the Pacific Racing Association, a subsidiary of the track's parent company, MI Developments.

The dates committee did not take action on Wednesday, but was scheduled to discuss the issue at a full board meeting on Thursday. All seven members of the board attended Wednesday's dates committee meeting.

The remainder of the proposed 2011 Southern California racing schedule is similar to the 2010 schedule.

Also Wednesday, two groups presented the committee with a 2011 Northern California schedule that included a 12-day spring meeting at Pleasanton. One proposal, from the California Authority of Racing Fairs, would have Pleasanton running from March 17-April  3. Another proposal, from Golden Gate Fields and horsemen's groups, would have the meeting from March 10-27.