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Dec 30, 2010

Santa Anita comes through after inundation



Arcadia, CA (Sports Network) - Santa Anita Park's new dirt track survived the torrential rain that fell in the area and is primed for Sunday's opening race program.

More than 13 inches of rain fell last Friday at Santa Anita and another 1 1/2- inches on Monday. The track reopened for training Tuesday morning.

"We've got the orange cones up 15 feet off the rail and this racetrack is fantastic," said Ted Malloy, who oversaw the installation of the new track. "We've been very cautious through all of this rain and we want to thank the horsemen for being so patient. Although the training track was open, we had to keep everyone off the main track until we got through this.

"We'll work with the surface to air it out as best we can right up until opening day on Sunday. Huntington Drive was flooded on the south end of the parking lot and at that point, there was nothing we could do except to wait it out and hope that the storm would move out.

"We first opened for training on December 6, and we got off to a great start, but beginning last Friday, we had to make adjustments and just try to be as conservative as we could possibly be. This was one heck of a baptism, but I'm glad we got it when we did, as opposed to a few days later."

The number of horses putting in workouts has been steadily increasing over the last three days. Tuesday morning five horses had timed works, just one on Wednesday and 23 horses worked out Thursday morning.

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