New ‘Ship & Stay’ Program Continues To Gain Momentum At Santa Anita

Santa Anita’s newly implemented “Ship & Stay” program continued to gain momentum through this past Monday, as 29 “new” horses have accounted for 31 starts over 13 Winter Meet racing days.

With Drawing Away Stable and trainer Robert Falcone, Jr., registering the most recent “Ship & Stay” winner (Theycallhimthekid) this past Saturday, a total of $30,984 in bonuses has now been paid to participating horsemen.

Funded solely by The Stronach Group, “Ship & Stay” provides on-going bonuses to individual owners and trainers who bring horses to Santa Anita from out of state. Bonuses are paid to those connections that originally bring these horses to California for their first three starts. These bonuses, which pay 20 percent of a horse’s first race winnings and 10 percent (or $1,000, whichever is greater) of second and third race purse monies, will be paid even if the horse is claimed.

A total of four “Ship & Stay” horses have won thus far, the most recent being Falcone, Jr.’s Theycallhimthekid on Jan. 13 ($18,000 winner’s share, which resulted in a $3,600 bonus) and his Fair Regis (also owned by Drawing Away Stable) on Jan. 11 ($12,000 winner’s share, resulting in a $2,400 bonus).

“The Ship and Stay program here at Santa Anita definitely helped entice us to come,” said Falcone, Jr., who currently has 14 horses and came to The Great Race Place in December from New York. “Once you’re here, you realize how great everything is. This place has so much to offer and we’re planning to stay.”

In addition to Falcone, Jr., the two other “Ship & Stay” participants that have won races are trainer Enebish Ganbat and Mongolian Stable with Mongolian Shopper on Jan. 7 ($25,800 winner’s share, resulting in a $5,160 bonus) and owner/trainer David Jacobson’s Top Brass on Dec. 31 ($15,000 winner’s share, resulting in a $3,000 bonus).

In addition to Falcone, Jr., Ganbat and Jacobson, other trainers that have participated in Santa Anita’s “Ship & Stay” program through the first 13 Winter Meet days are Bob Baffert, Richard Baltas, Mark Glatt, Anthony Saavedra, George Weaver, Peter Miller, Jack Carava, John Sadler and Matt Chew.

Owners have included: Frank Fletcher Racing Operations, Inc., Mongolian Stable, Zayat Stables, LLC, Final Turn Stables, LLC, Red Baron’s Barn, LLC or Rancho Temescal, LLC, Zolotas or Romo-Zolotas, Diane Balsamo, Ron Crockett, Inc. and Mr. and Mrs. William T. Griffin, Bergum or Simonovic, Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners, Bruce Golden Racing, Ackerman Equine, LLC and Medallion Racing and Sparks, Steve Bajer or John O’Hara, Ballena Vista Farm, Drawing Away Stable, Ochre House Stable, Hronis Racing, LLC, Little Red Feather or McCrocklin and Aulds, Jeong or Johnson.

For a complete list of rules and eligibility regarding the “Ship & Stay” program at Santa Anita Park, horsemen are encouraged to contact the Santa Anita Racing Office at (626) 574-6352.

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