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Santa Anita's spring-summer meeting opens Thursday

Santa Anita's spring-summer meeting opens Thursday

The timing couldn't be more perfect for Santa Anita to open its doors for its 40-day spring-summer meeting beginning on Thursday.

That's because Saturday is Kentucky Derby Day. Last year, 25,486 showed up at Santa Anita to root home American Pharoah from 2,000 miles away. This time, another California-based horse, Nyquist, will be favored in the Kentucky Derby, and Santa Anita bettors are expected to back him strongly.

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"What's fun is how good Southern California horses have been with California Chrome and American Pharoah," trainer John Sadler...

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