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Oak Tree at Santa Anita Opens

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The starting gate at last year's Breeders' Cup at Santa Anita. Benoit Photography/Courtesy BZA PR

The starting gate at last year's Breeders' Cup at Santa Anita. Benoit Photography/Courtesy BZA PR
The opening day for the Oak Tree meet at Santa Anita kicks off Wednesday leading up to the second consecutive Breeders' Cup on November 6 and 7.

The park opens at 5 am giving a glimpse to everyone what goes on behind the scenes to get the horses ready for racing. At 10 am a breakfast draw for Saturday's California Cup XX.

The first live racing post is at 1 pm and will include the Grade III $100,000 Morvich Handicap. The race is 6 1/2 furlongs and raced on the hillside turf course.

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Among the storylines this next month is the arrival of Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird who is expected to run on October 10 in the Grade I Goodwood Stakes. By winning the stakes would automatically qualify Mine That Bird a spot in the $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic on November 7.

Also expected to compete on October 10 is the mare Zenyatta the winner of last year's $2 million Breeders' Cup Ladies Classic. She will be running the Grade I Lady's Secret Stakes, and should she win she is expected to compete with the boys in the Breeders' Cup Classic. Zenyatta is a five-year old mare and has won all 12 of her career starts.

Tickets are $5 for general admission, $10 for the clubhouse and $20 for the turf club. Every Friday general admission is free complete with $1 hot dogs, beer, soda and coffee. This excludes the Breeders' Cup weekend.