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Santa Anita  is a thoroughbred horse racing track located in Arcadia, California. Justifiably renowned for hosting some of the more prominent horse races in the US. It is a seasonal track and operates during the winter and spring racing seasons. The park is widely considered by many horse racing enthusiasts as one of the world’s most beautiful race tracks, thanks to the San Gabriel Mountains that form a picturesque backdrop.

This track is home to many highly prestigious races that include the Santa Anita Handicap, Beholder Stakes, Santa Anita Derby, The Gamely Stakes, Shoemaker Mile and The Gold Cup at Santa Anita. Apart from that, the track has also hosted the world-famous Breeders Cup which returns to The Great Race Place on November 1st and 2nd 2019 for a 10th time.

The Santa Anita Race Track boasts of a one-mile (approximately 1,609 m) dirt main track.  This track rings a turf course that measures 0.9 miles or 1,584 yards.

A salient feature of this racetrack is its highly unusual hillside turf course (down the hill), which is used chiefly to run turf races at a distance of approximately 6½ furlongs (1,287.9 m).

Santa Anita occupies some 320 acres (1.3 km2) of pristine green space. It has a 1,100-foot long grandstand that can easily seat 26,000 enthusiasts. Its facade is rendered in a very old Art Deco style dating back to the early 1930s. The track also has a very large infield area, which resembles a village park, complete with large trees and picnic tables. The place can easily accommodate 50,000 guests.

The park has recently renovated its personal box seating area to include seating from four to eight individuals per box. Each box is well-equipped with its own personal television monitors that can broadcast live racing onsite so that you do not miss a single second of the action.  

Santa Anita’s Event Calendar

The track has a full calendar of events—on and off track. Let us look at some of the most interesting ones coming up:

February 16 and 17th 2009: Lunar New Year Celebration

Enjoy the Lunar New Year and experience authentic Chinese cultural entertainment. You won’t want to miss grabbing a bite to eat from authentic Chinese food & drink vendors that will be on hand. A celebration that you will not want to miss at The Great Race Place!

March 2nd, 2019: Madi Gras

Come on out to Santa Anita Park and experience some Louisiana flair with a Madi Gras celebration. Join the live music and authentic Cajun eats for an exciting day of racing at The Great Race place!

March 9, 2019: Big ‘Cap Beer & Cider Festival

What is the best thing to have while watching a race? Lots of cold beer! At next month’s upcoming Big ‘Cap Beer & Cider Festival’ you will be able to sample ice cold beers while watching the Santa Anita Handicap at the park’s homestretch. Remember, this is the race that made ‘Seabiscuit” into one of the greatest racing legends of all time.

March 17, 2019: St. Paddy’s Trackside Celebration