|Santa Anita Park opened in 1934 in
Arcadia, California. It is the oldest racecourse on the west coast of
the United States.
Santa Anita Park
was instrumental for many advances in the sport such as photo finishes
and starting gates. World renowned champion, Sea Biscuit was the winner
of the Santa Anita Handicap in his last race ever. Racing was put on
hold during the World War II when the racecourse was used as an assembly
centre for Americans of Japanese descent.
Santa Anita Park underwent major alternations in the 1960?s. The
grandstand was renovated and the entire park enjoyed much improved
It was proposed
in 2006 that Santa Anita Park be closed down and a new mall built in its
place. The proposal was not accepted and the track continues to gain in
popularity amongst racing enthusiasts.
|The San Gabriel Mountains serve as
the backdrop to this beautiful racecourse.
There is a 1 mile
synthetic main course which encircles a turf course of 7 furlongs. It
also has a unique hillside turf track of approximately 6.5 furlongs.
Santa Anita replaced its dirt track with Cushion Track as per state
mandate in 2007. This Cushion Track course caused Santa Anita Park to
lose 11 race dates in 2008 because of poor drainage. Management decided
to replace the Cushion Track surface with that of Pro Ride, a synthetic
surface manufactured in Australia.
Santa Anita Park sits on 320
acres. The grandstand can seat 26 000 people, with the venue being able
to accommodate 50 000 visitors. There are 61 barns which can stable 2000
horses as well as an equine clinic. For interests sake ? there is no
13th horse stall at Santa Anita Park as the number 13 is considered
unlucky by those who are superstitious. Therefore there is a number 12
stall, a number 12a stall and a number 14.
Santa Anita - Notable Races
Ancient Title Breeders' Cup Handicap
Clement L. Hirsch
Memorial Turf Championship Stakes
Goodwood Breeders' Cup
Frank E. Kilroe Mile Handicap
Las Virgenes Stakes
Santa Anita Derby
Santa Anita Handicap
Santa Margarita Invitational Handicap
Santa Monica Handicap
Santa Anita - Contact Details
Santa Anita Park is located at 285 W Huntington Drive, Arcadia,
The ticket office can be contacted by email
on firstname.lastname@example.org or for general enquiries their
telephone number is 626-574-7233
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