Santa Anita Park
285 W. Huntington Drive
Arcadia, California 91066
Grandstand Admission: $5
Clubhouse Admission: $8.50
Major Horse Races at Santa Anita Park:
- February 6: $500,000 Strub Stakes
- March 6: $1-million Santa Anita Handicap
- March 14: $250,000 Santa Anita Oaks
- April 3: $750,000 Santa Anita Derby
- April 18: $400,000 San Juan Capistrano Invitational Handicap
- November 2nd and 3rd 2012: The Breeders Cup World Championships
Nearest City: Los Angeles
Nearest Airport: Hollywood-Burbank
Track History and Fun Facts: Santa Anita conducted its inaugural card on Christmas Day, 1934. . . on February 4, 1938, a $2,000 claimer named Playmay won the first race on the card and returned $673.40 for a two-dollar win mutuel. . . at age five, Citation finished second in four consecutive stakes at Santa Anita. . . turf course, built in 1953, has a hillside leg that crosses the main track to connect with the infield oval. . . Affirmed commenced his 1978 Triple Crown campaign with three consecutive Santa Anita victories, including an eight-length score in the Santa Anita Derby. . . in winning the 1980 Charles H. Strub Stakes, Spectacular Bid set a world record for 1 1/4 miles on the dirt of 1:57 4/5. . . Hall of Fame jockey Bill Shoemaker won the Santa Anita Handicap 11 times; fellow Hall of Famer Laffit Pincay Jr. has scored five "Big 'Cap" victories. . . on March 14, 1987, Pincay won a record seven races on the Santa Anita card. . . San Gabriel Mountains provide a stunning backdrop for Santa Anita's races.
The 2012 Breeders Cup World Championships at Santa Anita Park
Santa Anita will be home of the 2012 Breeders' Cup World Championships of thoroughbred horse racing on November 2nd and 3rd. The Breeders' Cup Challenge series is a schedule of "win and you're in!" races in which horses must participate to qualify for the richest two days in sports for North America.
The Breeder's Cup is an annual event that moves from track to track each year, similar to the Super Bowl or MLB All-Star game. A maximum of 14 starters are allowed for the World Championships with exception of the Dirt Mile, Juvenile Fillies Turf and Juvenile Turf which are limited to 12 starters.
The event was created back in 1982 by John R. Gaines (1928-2005) who felt that North American thoroughbred horse racing needed a year end event that also captured the attention of horse racing from around the world, especially Europe.