Santa Anita Park, Arcadia, California
285 Huntington Drive
Arcadia, California 91066
Grandstand Admission: $5.00
Clubhouse Admission: $10.00
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. The 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.