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Santa Anita Park, Arcadia, California

285 Huntington Drive
Arcadia, California 91066
(626) 574-7223 

Track Facts:
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.