Junior Riptides open house April 25

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With the pool at Arcadia High School about to undergo a complete replacement of a terrific new facility which will have it under construction for the next year, the high-quality Arcadia Riptides swimming classes are being held at Blair High school in Pasadena, where they are introducing a new program called the Junior Riptides that is perfect for kids who want to work on the four required strokes for competition. Find out all about it at an open … [Read more...]

Opening Day Sun, Fun, 30,000 at Santa Anita

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Big crowds in the grandstands and infields, exciting horse race finishes, betting from the new sports betting room, and a whiskey tasting contest in the dazzling new Chandelier Room kept 30,540 fans entertained on opening day at Santa Anita Park this afternoon of Dec. 26, 2013. Attendees could also see where the new luxury suites are being built to open this spring. See photos below... -- By Scott Hettrick … [Read more...]

Horse racing season opens Dec. 26

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Santa Anita’s traditional winter meeting opens on Dec. 26 with a free wall calendar for all General Admission entrants. Many additional promotions are on the schedule for the meeting that runs through April 20. And due to the closure of Hollywood Park, a separate, spring race meeting will get underway at The Great Race Place on April 25 and continue through June 29. This spring/early summer meeting will feature twilight post times on Fridays and … [Read more...]

95,000 at Santa Anita Breeders’ Cup

Gary Stevens running Mucho Macho Man to victory in Breeders' Cup Classic Nov. 2, 2013

Between two weeks of overcast skies, the weather turned clear and spectacular for national TV coverage and the nearly 95,000 people who went through the turnstiles at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia during the two-day Breeders' Cup event Friday and Saturday, Nov. 1-2, 2013. That was a 5% increase over last year's two-day crowd of 89,742, and the second biggest at Santa Anita in recent years after the combined 96,496 in 2009, the year Mike Smith rode … [Read more...]

Breeders’ Cup in primetime tonight

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Update 5:52 p.m.: Santa Anita jockey Gary Stevens wins the esteemed Breeders' Cup Classic by a nose in a photo finish at age 50 for the first time in his career. Saturday attendance was a very big 58,795. NBC will televise the biggest race of today's Breeders' Cup at Santa Anita Park in primetime tonight (Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013) from 5 p.m. - 6 p.m. PT on local KNBC TV 4. The two-day event in Arcadia was expected to draw a crowd of more than … [Read more...]

$10k Fascinator-Fedora contest at Breeders’

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The “Fascinators and Fedoras” fashion event, presented by Westfield Santa Anita mall and Los Angeles Magazine, is returning for the third year at Breeders’ Cup at Santa Anita Park Nov. 1-2. Fans sporting the most fabulous headwear, including, but not limited to, fascinators and fedoras, will be eligible to win up to $10,000 in Westfield gift cards. All Breeders' Cup ticket holders will have access to the event at the Fascinator and Fedora … [Read more...]

Santa Anita 2.0: technological elegance

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The new top exec of Santa Anita Park,  Keith Brackpool, says a frightening and tiny percentage of  people even know that the iconic 79-year-old track even exists, let alone visit the Great Race Place. Although he praised marketers for doing a good job of attracting people to the venue by staging concerts, festivals, etc., the chairman of track owner Frank Stronach's California operations said, "We've done an appalling job of getting them to come … [Read more...]

Santa Anita to undergo renovations

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Santa Anita Park will be closed for training throughout the upcoming Del Mar race meeting, from July 17 to Sept. 4, in order to accommodate renovation projects in the stable area and grandstands, including some changes to open up the the historic Chandelier Room and return it to its original 1940s-era ambience. Those horses that were originally scheduled to stable and train at Santa Anita will be able to do so instead this summer at Betfair … [Read more...]