Santa Anita Race Course

Santa Anita

Main Track: One Mile, oval.
Turf Course: About Seven Furlongs.
Distance from last turn to finish line: 990 feet.

A decades-long tradition, racing fans will again be treated to a magnificent Santa Anita Wall Calendar, beginning opening day, Sunday, Dec. 26. Free with paid admission, this year’s calendar features many never-before publicized archival photos of The Great Race Place dating back to its opening on Dec. 25, 1934.

With first post time for a tremendous 11-race card on opening day set for 11 a.m., Santa Anita has also announced that it will be open for live racing on Monday, Dec. 27, with first post for a 10-race program at 11:30 a.m.

From crowd shots to photos of legendary racing figures such as George Woolf, Gordon Glisson, Johnny Longden and Bill Shoemaker, the calendar will also feature racing and architectural photos depicting technological advances offered in a “compare and contrast” format each month.

Following opening day, the Santa Anita Wall Calendar will be available for sale in the track’s gift shop, Champions! Gifts & Apparel.

Following Dec. 27, Santa Anita will be idle for live racing on Dec. 28 and 29 and will reopen for a four-day racing week on Thursday, Dec. 30 through Sunday, Jan. 2.

First post time on Dec. 30, 31 & Jan. 2 will be at 12:30 p.m. First post time on New Year’s Day, Saturday, Jan. 1, will be at 12 noon.

Free General Admission and parking will be offered on Dec. 30 & 31.

While post times will vary due to limited daylight over the first six racing days, first post with few exceptions, will be at 12:30 p.m. for most other racing days through April.

Santa Anita’s 71-day Winter/Spring Meet will conclude on June 19.

Wagering Format

–20 cent Rainbow Pick Six offered on the final six races each day

–The Stronach Five, a $1 minimum wager with a 12 percent takeout, offered each Friday

–Low 14 percent takeout 50 cent Early Pick 5, as well as 50 cent Late Pick 5

–$1 Golden Hour Pick Four, with 15 percent takeout

–$5 Golden Hour Late Double, with 15 percent takeout

–$2 Win, Place & Show wagering on each race, featuring the lowest takeout (15.43 percent) of any major racetrack in North America

–50 cent Trifectas on each race with a minimum of four scheduled starters

–10 cent Superfectas on all races with a minimum of six scheduled starters

–$1 Exactas on each race

— 50 cent Early Pick 4, which will be comprised of races two through five

–50 cent Late Pick 4, comprised of the final four races each day

–50 cent Mid Pick 4, available only when there are 11 or more races carded. In the event of an 11-race program, wager begins with Race 5

–Rolling $2 Daily Doubles

–50 cent Rolling Pick 3’s, beginning with the first race each day

–$1 Super Hi 5, available on all races with seven or more declared starters, requires players to pick the first five finishers in exact order. If there are no perfect tickets with five winners, no consolation, 100 percent of the net pool is carried over to the next Super Hi 5 race.

Takeout Information
Win, place, and show: 15.43%
Exacta: 22.68%, trifecta, superfecta: 23.68%

Contact Information

Mailing Address:
Los Angeles Turf Club, Inc.
P.O. Box 60014
Arcadia, California 91066-6014

Street Address:
285 W. Huntington Dr.
Arcadia, California 91007

Telephone: (626) 574-7223
Fax: Executive Offices (626) 446-9565; Marketing (626) 574-5074; Publicity (626) 574-6682

Santa Anita Park opened on Christmas Day 1934 and is the oldest racetrack in Southern California. The track’s most famous race, the Santa Anita Handicap, was first run in February 1935 with a $100,000 purse. At the time it was the largest purse in any race.

Santa Anita is credited with introducing many innovations to the horse racing world that are now commonplace, including the use of starting gates and photo finishes. In 1940 the Santa Anita Handicap was the last race run by Seabiscuit before he went into retirement. Seabiscuit won the race, making another legendary surge at the end of the race.

Today Santa Anita is known for offering some of the best races in America during the fall and winter seasons. Santa Anita offers some of the highest purses in the world, a tradition it established with the first Santa Anita Handicap.

Winter Spring 2021 Stakes
American Oaks (G1T) Dec 26 Turf
La Brea S (G1) Dec 26 Dirt
Mathis Brothers Mile (G2T) Dec 26 Turf
Runhappy Malibu S (G1) Dec 26 Dirt
San Antonio S (G2) Dec 26 Dirt
San Gabriel S (G2T) Dec 26 Turf
Blue Norther S Dec 31 Turf
Eddie Logan S Dec 31 Turf
Robert J. Frankel S (G3T) Dec 31 Turf
Joe Hernandez S (G2T) Jan 1 Turf
La Canada S (G3) Jan 1 Dirt
Sham S (G3) Jan 1 Dirt
Kalookan Queen S Jan 2 Dirt
Santa Ynez S (G2) Jan 8 Dirt
Las Cienegas S (G3T) Jan 9 Turf
California Cup Derby Jan 15 Dirt
Don Valpredo California Cup Sprint Jan 15 Dirt
Leigh Ann Howard California Cup Oaks Jan 15 Turf
Sunshine Millions Filly/Mare Turf Sprint Presented by John Deere Jan 15 Turf
Unusual Heat Turf Classic Presented by City National Bank Jan 15 Turf
Astra S (G3T) Jan 17 Turf
Clockers’ Corner S Jan 22 Turf
Megahertz S (G3T) Jan 29 Turf
Palos Verdes S (G3) Jan 29 Dirt
San Vicente S (G2) Jan 29 Dirt
Baffle S Jan 30 Turf
Lady of Shamrock S Jan 30 Turf
San Marcos S (G2T) Jan 30 Turf
San Pasqual S (G2) Feb 5 Dirt
Santa Monica S (G2) Feb 5 Dirt
Thunder Road S (G3T) Feb 5 Turf
Las Virgenes S (G3) Feb 6 Dirt
Robert B. Lewis S (G3) Feb 6 Dirt
Sweet Life S (G3T) Feb 12 Turf
Pasadena S Feb 19 Turf
San Simeon S (G3T) Feb 20 Turf
Spring Fever S Feb 21 Dirt
Tiznow S Feb 21 Dirt
Wishing Well S Feb 26 Turf
Beholder Mile (G1) Mar 5 Dirt
Buena Vista S (G2T) Mar 5 Turf
Frank E. Kilroe Mile (G1T) Mar 5 Turf
San Carlos S (G2) Mar 5 Dirt
San Felipe S (G2) Mar 5 Dirt
Santa Anita H (G1) Mar 5 Dirt
China Doll S Mar 6 Turf
Santa Ysabel S (G3) Mar 6 Dirt
San Luis Rey S (G3T) Mar 12 Turf
Las Flores S (G3) Mar 13 Dirt
Irish O’Brien S Mar 19 Turf
Sensational Star S Mar 20 Turf
Santa Ana S (G3T) Mar 26 Turf
Singletary S Apr 2 Turf
Echo Eddie S Apr 9 Dirt
Evening Jewel S Apr 9 Dirt
Monrovia S (G2T) Apr 9 Turf
Providencia S (G3T) Apr 9 Turf
Royal Heroine S (G2T) Apr 9 Turf
Runhappy Santa Anita Derby (G1) Apr 9 Dirt
Santa Anita Oaks (G2) Apr 9 Dirt
John Shear Mile S Apr 10 Dirt
Siren Lure S Apr 10 Turf
Californian S (G2) Apr 30 Dirt
Charles Whittingham S (G2T) Apr 30 Turf
Kona Gold S (G3) Apr 30 Dirt
Santa Margarita S (G2) Apr 30 Dirt
Wilshire S (G3T) May 1 Turf
Senorita S (G3T) May 7 Turf
Angels Flight S May 8 Dirt
Lazaro Barrera S (G3) May 8 Dirt
Santa Barbara S (G3T) May 14 Turf
Mizdirection S May 21 Turf
Crystal Water S May 28 Turf
Fran’s Valentine S May 28 Turf
Melair S May 28 Dirt
Snow Chief S May 28 Turf
Thor’s Echo S May 28 Dirt
Daytona S (G3T) May 29 Turf
Honeymoon S (G3T) May 29 Turf
Triple Bend S (G2) May 29 Dirt
Gamely S (G1T) May 30 Turf
Hollywood Gold Cup (G1) May 30 Dirt
Shoemaker Mile (G1T) May 30 Turf
Cinema S Jun 4 Turf
Desert Stormer S (G3) Jun 4 Dirt
Desert Code S Jun 5 Turf
Affirmed S (G3) Jun 11 Dirt
Summertime Oaks (G2) Jun 12 Dirt
Fasig-Tipton Debutante Jun 18 Dirt
Fasig-Tipton Futurity Jun 18 Dirt
Santa Maria S (G2) Jun 18 Dirt
American S (G3T) Jun 19 Turf
Possibly Perfect S Jun 19 Turf
San Juan Capistrano S (G3T) Jun 19 Turf

NTRA Top Thoroughbred Poll

No. Horse Points
1 Flightline 351
2 Life Is Good 306
3 Olympiad 292
4 Jackie's Warrior 282
5 Clairiere 142
5 Country Grammer 142
7 Epicenter 121
8 Regal Glory 89
9 Nest 87
10 Hot Rod Charlie 48
As of August 1, 2022

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