Track History and Facts: Santa Anita Racetrack opened to the public
Christmas Day, 1934. The building of one of the most
impressive race tracks started construction in
1933 with Lucky Baldwin’s daughter, Hollywood tycoons
and sports figures helped create the Los Angeles Turf Club, which developed Santa Anita
Racetrack in Arcadia in 1933 to 1934.
On February 4, 1938, a $2,000 claimer named Playmay won
the first race on the card and returned $673.40 for a
course was built in 1953, has a hillside leg that
crosses the main track to connect with the infield oval.
During World War II, it served as an assembly center for
Japanese Americans being relocated to internment camps.
In 1978 Affirmed won the Triple Crown with three
consecutive Santa Anita victories, including an
eight-length score in the Santa Anita Derby.
In 1984, it served as the site of the Olympics
equestrian competitions. The racetrack property covers
320 acres, including stable accommodations for 1,800
thoroughbreds, and features a one-mile main track,
a seven-furlong turf course and a six-furlong
Park is located at 285 W. Huntington Drive in
Arcadia, fourteen miles northeast of downtown Los
Angeles, is one of the West Coast's top horse racing
attractions. Santa Anita Park sits at the
base of the San Gabriel Mountains.
Gabriel Mountains provide a stunning backdrop for
Santa Anita's races
Clubhouse Admission: $8.50