Santa Anita Park
Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, California opened in 1934 and is the oldest and most prestigious horse racetrack in Southern California.
Founded by the Los Angeles Turf Club, the track’s success was built on the Santa Anita Handicap whose $100,000 purse, the largest of any race ever up until that time, made it the richest race in America and produced its nickname the Big ‘Cap.
The Santa Anita Derby, a Grade 1 thoroughbred horse race for three-year-olds, carries a purse of $750,000 and is also held at Santa Anita Park run every April. Inaugurated in 1935, it is considered the most important West Coast stepping-stone to the Kentucky Derby. Since its inception, six Santa Anita Derby winners have gone on to win the Kentucky Derby.
Santa Anita Park is also the host for the 2008 Breeders’ Cup World Thoroughbred Championships. Discuss Santa Anita Park Picks & Tips in the horse racing handicapping forum.
Santa Anita hugged the headlines in 1940 when Seabiscuit, one of the most popular horses of all time, wins the 1940 Santa Anita Handicap. The victory is Seabiscuit’s last race and is one of the biggest sports stories of the year.
Santa Anita Park has two courses: