Santa Anita Park

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Santa Anita Park

With its art deco exterior, classy paddock gardens and San Gabriel Mountains backdrop, Santa Anita Park conjures a romanticized time when horse racing was the sophisticated sport and vice of choice (it's no surprise it's a popular filming location). But the Arcadia venue has also played host to fierce, skillful competition—a handful of the track's premier meets date back to 1935, a year after the venue opened—and continues to today, in particular as the frequent home of the Breeders' Cup. Races typically run Thursday through Sunday from the day after Christmas until the end of June, and you can expect to see an influx of meets taken over from the now shuttered Hollywood Park. The venue has a helpful site for wagering newbies, but those more interested in fascinators and fedoras than fillies and foals will find plenty to do, too, whether at the bar or during the off-season at events such as the 626 Night Market.

Santa Anita Park also affectionately refers to itself as the "Home of Seabiscuit"—the unlikely champion raced on the track 11 times, including in his final start. Free tram tours depart at 8:30am and 9:45am every Saturday and Sunday during race season to visit Barn 38, where the famous horse often stayed.

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Venue name: Santa Anita Park
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Address: 285 W Huntington Dr
Los Angeles

Opening hours: Thu-Sun in winter and spring; see site for schedule
Price: $5-$20 admission; parking $4-$10
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tastemaker

This is a really fun outing and an easy day trip to do with friends! I love that it's not too expensive to enjoy.It's fun to bet a few dollars on the horses and cheer on your favorites. I don't know a lot about horse racing and don't have many experiences to compare it to but it's fun to see a little of what horse racing is all about. 

tastemaker

Grab your friends, dress up fancy, bring a few dollars, and come out for the Santa Anita Derby one time. I went a few years back and it was a blast to watch, bet, and hang out. They also host some great events here in the infield/grassy area in the middle of the track. Usually those events have plenty of food trucks, music, and craft beer. Overall, some fun things to do at the park for both families and friends. 

tastemaker

Always a great time!  I have been here on several occasions for various events and have always had a blast.  From Michelada Festivals to big hat contests, this park has it all.  Parking can be tough on big event days, but that should be expected. Entrance into the park is usually quick and they typically give out some cool souvenir on the weekends with paid admission.  The horse races are fun and they have staff members available to help you out if you don't fully understand the betting process.  


Whether you're here to bet on the races or just have a good time, Santa Anita Race Track is a great spot. I have never been to a race track with such a beautiful backdrop, either. I love walking through the barn and seeing the horses, you can really get an up close and personal feel here. Great spot for a day of fun!