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Race #
Name
Purse
Distance
Sex
# Horses
Surface
Time
 
1
Claiming 22K
$28000
1M
Mare & Filly
5
Turf
13:00
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2
Maiden
$61000
4F
Filly
6
Dirt
13:34
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3
Claiming 25K
$36000
1M
Mare & Filly
6
Turf
14:06
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4
Claiming
$36000
1M
Colt & Gelding
5
Dirt
14:37
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5
Claiming 20K
$63000
1M
Filly & Mare
6
Turf
15:08
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6
Maiden 20K
$22000
1M
Mare & Filly
9
Dirt
15:40
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7
Allowance
$70000
6F
Colt & Gelding & Horse
5
Dirt
16:12
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8
Claiming 25K
$36000
6F
Gelding & Horse
9
Turf
16:44
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About Santa Anita Park

Santa Anita is located in Arcadia, California, in the vicinity of Los Angeles.  It stages some of America’s best racing in the winter and spring.  Currently owned by the Stronach Group, Santa Anita has played host to eight Breeder’s Cup, the most of any facility in America.

Santa Anita has an 8-furlong, 1-mile dirt course.  Its stretch is relatively short at 990 feet.  Its turf course can measure anywhere from 6.5 to 12 furlongs given its unique configuration.  Santa Anita’s grass course has a hill start, the only one of its kind in North America. Also, it’s the only course in America where horses turn right.  In addition, it’s hillside turf course crosses over the main track, also a rarity in North American racing.

Santa Anita Track History

The present-day location existed from 1904, and it remained active until 1909, burning down in 1912.  Santa Anita opened on Christmas Day 1934 as the Los Angeles Turf Club.  In February of 1935, the very first Santa Anita Handicap was contested.  At the time, its $100,000 purse was the largest in all the land.

Since it resides in the shadows of Hollywood, Santa Anita has had a tight connection with the film industry, playing host to numerous productions.  Famous Hollywood personalities such as Bing Crosby, Jim Rome, Errol Flynn, and Alex Trebek have owned horses that have competed at Santa Anita.

In the 1984 Olympics, equestrian was held at Santa Anita.  One year later, some 85,000-plus fans attended the Santa Anita Handicap.  Legendary horse Seabiscuit is synonymous with Santa Anita as a movie bearing his name was filmed there, a statue of him exists in close proximity to the paddock, and he ran his last-ever race there.

Santa Anita Configuration and Track Bias

While on occasion daily trends supersede the norm, Santa Anita isn’t known to have a pronounced track bias.  Statistics reflect that horses close to the lead and coming from behind find the winner’s circle with almost the same regularity.

Winning Positions

As the statistics from the current race meet indicate, winners are spread pretty evenly across post positions at Santa Anita on the dirt.  Often times considered a death sentence, the Santa Anita rail isn’t necessarily a curse.  Given the unique configuration of the turf course, the rail is actually a fairly good place to beat with 17.8% of the winners hailing from post 1, the most of any post.

Santa Anita Best Jockeys and Trainers

One name is missing from the top 5 jockeys at Santa Anita and that is Hall of Famer Mike Smith.  Smith hits at a 29% clip but has had less than 100 mounts during the meet.  As he gets older, Smith has grown more and more selective with what horses he gets on and customarily conserves his energy for stakes races.

Frenchman Flavien Prat is a jockey that has proven to be adept on both dirt and turf but is always a win threat on the grass.  After spending a few years on the East Coast, Joel Rosario has once again made Santa Anita his base and continues to do well.  Rafael Bejerano is a veteran ride that’s always dangerous on a horse with early speed.  Geovani Franco is a relative newcomer to the southern California scene but possesses patience well beyond his years.

Trainer Doug O’Neill is a stalwart at Santa Anita, perennially capturing trainer titles.  O’Neil has a 100-plus horse string in Southern California, and along with veteran assistant Leonardo Mora, he fills the entry box day in and day out.  Richard Baltas is known for his success with sprinters and veteran John Sadler is always a force to be reckoned with as is Hall of Famer Jerry Hollendorfer who has a sizable southern California string. A long-time assistant to the late Mike Mitchell, Phil D’Amato specializes in turf horses but has had success on the dirt as well.

Santa Anita Racing Season

Santa Anita’s biggest two races are the Santa Anita Derby and the Santa Anita Handicap.  The Derby is a key prep for the Kentucky Derby and annually sends at least three of its top finishers to Louisville on the first Saturday in May.  The Santa Anita Handicap, known affectionately as the Big ‘Cap, is one of the premier races for older horses in America.

In addition, to 11 Grade I’s, the track has over 60 graded stakes on all surfaces for all conditions.  Nearly every weekend day, there is a graded stake on the card.

In total, 11 Grade I races are held annually at Santa Anita: Mailbu (3YO), LaBrea (3YO F), American Oaks (3YO F), Beholder Mile (Older fillies and mares), Kilroe Mile (Older horses), Santa Anita Derby (3YO), Santa Anita Handicap (Older horses), Santa Anita Oaks (3YO F), Gold Cup (3YO), Shoemaker Mile (Older horses), Gamely (Older fillies and mares)

Santa Anita Track Address

285 Huntington Drive, Arcadia, CA
1 (626) 574-7223
Website: www.santaanita.com

Santa Anita Best Jockeys and Trainers

One name is missing from the top 5 jockeys at Santa Anita and that is Hall of Famer Mike Smith.  Smith hits at a 29% clip but has had less than 100 mounts during the meet.  As he gets older, Smith has grown more and more selective with what horses he gets on and customarily conserves his energy for stakes races.

Frenchman Flavien Prat is a jockey that has proven to be adept on both dirt and turf but is always a win threat on the grass.  After spending a few years on the East Coast, Joel Rosario has once again made Santa Anita his base and continues to do well.  Rafael Bejerano is a veteran ride that’s always dangerous on a horse with early speed.  Geovani Franco is a relative newcomer to the southern California scene but possesses patience well beyond his years.

Trainer Doug O’Neill is a stalwart at Santa Anita, perennially capturing trainer titles.  O’Neil has a 100-plus horse string in Southern California, and along with veteran assistant Leonardo Mora, he fills the entry box day in and day out.  Richard Baltas is known for his success with sprinters and veteran John Sadler is always a force to be reckoned with as is Hall of Famer Jerry Hollendorfer who has a sizable southern California string. A long-time assistant to the late Mike Mitchell, Phil D’Amato specializes in turf horses but has had success on the dirt as well.

Top Jockeys
Jockey Races Win Rate Place Rate Show Rate
Rispoli Umberto 469 30.06% 44.99% 61.41%
Pyfer Jessica 255 25.49% 36.47% 38.82%
Hernandez Juan J 362 23.76% 32.32% 46.41%
Smith Mike E 173 23.12% 39.88% 56.07%
Prat Flavien 604 21.85% 50.83% 67.22%
Rosario Joel 184 19.57% 33.15% 33.15%
Fuentes Ruben 290 17.93% 27.93% 36.21%
Gutierrez Mario 256 16.41% 35.16% 48.05%
Franco Geovanni 236 11.44% 25.85% 29.24%
Pereira Tiago Josue 449 11.36% 17.37% 31.40%
Top Trainers
Trainer Races Win Rate Place Rate Show Rate
Cerin Vladimir 73 35.62% 45.21% 75.34%
Mandella Richard E 124 27.42% 47.58% 56.45%
D'Amato Philip 170 25.88% 35.88% 46.47%
Miyadi Steven 122 23.77% 34.43% 37.70%
Brinkerhoff Val 119 22.69% 45.38% 55.46%
Stute Gary 53 22.64% 30.19% 30.19%
Baffert Bob 167 21.56% 40.72% 56.29%
Eurton Peter 126 21.43% 26.98% 48.41%
Puype Mike 180 21.11% 45.00% 53.89%
Callaghan Simon 67 20.90% 56.72% 62.69%

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