Santa Anita Opens on Friday

From Santa Anita Publicity

ARCADIA, Calif. (Sept. 11, 2017)–With its Autumn Meet opener on Friday, Sept. 29, Santa Anita Park is poised to open its gates for a dynamic 19-day run through Oct. 29 as the track will offer horsemen and the betting public a newly refurbished turf course and world class main track along with a multitude of dining and entertainment options.  With the two-day Breeders’ Cup looming Nov. 3 & 4 at Del Mar, Santa Anita’s opening weekend racing will be dominated by five Grade I Breeders’ Cup “Win & You’re In” Challenge races on Saturday, Sept. 30.

Under the guidance of Track Superintendent Dennis Moore, Santa Anita’s sandy loam main track is in pristine condition as it underwent routine maintenance over the summer, with soil removed, applied and track gradients addressed and verified.

Santa Anita’s highly acclaimed Bandera Bermuda turf course, newly installed in June and July of last year, has been reinvigorated through a variety of measures, with a large area, from the quarter pole to the Club House turn, completely re-sodded with brand new turf.

In addition to world-class racing surfaces, fans will be treated to a first-ever Trackside Octoberfest over opening weekend, featuring German beer, food and music as revelers cheer their horses home down the homestretch on Saturday, Sept. 30 and Sunday, Oct. 1.

A Santa Anita General Admission Trackside Octoberfest Package includes:

–Eight beer or cider tastings

                –Mini souvenir tasting “stein”

                –Five dollar wagering voucher

                –Club House Admission

                –Racing program and wagering tip sheet

                –Access to special Trackside and Grandstand seating areas


                In addition to its two-day Trackside Octoberfest Sept. 30 & Oct. 1, Santa Anita will also offer fans a Hall of Fame autograph session Sunday, Oct. 1, beginning at 11 a.m. in the East Paddock Gardens area.

                First post time on opening day, Sept. 29, will be at 1 p.m.  First post on all weekends will be at 12:30 p.m.  For more information on Santa Anita’s racing and promotional schedules, please visit or call (626) 574-RACE.

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