9 Wonderful Facts about California's Santa Anita Park (2022)

Santa Anita Park, located just outside of Los Angeles and surrounded by the San Gabriel Mountains, has always been a sight to behold.

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Santa Anita Park has three racetracks: a mile-long dirt track, a 9/10-mile-long turf course, and a 6.2-mile-long hillside turf course.

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Santa Anita Park is 320 acres in size, and the grandstand, which seats 26,000 people and is 1,100 feet long, is a historic landmark in its own right.

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The infield can accommodate up to 50,000 people, and the park has 61 barns that can accommodate over 2,000 horses.

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Horse Racing TV, a 24-hour horse racing television network, transmits live from Santa Anita Park.

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The city of Arcadia recently demolished barns that served as barracks for Japanese Americans during WWII.

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Santa Anita hosted the equestrian sports of the 1984 Olympic Games, and the track hosts Grade I, Grade II, Grade III, and ungraded stakes races.

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The Breeders' Cup World Championships were held at the track in 1986, 1993, 2003, 2008, 2009, 2012, and 2013 and will be held there again this year.

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The original edifice, designed in the art deco style by architect Gordon B. Kaufmann, has largely remained intact.

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Santa Anita's popularity continued to increase well into 1940, when Seabiscuit ran his final race and won the Santa Anita Handicap.