Santa Anita Park, located in Arcadia, California, is a thoroughbred racetrack and is home to numerous prestigious races during the autumn and winter months.
Originally opened in 1934, it is the oldest racetrack in California. It is home of the Santa Anita Derby and the 1935 Santa Anita Handicap, which was the largest of any race ever in the United States until that time. Santa Anita Park had started many innovations which are the standard in today`s thoroughbred horse racing such as starting gates and photo finishes for every race.
Physical attributes included a 1,609m synthetic “cushion” (mixture of silica sand, synthetic fibers, elastic fiber, granulated rubber and wax coating) main track (turf course 9/10 1,448m). One of the few of its kind in America, it also has a hillside turf course which crosses the dirt and mainly used for turf races. Santa Anita currently occupies 320 acres, has a 1,100 foot long grandstand which is a historic landmark which seats 26,000 guests. The Park also houses more than 2,000 horses.
Richard’s Kid got up for jockey Mike Smith last year in the Pacific Classic after a furious stretch run. The 5-year-old Bob Baffert trainee has won once in six starts since the 2009 Pacific Classic, taking the San Antonio Handicap at Santa Anita thoroughbred racetrack in February.