Hotels Near Santa Anita Race Track
Enjoy a fun-filled day at the races when you visit the iconic Santa Anita Park! Located in the heart of Arcadia, the legendary race track features world-class thoroughbred horses, scenic mountain views, and the potential for big winnings. Perfect for newcomers and horse racing aficionados alike, the track offers a full range of race day experiences for every kind of visitor. On any given day at Santa Anita, you'll find high-rollers wearing tailored suits and fancy hats, families enjoying a day in the infield, and first-timers exploring the park's restaurants, lounges, and scenery. No matter what brings you to town, make sure to include a trip to the Santa Anita Race Track during your upcoming visit to Arcadia!
About Santa Anita Park
Take in the breathtaking views and the bright California sunshine when you spend an afternoon at Santa Anita Park. Regarded as one of the most beautiful race tracks in the world, the palm-lined Santa Anita Race Track overlooks the stunning San Gabriel Mountains. Combined with the roar of the crowd and the unique race track aromas, the park's fantastic scenery and atmosphere is worth the price of admission alone.
History of Santa Anita Race Track
Santa Anita Park has been regarded as one of the country's most iconic and esteemed racetracks for over 100 years. Since opening in 1907, the Santa Anita Race Track has hosted an impressive list of events, jockeys, and horses, including nine Breeders' Cups, the 1984 Summer Olympics, the legendary Seabiscuit and the first-ever winning female jockey. In 1937, the Marx Brothers filmed their classic A Day at the Races at Santa Anita Park, and Hollywood icons such as Bing Crosby, Alex Trebek, and Errol Flynn have owned horses at the park. Throughout the decades, the race track has moved, expanded, and evolved into the phenomenal full-service complex that we know and love today. During your next visit to Santa Anita Race Track, enjoy a stroll around the grounds and take in the park's rich and storied history!
Major Racing Events
Santa Anita Park is home to a variety of racing events throughout the year. From the high-stakes Breeders' Cup to your average Saturday at the track, the park offers exciting options for every type of visitor. Take a look at the park's calendar to find the race that suits you best!
Racing season at the Santa Anita Race Track begins each year on December 26th. With excitement in the air, crowds of over 40,000 people return to the legendary track to kick off a new racing year. If you plan to spend any time in the Los Angeles area during the holiday season, Opening Day at Santa Anita Park is a thrilling experience that should not be missed!
When: Each Year on December 26th
Sunshine Millions Classic
Every January, the Sunshine Millions Classic showcases the very best of California-bred horses. With a purse of over $250,000, the Sunshine Millions attracts some of the most fashionable and flamboyant thoroughbred enthusiasts of the racing season. To add extra merriment to the exciting occasion, the Santa Anita Race Track also hosts the Sunshine Millions Wine Festival, where guests can sample food and wine offerings throughout the afternoon. This January, come join the party for the 35th annual Sunshine Millions Classic!
When: January 30, 2016
Santa Anita Handicap
The Santa Anita Handicap is one of the track's highest-stake races each season and showcases some of the country's very best older horses. With over 80 years of history, the iconic race has seen record times, wins by the legendary Seabiscuit, and purses of more than a million dollars. Held each March, the Santa Anita Handicap is a highly recommended event for race track aficionados and newcomers alike!
When: March 12, 2016
Santa Anita Derby
The Santa Anita Derby is one of the year's premier racing events and is considered a west-coast cousin to the Kentucky Derby. Each April, some of the nation's best thoroughbreds compete for a purse of roughly one million dollars, and the park hosts a series of events to support the Derby. With a 5k run along the Santa Anita Race Track, food, and live entertainment, the Santa Anita Derby is one of the most beloved days of the racing year.
When: April 9, 2016
Santa Anita Park will host the Breeders' Cup for the ninth time in 2016. One of the most esteemed events in all of thoroughbred racing, the Breeders' Cup spans two days and attracts some of the highest rollers of the racing season. During the Breeders' Cup, expect celebrity appearances, phenomenal race track fashion, and exciting action!
When: November 4-5, 2016
A Few Tips for the Track
Santa Anita Park is a pretty big place and the Embassy Suites by Hilton Arcadia Pasadena Area would like to share a few insider tips to guide you through your first visit to the track. With a base knowledge of Santa Anita's seating and wagering systems, you'll be able to experience the race track like a regular in no time!
Race Day Seating
From the casual, family-friendly infield (which offers free admission for children under 18) to the upscale and fashionable Chandelier Room, Santa Anita Park features a variety of seating options for a wide range of different occasions and audiences. For a casual afternoon at the track, the park's general admission options allow guests to watch the horses prepare for their races, bring their own coolers to the park's picnic area, and enjoy the children's designated play area. Box seats, on the other hand, can accommodate four to eight guests and allow you to feel the roar of the as you hope to win big on your next wager. For a fun and fashionable day at the races, the Eddie Logan Suites, Turf Terrace, and Chandelier Room provide the perfect venue for placing high-stakes bets while showing off in your finest attire.
Wagering at Santa Anita Park
Even for first-time betters, making wagers at the Santa Anita Race Track is a breeze! To simplify the process for all types of visitors, the park offers self-service terminals as well as live teller service to help you place your wagers. Once you've chosen the race that you'd like to bet on, you need to choose the type of wager you'd like to place. After you decided whether you're betting to win, place, or show, set a dollar amount and choose a horse for your wager. Now sit back, cross your fingers, and cheer on your favorite horses!Learn More
Your Santa Anita Race Track Hotel
Whether you're traveling to Arcadia for a big weekend at Santa Anita or just want to check out the park while in town, the Embassy Suites Arcadia Pasadena Area is the perfect hotel for your horse racing needs. Located just a mile and a half from the Santa Anita Race Track, our hotel offers a comfortable and convenient home base for your thoroughbred excursion. With spacious two-room suites, complimentary cooked to order breakfast, and free cocktails at our evening reception, you'll have everything you need for a fun and exciting day at the races!
Directions to Santa Anita Race Track
Santa Anita Park is just a five minute drive from the Embassy Suites by Hilton Arcadia Pasadena Area. Located just west of the hotel on Huntington Drive, the race track offers general parking for $4.00 per day and valet and limousine parking for $10.00 per day. You can also take advantage of our free shuttle service for quick and easy transportation to the race day festivities!
- Head west on Huntington Drive towards 2nd Ave
- Keep left to merge on W Huntington Drive
- Turn right onto Baldwin Ave