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“What FUN!”

Santa Anita Race Park
Ranked #1 of 19 things to do in Arcadia
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed March 17, 2013

We hadn't been here in 18 years and know now that 18 years is too long! We were there for the Santa Anita Handicap which we watched from our box seats. Its worth the extra money and not that expensive and the shade was nice with 80 degree plus weather. There were 11 races and the excitement of the track just soaked into us. The staff at the racetrack are friendly and helpful and really add to the whole experience. I'm one to pick the horses by their fun name or the fact that its a grey horse or by the jockey. My husband reads the stats. I win more than he does so that shows that a lack of knowledge of horses or horseracing does not detract from the fun of winning. We have sat in the infield which was also a lot of fun. I envy my husband who grew up in a family that loved a day at the races. Great for all ages! And why aren't more people there? We also went on the Seabiscuit tour the following day which was FREE and worth our time for a back scene look at the racetrack. Reservations are advised for the tour as numbers are limited.

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Reviewed March 15, 2013

We stopped in here for lunch and stayed for a few races. I made reservations since the weather was cool. You get a table with a television screen and that's your table for they afternoon. It's pricey but the service and food and the view and ambiance made it worth it. I hit a trifecta and paid for the day. There are statues outside of jockeys and horses. We liked Seabiscuit the best. But the bloody mary they tout isnt nothing much to write home about, but the waitress rinsed and wrapped them up for us to take home as souvenirs, so that made up for it. San Gabriel Mountains are located over the horizon. Very cool place!!

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Reviewed March 13, 2013

This is a great place for a bunch of friends to get together and hang out. You can go through the underground tunnel and stand in the infield. You can stand inside if its too hot outside. You can go to the clubhouse for an additional $9 (we liked it there and thought it was well worth it). The entry fee is a minimal $5 and you can even see the horses upclose in the circle area for photos with owners and a show and tell before the race. Children are allowed too.

Thank Kathryn R
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Reviewed March 12, 2013

Always heard about the famous Santa Anita Race Track home of the Champions. When you first walk in it looks pretty and nicely done, then you go past the entrance to the track, what a dump!!! The bleachers are empty no one seems t oclean the place, it looks and smells like the homeless are living there. (there not).Tried to eat the way overpriced food it was disgusting. My advice see it from the outside and keep that fantasy alive in your head.

Thank Chance L
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Reviewed March 9, 2013

Great place for an afternoon of entertainment. Where else can you pay $5.00 to get in and spend the afternoon with the possibility of making a few bucks?

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