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~Santa Anita Park~

Arcadia’s first settlers were the Tongva/Gabrielino Native Americans who date back at least 7,000 years, and many of their earlier beginnings where recorded by the missions that settled in this area and archeological sites. The Spanish government deeded 13,000 acres of land to its first white settler Mr. Hugo Reid who established ranges for grazing cattle and building the first adobe, thus becoming Rancho Santa Anita. Passing through many hands, Elias Lucky Baldwin, a gold investor eventually became the next land owner of 8,000 acres who was drawn to the lush green rolling hills dotted with oak trees and declared it paradise. Settlers moved in establishing orchards, farms, and ranches.

Family Day!

Santa Anita reopened its doors Christmas day in 1934 due to a new group of investors, one of them Doc Strub, he wanted to take advantage of California's legalized pari-mutuel wagering, The building was built in beautiful art deco style by architect Gordon B. Kaufman. Many historical events has happened over the past, the first is when Seabiscuit who won Santa Anita’s Handicap.

During Saturday or Sundays they have family day. It is held in the center of the track filled with rides, games, and many more entertainment. Entrance for kids and the carnival rides are free! Nate loved soaring like Peter Pan~

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Beautiful architecture, grounds, Horses and nice people!
  • Cons:Language by some and maybe too much cheer!
  • In a nutshell:Still a great family day and excitement!
  • Last visit to Arcadia: Dec 2008
  • Intro Updated Oct 6, 2012
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  • lmkluque's Profile Photo
    May 26, 2013 at 9:16 AM

    Thanks for the tour of Santa Anita Dee! I've been to the races at Del Mar, but not Santa Anita. It looks great!

  • Regina1965's Profile Photo
    May 17, 2013 at 12:39 PM

    Looks like fun - love your photos :)

  • balhannah's Profile Photo
    Aug 30, 2011 at 3:13 AM

    Nice statue of Sea Biscuit. By your description it really sounds like a nice day out. We ate at Denny's when in the U.S. Thought food, service & price was good, went back more than once.

  • LoriPori's Profile Photo
    Jan 10, 2011 at 4:42 AM

    Interesting place to visit. Seabiscuit certainly was one famous horse and deserves a statue honouring him. We love to eat at Denny's too - great food at great prices.

  • msbrandysue's Profile Photo
    Jul 16, 2010 at 8:18 PM

    I willy definitely have to be here one day for the Breeders Cup! OMG, can't wait!! Lol great depiction of it all :)

  • JLBG's Profile Photo
    Jun 5, 2010 at 10:31 PM

    I wonder why horses have full statues while jockeys are only busts! I bet this is because horses are more important than jockeys: they might run without a jockey while jockeys would not run without a horse!

  • lynnehamman's Profile Photo
    Feb 23, 2010 at 2:10 PM

    Horse racing paradise- I have seen docos about Sea-Biscuit, and he certainly was a great champion. Family Fun Day sounds like just that- family fun.

  • MD2nd's Profile Photo
    Feb 12, 2010 at 11:59 PM

    Loved to read about Seabiscuit, the winning racehorse that overcame injury, and also the photos of Seabiscuit-statue (made by a German immigrant).

  • deecat's Profile Photo
    Dec 30, 2009 at 9:08 PM

    Hey, Dee, we're "trading" race track pages! Oh, I love Seabiscuit and would love to see the statue. Great information and superior photos.

  • Ewingjr98's Profile Photo
    Dec 27, 2009 at 8:35 AM

    Happy holidays! This is a great little page with interesting tips about Seabisquit and the internment camp.

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