Santa Anita’s Opens “Breeders’ Cup” Race Meet This Friday

From the Santa Anita Media Team:

With entries set to be taken on Tuesday, Santa Anita Park’s 23-day Autumn Meet will open on Friday, Sept. 27, with first post time at 1 p.m.  The highlight of the meeting, which concludes Sunday, Nov. 3, will be a record 10th Breeders’ Cup World Championships on Nov. 1 & 2.  Tickets for the 2019 Breeders’ Cup can now be purchased through the Breeders’ Cup Ticket Office at (877) 849-4287, or by visiting breederscup.com/tickets.

Located just east of Pasadena in Arcadia, Santa Anita first opened on Dec. 25, 1934 and as such, is an iconic figure on the Southern California sports landscape, preceding all other major sports franchises in Los Angeles.

Aside from the two-day Breeders’ Cup, first post time on weekdays will be at 1 p.m. and on weekends, at 12:30 p.m.  Admission gates open at 11 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. respectively.

SANTA ANITA AUTUMN MEET FACT SHEET

–FREE ADMISSION AND PARKING ON ALL WEEKDAYS, EXCLUDING NOV. 1 & 2.

–WEEKEND GENERAL ADMISSION:  $5

–WEEKEND CLUBHOUSE ADMISSION:  $10

–MEZZANINE BOX SEATS:  $10 PER SEAT.

–RACING PROGRAM:  $3

–WEEKEND GENERAL PARKING:  $4

–VALET PARKING:  $10

–TWO DOLLAR BEERS AND SIX DOLLAR SPECIALTY COCKTAILS ARE OFFERED EACH FRIDAY TO THOSE 21 AND OVER.

–ASIDE FROM WEEK ONE, SANTA ANITA’S AUTUMN MEET WILL OPERATE ON A FOUR-DAY WEEK, THURSDAY THROUGH SUNDAY.

–FANS ARE ENCOURAGED to sign up for XB Rewards to get Admissions discounts and special offers.  Visit the XB Rewards Center located on the Grandstand main floor.

–SANTA ANITA IS OFFERING A WIDE RANGE OF EVENTS AND PROMOTIONS THIS SEASON.  For additional information or to purchase tickets online, please visit santaanita.com/events

–FRONTRUNNER RESTAURANT–Glass enclosed with spectacular views on the Grandstand’s fifth floor, personal TV monitors are at each table with ready access to wagering windows.  For reservations call (626) 574-1035.  FrontRunner Brunch reservations can be made each weekend at santaanita.com/events.

–TURF TERRACE RESTAURANT–Located on the Grandstand third and fifth floors, just past the finish line, this spectacular area is outdoors but fully covered, with easy access to wagering and each table includes a personal TV.  Turf Terrace Packages can be purchased at santaanita.com/events and to make a reservation, please visit santaanita.com/reservations.  To make a reservation by phone, please call (626) 574-1030.

–SANTA ANITA’S NEW LOGE BOX SEAT INITIATIVE–As a special offer for the 2019 Autumn Meet, enjoy a day at the races in these brand new boxes for only $12 per seat.  Visit santaanita.com/events to purchase online and save.

–INQUIRIES REGARDING THE AVAILABILITY OF SEASON AND DAILY LUXURY SUITES (including all-new Stretch Run Suites), should be directed to Santa Anita Group Sales at (626) 574-6400.

–SANTA ANITA OFFERS FREE INFIELD PARKING AND ADMISSION EACH WEEKEND VIA GATE SIX OFF OF COLORADO PLACE ON THE TRACK’S NORTHERN PERIMETER.

–WITH SPECTACULAR VISUALS of morning training and the San Gabriel Mountains, admission to Clockers’ Corner, located at the top of the stretch, is free each morning and a full breakfast menu is available to attendees from 5 a.m. to 10 a.m., seven days a week.

FREE SEABISCUIT TRAM TOURS OF THE STABLE AREA are available each weekend morning at 9:45 a.m., weather permitting.  Tours depart from Clockers’ Corner.

–THE CALIFORNIA RETIREMENT MANAGEMENT ACCOUNT (CARMA), which retrains and re-homes retired racehorses, maintains an office at Santa Anita and can be reached directly at Carma4horses.org.

For additional information, please visit santaanita.com or call (626) 574-RACE.

The horse broke well today,” Gaffalione said. “I had the horse inside, Dunph, going to the lead and then (Gun It) showed a little bit of speed. When I saw they were intent on going I just tried to get him back and got him to relax. He came back to me nicely and settled well down the backside. Got a little keen going into the far turn and wanted to move a little early. But I didn’t want to take too much away from him so I tried to sit as long as I could. He was waiting on horses down the lane but I kept him at task and there was plenty of horse there.”

“Mark (Casse, the trainer) and his team have done a great job,” Gaffalione said. “They’ve had a ton of confidence in this horse the whole way. It’s just an honor to be able to ride the horse. He’s just so professional, trains great and he’s a pleasure to be around.”

Tyler Gaffalione, Rode of War of Will to victory in the G2 Risen Star Stakes at the Fair Grounds

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