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Hotels Near Santa Anita Race Track

Enjoy a fun-filled day at the races when you visit the iconic Santa Anita Park. Perfect for newcomers and horse racing aficionados alike, the Santa Anita Race Track offers a full range of race day experiences for every kind of visitor. On any given day. 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.

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Plus, when you book your hotel room at the Embassy Suites, you'll enjoy luxurious accommodations, including:

  • Spacious, two-room suites
  • Free cooked-to-order breakfast
  • Free cocktails at the nightly Evening Reception
  • Free shuttle service to Santa Anita Race Track
  • 4-minute drive to Santa Anita Race Track
  • 9-minute commute to the track via public transit

So 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 one of the most conveniently located hotels near the Santa Anita Race Track, and has everything you'll need for a day at the races.

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Santa Anita Race Track 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 races you are interested in.

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Opening Day

Enjoy Santa Anita's two unique meet calendars, with the fall meet happening from September through November, and the winter meet beginning on December 26th and running through June. 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 you do not want to miss out on.

Fall Meet: Each Year at the end of September

Winter Meet/Opening Day: Each Year on December 26th

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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: Each Year in January

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Santa Anita Handicap

The Santa Anita Handicap is one of the track's highest-stakes 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: Each Year in March

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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 4, 2020

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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.

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Santa Anita Race Track 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 crowd 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.

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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.

Wagering 101

About Santa Anita Park

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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 you 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.

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World-Class Scenery

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.

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.

Santa Anita Race Track Driving Directions

  • Head west on Huntington Drive towards 2nd Ave
  • Take Huntington Drive to the Gate 5 entrance

Directions to Santa Anita Race Track Via Public Transit

  • Walk 0.1 miles (about to minutes) south on Huntington Drive to Huntington Dr. and 2nd St W
  • Board West Pasadena Bus 187 and ride it for 4 stops
  • Get off at the Huntington Dr. and Santa Anita Medical Plaza W stop
  • Walk northeast on Huntington Dr. for about 3 minutes and arrive at Santa Anita Race Track