SANTA ANITA TO REMAIN ON FOUR-DAY SCHEDULE, WILL GO TO FIVE-DAY RACE WEEK MARCH 23

ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 22, 2011)—Santa Anita Park has announced that pending approval from the California Horse Racing Board, it will remain on a four-day race week schedule through March 20, and will transition to a five-day race week beginning Wednesday, March 23. The five-day race week would remain in effect through closing day, April 17.

Santa Anita’s 76-day winter/spring meeting began on Dec. 26, and with exception of holiday Mondays, racing has been conducted on a Thursday through Sunday basis. Santa Anita had originally planned to run five days a week beginning March 2, but due to a variety of factors, Santa Anita has opted to remain on a four-day schedule for the first three weeks in March.

Santa Anita Park, an iconic figure on the Southern California sports landscape, first opened on Dec. 25, 1934, and is currently in its 74th year of operation.

A number of big races have yet to be run at the current meeting, including the Grade I, $750,000 Santa Anita Handicap on March 5, and the Grade I, $1 million Santa Anita Derby on April 9.

For more racing information and/or information regarding dining and seating reservations, fans are encouraged to visit www.santaanita.com., or to call (626) 574-RACE.

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