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Testimonials - Filming
"There is no better place to film thorough bred racing then Santa Anita racetrack. The setting against the beautiful San Gabriel Mountains, the gorgeous Art Deco details of the facility, the fine thoroughbred horses that train and race there, and the fantastic cast of racing aficionados you will find at Santa Anita will all bring a magic to your footage that simply cannot be matched elsewhere or even really explained in words. In addition Santa Anita has a terrific staff that is familiar and experienced with the needs of film makers who are prepared to help you get the footage you need. I was very pleased with how helpful everyone was."
"There are numerous great things about filming at SART, but my top three are: #3: One phone call is all it takes. You call Pete Siberell, and you’re done. #2: The City of Arcadia permit process is as simple as can be. And the #1 Reason... One Location... Hundreds of looks!"
"I had a great experience filming at Santa Anita Park, the huge unobstructed parking lots have plenty of room to build film sets and also have enough room for basecamp and crew parking. Pete Siberell, Santa Anita Park staff and the City of Arcadia were very supportive."
"Working with Pete Siberell and the management and staff of Santa Anita Park on the film Seabiscuit in 2002 was a fantastic experience!
"Over the course of several weeks we transformed many areas of the property into the period racetrack it was in the 1930's. The paddock, stables, grandstand, parking lot, track entrances and the track itself were used for filming without complication or incident. This is amazing in itself because we had to work within the confines of dozens of idiosyncratic horse trainers, daily thoroughbred training and the race schedule.
"We used the area under the grandstand to house props and set dressing, to run extras through hair, makeup and wardrobe, inflate and clothe inflatable extras and house a mini-production office.
"None of this would have been possible were it not for the incredible cooperation and flexibility of the Santa Anita staff. The tone was set by Pete Siberell, who worked with us on every request and schedule change. His can-do attitude flowed down to every track employee, be they a parking attendant, track groomer, caterer or cleaning person.
"My experience filming at Santa Anita Park was surely one of the more enjoyable experiences of my career, and I look forward to working there again. I highly recommend considering Santa Anita for filming, whether on the track, in the stands or in its spacious parking lots, which can be used for many different activities."
"Santa Anita Racetrack is a great place to film. On "Cold Case" we shot many scenes for many episodes over our seven seasons - creating period Philadelphia in the San Gabriel Valley. Santa Anita has so much to offer - locations where one can create a train station or bus station, ballroom, bar and restaurant, underground tunnels, parks, offices and of course stables, seating areas and race track. Not to mention their acres of parking for both crew parking, base camp and catering. If you have [not] scouted it, take the time and go and see what Santa Anita has to offer."