1907 1907
Elias J. “Lucky” Baldwin, cash in hand, opens the original Santa Anita Park racetrack, a few blocks east of its current location, in what is now Arcadia Park. At the time owns much of Pasadena, Sierra Madre and Arcadia.Time Line Image
1940 1940
Seabiscuit wins the 1940 Santa Anita Handicap after two previous attempts; the magnetic starting gate is first introduced into the Santa Anita Park meet.Time Line Image
1978 1978
Affirmed and Laffit Pincay Jr. win the Santa Anita Handicap to set them on their run towards the 1978 Triple Crown title. Affirmed would go on to claim all three Triple Crown races that year-- being the last horse to do so-- and win Horse of the Year.Time Line Image
1982 1982
John Henry wins his second Santa Anita Handicap, and is hailed as a modern-day Seabiscuit. Both horses are now immortalized in the Santa Anita Park statuary.Time Line Image
1983 1983
Santa Anita Park’s legendary announcer, Trevor Denman, joins Santa Anita and remains as its voice todayTime Line Image
1987 1987
Laffit Pincay Jr. wins seven races in one day. Legendary hornblower, Jay Cohen, joins Santa Anita Park and persists as its iconic trumpeter todayTime Line Image
1999 1999
The opening of the FrontRunner restaurant.Time Line Image
2005 2005
Introduction of the Tokyo City Cup at Santa Anita, a celebration of its sister track in Japan, Ohi Racetrack.Time Line Image
1934 1934
After the legalization of pari-mutuel gambling in 1933, San Francisco dentist Dr. Charles H. Strub and movie mogul, Hal Roach, create a new Santa Anita Park in its current location at the foot of the San Gabriel Mountains and find success despite being in the midst of the Great Depression.Time Line Image
1935 1935
The inaugural running of the Santa Anita Handicap is won by Azucar. The race’s build up and running, with its purse being an unheard of at the time $100,000, makes front page news of the Los Angeles times.Time Line Image
1969 1969
Tuesdee Testa becomes the first female jockey to win a race at Santa Anita Park.Time Line Image
1980 1980
Spectacular Bid, with Bill Shoemaker aboard, has a perfect 1980 season.Time Line Image
1984 1984
Santa Anita Park plays host to equestrian events at the 1984 Olympic Summer Games in Los Angeles, California.Time Line Image
1986 1986
Santa Anita Park hosts its first Breeders’ Cup World ChampionshipsTime Line Image
1990 1990
Bill Shoemaker’s last ride and farewell speech at Santa Anita ParkTime Line Image
2002 2002
Filming of the movie “Seabiscuit” takes place at Santa Anita Park with jockey Gary Stevens playing the role of George Woolf. “Seabiscuit” in the film is played by Fighting Furrari, who still entertains fans at Santa Anita Park today.Time Line Image
2009 2009
Zenyatta wins the Breeders’ Cup Classic hosted at Santa Anita Park, helping her remain undefeated in the state of California. This would be the fifth time Santa Anita would host the prestigious event. Time Line Image