SANTA ANITA ANNOUNCES ARABIAN RACING FESTIVAL TO BE HELD APRIL 2, INCLUDING GRADE I STAKES RACE, OVER $100,000 IN PRIZES & $100,000 DONATION TO PDJF

Santa Anita Park and HH Sheikh Mansoor Festival are proud to showcase the “HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Darley Awards Stakes” at Santa Anita Park on Saturday, April 2.  This Grade I event will feature a $100,000 purse for Arabian horses competing at one mile on the main track.  The Arabian race at Santa Anita Park is part of a global series of over 100 events in 81 countries hosted by the HH Sheikh Mansoor Festival to promote Arabian racing at top venues throughout the world.

Fans attending Santa Anita Park on April 2 are encouraged to dress their best with unbelievable prizes rewarded for the ‘Best Fashion’ and ‘Best Hat’ contest.  Prizes will include the winner’s choice (in each category) of a ROLEX watch courtesy of Sheikh Mansoor Festival (estimated retail value $9,500), a trip to Rome for the winner and a guest to the World Arabian Horse Racing Festival in Italy from May 24-30, 2016, or a CHOPARD necklace (estimated retail value $6,000).

A total of six prizes will be given away to the top three contestants in each category (best overall fashion and best hat.)  A panel of judges will select the winners, so dress up to show off your best racing ensemble!

There will also be three all-inclusive trip giveaways to Abu Dhabi!  Fans in attendance at Santa Anita Park on April 2 will receive a contest card as they enter the gates with drawings held in the Winner’s Circle throughout the day.

The Santa Anita Park Infield will include Family Fun Day activities for the kids including pony rides, face painting, bounce-houses plus, free temporary tattoos as well as free popcorn and cotton candy.  There will also be a special falconry exhibition with other cultural displays.

In addition to increasing awareness for the Arabian breed, the Sheikh Mansoor Festival is also focused on celebrating the jockeys as world class athletes.  Part of the festivities at Santa Anita Park on April 2 will include a check presentation from Santa Anita Park and the Sheikh Mansoor Festival for $100,000 benefitting the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund (PDJF).

Event sponsors include Emirates Airlines and the Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority.