ARCADIA, Calif. (March 27, 2015)–The 78th running of the Grade I, $1 million Santa Anita Derby on Saturday, April 4 will not only provide fans with world class racing as some of America’s top 3-year-olds compete in their final prep for the Kentucky Derby, it will also be the focal point of an afternoon replete with dining, entertainment, fashion and wagering opportunities at The Great Race Place.
From a Derby Day 5K Walk and Run to a KROQ Craft Beer & Music Festival in the Infield, here’s what fans can expect:
6:30 a.m. Children and adults of all ages are encouraged to register for the Derby Day 5K Walk and
Run in the Santa Anita Parking lot adjoining the Westfield Santa Anita Mall.
7:30 a.m. Vehicular traffic on Baldwin Ave., from the 210 Freeway south to Huntington Dr., will be
closed until 9:30 a.m. due to the Derby Day 5K Walk and Run.
8:00 a.m. Start time for Derby Day 5K Walk and Run.
10:00 a.m. Santa Anita Admission gates open. Santa Anita Derby Day Tee Shirts will be available, free, with paid admission to the first 10,000 on-track Thoroughbreds Club members. (Fast, free sign-up available to all non-Thoroughbreds members). Additionally, fans are encouraged enter the second annual Santa Anita Derby Millionaire Contest prior to 2 p.m.
Please note: There will also be FREE General Admission and parking to the Infield Area, through Gate 6, off of Colorado Place.
The finest in Derby Day fashion, including high-end Derby Hats, will be on display courtesy of Christine A. Moore Millinery’s “Trunk Show” adjacent to Champions! Gifts and Apparel in the East Paddock Gardens.
12 noon Special early first post time for an 11-race card that will also include the Grade I Santa Anita Oaks, the Grade III Providencia Stakes, the $200,000 Echo Eddie Stakes, the $200,000 Evening Jewel Stakes and the $75,000 Thunder Road Stakes.
ALL DAY: FREE KROQ Craft Beer Festival and Concert in the Infield. Food Trucks, Craft Beer and Live Music featuring Metalachi.
Chandelier Room–Guest Chef Series featuring BBQ by Barrel and Ashes Chef de Cuisine, Michael Kahikina with Chef Josh Drew.
The Premium Gallop Out Package–Santa Anita’s newest Club House destination that combines the timeless class of The Great Race Place with the ambiance of a sports bar. Perched above Santa Anita’s first turn, The Gallop Out puts you on top of the action.
Derby Day Trackside Package–Fans can get an up-close view of the stretch run with a private party space located just off the outer rail.
2:30 p.m. Post time for Race 6, which is the beginning of the $300,000 guaranteed Pick Six.
3:30 p.m. Post time for Race 8, which is the beginning of the $750,000 guaranteed Late Pick Four.
For more information on Santa Anita Derby Day racing and special events, please visit santaanita.com/events or call (626) 574-RACE.