ARCADIA, Calif. (Dec. 22, 2015)–Local fans and social media contest winners were treated to a morning full of their favorite jockeys, breakfast at famed Clockers’ Corner and some one on one time with Breeders’ Cup Sprint Champion Runhappy this past Saturday at Santa Anita Park.
Santa Anita created the hashtag #SAMakesMeHappy and asked fans to share photos of their favorite moments here at The Great Race Place. Five winners were then chosen at random from Facebook, Instagram and Twitter and were asked to attend for a truly memorable experience.
The winners and their guests indulged in breakfast at Clockers’ Corner, earned a “Swag Bag” full of gifts, passes for the season and even the coveted 2016 Calendar, a week early! During breakfast, the fans were surprised by some of their favorite jockeys who stopped by to take photos and sign autographs.
After watching Runhappy train during the last set of the morning for his southern California debut in Opening Day’s Grade I Malibu, the entire group was allowed on the backside for a meet ‘n’ greet with the champ and his entire team.
Winners Cassie Raichel, Dona Mueller Mastin, Julie Helscher, Angie Espinoza and Jose Garcia were able to observe Runhappy cool out while they spoke with his trainer Laura Wohlers and fan favorite, groom, Cordell Anderson. Runhappy took his daily roll in the sand and after his bath, stood for endless photos with the enthusiastic group.
Get your 2016 wall calendar amongst other Opening Day promotions here at the track on Opening Day, Saturday, December 26!
Go to santaanita.com/featured-events for all the information about Opening Day!