FIRST POST TIME FOR ACTION-PACKED CARD IS 12 NOON, ADMISSION GATES OPEN AT 10 A.M.                                    


ARCADIA, Calif. (Dec. 18, 2014)–Santa Anita Park will again offer fans free weekend Infield admission and parking, beginning opening day, Friday, Dec. 26. With sunny skies forecast, the spacious Infield figures to be a popular destination for many families and youthful race goers who enjoy a wide variety of entertainment options, a Family Fun Zone, pony rides, face painting, inflatable jumpers and more. Those who wish to take home Santa Anita’s traditional opening day wall calendar can purchase a General Admission ticket for just five dollars.

“We initiated free admission to the Infield back in April and it’s been very well received by our fans,” said Santa Anita President, Tom Ludt. “The Infield has traditionally been a popular destination for young people, families and groups and there’s a great atmosphere out there. The idea is to get new and casual fans excited about racing and about coming to Santa Anita and with the expectation of good weather, we want people to know they are welcome to bring beach chairs, coolers with picnic items and non-alcoholic beverages.”

Santa Anita’s Infield Area is most easily accessed through Gate 6 on Colorado Place, which is on the track’s northern perimeter. Anyone choosing to cross over from the Infield to the Grandstand may do so by purchasing General Admission. (Santa Anita Thoroughbreds Club members can purchase General Admission for just three dollars). The Thoroughbreds reward program is free to join and fans may do so any race day, on-track.

The opening day racing program will be highlighted by three graded stakes; the Grade I Malibu and La Brea and the Grade II Mathis Brothers Mile (turf). Special early first post time is at 12 noon, with admission gates opening at 10 a.m. For more information on Santa Anita’s upcoming Winter Meet, please visit or call (626) 574-RACE.