SANTA ANITA TO OFFER POPULAR 2017 WALL CALENDAR AND MUCH MORE ON OPENING DAY, DEC. 26; MATHIS BROTHERS FURNITURE TO ALSO PROVIDE FIRST 5,000 KIDS 12 & UNDER WITH PLUSH THOROUGHBRED TOY

 

CRAFT BEER & CIDER FESTIVAL, GUEST CHEF SERIES IN CHANDELIER ROOM, INFIELD FAMILY FUN ZONE ALSO ON TAP AS GREAT RACE PLACE BEGINS WINTER MEET RUN

 

                ARCADIA, Calif. (Dec. 9, 2016)–In addition to four graded stakes, Santa Anita Park will again treat fans to its popular 2017 wall calendar and much more with the beginning of its traditional Winter Meet on Monday, Dec. 26. A fan-favorite for decades, the Santa Anita 2017 wall calendar will be given free of charge to all attendees with paid admission. With a pair of Grade I stakes, the Malibu and the La Brea leading the way, Santa Anita’s Winter Meet opener will again command center stage among racing fans nationwide.

Mathis Brothers Furniture, for whom the opening day Grade II, $200,000 Mathis Brothers Mile is named, will provide a plush Thoroughbred toy to the first 5,000 kids 12 and under as well as Mathis Brothers Gift certificates to all paid attendees. Santa Anita will also provide a Family Fun Zone in its spacious Infield Area. (General Admission and parking are free in the Infield, via Gate 6 off of Colorado Place).

Santa Anita’s luxurious Chandelier Room will again play host to the highly acclaimed Guest Chef Series as one of LA’s hottest restaurants will provide contemporary cuisine and post-holiday celebration. Ticketing, available online, includes innovative signature dishes throughout the afternoon, six delicious whiskey tastings, live music, a racing program, a wagering tip sheet and more. To purchase tickets, please visit santaanita.com/events.

With first post time set at 12 noon, admission gates will open at 10 a.m.

Here’s a schedule of opening day events:

–Grade I, $300,000 Malibu Stakes for 3-year-olds at seven furlongs.

                –Grade I, $300,000 La Brea Stakes for 3-year-old fillies at seven furlongs

                –Grade II, $200,000 Mathis Brothers Mile (turf) for 3-year-olds

                –Grade III, $100,000 San Simeon Stakes for 3-year-olds and up, at 6 ½ furlongs down hillside turf

                –Free 2017 Santa Anita Wall Calendar

                –Free Mathis Brothers plush Thoroughbred toy to first 5,000 kids 12 and under

                –A Mathis Brothers Gift Certificate, free with paid admission

                –Craft Beer and Cider Festival on Grandstand Apron (packages available at santaanita.com/events)

                –Guest Chef Series in the Chandelier Room featuring a catered menu from one of LA’s hottest restaurants, delicious whiskey tastings, live music and more, visit santaanita.com/events for details

                –Infield Family Fun Zone featuring pony rides and much more, visit santaanita.com/events

                –Bud Light Lounge, all you can eat buffet, first beer included, racing program and more, visit santaanita.com/events

                Entries for opening day races will be taken Wednesday, Dec. 21. For more racing and event information, please visit santaanita.com or call (626) 574-RACE.