SANTA ANITA’S 24-DAY AUTUMN MEET ENDS ON HIGH NOTE AS TWO-DAY BREEDERS’ CUP WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS, RENOVATIONS AND UPGRADES LEAD TO DOUBLE-DIGIT INCREASE IN OVERALL HANDLE

ARCADIA, Calif. (Nov. 3, 2013)—With a rejuvenated Grandstand, world-class racing, picturesque weather, and a final weekend that included the two-day Breeders’ Cup World Championships, Santa Anita’s 24-day Autumn Meet ended with a flourish Sunday, posting a 12 percent gain in overall handle while giving rise to heightened expectations for the New Year and beyond.

On-track attendance for the two Breeders’ Cup days totaled 94,628 – with 58,795 on Breeders’ Cup Classic Day, Saturday, and 35,833 Breeders’ Cup Day One, Friday -- resulting in a two percent increase over last year’s Breeders’ Cup. The Breeders’ Cup will return to the Arcadia, CA, track for the third straight year in 2014.

The out-of-state handle for the Autumn meet, the third such at the historic facility, was up 16 percent, while on-track handle remained even with last year as did on-track attendance.

“We intend to build upon the foundation we’ve established at this meet,” said Santa Anita Chairman Keith Brackpool. “We accomplished a great deal, in terms of renovations and modernization, in a very short period of time. This is the new Santa Anita. The Chandelier Room is one of the finest experiences at any track in the country. The Club House Mezzanine now features giant-tile technology screens and associated surround sound. This area is now quite spectacular, and most importantly, it will motivate increasing numbers of people to enjoy the on-track experience here on a regular basis.” Horsemen from around the world were supportive of the Santa Anita Autumn meet, as field size, a popular indicator for the success of a meet, was strong, averaging nine horses per race since the Sept. 27 opening.

“The future of racing and of Santa Anita is bright,” said Brackpool. “We have an incredible, historic venue, and the renovations we’ve made have merged the glory of Santa Anita’s original design with amenities now necessary for long range success in the decades to come.”

Live racing will return to Santa Anita on Dec. 26, opening day of the track’s traditional winter/spring meeting. For more information on upcoming events, reservations and live racing, please visit santaanita.com, or call (626) 574-RACE.