Santa Anita Results

Santa Anita Results

“>Santa Anita Results are easily found online at the official Santa Anita Park website and on other horse race-related sites. Use your favorite search engine to find the results in the format that is most convenient to you. Studying the results is the key to sensible betting on horse races.

By knowing the track, and then studying the Santa Anita results, you can interpret the results in a way that will help you with your betting. Most major tracks are one mile ovals and Santa Anita is no exception. The most common race distance is six furlongs. A furlong is an eighth of a mile, thus six furlongs is 3/4 of a mile. In looking at a particular track as a whole, you’ll see numerous poles around the track. Poles are named for their distance from the finish line. For example, the 3/4 pole is six furlongs from the finish, the 1/4 pole is two furlongs from the finish, and the 1/8 pole is an eighth of a mile or one furlong from the finish. The stretch call is invariably 1/8 mile from the finish.

As soon as you understand where each pole is, you are equipped to analyze past performances. If a horse was ‘steadied’ at the ¼ pole, the handicapper would know that the horse ran into a problem with two furlongs of race left. If the horse had to ‘take up’ at the 1/8 pole, you’d know the horse had to stop his stride at a crucial point in the race.

Santa Anita Park first opened in 1934 and is the oldest and most prestigious horse racetrack in Southern California. The Los Angeles Turf Club founded this famous track. Its success was built on the Santa Anita Handicap, the jewel in the crown of Santa Anita racing, whose $100,000 purse was the largest of any race in history up until that time. The purse made it the richest race in America and earned it its nickname, the Big ‘Cap.

The Santa Anita Derby is a Grade One thoroughbred horse race for 3-year-olds. It carries a purse of $750,000 and is held at Santa Anita Park and run every April. Begun in 1935, it is thought to be the most important West Coast stepping-stone to the Kentucky Derby. Since its beginning, six Santa Anita Derby winners have gone on to win the Kentucky Derby.

Santa Anita will also be the site for the
“>2008 Breeders’ Cup World Thoroughbred Championships, under the auspices of the Oak Tree Racing Association. Santa Anita hogged all the headlines of 1940 when Seabiscuit, one of the most popular and famous horses of all time, won the 1940 Santa Anita Handicap. The victory was Seabiscuit’s last-ever race and is one of the biggest sports stories of the year, and still lives on in the memories of racing enthusiasts.

Live racing at Santa Anita is normally held Thursday through Monday. On weekdays, gates open at 10:30 a.m. and post time for the first race is 1:00 p.m. Weekends, gates open at 10:30 a.m. and first post is at 12:30 p.m. Consult the racing schedule for additional post times and special promotions.

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