10/11/2006

California Horse Racing

Place a wager on the horses at Del Mar ("And away they go!")

Where the Turf Meets the Surf Season 2006: July 19 - September 6 Diamond Club to Provide Del Mar Discount Admissions Del Mar Thoroughbred Club will institute a new "Diamond Club" this year for all racing fans, enabling members to receive discounts of 50% at the admission gate each time they attend either the live summer meet at the historic track or take in simulcast racing at the adjacent year-round satellite. Check out the comments for more California Horse Racing Or Click to Add your own recommendation

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Anonymous said...

Santa Anita Park opens annually on December 26, with daily racing continuing through late April. In addition, Santa Anita's fall meeting, presented by the Oak Tree Racing Association, takes to the track from early October to early November every year.

Live racing is Wednesday through Sunday and holiday Mondays. On weekdays, gates open at 10:30 a.m. and post time for the first race is 1:00 p.m. Weekends & holidays, gates open at 10:30 a.m. and post time for the first race is 12:30 p.m. Consult the racing schedule for additional post times and special promotions.



Celebrity Visitors

Arcadia, CA - From the box office to the box seats, Hollywood has had a love affair with Santa Anita Park that began when the racetrack opened in 1934 and continues today. Not only has Santa Anita been used as a location for such movies as the 1937 classic,"A Day at the Races," starring The Marx Brothers, and "The Story of Seabiscuit," but Hollywood's elite has also been present at the track as fans and horse owners.

Santa Anita Park was co-founded and built by movie mogul Hal Roach and was the haunt of early show business tycoons and movie stars. Some of those Hollywood celebrities who owned horses were Bing Crosby, George Raft, Spencer Tracy, Errol Flynn and Al Jolson. Prominent producers and movie executives with their own stables included Louis B. Mayer, Harry M. Warner and Darryl F. Zanuck. Santa Anita Park's box holders in its early years included such names as Frank Capra, Fred Astaire, Jack Benny, Walt Disney and Cecil B. de Mille.

Fast-forward more than 60 years and Santa Anita's popularity and tradition continues amongst Hollywood's newest generation of movie, TV and music celebrities as both fans and horse owners. During the season it's not uncommon to see some of the biggest stars of the silver screen cheering the horses on, names such as Whoopi Goldberg, Cybill Shepard, Jack Nicholson, Michelle Pfeiffer or Joe Pesci. Television producers and stars who can be seen enjoying a day at the races include Steven Bochco, Laurie Metcalf, Donnie Osmond, Michael Bottualuci, Steve Harris or Wendie Malick.

Melissa Joan Hart, star of "Sabrina, The Teenage Witch," recently visited the newly opened FrontRunner Restaurant at Santa Anita Park. She had such a great time, she decided to invite over 50 of her friends for her 24th birthday party. In addition, Universal Television executives, producers, and host Roger Lodge of "Blind Date" enjoyed a day at the races to celebrate the show's success.

Today's celebrity horse owners who race their horses at Santa Anita include Mark McGrath (lead singer of Sugar Ray), Gary Barber (producer of "The Sixth Sense"), Alex Trebek (host of "Jeopardy"), Don Johnson (star of "Nash Bridges"), David E. Kelley (award-winning producer and creator of "Ally McBeal" and "The Practice"), Herb Alpert (six-time Grammy award-winning musician), Burt Bacharach (internationally acclaimed singer, composer, producer and conductor), David Milch (writer and executive producer of "NYPD Blue") and brothers Michael and Roger King of King World Productions, distributor of "Wheel of Fortune", "Jeopardy!" and "The Oprah Winfrey Show."

Santa Anita Park is located at 285 W. Huntington Drive in Arcadia, fourteen miles northeast of downtown Los Angeles, nestled at the base of the San Gabriel Mountains. For reservations, directions or for more information please call (626) 574-7223.

Anonymous said...

Cal X Harness Racing

Harness Racing = Year Round - Cal Expo - Sacramento

Live Racing
January 5 - July 29, September 22 - December 16
Wed., Thurs., Fri., Sat.
On Sunday, May 28. On Monday, July 3. Dark on Wednesday, April 26; May 31, July 5.



No racing on Thanksgiving day


Post Time 5:35pm (PST)

Admission and Parking
$3 Admission, Children 12 and under FREE
FREE General Parking

** PARTY AT THE RACES !!! **
Are you planning an event in 2006? Why not try something new and exciting this year and join us for LIVE harness racing action at Cal Expo. We offer exciting group packages for any occasion!


We specialize in:
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Birthdays
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Wedding Rehersal Dinners
Fraternity/Sorority Outings
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Holiday Parties
Fundraisers & MORE!

From the Official Australian Harness Racing site

What is harness racing? Often the terms "harness racing" and "the trots" are used as if they are the same. If you read on you'll hear how they are not !

Harness racing is one of the most thrilling, action-packed, colourful entertainments. It's also extremely popular with the betting public. Harness racing is one of three codes of racing in Australia. Along with greyhounds (dogs) and thoroughbred racing (gallops) it is a vibrant part of the entertainment industry. Many punters believe the favourite is more likely to win in harness racing than in the other codes of racing.

The unique world-wide sport of harness racing is very different to thoroughbred racing. In harness racing, a specially bred and trained horse known as a standardbred pulls a driver in a light, two-wheeled sulky The standardbred may look similar to a thoroughbred, but it is smaller, with heavier bones, a larger body, shorter legs, a more robust build and certainly greater endurance. The harness horse is, on the whole, remarkably tough, versatile and, most importantly, not as temperamental as its galloping cousin - which means its form and durability tends to be more consistent.

The modern history of harness racing goes back around 200 years . The sport really took off when the English stallion Messanger was imported into the USA in 1788. Messanger not only possessed more stamina and determination than his thoroughbred contemporaries, but was also blessed with a smooth and rapid trotting gait. Match races were common at that time, these later developed into organised track racing.

Harness racing meetings have been held in Australia for more than 130 years on tracks ranging in circumference from 700 to 1000 metres. In New South Wales, these meetings are organised by Clubs under the control of the Harness Racing Authority of NSW. Meetings usually consist of between six and nine races. Many of these meetings are held at night under floodlights, which adds to the atmosphere. The pressure of the race, the tactical strategies employed by the drivers, and the flashing silks, provide a wonderfully exciting experience.

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Sounds pretty exciting, doesn't it?