Santa Anita to Switch to 5-Day Week March 23
by Blood-Horse Staff
Date Posted: 3/12/2011 4:05:27 PM
Last Updated: 3/13/2011 2:38:40 PM

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Santa Anita will move to an expanded five-day race week beginning with the Wednesday card March 23. Racing will be conducted on a five-day-per-week basis through the end of the meet April 17.

The track also announced March 11 that it will reinstitute its popular “Free Fridays” promotion beginning March 25. In addition to March 25, all patrons will receive free general admission on April 1, 8 and 15.

“We made the decision to expand to a five-day race week the final four weeks of the meet and we think it makes sense to offer ‘Free Fridays’ as well,” said George Haines, Santa Anita's president, in a press release.

“In addition to free general admission, we’re going to offer free box seats on those remaining Fridays as well, while they last," Haines added. "Along with that, we’ll be offering $2 beers, soft drinks and hot dogs and we expect this to be very well received also. Fridays should be a lot of fun and it’s a great way for us to say ‘thank you’ to our loyal customers and to hopefully expose newcomers to this great sport.”

First post time on all remaining weekdays will be 1 p.m. First post on weekends is 12:30 p.m., with the exception of Santa Anita Derby Day April 9, when it will be noon.



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