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Santa Anita

Click on the markers to see videos, photos and descriptions of popular landmarks at the home of the 2013 Breeders' Cup.

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The Paddock

Click on the markers to see photos and descriptions of statues featured in the Santa Anita Paddock.

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Jennifer Paige

Horse Identifier

Jay Cohen

Hornblower

Trevor Denman

Track Announcer

Jon White

Morning Line Maker

Roger Jones

Employee Uniforms

Rick Hammerle

Racing Secretary

Rosie Ybarra

Clockers' Corner

Candace Coder-Chew

Fighting Ferrari

Paige Rickerd

Carriage Horses

Jay Slender

Starter

Morning Works

A Day at the Track

From morning works to the last race

The Paddock

 

The Paddock

Santa Anita Park's large art deco-style grandstand with seating for approximately 19,000 overlooks a seven-acre garden paddock where fans get an up-close view of horses and riders.

 

Charlie Whittingham and His Dog

Charlie Whittingham dominated trainers for decades. Though he died in 1999, he still leads all trainers at Santa Anita by number of stakes victories. He won 14 San Juan Capistrano Handicaps and nine Santa Anita Handicaps. His horses included Kentucky Derby winners Ferdinand (1986) and Sunday Silence (1989) and 1971 Horse of the Year Ack Ack. In 1990, Celou Bonnet sculpted a bust of Whittingham and his faithful dog Toby for Santa Anita's paddock gardens.

 

Zenyatta

Sculpted by artist Nina Kaiser, Zenyatta's statue, put in place in 2012, sits on the south side of the Kingsbury Memorial Fountain. Horse of the Year in 2010, Zenyatta won 19 consecutive races that included the 2009 Breeders' Cup Classic and 2008 Breeders' Cup Ladies' Classic, both at Santa Anita. Kaiser captured the popular mare in her famous dancing stance, right front foot extended, mane and tail flowing, neck bowed, and without tack.

 

John Henry

John Henry was one of the most popular runners at Santa Anita. Nina Kaiser sculpted the gelding's statue, located north of the Kingsbury Memorial Fountain and unveiled in late 2009. Wearing saddle and bridle, John Henry regally surveys the scene, a pose he perfected while in training at Santa Anita. Racing from 1977-84, John Henry, Horse of the Year in 1981 and 1984, captured many major Santa Anita stakes, including the Santa Anita Handicap twice.

 

Seabiscuit

Seabiscuit is perhaps the horse most associated with Santa Anita, especially after the 2003 movie was filmed at the track. Narrowly second twice in the Santa Anita Handicap, Seabiscuit won it in 1940 carrying 130 pounds after returning from a lengthy injury. He also captured 1937 San Juan Capistrano Handicap and 1940 San Antonio Handicap. Tex Wheeler sculpted the statue for the 1940-41 season. It was moved to the walking ring in 1997.

 

Hall of Fame Jockeys

Johnny Longden, Bill Shoemaker, Laffit Pincay Jr., and Chris McCarron are four of the most successful jockeys of all time, each in the Hall of Fame. Together they won 38 jockey titles at the Santa Anita winter meeting, beginning with Longden in 1938-39 through Pincay in 2000-01. Joseph Portanova sculpted the busts of Longden (in 1966) and Shoemaker (in 1971). Pincay was added in 1992 and McCarron in 2006, both sculpted by Nina Kaiser.

 

George Woolf

Jockey George Woolf's many victories included the inaugural Santa Anita Handicap on Azucar and Seabiscuit's famous match race win against War Admiral. Known as "The Iceman" for his icy calm aboard a horse, he died in a fall at Santa Anita on Jan. 4, 1946. California sports journalists sponsored a public subscription for this statue, sculpted by Tex Wheeler and dedicated in 1949. Santa Anita annually presents the George Woolf Award to the jockey whose career and personal character earn esteem for the rider and for the sport of Thoroughbred racing.

 

Kingsbury Memorial Fountain

To remember the late Kenneth Raleigh Kingsbury, one of Santa Anita's original board members, the track created the Kingsbury Memorial Fountain for the 1938-39 season as part of the paddock gardens. The names of the early Santa Anita Handicap and Santa Anita Derby winners are inscribed around its base. For the 1963-64 season, cherubic figures replaced the reflecting globe on the pedestal. On St. Patrick's Day, the fountain's waters are often dyed green.

 

Lucky Baldwin

Lucky Baldwin created the first Santa Anita racetrack in 1907 not far from today's track. Baldwin at one point owned about 63,000 acres of the present-day San Gabriel Valley, from Pasadena to Azusa. He incorporated the city of Arcadia and was its first mayor. Baldwin buried his four American Derby winners on his ranch, memorializing them with the Maltese cross that also adorned his silks. The cross and graves were later moved to Santa Anita.

 

Joe Hernandez

Joe Hernandez, "the voice of Santa Anita," called every race from opening day in 1934 until his death in 1972, a streak of 15,587 races. Dr. Charles H. Strub, who founded Santa Anita, discovered Hernandez announcing races at Aqua Caliente in Mexico. Hernandez called every step of the race, an unusual method at the time. Joseph Portanova sculpted the bust of Hernandez in 1974.