Santa Anita Park

Horse Racing in Pasadena & the San Gabriel Valley

Home of the legendary Seabiscuit, this stunning, art deco thoroughbred racetrack is the oldest and one of the most prestigious in Southern California. Free tram tours take you to Seabiscuit’s barn, the jockey’s room and other sights during racing season.

The track opened in 1934 and pioneered the use of the automated starting gate, photo finish and electrical timer. Stars who kept and raced their horses here have ranged from Bing Crosby and Errol Flynn to Mark McGrath (of the band Sugar Ray), Alex Trebek and Burt Bacharach.

There's also an altogether shameful part of its history. During WWII it served as internment camp for Japanese-Americans, whose only crime was their ancestry.