Citing a healthy equine inventory and increasing demand, TOC and Santa Anita Park have announced that two additional race dates, Thursday, Oct. 16 and Wednesday, Oct. 29, have been added to Santa Anita’s upcoming Autumn Meet, which opens on Sept. 26. The Autumn Meet will now offer fans and horsemen 25 racing days, to be highlighted by the two-day Breeders’ Cup World Championships on Oct. 31 & Nov. 1.
“It is encouraging to see our horse population has stabilized and we can be adding race days back,” said TOC president, Joe Morris. “It shows that the plan we put into place with our track partners for this year is working.”
“There is a great deal of anticipation for our upcoming meet and we feel these two additional dates will be well received by everyone,” said Santa Anita President Tom Ludt. “Our racing calendar here in Southern California is still in a transitional stage and we’re confident this will help to better fulfill everyone’s needs.”
The first additional date, Oct. 31, will follow a special Columbus Day of racing on Monday, Oct. 13. The second date, Oct. 29, will ensure that Santa Anita will conduct a five-day race week leading into the Breeders’ Cup, thus providing live racing to potential thousands of Cup visitors. Closing day is Nov. 2.
For additional information on the 2014 Autumn Meet at Santa Anita, please visit santaanita.com, or call (626) 574-RACE.