Santa Anita Classic Meet: An Opening Day To Remember

December 17, 2022

~ Fan Favorite Santa Anita Traditional Wall Calendar
~ Flightline Print Giveaway & Signing
~ Early First Post For 11-Race Card With Six Graded Stakes Set For 11 A.M.

Mike Willman/Santa Anita Press Box

ARCADIA, Calif.—In addition to a full menu of world class racing highlighted by six graded stakes, Santa Anita’s Classic Meet opening day, Monday, Dec. 26, will offer fans a number of promotions, including the track’s traditional wall calendar, a magnificent Flightline Print giveaway and signing with jockey Flavien Prat and trainer John Sadler, a $1 million Single Ticket Rainbow Pick Six guarantee and much more with early first post time set at 11 a.m.

Flightline, who retired to stud undefeated in six starts following his 8 ¼ length triumph in the Grade I, $3 million Breeders’ Cup Classic at Keeneland Nov. 5, finished off his 2021 campaign with a sensational 11 ½ length score here at Santa Anita in last year’s opening day Grade I Malibu Stakes.

Fans are advised that Prat and Sadler will be available to sign a limited number of Flightline prints near the Kingsbury Fountain in the Paddock Gardens Area on Dec. 26 from 9:45 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. Depicting North America’s presumptive Horse of the Year, 2,000 Flightline prints will be available opening day on a first come, first served basis with admission gates opening at 9 a.m.

A fans’ favorite for decades, this year’s Santa Anita traditional wall calendar features a number of past leading riders going back to Eddie Arcaro in 1949-50 and through Santa Anita’s defending top rider, Juan Hernandez.

In addition to opening day promotional items and events, Santa Anita’s popular 20 cent Single Ticket Rainbow Pick Six Jackpot offers a Single Ticket Jackpot guarantee of $1 million. The opening day Rainbow Six will be comprised of races six through 11.

Santa Anita Classic Meet Opening Day Events & Promotions 
Admission Gates Open at 9 a.m. Admission is $10, which includes Parking and Racing Program. Fans under 17 years of age are admitted Free. Must be 18 to Wager. 
Flightline Retirement Celebration and Flightline Print Signing begins at 9:45 a.m., with Flavien Prat and John Sadler available to the public until 10:15 a.m. 
2023 Traditional Wall Calendar, free with paid admission
First post time for 11 races is at 11 a.m.
Three Grade I, $300,000 Stakes, the Malibu, La Brea and American Oaks, along with three Grade II, $200,000 races, the Santa Anita Mathis Mile (turf), the San Antonio and the San Gabriel Stakes will headline a spectacular day of world class racing
Popular free, $7,500 Showvivor is available on-track and online, selections must be submitted at prior to first race post time each race day.
$1,500 Opening Day Challenge plus a $5,000 Bonus if a tournament player wins on-track.
Mathis Home Fundraiser for CARMA available throughout the day. A $20 donation buys a Plush Toy Horse with all proceeds going to Thoroughbred Aftercare.
$1 Million Guarantee to any Single Ticket Pick Six Jackpot Winner, which begins with Race Six.
Trackside Craft Beer & Cider Festival featuring a variety of Craft Beers 
Whiskey in Winter Chandelier Room Party and Premium SILKS Seats
Golden Road Pub Buffet (West End of Sirona’s)
Infield Area Winter Family Fun Zone

Entries will be taken for opening day on Dec. 21. For additional information, please visit or call (626) 574-RACE.

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