Erica’s Picks: A Day at the Races

It is practically impossible to be bored in Los Angeles. Angelenos have access to so much within a short drive – beaches, mountains, restaurants, music, art, theatre – that it’s easy to overlook some of the special things to do here. In fact, until recently I had forgotten how much fun it is to spend a day at the horse races, especially Santa Anita Park.

Santa Anita Park is an iconic SoCal racetrack whose history dates back to legendary horses like Seabiscuit and Affirmed, all the way to Zenyatta. Not only is it rich in history, but it’s one of the premier race tracks in California. From the Suites to the Chandelier Room, you can spend the day in VIP style. You can gather at the Paddock and stand just a few yards from the horses as they make their way to the starting gate. For those who prefer a simpler approach to a day at the races, head to the Infield complete with a playground and picnic tables to enjoy some free fun with the family.

As you may know, this Saturday (June 6th) is a special day in horse racing as American Pharaoh could become the first horse in 30 years to win the Triple Crown at Belmont Stakes, and Santa Anita has some special things in store for the occasion.

On Saturday, the Guest Chef Series in the Chandelier Room will feature Church Key chef Stephen Fretz. Purchasing a ticket to this ($65) will grant you access to this exclusive space, all the delicious food you can handle from Chef Fretz, live music, and a glass of champagne upon arrival.

As a side note, if you haven’t dined at Church Key this is a great opportunity to enjoy Chef Fretz modern American cuisine. However, I do recommend visiting the restaurant as well. The massive space was transformed by interior and furniture designer Carrie Livingston. It is as visually appealing as Chef Fretz dishes; not to mention they have adorable Pan Am cart divas to swing by your table and serve you some creative cocktails.

More info about Santa Anita Park can be found at www.santaanita.com.

 

 

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