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Santa Anita Park Opening Day December 26 Malibu Stakes & Events

Santa Anita Park Opening Day on December 26: If you don’t celebrate Boxing Day, or know what it is for that matter, pack up the family or your best friend and head to Santa Anita Park on Opening Day! Just one day after Christmas, Santa Anita Park will open its gates for the 78th running of their Winter Meet. The 68-day meet offers horse racing fans of all ages a place to relax and enjoy the beautiful California weather. The meet kicks off on December 26, 2014 with three stakes races including the G1 Malibu Stakes featuring multiple graded stakes winner Shared Belief and 2014 Kentucky Derby participant Chitu.

What to do at Santa Anita Park on Opening Day…

Santa Anita Park Winter Meet 2014-2015

Just one day after Christmas, Santa Anita Park will open its gates for the 78th running of their Winter Meet.
Photo: Santa Anita Park

Santa Anita Park launches its first ever “Guest Chef Series” on Opening Day from 12:00-5:00. A group of local dynamic chefs and bartenders will dazzle and excite patrons in the glamorous Chandelier Room. In addition to a day full of thoroughbred racing, your $85 ticket includes a glass of champagne, entry into the Chandelier Room, the daily racing program, a wagering tip sheet, entertainment, and dining throughout the afternoon. Tickets to the Guest Chef Series are available on

Santa Anita Park also brings back the popular “Showvivor” free online contest worth $10,000 in prizes. Showvivor begins on Opening Day and ends on June 28, 2015. Participants are encouraged to register early. Learn how to play at

Free admission and parking will be available for the Santa Anita Park infield beginning on Friday, December 26, 2014. A Family Fun Zone, pony rides, inflatable jumpers and face painting will help keep the kids busy while you enjoy a beautiful day at the races!

Be sure to sign up for the Fashionably Fabulous Contest between 11:30-1:00 just outside of Champions at Santa Anita Park. The winner will receive a $2,500 gift card to Mathis Brothers Furniture.

Trackside Winter Brewfest at Santa Anita Park is a great option for everyone. currently offers promotional codes for discounted tickets to Winter Brewfest that include frosty beers and souvenir pint glasses.

With recent multi-million dollar renovations, race-goers can choose from several different types of seating options. From Luxury Suites to Ferrier Packages, Santa Anita Park caters to all kinds on Opening Day to watch the Malibu Stakes!

Who to bet on during Santa Anita Park’s Opening Day…

Three stakes races top the card at Santa Anita Park on Friday, December 26, 2014 including the G1 Malibu Stakes featuring Shared Belief, the G1 La Brea, and the G2 Mathis Brothers Mile on the turf. First post time is set for noon.

The 2014 Malibu Stakes is the 8th race of the day with a post time of 3:52 PM PT.
1 Conquest Two Step 15-1 Talamo/Casse
2 Chitu 4-1 Rosario/Baffert
3 Indianapolis 6-1 Stevens/Baffert
4 Rprettyboyfloyd 30-1 Baze/Breuer
5 Pimpernel 10-1 Garcia/Baffert
6 Midnight Hawk 6-1 Espinoza/Baffert
7 Tamarando 12-1 Leparoux/Hollendorfer
8 Shared Belief 4-5 Smith/Hollendorfer
9 Diamond Bachelor 20-1 Prat/Biancone
10 Frensham 30-1 Gutierrez/O’Neill
*Picks Updated Upon Release

What to wear to Opening Day at Santa Anita Park…

Weather is expected to be in the mid-sixties with zero percent chance of rain for opening day at Santa Anita Park and the 2014 Malibu Stakes. This gives us every excuse to recharge our depleted holiday spirits with a festive but casual look. Try pieces with a little shimmer or shine that will take you from paddock to Turf Terrace at Santa Anita Park.

Options 1: We recommend The Golden Jewel dress paired with navy tights and Sure To Wow flats or Dynamic Debut heels in gold for opening day at Santa Anita Park. This look is appropriate for anyplace the day takes you from backstretch to box seats.

Option 2: If you’re planning a spectacular day with friends in the Chandelier Room, try the Shining In The Spotlight Dress with unique and noticeable heels and you’ll surely be the luckiest lady and Santa Anita Park!

Option 3: The infield of Santa Anita Park is a melting pot of fashion. We recommend a more comfortable casual look, especially if you’re with the kids! The Gilted Pleasure flat is comfy yet stylish! Pair them with a matching necklace and you’re favorite jeans.

Santa Anita Park December 26 Fashion Picks: