Santa Anita Park has requested the option to run seven-race programs at its discretion on weekdays during a 102-day meeting from Dec. 26 to June 24, 2018.
Documents filed with the California Horse Racing Board (CHRB) are part of request for the Arcadia oval’s operating license application for the season is scheduled to be heard at the racing board’s monthly meeting Thursday at the track.
The Daily Racing Form (DRF) reports that Santa Anita’s license application states the track will run seven to nine races on weekdays and nine to 12 on most weekends, holidays, and on opening day. Also included is a request to run from nine to 14 races on major racing days coinciding with high-profile events such as the Santa Anita Handicap, Santa Anita Derby, or Triple Crown.
Similar clauses were requested for the 2016-17 meeting, the DRF reports. Santa Anita, for the most part, runs eight races on weekdays and nine or 10 on most weekend days. The track, although a leading simulcast track nationwide, has been plagued by short fields and was forced to truncate its race days earlier this year, just prior to the conclusion of its lengthy meeting.
Santa Anita, as has been customary in recent years, will have four-day racing weeks. There are two three-day weeks on a Friday-through-Sunday basis scheduled for the second and third weeks of April after the Santa Anita Derby on April 7.