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If it’s your first trip to Santa Anita Park, you’re in for a huge treat. The town of Arcadia, Calif., is beautiful, the backdrop of the San Gabriel Mountains is breathtaking, and the nightlife around the track is second to none!

Want an insider’s guide on how to celebrate after the races? We have the win, place and show of the Santa Anita scene for you!

Win: The Derby Restaurant ($$$)

33 Huntington Dr.

Arcadia, CA 91006

Phone:(626) 447-2430

Derby Exterior

Image via The Derby Restaurant’s Facebook page

The Derby is the place to see and be seen after a day at the races. The place is always packed, and it’s completely normal to run into winning owners, trainers and jockeys celebrating the day’s victories at Santa Anita. There’s even a memorabilia case that shows historical trophies, saddles and more from years past.

Derby Memorabelia

Image via The Derby Restaurant’s Facebook page

The eating area of the Derby is very old-school groovy; think oak, limestone and leather. The place has an upscale English pub feel to it, and the food is some of the best in town. Their menu is diverse and delicious; don’t miss the bacon-wrapped filet mignon or the Chilean seabass.

Derby Interior

Image via The Derby Restaurant’s Facebook page

Not hungry? No problem! The Derby has a fully stocked bar area that’s always jumping once the day’s races are over. Make a reservation ASAP, though – this is a very popular post-race destination!

Derby Bar

Image via The Derby Restaurant’s Facebook page

 

Place: One Hundred to One ($$)

100 W Huntington Dr.

Arcadia, CA 91007

(626) 445-3520

100 to 1

Image via sangabriel.catholic.org

One Hundred to One is a partier’s paradise! This place is where people go after the races to let their hair down. You’ll catch turf writers singing karaoke with jockeys' agents; this is where grooms and assistant trainers gather to have a drink and a dance, and where successful bettors blow a little of their winnings on games and cocktails.

100 1 ToyinThompsonMcElroy

Image via Toyin Thompson-McElroy


It may not look like much on the outside, but the place has a ton of charm. It’s fun, cozy and always a little crazy – in the best possible way! Plus, as you may have guessed from the name, the place celebrates the local horse racing culture. Check out this cool mural:

100 1 ToyinThompsonMcElroy Interior

Image via Toyin Thompson-McElroy

 

Show: Drinker’s Hall of Fame ($)

151 E Huntington Dr.

Arcadia, CA 91006

(626) 447-3947

Drinkers Hall of Fame

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This place can definitely be classified as a dive bar; think cash-only, plus (be warned) for some reason you can still smoke in there. But the service is friendly, the locals are welcoming and the drinks are cheap. Also, there’s pool, shuffleboard and a jukebox, too! Just remember to bring cash with you, because the word on the street is that the ATM there has pretty steep service fees. Hopefully a winning day at the track will make that no problem!

For a map of how to get to any of these awesome establishments, please visit: http://goo.gl/maps/gw6DG

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Penelope Miller

I'm Penelope Miller and I'm the Senior Manager of Digital Media for America's Best Racing. I've been involved with the Thoroughbred industry for most of my life and I want to make sure that the great sport of horse racing is enjoyed by people all over the nation. Please share your thoughts and ideas with me in the comments section below!

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Penelope Miller

I'm Penelope Miller and I'm the Senior Manager of Digital Media for America's Best Racing. I've been involved with the Thoroughbred industry for most of my life and I want to make sure that the great sport of horse racing is enjoyed by people all over the nation. Please share your thoughts and ideas with me in the comments section below!

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