honor of the 75th running of the Grade I, $750,000 Santa Anita
Handicap, Santa Anita Park has unveiled a dazzling new logo for its signature
race for older horses to be run Saturday, March 3.
“This is a truly historic occasion and we felt the
Big ’Cap deserved an artistic upgrade,” said Santa Anita Vice President
of Sales and Marketing Chris Quinn. “Thanks to Candace Chew and Victor
Sandoval in our Graphics Department, this logo fits the bill. It captures the
essence of the power, depth and rich history of the Big ’Cap, while it
embraces Santa Anita’s picturesque art deco design.”
The logo features the silhouette of a jockey and
horse’s head set before a three-dimensional spread of golden pillars
which are emblematic of Santa Anita’s historic grandstand.
First run in 1935, the Santa Anita Handicap, run at the
North American classic distance of a mile and a quarter, is America’s
longest continually run $100,000 stakes race and is thus known as “The
Grandaddy of Them All.”
The inaugural running, contested at the depth of the Great
Depression, was won by Azucar who was ridden by the legendary George Woolf.
The Big ’Cap has been won by some of the greatest
horses in the history of the sport, including: Seabiscuit & Red Pollard
(1940), Noor & Johnny Longden (1950), Round Table & Bill Shoemaker
(1958), Hill Rise & Donald Pierce (1965), Lucky Debonair & Shoemaker,
(1966), Cougar II & Laffit Pincay, Jr. (1973), Royal Glint & Jorge
Tejeira (1976), Vigors & Darrel McHargue (1978), Affirmed & Pincay
(1979), Spectacular Bid & Shoemaker (1980), John Henry, Pincay & Shoemaker
(1981 & ’82), Alysheba & Chris McCarron (1988), Best Pal &
Kent Desormeaux (1992), and Tiznow & McCarron (2001).
In addition to John Henry, other two-time winners of the
Big ’Cap are Milwaukee Brew (2002 & ’02) and Lava Man (2006
Shoemaker won the race a record 11 times and legendary Hall
of Fame trainer Charlie Whittingham won the Big ’Cap a record eight
In one of the most controversial finishes in Big ’Cap
history, Game on Dude won last year’s renewal, enabling jockey Chantal Sutherland
to become the first-ever female jockey to win. It also provided Hall of Fame
trainer Bob Baffert with his third Big ’Cap tally.
Entries will be drawn for the March 3 Santa Anita Handicap
on Wednesday, Feb. 29. First post time on Big ’Cap Day is 12 noon.