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75th Santa Anita Handicap Logo Unveiled

75th Santa Anita Handicap logo

In 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 & ’07).

 

Shoemaker won the race a record 11 times and legendary Hall of Fame trainer Charlie Whittingham won the Big ’Cap a record eight times.

 

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. 

 


 

 

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