Santa Anita Park cancels New Year’s Day program due to soaking by rainstorm


Heavy overnight rains have forced the soaked Santa Anita Park to cancel its New Year’s Day racing program today, Jan. 1.

Among the races that were cancelled is the park’s annual and highly popular Corgi Winter Nationals, dubbed the “cutest Corgis in Southern California.” This race of the beloved short-legged dogs had been set for Santa Anita’s infield on Sunday. So Cal Corgi Nation is assuring the public that the race has been rescheduled for Sunday, Feb. 19.

Santa Anita’s director of racing, Chris Merz, said 1.5 inches of rain fell on the main track, which was sealed at the conclusion of Saturday’s nine-race card. Sunday’s feature, the Grade III, $200,000 Santa Ynez for 2-year-old fillies, was rescheduled for Jan. 8.


Members of So Cal Corgi Nation march on Saturday, Dec. 3, 2022, in the Belmont Shore Christmas Parade in Long Beach. (Photo by Howard Freshman, Contributing Photographer)

Track officials said all tickets sold for Sunday will be fully refunded automatically with no further action required by purchasers.

The park’s racing is scheduled to resume Monday, Jan. 2, with 10 races, including the Grade 3 Las Cienegas Stakes slated for the hillside course, according to the Daily Racing Form. First post is at noon.

The Grade 3 Santa Ynez Stakes will be postponed to Jan. 8 for the 3-year-old fillies.

(City News contributed to this report.)

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