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February 10, 2012

Tokyo City Cup to Feature Japanese Cultural Exhibitions;
$100,000 Stakes Race Celebrates Relationship Between Santa Anita Park and Tokyo City Keiba (TCK)'s Ohi Racetrack

"The Great Race Place" to Host Popular Event for 17th Year;
Raffle Drawing, Exhibits and Free T-Shirts Available to Patrons

ARCADIA, CA -- Santa Anita Park will host the 17th annual Tokyo City Cup, in conjunction with TCK Ohi Racetrack, on Saturday, March 24. The annual spring event celebrates a long partnership between two of the premier tracks in the world with a wide variety of cultural exhibitions, food booths and travel information on Japan in addition to the $100,000 Grade III Tokyo City Cup horse race, which brings together some of the top thoroughbreds in the nation.

The Tokyo City Cup, won last year by WORTH REPEATING, is the sole graded stakes race named for a major city outside of the United States. Free admission coupons are available by visiting The event will feature free Tokyo City Cup T-shirts that will be given to the first 1,500 patrons (coupon available on the website and select publications) and even more gifts for fans who complete a simple survey at one of our drawing tables. The website also provides more information about the specific event schedule. Gates open at Santa Anita at 10:30 a.m., with first post at 12:30 p.m.

The Japan Family Day, held in conjunction with the Tokyo City Cup, features cultural exhibitions that showcase such Japanese displays as Sado (tea ceremony), Kado (flower arranging), Shodo (calligraphy), Origami (paper folding), Shishimai (Japanese Lion Dance), Minyo (Japanese folk song), Karate(Japanese martial arts) , Sumo (Japanese-style wrestling), Ryukyu Buyo (Okinawa traditional dance), Tsugaru Shamisen (Three-stringed Japanese guitar), and Taiko (a special Japanese drum performance). Hiroyuki Hayashida, Japanese professional drum artists, will be performing as well. Moreover, Mr. Masaru Hanada (Wakanohana), who is the former Yokozuna (Grand Champion) of professional Sumo wrestling, will be showing up as a special guest. Also, Visit Japan provides tourism information to attending patrons, introducing Japan as an attractive travel destination. And, there will be various Japanese food booths available (Sushi, Curry, Okonomiyaki (Japanese-style Pancake), Takoyaki (Japanese octopus dumplings), Japanese Tea, Green Tea Ice Cream, Japanese bread etc.), Beer Garden that will serve Japanese beer, a kids area with pony rides. The world-famous Samurai warriors, who will be in traditional gear and armor at the Soma Nomaoi booth, are coming back to LA again. Visitors can take pictures with them.

Santa Anita Park ( is located in Arcadia, California, a residential community 14 miles northeast of downtown Los Angeles. It is famous as a filming location for Dustin Hoffman's HBO drama "Luck". Santa Anita Park opens each year on December 26, with daily racing continuing through late April, from Thursday through Sunday. For more information, please visit at

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