Tokyo City Cup


Press Information

February 14, 2014

Tokyo City Cup to Feature Japanese Cultural Exhibitions
”Japan Family Day” Collaborates “Ramen Yokocho” this year!
$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 19th Year;
Racing Game, Raffle Drawing, Exhibits and Free bag Available to Patrons

ARCADIA, CA — Santa Anita Park, a sister horse race track of TCK Ohi Racetrack in Japan, will host the 19th annual Tokyo City Cup on Saturday, March 29. This $100,000 Grade III Tokyo City Cup race brings together some of the top thoroughbreds in the nation. Along with this race, the annual spring event “The Japan Family Day” will be held on the site. It celebrates a long partnership between two of the premier tracks in the world with a wide variety of Japanese cultural exhibitions, food booths and travel information on Japan.

The Tokyo City Cup, won last year by SKY KINGDOM, is the sole graded stakes race named for a major city outside of the United States. Free Tokyo City Cup bag for the first 2,000 patrons and more gifts for fans who complete a survey at our drawing tables are available. The Tokyo City Cup Game will be held and the newest iPad will be given to winner. 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 features Japanese cultural exhibitions booths such as Sado (tea ceremony), Kado (flower arranging), Shodo (calligraphy), Kendo (Japanese swordsmanship), Origami (paper folding), Anime and stage shows like Shishimai (Japanese Lion Dance), Min-yo (Japanese folk song), Sumo (Japanese-style wrestling), Ryukyu Buyo (Okinawa traditional dance), Tsugaru Shamisen (Three-stringed Japanese guitar), and Taiko (a special Japanese drum performance). Among them, you can’t miss amazing “Ramen Yokocho”. Famous Ramen shops from Los Angeles, Las Vegas, and Japan will be serving their delicious noodles. This is their first appearance at The Japan Family Day.

Also you can take photos with beautiful kimono girls. If you want to know more about Japan, Visit Japan provides you tourism information to as an attractive travel destination for your next vacation. Also, at the park, there are lots of entertainments such as games, pony rides and face painting for kids as well. So, your kids never get bored!

If you are hungry, various Japanese food booths are available. Sushi, Curry, Okonomiyaki (Japanese-style Pizza), Japanese Tea, Japanese BBQ, Onigiri (Rice Ball) and Japanese bakery… At the beer garden, Japanese beer will be served.

Another special exhibition will be coming. Hiroshi Kawai, famous horseracing photographer in Japan will hold his photo exhibit in the U.S. at the first time. His capability is utilized not only in track, but in nature. His amazing photos of horses in nature which he visited farms every season will move many people. Don’t forget to check.

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 the movie, “Seabiscuit”. Santa Anita Park opens each year on December 26, with daily racing continuing through late June, from Thursday through Sunday. For more information, please visit at