Santa Anita Park and Tokyo City Keiba (TCK)’s Ohi Racetrack to Host 21st Annual Tokyo City Cup and Japan Family Day on April 3

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The $100,000 race will bring together top thoroughbreds in the country. The annual multicultural spring event, 'The Japan Family Day,' will also be held.

The biggest Japanese Family Festival in Southern California.

Santa Anita Park, a sister thoroughbred racetrack of TCK, Ohi Racetrack in Japan, will host the 21st annual Tokyo City Cup on Sunday, April 3. 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 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 of 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 admission coupons are available by visiting Also, free Tokyo City Cup T-shirts and Japanese towels for the first 1,000 patrons (coupon available on the website and select publications) and more gifts for fans who complete a survey at the drawing tables will be available. The Tokyo City Cup Game will be held and splendid prizes will be given to the winners. 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), Origami (paper folding), Anime and stage shows like Karate (Japanese martial arts), Min-yo (Japanese folk song), Sumo (Japanese-style wrestling), Ryukyu Buyo (Okinawa traditional dance), Tsugaru Shamisen (Three-stringed Japanese guitar), Kendo (Japanese swordsmanship), Miyuki Geta Dance Art (Contemporary Japanese performing art), Shakuhachi (Bamboo Flute), Kids Dance and Taiko (a special Japanese drum performance).

A beautiful kimono lady will be present at the event site and will be available to take a photo with. Visit the tour information booth to find out more about Japan as an attractive travel destination. The event will also have lots of entertainment for the whole family such as Japanese festival games, pony rides, and face painting for kids.

Various Japanese food booths will be available, including Ramen, Sushi, Curry, Okonomiyaki (Japanese-style Pizza), Japanese Tea, Japanese BBQ, Onigiri (Rice Ball) and a Japanese bakery. At the beer garden, Japanese beer will be served.

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Santa Anita Park ( is located in Arcadia, California, a residential community 14 miles northeast of downtown Los Angeles. It became famous as the filming location for the movie, "Seabiscuit." Santa Anita Park opens on December 26, with daily racing continuing through July 10, from Thursday through Sunday.

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