March 26 — Santa Anita Park will host the 16th annual Tokyo City Cup, in conjunction with TCK Ohi Racetrack. The annual spring event celebrates a long partnership between two of the premier tracks in the world with a wide variety of cultural exhibitions 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 is the sole graded stakes race named for a major city outside of the United States. Free admission coupons are available by visiting www.tokyocitycup.com. The event will feature free Tokyo City Cup T-shirts that will be given to the first 1,000 patrons (coupon available on the web site and select publications). The web site 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.
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), Koto (Japanese harp), Ryukyu Buyo (Okinawan dance), Karate(Japanese martial arts) , Sumo (Japanese style of wrestling), and Wadaiko (special Japanese drum performance). In celebration of the 15th anniversary, Kacchu-Keiba (Horse Race by Armed Samurai Warriors) will be held on the main race course. 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), Green Tea, a kids area with pony rides and visitors can take pictures with the world-famous Samurai warriors, who will be in traditional gear and armor at the Soma Nomaoi booth.