An American graded race held in mid-March at Santa Anita Park, the Santa Invitational Handicap is a race for filles and mares aged four years and older.
Raced on dirt over 1 1/8th miles in Arcadia, California, the Santa Margarita has a rich history in American Thoroughbred racing which dates back to the 1930s.
The Santa Margarita has a USD $500,000 purse and is raced on a dirt track.
In 2019 the race was degraded to a Grade 2 event.
How to bet on USA horse racing
Most of the world has easy access to online wagering on American horse racing, including the Santa Margarita Invitational.
Most bookies will have markets opening up on the race in the days leading up to the event.
Some of our favourite bookies to bet with that have a global presence include Bet365 and Ladbrokes.
If you are from the USA the pick of the online sportsbooks offering wagering on horse racing is Bovada.
History of the Santa Margarita Invitational
First ran in 1935, the Santa Margarita Invitational was originally restricted to horses aged three or over, but after three years, they made it only open to fillies and mares.
Throughout the history of the race it has been ran over 7 furlongs, 6 furlongs, 8.5 furlongs and the current 9 furlongs.
The race was not held during the war years (1942-45) and was first run as an invitational in 1968.
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