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Title
Santa Anita opens meet
Alternative Title
Valley Times Photo Collection
Creator
Dean, Gordon
Contributor
This project was supported in whole or in part by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered in California by the State Librarian
Made accessible through a grant from the John Randolph Haynes and Dora Haynes Foundation and Photo Friends
Date Created and/or Issued
1964
Contributing Institution
Los Angeles Public Library
Collection
Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection
Rights Information
Images available for reproduction and use. Please see the Ordering & Use page at http://tessa.lapl.org/OrderingUse.html for additional information.
Description
Santa Anita Racetrack, located at 285 W. Huntington Drive, is the oldest racetrack in Southern California. The 'first' Santa Anita Racetrack was built on Elias Jackson ("Lucky") Baldwin's immense estate of "Rancho Santa Anita" and opened on December 7, 1907, but closed just two years later when horse racing was banned in California. In 1933, Hollywood director Hal Roach and San Francisco dentist Dr. Charles Strub formed the Los Angeles Turf Club and raised funds to build a new track. Designed in an Art Deco style by Gordon B. Kaufman, the "new" Santa Anita Park opened December 25, 1934. In 1942, racing at Santa Anita was suspended and Santa Anita was used as a Japanese American internment center from 1942-1944. The park is one of eleven detention camps included on California Historic Landmark #934. A downhill turf course was added in 1953 and in the 1960s, major renovations included a much-expanded grandstand as well as additional seating. In 1974 the Westfield Santa Anita Mall was built on the site of the old barns and training track. In 2007 the park added a synthetic "cushion" track to the existing turf course. The Park contains 61 barns, which house more than 2,000 horses, and an equine hospital.
Photograph caption dated December 29, 1964 reads, "Drizzling rain didn't dampen the spirits of those attending opening day at Santa Anita Race Track, above, where thousands watched the Palos Verdes Handicap and the California Breeders' Champion Stakes, featured races of the day. At right, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Strub (he's president of Santa Anita Turf Club) look out over the crowd at post time for the first race."; See images #00116777 through #00116778 for all photos in this series.
Type
Image
Format
1 photographic print :b&w ;21 x 26 cm.
Photographic prints
Identifier
00116777
Valley Times Collection
HCNVT_d018_f33_i22
CARL0005335181
http://173.196.26.125/cdm/ref/collection/photos/id/50302
Subject
Santa Anita Park (Arcadia, Calif.)
Racetracks (Horse racing)--California--Arcadia
Rain and rainfall--California--Arcadia
Horse racing--California--Arcadia
Crowds--California--Arcadia
Fountains--California--Arcadia
Parking lots--California--Arcadia
Automobiles--California--Arcadia
Palms--California--Arcadia
Arcadia (Calif.)
Valley Times Collection photographs
Roach, Hal,1892-1992
Strub, Charles
Kaufmann, Gordon B
Baldwin, Elias Jackson,1828-1909

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