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The first winner
Alternative Title
Valley Times Photo Collection;
Dean, Gordon
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
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Los Angeles Public Library
Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection
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Photograph was edited for publication purposes. Original photograph has a vertical crease on the left side of the picture.
Santa Anita Racetrack, located at 285 W. Huntington Drive, is the oldest racetrack in Southern California. The "first" Santa Anita Racetrack was opened on December 7, 1907, but closed two years later. 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. 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 2007, 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 March 13, 1964 reads "Newport Buell, driven by Jimmy Cuise [sic], captures the first race Thursday on the opening day of the Western Harness Association's 20-day meeting at Santa Anita. Valley Times handicapper Ernie Mason picked five winners to get off to a good start. Rainy weather held the crowd down to 6,901. Glidden Hanover won the feature race of the day." The racetrack is in Arcadia.
1 photographic print : b&w ; 29 x 36 cm.
Valley Times Collection;
Cruise, Jimmy
Santa Anita Park (Arcadia, Calif.)
Harness drivers
Harness racing
Harness racehorses
Racetracks (Horse racing)
Arcadia (Calif.)
Time Period

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