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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.
00157969 Valley Times Collection; HCNVT_d062_f30_i22 http://22.214.171.124/cdm/ref/collection/photos/id/131120
Cruise, Jimmy Santa Anita Park (Arcadia, Calif.) Harness drivers Men Harness racing Harness racehorses Horses Racetracks (Horse racing) Arcadia (Calif.)