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Title
Lucy Doheny at racetrack
Alternative Title
Los Angeles Herald Examiner Photo Collection
Date Created and/or Issued
1941
Contributing Institution
Los Angeles Public Library
Collection
Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection
Rights Information
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Description
Title supplied by cataloger.; Photograph was edited for publication purposes.
Lucy Estelle Doheny was the daughter of Edward "Ned" Doheny, Jr., granddaughter of oil magnate Edward L. Doheny and mother of science fiction writer Larry Niven.; 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. 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 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 23, 1941 reads "The club house was crowded with Hollywood celebrities and Southern California socialites. In this party are, left to right, G. W. Johnson, Mrs. Van Cott Niven, Mrs. Larry Doheny and Larry Doheny. Santa Anita will resume racing tomorrow." The group is sitting at a table in front of a large window overlooking the race track.
Type
Image
Format
1 photographic print :b&w ;21 x 26 cm.
Photographic prints
Identifier
00106576
Herald Examiner Collection
HE box 1822
CARL0005347753
http://173.196.26.125/cdm/ref/collection/photos/id/32121
Subject
Doheny, Lucy Estelle
Doheny, Edward L.,--III
Doheny, Edward L.--(Edward Laurence),--1856-1935--Family
Santa Anita Park (Arcadia, Calif.)
Racetracks (Horse racing)--California--Arcadia
Women--California--Arcadia
Men--California--Arcadia
Grandstands--California--Arcadia
Arcadia (Calif.)
Los Angeles Evening Herald and Express photographs
Herald-Examiner Collection photographs

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