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Photograph was edited for publication purposes. 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, 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 April 7, 1961 reads "Mr. Budlong, with leading driver Jimmy Cruise in the bike, is the probable post-time favorite in tomorrow's $20,000 California Pace, the feature event of harness racing's closing day at Santa Anita." The racetrack is in Arcadia.
1 photographic print : b&w ; 21 x 26 cm.
00157956 Valley Times Collection; HCNVT_d062_f30_i8 http://22.214.171.124/cdm/ref/collection/photos/id/131107
Cruise, Jimmy Santa Anita Park (Arcadia, Calif.) Harness drivers Men Harness racing Harness racehorses Horses Racetracks (Horse racing) Arcadia (Calif.)