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Doheny family at the race track
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Los Angeles Herald Examiner Photo Collection
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Los Angeles Public Library
Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection
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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 26, 1936 reads "Members of the Doheny party are shown in circle above entering the clubhouse for the first day of the races. Coming through gate, left to right, Edward L. Doheny III, Miss Astrea Kimmler, Mrs. Leigh Battson." Mrs. Battson, with a large corsage on her jacket, is shown going through a turnstile, with the other two behind her. Edward Doheny is shaking the hand of the attendant. The event is the opening of Santa Anita Racetrack's winter season.
1 photographic print :b&w ;26 x 21 cm.
Photographic prints
Herald Examiner Collection
HE box 1822
Battson, Lucy Doheny
Doheny, Edward L.,--III
Doheny, Edward L.--(Edward Laurence),--1856-1935--Family
Santa Anita Park (Arcadia, Calif.)
Racetracks (Horse racing)--California--Arcadia
Young women--California--Arcadia
Young men--California--Arcadia
Arcadia (Calif.)
Los Angeles Evening Herald and Express photographs
Herald-Examiner Collection photographs

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