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Santa Anita Park was built in 1934 by the Los Angeles Turf Club, but the horse races were, in fact, started in 1904 at an adjacent track built by Lucky Baldwin.  Baldwin began his working life in his teens as a horse trader, then later struck it rich at the Comstock Mines in Nevada.   With that wealth he moved to Southern California and purchased the land where the Los Angeles Arboretum and the city of Arcadia now stand.

Santa Anita Park Building Arcadia Santa Anita Park has been scrupulously maintained in the art deco style and colors originally designed by architect Gordon Kaufman. The grounds and gardens are beautiful, as are the thoroughbred horses.

 

  Santa Anita race track horses Santa Anita horses on track
Early morning trainers take race horses out on the Santa Anita track. Heading back to the stables after the morning workout.

 

Santa Anita trainer St. Patricks Day  Santa Anita Topiary 
A trainer gets into the spirit of
St. Patrick's Day at Santa Anita.
Topiary at Clockers Corner where early morning visitors can watch horses train.

Lucky Baldwin's home and coach house are still standing in the Los Angeles Arboretum in Arcadia, just across the street from Santa Anita Park.  See them here. 




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