Santa Anita Race Track is nestled in the community of Arcadia in the San Gabriel Valley. The track opened in 1934 and in its history has hosted champion thoroughbreds such as the famous Seabiscuit. However, it was also a place that Japanese Americans were forced to call home during their forced internment during World War II.
Like many folks my age, I have never caught the bug for horse racing. And yet, generations past have been fascinated by it. One day in 1958, 61,000 people showed up here to watch horse races. 61,000 people. What fascinated all of them to come spend a day at the track and bet on horses? Just take a look at some of these pictures. Obviously, horse racing has lost its luster.
And then look at this picture. There is a quiet desperation in some of these eyes. These are track people, people who have spent a lifetime betting on horse races. Even though this place has filed Chapter 11, the relevance of the horse track has not been lost on these souls.