Hollywood Cashes In
When the state of California realized that there was money to be made through horse racing, it passed a law reinstituting pari-mutuel wagering, enabling San Francisco businessman Charles Strub and producer Hal Roach to found Santa Anita Park in 1934. Overcoming conservative social forces, they built a magnificent new racetrack in Arcadia, in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains. Denizens of Hollywood flocked to Santa Anita like ducks to water, as did the rest of the local population. Santa Anita became the go-to location for the plethora of racing films made in the 1930s and 1940s.
Keywords: Santa Anita Park, racetracks, horse racing, Hollywood