Arcadia Things to Do

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    Santa Anita ~Japanese American Interment Camp

    by Yaqui Updated Nov 28, 2009

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    Plaque reads: Santa Anita during World War II

    Early in 1942 the US goverment designated Santa Anita Park for special usage during the wars years. Pursuant to Executive Order 9066 signed by President Franklin D Roosevelt, from March 30, 1942 until October 27, 1942 the facility was used as an assembly and processing center for approximately 20,000 Japanese Americans prior to their displacement to interment camps in other areas of the country.

    From 1942 until 1945, the government utilized the property as an Army Base – Camp Santa Anita. It was the largest Army ordinance training center on the West Coast and more than 100,000 soldiers were trained there.

    Racing resumed at Santa Anita on May 15, 1945, just after “VE” Day.

    This plaque is placed at Santa Anita in remembrance of the events of that period in history by its dedication on this, the 15th day of May 2001.

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    Jockey Statues

    by Yaqui Written Nov 28, 2009

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    These wonderful memorials are of statues of famed jockeys George Woolf, Johnny Longden, Bill Shoemaker and Laffit Pincay, Jr. What is so unique is just walking around you'll notice so many different activities are happening all over.

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    Seabiscuit Statue

    by Yaqui Written Nov 28, 2009

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    Santa Anita Park is built in beautiful art deco style by architect Gordon B. Kaufman in the 1930's. Myself and my son just browsed around the grounds and took in all the wonderful beauty the park has. The statues were wonderful. Some were just adornments to the gardens, where many were monuments to Winning Racehorses like Seabiscuit statue that was hand tooled by a German immigrant Frank Buchler owner of Washington Ornamental Iron Company Los Angeles.

    See the horsey design?
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    Seabiscuit Exhibit

    by Yaqui Updated Nov 28, 2009

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    They have this wonderful exhibit during the Family Fun Days or you can see more where the famed racehorse Seabiscuit lived during a tram tour. Seabiscuit was a winning racehorse that overcame injury and known as one of America's best racehorse. He won the La Jolla Handicap at Santa Anita on February 9, 1940. He was inducted into the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame. He is ranked into the top 100 U.S. thoroughbred champions of the 20th Century.

    Seabiscuit

    Fighting Furrari was the starring horse during the remake of a film in 2003 of Seabiscuit based on the best-selling book Seabiscuit: An American Legend by Laura Hillenbrand.

    The movie was nominated 7 Academy Awards
    2 Golden Globes
    2 Screen Actors Guild Awards.

    So this exhibit was really neat to see and we were allowed to pet and feed this beautiful horse.

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    Family Fun Day ~ Summer Time

    by Yaqui Written Nov 28, 2009

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    We decided to ventured down here, since we have never been here. I have probably passed in and around this area most of my life. So we thought, why not! Especially since they were having Family Fun day (Only Summer). It was a lovely day and Nate had a blast. He rode many rides and even won two prizes with only two tickets, so he was happy! It was great to see the races horse up close and to see how everything works.

    Please note: they shut down the rides just before a race, but start right back up afterswards. Not a biggy, we want the riders and horses to be safe.

    This event repeats every 4 weeks until Sun Nov 08 2009 (Only available during summer).

    Free-activities for the kids in the Santa Anita Infield including an obstacle course, super slide & moon bounce. Plus, kids can play carnival type games and get their picture taken as they go for a pony ride on our specially designed pony track.

    Santa Anita offers free, fun-filled activities for children on the track's picturesque Infield including:

    Giant Inflatable Slide
    Giant Moon Bounce
    Seabiscuit Exhibit - Featuring the horse that starred in the 2003 blockbuster movie "Seabiscuit"
    Pony Rides - Pony Rides are on a specially constructed, child-sized racetrack where children can dress up in real jockey silks. ($2 charge)
    Pony Ride + Winners Circle Photo ($4 charge)
    Face Painting
    Face Painting utilizes an airbrush with safe, non-toxic paint. * Face Painting ($2 charge)

    Carnival Games - Hands-on carnival booth where children can win prizes. * 1 ticket per game (2 tickets - $1 charge)

    Ticket booth located in front of the Seabiscuit Exhibit. Children's activities not available in inclement weather.

    Admission to Santa Anita is free for children 17 and under with a parent. Adult admission is $5.00.

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    Santa Anita Park

    by Yaqui Written Nov 28, 2009

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    Once called Rancho Santa Anita that extending north from San Gabriel to the Sierra Madre mountain range. Mr. Baldwin also established Santa Anita Racetrack in 1907 equipped with all the modern conveniences, but was closed in 1909 because it was deemed illegal gambling.

    Santa Anita reopened its doors Christmas day in 1934 due to a new group of investors, one of them Doc Strub also since the California deemed legalized pari-mutuel wagering, It was built in beautiful art deco style by architect Gordon B. Kaufman. Many historical events has opened over the past, the first is when Seabiscuit won Santa Anita’s Handicap. It was an Japanese American internment center from 1942-1944. After the war it experienced prosperity again for many years. The 1960’s brought a new chapter during its life by many renovations of offices and grandstands. The Breeders' Cup races have been held here during the 1986, 1993, 2003, 2008, and 2009. The prosperity continued way into the 1980’s and since then it has had its up and downs with corporate changes and additions with retail operations on property grounds.

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    calPhil festival on the Green Summer Concerts

    by GracesTrips Written Aug 20, 2008

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    The California Philharmonic has been presenting summer concerts at the Arboretum for the past few years. This is an absolutely wonderful venue outdoors. There is reserved seating available and general admission where you can bring a picnic and low lawn chairs and sit in the grass. We saw people bring small tables, candles, tablescapes, etc. Dining begins at 5:30pm - when the gates open and the concert begins at 7:30pm. You can purchase your tickets online or call. Concerts are generally scheduled once a month during the summer only.

    Picnic Pre-concert entertainment Line to go in Peacocks are prevalent on the grounds
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    The Arboretum of Los Angeles County.

    by generasianx Written Aug 7, 2006

    Beautiful gardens. If you go in the spring, the peacocks will be out with their tail feathers expanded because of mating season.

    Hours: Daily 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Grounds close at 5:00 p.m.
    Admission: $7 adult. Free on the third Tuesday of the month.

    My rating: 4 stars out of 5.

    Peacock in full bloom. Flowers. Trees. Bench by a tree. Waterfall.
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    Route 66 : Tip 53 - Lose your shirt on this one

    by sourbugger Updated Feb 1, 2005

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    "Another art Deco masterpiece !"

    "A racetrack ?"

    "For horses, yes, if you into the gee-gees then this is one of the truly great tracks of the world, the Santa anita. Although, I agree it would be much better to visit on a raceday"

    "I can sense there is something else you're going to tell me"

    "Well, your right, despite the fact that all traces have now been removed, the whole racetrack was turned into one giant internment camp during the second world war for Japanese Americans"

    "Odd how many places have a 'secret history'"

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    The Art Deco racecourse
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  • Hiking in San Gabriel Mountains

    by kcbrit Written May 16, 2003

    Drive 5 miles north on Santa Anita from 210 freeway, after purchasing a day pass from one of the nearby stores. Chantry Flats is a steep climb up inot the San Gabriel Mountains. Sufficient parking but better to go early to be sure of getting a spot in the parking lot. Ranger station available. most popular hike involves taking a fairly steep downward hike to Stuyvesant Falls waterfall which is really pretty, especially after the rains. On the trails north of the parking lot beware of bicyclists on the narrow trails as they don't alweays leave a lot of room as they whoosh by. Lots of local fauna and flora to see so a nature guide might be helpful.

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