Racing Coming Back in California: Big Crowds Attest to Popularity of Sport When Held is Connection with Motor Racing, Daily Racing Form, 1919-11-12


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RACING COMING BACK IN CALIFORNIA Birr Crowds Attest to Popularity of Sport When Held in Connection with Motor Racing. LOS AXGELES, Cal., Xovember 11. Horse racing is coming back in California. Southern California, the home of Lucky Baldwin and the setting for some brilliant racing in years gone by, is again seeing the thoroughbreds run. The Ascot Speedway Association four years ago took over the old Ascot horse track in the city limits. The track was paved and tilted to racing pitcli on the curves and converted into a mile speedway. Here each winter season have been run motor races with marked success. Last month a rodeo was held, and in connection with the western events three running races were carded. The return of the thoroughbreds was such an instantaneous hit that the races were increased to five the last day, Sunday, when 30,000 persons were at the park. Following these races the runners went to Exposition Park, which is owned by the State of California. Here in the heart of the city the horses ran daily in connection with the live stock show. Again the races were popular. The result is that the annual Thanksgiving day motor race at Ascot this year will be reduced to fifty miles to make room for five running races. So the holiday crowd will have varied sport, watching the motor contests on the mile and the horse racing on an inner track, just under the mile. This track was built two weeks before the last meeting and proved surprisingly fast. Since then it has been worked continuously so that the horses will have as good a course as in the old days of Ascot.

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