Progress Visible at Arcadia: Track and Grandstand to be Ready by Thanksgiving Day, Daily Racing Form, 1907-11-08


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1 , j , , , , , , , PROGRESS VISIBLE AT ARCADIA. Track and Grandstand To Be Ready by Thanksgiving Day. Los Angeles, Cal., November 4. The Los Angeles Racing Association let the contract today for the construction of the fence which is to surround the entire track and buildings. It will be the first track fence in the west of wire, and no attempt will be made to exclude the gaze of those who do not enter the grounds, the association lielleving from the experience of eastern track officials where wire fences are used that the wire fence, as a thing of beauty, will more than compensate for the difference in paid admissions. The officials of the new association are thoroughly alive to the possibilities of making Santa Anita Park a splendidly equipped and beautiful race course, comparable to any in any part of the country in its arrangement and appointments. They will further enhance Its appearance by taking advantage of the climate to the extent of landscaping the grounds wherever possible by the planting of trees, laying walks, stretches of lawn and flower plots. These improvements and the building of the clubhouse will not be undertaken, until after the close of the racing season next spring. George Rose, one of the largest stockholders in the association, today in speaking of the present and future plans of himself and associates said: Within a twelvemonth I believe we will have running here at Santa Anita the finest racing plant in the world. At present, owing to the pressure of time, we are going to be content with having the race track in shape for the opening as scheduled, and have a grandstand that will hold the crowds. We do not hope to get all the minor details of the track work finished within the time remaining before the opening day. In fact, it will be several months before the track will be finished down to the last minute detail of decorating, and so on. However, we will be presentable and ready for actual racing Thanksgiving day if we have good luck. "Next season will see several improvements added to the present track. One of the biggest of these Improvements, will be a modern clubhouse,, which will be up tin date In every way. I expect that work will be begun on this building as soon as the winter racing season is ended, and everything will be finished up long before the opening next year. Extra stables will be built as required, fences are to be put up all around the stables, lawns will be planted at appropriate points and flowers will be placed wherever they will Improve the appearance of the grounds. Not only will the plant be thoroughly well equipped to answer all demands of racing, but an endeavor will be made to make it one of the beauty spots of southern California." Reservations have been made by mail and telegraph for 700 stalls at the track, and others are coining in every day.

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