A great afternoon yesterday at Santa Anita. Nice piece about the big day in the Pasadena Star News this morning:
Opening day crowds at Santa Anita hit a winner
ARCADIA - Santa Claus visited Santa Anita Park on Friday, bringing track management the second-largest on-track crowd on an opening day in the past nine years ... Santa Anita officials, concerned about the negative effect a struggling economy could have on its 84-day meet, were pleased when 33,112 turned out on a picturesque, brisk day for the opening of the track's 72nd season of thoroughbred racing ... The crowd was surpassed this decade only by the 34,590 who turned out on opening day in 2005. Santa Anita drew 28,295 the last time the track opened on a Friday in 2003.
The rest of the article can be found here.