Sep 19, 2014
'Thoroughbred Racing Walk of Champions' coming to Arcadia
By: SPORTS NETWORK
Arcadia, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - A "Thoroughbred Racing Walk of Champions" will be unveiled in the City of Arcadia, home to Santa Anita Park, on Saturday, Sept. 27.
The Arcadia Historical Society, City of Arcadia and Santa Anita Park announced Monday that the "Thoroughbred Racing Walk of Champions" will have an official grand opening beginning at 8 p.m. ET. Bronze plaques of legendary jockeys, trainers, owners and horses will be along Arcadia city sidewalks, reminiscent of the "Hollywood Walk of Fame."
"We are thrilled to be able to officially unveil these beautiful bronze tributes to some of the greatest people and horses in racing history," said Sandy Snider, on behalf of the Arcadia Historical Society. "In recognition of the fact that racing has played such a huge role in the development of Arcadia and the surrounding community, we're hoping people will make the Walk of Champions, which covers both sides of Huntington Drive from Santa Anita Ave. to the Derby Restaurant just east of Second Ave., a fan-friendly destination for many, many years to come.
"In addition to our 60 Cornerstone Champions, who are all deceased, we will also be inducting Eddie Delahoussaye, Laffit Pincay, Jr., Frank Stronach, Dr. Jack Robbins, Serena's Song, Silver Charm and Tiznow. This project has been enthusiastically received by all of our business owners in the area and we want to especially thank Santa Anita Park for its very generous help in funding it."
Among the Cornerstone inductees are racing legends such as: William Shoemaker, Johnny Longden, Eddie Arcaro, George Woolf, Noble Threewitt, Charlie Whittingham, Bobby Frankel, Laz Barrera, William Molter, Mesh Tenney, Farrell Jones, Robert Wheeler, Affirmed, Alysheba, Citation, John Henry, Majestic Prince, Seabiscuit, Silky Sullivan, Spectacular Bid, Sunday Silence, Swaps, Winning Colors and more.
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