BRONZE PLAQUES OF LEGENDS TO ADORN CITY SIDEWALKS FOR GENERATIONS TO COME; LIVE MUSIC, VINTAGE CARS & RACING CELEBRITIES ALL PART OF GALA GRAND OPENING ON FIRST AVENUE
ARCADIA, Calif. (Sept. 24, 2014)–The Arcadia Historical Society, City of Arcadia and Santa Anita Park have announced an official Grand Opening of California racing’s first-ever “Thoroughbred Racing Walk of Champions” on Saturday, Sept. 27, beginning at 5 p.m. on First Ave. between Wheeler St. and Huntington Drive.
In a manner similar to that of the world famous “Hollywood Walk of Fame,” bronze plaques of a number of legendary jockeys, trainers, owners and horses will adorn city sidewalks for fans and citizens to enjoy for generations to come. Along with live appearances from legendary retired Hall of Fame jockeys Eddie Delahoussaye and Laffit Pincay, Jr., the public will be treated to live music, free popcorn, bottled water and a vintage car display.
“It’s an honor for me and I think it’s a great thing for racing,” said the legendary Pincay, who won an astonishing 21 riding titles at The Great Race Place. “Santa Anita is a huge part of the city of Arcadia. Now people can come here and learn about some of the famous horses and people that have competed here over the years. I think you’re going to see a lot of people coming here to see this, which is great.”
“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.”
Cornerstone inductees include racing legends such as: William Shoemaker, Johnny Longden, Eddie Arcaro, George Woolf, Noble Threewitt, Charlie Whittingham, Bobby Frankel, Lazaro 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 many more.
Costanza also noted that additional inductees will be announced on an annual basis that has yet to be determined.
Guided and self-guided tours will be offered beginning at 5 p.m. Each “Champion” plaque includes a brief historical recollection of the individual person or horse’s career accomplishments. For more information on the Arcadia Historical Society’s Thoroughbred Walk of Champions event on Sept. 27, please contact them at: firstname.lastname@example.org.