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ARCADIA MAKES SEPT. 20 ‘GEORGE HAINES DAY,’ SANTA ANITA PRESIDENT HONORED BY CITY COUNCIL
Haines grew up in Arcadia and is currently in his 40th year of employment at “The Great Race Place.” After graduating from Arcadia High School in 1972, Haines attended California State University, Long Beach, where he graduated with a degree in accounting in 1976.
Haines first worked at Santa Anita in 1972, manning an information window as a member of the track’s Pari-mutuel Department, helping patrons with a variety of questions and paperwork related to wagering.
“It’s hard to believe it’s been this long, but it has been 40 years,” said Haines. “I feel very fortunate to have been able to work with so many fine people over the years and to have been able to experience some of the greatest racing in Santa Anita’s history. It’s been an incredible run for me and my family and we’d like to sincerely thank the City of Arcadia for this proclamation. It’s a real honor.”
Haines was appointed Director of Santa Anita’s Pari-mutuel Department in 1984, a period in which average daily crowds often totaled 30,000 or more.
“The racing business has changed a lot over the ensuing years. Now we offer simulcasting and advanced deposit wagering for our fans. “The new Autumn Meet opens on Sept. 30 and we’re getting ready for that. It’s just as exciting for me now as it was 40 years ago. I can’t wait.”
Haines was promoted to Assistant General Manager in 1999 and became Santa Anita’s Vice President, Operations and General Manager in 2004. He became President and General Manager in May, 2010.
In addition to his executive duties, Haines serves as Secretary-Treasurer for the Winners Foundation, a racing industry charity that helps men and women with substance abuse problems. Haines is also a member of the Los Angeles Sports Council.
He lives in Monrovia with his wife, Adrienne, and sons, Alex and Brian.
Santa Anita’s 2011 Autumn Meet opens on Friday, Sept. 30. For more information, fans are encouraged to visit www.santaanita.com, or to call (626) 574-RACE.