Sport: Hollywood to Inglewood

At the Santa Anita race track, 30 minutes from Hollywood, over $100,000 a day goes into the till of its owners, the Los Angeles Turf Club. The Los Angeles Turf Club directors are rich and powerful. Since the day the track came into being three years ago (the year after betting at race tracks was legalized in California), Santa Anita has enjoyed a profitable monopoly in Los Angeles County. Its directors frowned on interlopers. And so, it seemed, did the California Horse Racing Board.

But bent on breaking this one-track monopoly was the Hollywood...

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