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Santa Anita's magnificent Turf Club makes losing a luxurious lark and sets a standard for all to copy

To American racing followers and horsemen alike California's Santa Anita Park has consistently symbolized race track operation in the grand manner. Members of Santa Anita's exclusive Turf Club, built in 1934 and renovated considerably since then, enjoy the best in trackside luxury—from specially prepared meals in the Brazilian Room (opposite), awash with exotic live tropical plants, to relaxation in the magnificent Chandelier Room or quiet privacy in the President's Room. But Santa Anita, also mindful of the $2 bettor, has helped establish a new nationwide trend for track management: a multimillion dollar remodeling and improvement program geared to satisfy the wants and needs of every track visitor, no matter how small his bank roll. For a report on what is being done in some of the more racing-conscious areas in the U.S., turn to page 21.

The quiet elegance of the Chandelier Room in the Santa Anita Turf Club is welcome contrast to the noise of the crowds on the terraces outside. From its parquet floors to the glistening crystal chandeliers it is a subdued symphony of soft shadings of gray, pink and white. Fine English paintings adorn the walls (above) and comfortable corner settees invite quiet luncheons à deux

At the top of the Turf Club, overlooking the track and gardens, is the President's Room, a handsome pine-paneled retreat for high-echelon meetings and luncheons. Its rich glowing colors are intensified by the antique Irish crystal chandeliers, gleaming silver, and the mellow tones of paintings from the Santa Anita Collection