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Garden State Park, built in 1942 and yet the oldest modern track in New Jersey, is a model of imaginative U.S. progress

During a comparatively short span of 13 years the race track pictured on the following pages has brought Eastern race goers most of the comforts and conveniences which are normally expected by America's largest paying spectator sports audience. Furthermore, Garden State, for 50 days each spring and fall, has parlayed a far-reaching program of "racing planned for pleasure" into a highly successful lure for many a horseman and fan tired of waiting for changes at some of the outmoded tracks in neighboring New York. Over 40,000 fans show up at Garden State on big racing days, and at least that number—including visitors from coast to coast—are expected there this Saturday (see page 19). Anyone flying over Garden State, with its crowds and rows of bright new cars, sees a reflection of U.S. prosperity as well as a U.S. preoccupation.

To Garden State's elegant mile track, five miles across the New Jersey line from Philadelphia, come many of the East's biggest racing crowds to see the sport at its best. This week, Garden State presents the world's richest 2-year-old stake

Convenience for racing patrons is a Garden State trademark. Accessible by modern high-speed turnpikes, the track's 16,000-car-capacity lots present a vividly contrasting color panorama of hardtops, convertibles, buses and taxis