Bay Meadows, Racetrack, San Mateo

Car parking left little room for pedestrians
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Car parking left little room for pedestrians


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Bay Meadows pay-out sign was lit for the last time
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Bay Meadows pay-out sign was lit for the last time


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Sign one day to provide background to a mall
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Sign one day to provide background to a mall


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The entry was designed to appear an oasis
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The entry was designed to appear an oasis


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The Turf Club's Club House entrance
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The Turf Club's Club House entrance


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Art Deco lamps graced the outside
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Art Deco lamps graced the outside


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The Grandstand Entrance
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The Grandstand Entrance


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Additional doors were provided for senior entry
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Additional doors were provided for senior entry


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The parade ring was deserted between races
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The parade ring was deserted between races


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The counter at which one could purchase a program
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The counter at which one could purchase a program


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Betting windows allowed betting on all races statewide
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Betting windows allowed betting on all races statewide


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The grandstands were full that last afternoon
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The grandstands were full that last afternoon


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Further up, the grandstands were protected from sunlight
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Further up, the grandstands were protected from sunlight


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The upper level betting area
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The upper level betting area


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Classic arched windows let in bright daylight
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Classic arched windows let in bright daylight


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The lower level had a self-service area
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The lower level had a self-service area


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A big plus marked the place to collect winnings
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A big plus marked the place to collect winnings


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Cliche betting pit's floor littered with losing tickets
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Cliche betting pit's floor littered with losing tickets


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Riders waited to accompany jockeys on racehorses
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Riders waited to accompany jockeys on racehorses


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The well dressed professional waited
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The well dressed professional waited


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The horse named Master Helmsman was brought in first
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The horse named Master Helmsman was brought in first


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The horse name Laday Tale glanced at the crowd
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The horse name Laday Tale glanced at the crowd


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Horse Number 5
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The horse's number matched program listings. Both showed that horse number 5 would race that afternoon.


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Eye cups (blinkers) were used on all the horses
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Eye cups (blinkers) were used on all the horses


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Strategy was discussed before the race
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Strategy was discussed before the race


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The jockey was helped up onto his horse
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The jockey was helped up onto his horse


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Each jockey and horse was accompanied to starting gate
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Each jockey and horse was accompanied to starting gate


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Crayon Red walked before the crowd
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Crayon Red walked before the crowd


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David Lopez about to ride Funny Papers in the 6th race
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David Lopez about to ride Funny Papers in the 6th race


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Excitement built that morning in advance of the race
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Excitement built that morning in advance of the race


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Total bets and odds were displayed on large signs
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Total bets and odds were displayed on large signs


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The winning horse rode down the last stretch
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The winning horse rode down the last stretch


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A flurry of betting activity followed the race
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A flurry of betting activity followed the race


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Tractors prepared track for the next race
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Tractors prepared track for the next race


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Horses were shown inside first in the parade ring
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Horses were shown inside first in the parade ring


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Jockeys appeared next, walking into view
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Jockeys appeared next, walking into view


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Chris Landeros mounted Time For Nine
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Chris Landeros mounted Time For Nine


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Chad Schvaneveldt looked dapper astride Beek Of Cairo
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Chad Schvaneveldt looked dapper astride Beek Of Cairo


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The gate was hauled into place by tractor
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The gate was hauled into place by tractor


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Fabulous Mr. Mike shied violently away from the gate
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Fabulous Mr. Mike shied violently away from the gate


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Francisco Duran rode Glenns Ferry into the gate
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Francisco Duran rode Glenns Ferry into the gate


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And they're off!
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And they're off!


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The 7th race began in a tight grouping
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The 7th race began in a tight grouping


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Riders rode past themselves on television
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Riders rode past themselves on television


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The race rounded the final curve
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The race rounded the final curve


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Russell Baze rode Hold The Advantage to victory
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Russell Baze rode Hold The Advantage to victory


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That last day proved a fine day for horse racing
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That last day proved a fine day for horse racing


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Dennis Kiernan Saturday 16 February 2013
Nice coverage of a sad day. What a shame to tear down such a great place to put up a bunch more junk.
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