Monday, April 7, 2014
Horse Racing Nation: Local Racing History in Photos: Danada Farm and St. James Farm
On Saturday, California Chrome appeared to skip gaily down the Santa Anita stretch en route to winning the $1,000,000 Santa Anita Derby (Gr. I) in 1:47.52, one of the fastest times in recent years. If all goes well, on May 3 the flashy chestnut son of Lucky Pulpit will hope to join the roster of horses to win both the Santa Anita Derby and Kentucky Derby, of which includes I'll Have Another, Winning Colors, Affirmed, and Swaps, among others.
And as I discovered in recent years, another member of this prestigious roster was trained a little over a mile from where I live, deep within the Chicago suburbs, at Danada Farm. Danada Equestrian Center, as it is called today, is now maintained by the DuPage County Forest Preserve and is open to the public.
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